Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Sept. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Original Rex, 2. Wooram, 3. Captain Carchy. LONG SHOT: Better Luck.

There doesn’t appear to be any world beaters in this maiden claiming race so why not go with ORIGINAL REX (4-1), a first-time starter? Square Eddie is good first time out as a sire, especially in Cal-bred company. Trainer Doug O’Neill is OK with firsters and puts red-hot apprentice Drayden Van Dyke aboard.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Blackford, 2. Mosso, 3. Sir Barclay. LONG SHOT: Van Fraassen.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Heat Flash, 2. Conquest Two Step, 3. Quality Plan. LONG SHOT: Unusual Taste.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kantune, 2. Madiba, 3. Fame and Power. LONG SHOT: Punctuate.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Beholder, 2. Iotapa, 3. Tiz Midnight. LONG SHOT: Yahilwa.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Lord Nelson, 2. American Pharoah, 3. Conquest Panthera. LONG SHOT: Skyway.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rusty Slipper, 2. Irish Mission, 3. Moulin de Mougin. LONG SHOT: Stormy Lucy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Shared Belief, 2. Majestic Harbor, 3. Fed Biz. LONG SHOT: Mystery Train.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Stars Above Me (best bet), 2. On the Backstreets, 3. Alexis Tangier. LONG SHOT: Meinertzhageni.

Trainer Graham Motion doesn’t ship West much, especially for a minor stakes so he must like this 3-year-old filly, STARS ABOVE ME (5-2), a lot. She had all kinds of trouble in her last race at Saratoga and figures to get a better ride with jockey Elvis Trujillo aboard.

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10th RACE: 1. Dad’s Princess, 2. Maybellene, 3. Conquest Eclipse. LONG SHOT: Sunday Sonnet.

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Race 11: 1. Dream It Do It, 2. Nakamoto, 3. Papscoolpapacool. LONG SHOT: Borealis Breeze.

Love offspring of Colonel John when they get a chance to try two turns and that’s what we have here in this Peter Miller trainee DREAM IT DO IT (6-1). Showed speed in his last race and jockey Elvis Trujillo (26% with Miller) knows how to ride on the grass.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Expo and Fig $3.20, fifth race; Betty Bing Bing $5, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Gal Has to Like It $7.80, second; Indianapolis $4.60, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Tatum’s Gold $8.20, third)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (More Complexity $10.40, fourth)

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