Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Sept. 28

Bad job of handicapping on Saturday. Talked myself out of a couple of horses, didn’t pay attention to some breeding I was looking for down the hill and let other opinions get in the way of picking horses. Sorry. Should have done better.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Nueva Fortuna, 2. Speckles, 3. Quinnetta. LONG SHOT: Sultry Season.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Midnight Candy (best bet), 2. Bullwinkle Babe, 3. Yes Yes Baroness. LONG SHOT: Cora Elizabeth.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Storm Power, 2. Cherubim, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Chief Lion.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sweet Shop, 2. Son of War, 3. Mr. Excavator. LONG SHOT: Dench.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Zippingaroundtown, 2. Awesome Indy, 3. Heyyoucan. LONG SHOT: Cuzan.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Daddy’s Duo, 2. Zippinaroundtown, 3. Sister Hubert. LONG SHOT: Sheza Lucky Strike.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bright Thought, 2. Big John B., 3. Starspangled Heat. LONG SHOT: Irish Surf.

Trainer Phil D’Amato has two horses in this race, BRIGHT THOUGHT  (5-1) and favored Big John B. We’re going to side with the longer price. This is D’Amato’s first time training this son of Hat Trick, who has won three of his four career races over this course. Play a good-sized exacta box.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Olivia’s Greatdane, 2. Girl Downstairs, 3. Megyns Gold. LONG SHOT: Blooming Hannah.

If trainer Bob Baffert has a first-time starter at 8-1 on the morning-line like OLIVIA’S GREATDANE, we’re going to take a swing. This daughter of Ghostzapper has two good works over the track, including a bullet one back. Jockey Victor Espinoza jumps on and he is 4-for-10 with Baffert over the last two years at Santa Anita.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Royal Temptress, 2. Genuine Quality, 3. Charlie’s Angle. LONG SHOT: Tangelo.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Beholder $2.80, fifth race; Shared Belief $2.40, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (American Pharoah $3, sixth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Alexis Tangier $14.20, ninth; Papacoolpapacool $4, 11th)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Punctuate $20, fourth)

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