Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Oct. 16

Some interesting post position stats after the first few weeks of the Santa Anita meet:

+ In sprint dirt races, posts 1-3 are winning 40% of the races;

+ In dirt route races, posts 1-5 are winning 81% of the races;

+ On the turf, post No. 1 is 0-for-34; 0-14 down the hill and 0-20 in two-turn events.

Just keep it in mind when handicapping.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Coolington, 2. The Twelfth Man, 3. Boss Cat. LONG SHOT: Whole Lotta Run.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Rangi (best bet), 2. Surfcup, 3. Bettys Bambino. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.

RANGI (5-2) didn’t take to the Del Mar grass or want to go that far. Love coming down the hill here at Santa Anita with 2 wins, 2 seconds and a third from seven tries on it. Been training lights out for this and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Awesome Indy, 2. Oligarch, 3. Kafister. LONG SHOT: Senor Rain.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sir Macho, 2. My Secret Affair, 3. Magna Warrior. LONG SHOT: Tosheen.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Stipend, 2. Chexcess, 3. Patsy G and Me. LONG SHOT: Heat the Rocks.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Greeley Awesome, 2. Swift Eagle, 3. Dysprosium. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith doesn’t have to ride $25,000 claimers but GREELEY AWESOME, a 4-year-old, might be ready to pop for trainer Bill Spawr, who has finally gotten hot after a slow summer. This first-time gelding has a win over the course and has won twice at this distance.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Air of Royalty, 2. Steel Lady, 3. My Monet. LONG SHOT: Bonus Spin.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hollywood Royalty, 2. Bold Decision, 3. Stored Attaq. LONG SHOT: A B C Me Awesome.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Light the City $4, third race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Island Freedom $7.20, fourth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Matzoh Ball Magic $8, ninth)

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Monday’s top choice winners: 3 (Tuckers Point $11.60, first race; Anxious Times $15.40, second; Sam’s Sister $4.60, fourth)

Monday’s second choice winners: 2 (Day of Fury $11.80, third; Lord Nelson $3.60, seventh)

Monday’s third choice winners: 2 (Full of Spice $14.60, fifth; Miss Ellany $21.60, sixth)

Monday’s long shot winners: 0

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