Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 17 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. St. Joe Bay, 2. Lofe On Riviera, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Follow Me Cerv.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Blackford, 2. Red N Black Attack, 3. Papa’s Paisley. LONG SHOT: Prince of Paris.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Up the Alley, 2. New Nature, 3. Cravin’ the Heat. LONG SHOT: Fly to Freedom.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Star Act, 2. Seek a Star, 3. Nighttiming. LONG SHOT: Purple Rose.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Flexible (best bet), 2. Pulmarack, 3. Temple Keys. LONG SHOT: Quiet Thunder.

We’re going to find out how good the Acceptance maiden race is as this 2-year-old colt, FLEXIBLE (7-2), is one of the first horses to return out of that event. The son of Olmodavor  tries two turns for first time for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is 23% with sprint to route types. Top jockey Rafael Bejarano stays on.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Moscato Girl, 2. Nothing to Hide, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT: Marla Hooch (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Cin City Lady.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Jennyway U Want It, 2. Shysheisnot, 3. Market Quote. LONG SHOT: Mindfully.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sweetpeacefuldream, 2. Bunuska, 3. Shared Image. LONG SHOT: Swiss Heart.

Interesting jockey switch here as Kayla Stra rides regularly for Kory Owens but gets off his horse in this race (#1 Shared Image) and rides SWEETPEACEFULDREAM (20-1), a 4-year-old filly, who was fifth in her SoCal debut a couple of weeks ago.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Coolington $4.60, first race; Air of Royalty $23.20, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Bettys Bambino $5.60, second)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Kafister $4, third)

Thursday’s fourth choice winners: 0

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