Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Oct. 23 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1.Holiday Maker, 2. Desert Thief, 3. Global Hart. LONG SHOT: Yes She’s a Dancer.


SECOND RACE: 1. Maybellene, 2. Morning Coffee (SCRATCHED), 3. Achiever’s Legacy. LONG SHOT: Don’t Blame Me. NEW PICKS: 1. Maybellene, 2. Dpn’t Blame Me, 3. Daddy’s Duo. LONG SHOT: Achiever’s Legacy.


THIRD RACE: 1. All Star Bub, 2. Bullwinkle Babe, 3. Ritzy Tags. LONG SHOT: Golds Venice.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Flowinwiththebreez, 2. Goofy Rainbow, 3. Comin’offthebench. LONG SHOT: Sophistry.

Watch out for #6 Lazy Lightnin, whose listed trainer is Brian Pitnick (1-for-29 on the year), but clocker Andy Harrington reports that the horse has been working with a saddle towel from trainer Jeff Mullins’ barn. Might be a betting coup in the making.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Willing to Travel (best bet), 2. Soul Driver, 3. Film Freak. LONG SHOT: Pretentious.

WILLING TO TRAVEL (2-1), a son of Pleasantly Perfect, gave an even effort when coming down the hill, making up some ground the stretch. Should enjoy the stretch back out to two turns, something he did twice at Arlington Park. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% sprint-to-route and 32% with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Highly Rated, 2. Belonging, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Wildy Excessive.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bunairgead, 2. Aguafria (sCRATCHED), 3. Scooter Bird. LONG SHOT: Irish Presence. NEW PICKS: 1. Bunairgead, 2. Scooter Bird, Irish Presence. LONG SHOT: Perfecta.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Nextdoorneighbor, 2. Golden Triumph, 3. Bench Press. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cole.

NEXTDOORNEIGHBOR (2-1), a 7–year-old gelding, returned from a 13-month absence to run a bang-up second at this level and was promptly claimed by trainer Robertino Diodoro, who is 30% first off the claim.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Jomelo $7, fourth race; Red Outlaw $3.80, sixth; Push Girl $4.60)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pioneer Charlie $6.40, third; Windy Forecast $4, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Gal Has to Like It $5.20, second)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Demonica $9.60, first)


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