Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, Dec. 28

Race 2: #6 Tough Sunday

One of these days this 2-year-old is going to get out of the gate in good shape and win going away. He has gate issues twice in a row and now jockey Tyler Baze takes over for trainer Steve Miyadi, who is 23% second off the layoff.

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Race 4: #6 Mangita

British jockey Kieran Fallon is calling Santa Anita home this meet and he should excel on the turf. Not sure why trainer Bruce Headley ran this 4-year-old filly on the dirt last time because she has never finished worse than second in six tries on the Santa Anita grass.

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Race 9: #3 A Colt Following

This gelding gets two turns for the first time and that should be no problem for the son of Montbrook. Trainer Jeff Bonde is 20% going sprint to route and is 22% with jockey Edwin Maldonado.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Hurry Up Henry $11.40, third race; Shared Belief $3, eighth; Dea $21, ninth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 4 (Justonemorething $8.20, first; May B $7.80, second; Bench Light $8.80, fifth; Alert Bay $20.40, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Dancinthenightaway $3, seventh race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Where Is My Mind $21.60, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Bea’s Duchess $10.60, third; Buymeabond $27.20, fourth; Bolo $5.60, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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