Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Jan. 1 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Omorfi Kopella, 2. Silver Starlight, 3. Bullwinkle Babe. LONG SHOT: Bert’s Baby.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Anxious Times, 2. Sir Macho, 3. Yes Yes Yes. LONG SHOT: Rasberry Ala Mode.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Froggy Fresh, 2. Peaches n’ Brandy, 3. She Got Away. LONG SHOT: Ritzy Tags.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nazareth (turf only), 2. Kyiaki, 3. Jade With Ency. LONG SHOT: Antiquity.

NAZARETH (15-1), a filly, broke her maiden going down the hill, but faltered against winners. She has been given 2 months off and trainer Hector Palma is 43% with comebackers in that range. He is also 29% with turfers and 25% with jockey Kent Desormeax.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Privileged One, 2. Katerrific, 3. Sierra Electrica. LONG SHOT: Alyeska (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Hot and Pleasing.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Setgeant O’Rourke, 2. Lotta Attitude, 3. Cin Cin Lady. LONG SHOT: She’s Flush.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Airfoil (best bet), 2. Chief Lion, 3. Follini. LONG SHOT: Batti Man. 

Jockey Joe Talamo could have ridden others in this race, including two for regular client trainer Ron Ellis, but he ends up on this 5-year-old AIRFOIL (4-1) for trainer Vladimir Cerin. The gelding seems primed for a big effort and has been in the money 6-of-10 times on the Santa Anita dirt.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Pankhurst (turf only), 2. Jaded Glory, 3. Rainha Da Bateria. LONG SHOT: Sharla Rae.

PANKHURST (6-1), a 3-year-old filly, who is shipping down from Woodbine, tries turf for the first time and being sired by Artie Schiller gives her every right to like. Jockey Corey Nakatani jumps on for trainer Mark Casse, who is 22% going sprint to route.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Blackford, 3. The Mad Hungarian, 3. Alpine Luck. LONG SHOT: Lucky J Lane.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 2 (Faringdon Circle $3, third race; Serbian Syclone $5, sixth)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Eltoninadress $3.60, second; Natalie’s Wonder $5.60, fourth; Cool Roger $6, fifth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Enduring Erin $12.80, first)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0

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