Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Jan. 11 (off the turf)

RAIN AT SANTA ANITA OFF THE TURF SO JUST THROW MY TURF PICKS OUT THE WINDOW. I WILL ONLY GRADE THE DIRT RACES.

FIRST RACE: 1. Greeley Awesome, 2. Ezio, 3. Sizzlin’ Joe. LONG SHOT: Empty Headed.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Apollo Ten, 2. Got Even, 3. I’ll Wrap It Up. LONG SHOT: I Don’t Care Who.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Light Striker, 2. Kohala, 3. Comin’offthebench. LONG SHOT: Vocalist.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lucy in Diamonds (best bet), 2. Thermodynamics, 3. Exfanofsixties. LONG SHOT: It Girl.

LUCY IN DIAMONDS (4-1) is a first-time starter from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, which hits at 30% with this type. She has been training at Pomona and is by a good first out sire in Rock Hard Ten. Jockey Elvis Trujillo (21% with The Dorf)  jumps on.

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Race 5: #3 Autumn Flower (10-1) SCRATCHED

This daughter of Flower Alley gets a huge post switch after starting from the No. 10 hole at Del Mar. She had no shot that day but still came running in the lane to finish a good fifth for trainer Dan Hendricks and jockey Alex Solis. Look for further improvement as Hendricks is 22% with MSW.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Scandal, 2. Madam Aamoura, 3. Conquest Artura. LONG SHOT: Caradini.

As you can see I liked Autumn Flower, but had to go in a different direction. SCANDAL has been training well for trainer Richard Mandella and she made up a lot of ground on Nov. 8 at Del Mar.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Gusy Ruler, 2. Molten Image, 3. Triunfo. LONG SHOT: Takem by Surprise.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tiz Midnight, 2. My Sweet Addiction, 3. Taste Like Candy. LONG SHOT: Legacy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Toruk Makto, 2. Ashleyluvssugar, 3. Sofast. LONG SHOT: Helm.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Pat the Bear, 2. Bandido Too, 3. Jet Trick. LONG SHOT: Whiskey Wild.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 0

Saturday’s second choice winners: 4 (Glory $3.60, second race; Mama’s Trashed $6.60, third; Keri Belle $15.20, fourth; Hoppertunity $3.60, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Calculator $3.20, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Guy Code $5.60, first)

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