Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, March 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Larry Birdstone (best bet), 2. Saint Dermot, 3. Village Kitten. LONG SHOT: Bula Bula.

This 4-year-old LARRY BIRDSTONE (5-2) showed some improvement when he finally got on the dirt in his 2015 debut. Now he takes the huge drop from MSW to maiden claiming, a move trainer Phil D’Amato is 46% with.D’Amato also adds blinkers (36%) and jockey Joe Talamo (23%).

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SECOND RACE: 1. Flat Gone, 2. Public Policy, 3. Maximinus. LONG SHOT: Cinematic Cat.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Thermodynamics, 2. Lirica Heat, 3. Charming Starlet. LONG SHOT: Wandering Heart.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Moonlight Meeting, 2. Preordained, 3. El Monterey. LONG SHOT: Steel Dragon.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Twentyfive to Life, 2. Unusually Fancy, 3. Warren’s Purrfect. LONG SHOT: Spanish Queen.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Run Like a Million, 2. Grazen Sky, 3. Kluszewski. LONG SHOT: Not Enough Eddie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Black Bird Rock, 2. Grazenette, 3. Heavens Stairway. LONG SHOT: Emerald Star.

BLACK BIRD ROCK (8-1), a 6-year-old mare, finished fourth, less than a length behind the winner at this level one race back. Jockey Corey Nakatani sticks for trainer Mark Casse, who is 21% going route to sprint.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Time for Angie, 2. Kerrilynn, 3. Twelve Folds. LONG SHOT: In Dad’s Honor.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Bobby Z Man $8.60, first race; Mr. Jay D $3.20, fifth; Faith Proof $3.40, sixth; Frensham $8.40, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Frosty Friday $8.80, seventh; Knock Em Flat $7.40, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sky Heart $6.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Jenna’s Faith $20.60, fourth)

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