Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 9

Race 2: #9 Explicable (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly has been favored in all three of her career starts but she gets on a surface she was truly bred for running on the down hill turf course. Pioneerof the Nile is 17% first-time turf and jockey Mike Smith takes over in the saddle.

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Race 6: #3 Gangnam Guy (8-1)

Trainer Julio Canani is 45% with horses second off the claim and that’s what we have here with this 4-year-old gelding, who showed speed in his last race on the grass. Canani switches to the dirt looking for some magic.

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Race 9: #10 Sure Victory (3-1)

This 4-year-old colt hasn’t raced in nearly two years, but they thought enough of him to bring him back. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 32% with horses off layoffs of more than 180 days and 43% with horses going into a maiden claimer for the first time. The colt also comes out of a key race.

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