Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Oct. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Straight N Strong, 2. Stormy Angel, 3. Hail Mary Play. LONG SHOT: Old Fashion Halo.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Italian Baba, 2. Gold Locket, 3. Flat Footed Mama. LONG SHOT: Wild Street Party.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Coronado Cool (12-1), 2. Sutton’s Smile, 3. Miss Catomine. LONG SHOT: Malibu Kash.

Trainer Eric Kruljac is an amazing 53% with horses second time on the grass. This filly showed speed in her debut going two turns and that was just a prep for this. Kruljac is 20% route to sprint.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #1 Quality Line (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Nightly News, 3. Arabian Leopard. LONG SHOT: Semper Fortis.

This 2-year-old showed improvement when stretched out a furlong and now trainer Victor Garcia stretches him around two turns. Garcia is 37% first time he sends a horse long and 36% with the sprint-sprint-route move. Jockey Tyler Baze stays on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Greyson and John, 2. Small Town Shuffle. LONG SHOT: I’mcomingthrough.

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SIXTH RACE (Grade III Eddie D): 1. #2 Majestic City (6-1), 2. Midnight Storm, 3. Jimmy Bouncer. LONG SHOT: No Silent.

This 6-year-old is in the red hot Richard Baltas barn and comes out of the Longacres Mile that has proven to be a key race. Baltas is 29% route to sprint and puts jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard and he is 30% with Bejarano.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Chief of Staff, 2. New Summitt, 3. Tiz Dynamic. LONG SHOT: Rockinatten.

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EIGHTH RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship): 1. Gimme Da Lute, 2. Masochistic, 3. Wild Dude. LONG SHOT: Kobe’s Back.

Tough race but trainer Bob Baffert is 38% going sprint-route-sprint and that’s what he’s doing with the 3-year-old Gimme Da Lute. Masochistic is training lights out and if there is a pace meltdown look for Kobe’s Back to run an improved race after a poor start at Del Mar.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Alexis Tangier, 2. Journey On, 3. Customer Base. LONG SHOT: Energia Fribby.

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10th RACE: 1. Mr. Jay D, 2. Great Lou, 3. Story to Tell. LONG SHOT: Well Maybe.

 

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Lovenseek $7.60, third; Ponder Lea $4, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Smooth Talker $6.80, first; Visibility $4, second; Red Button $8, fifth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Moonlight Meeting $12.20, fourth)

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