Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Dec. 27

Preview: Not a great card, but not a bad card either. Some nice 2-year-olds will go two turns and there is a graded stakes, too.

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Race 1: #1 The Custodian (5-2)

Seems to be coming into the race in good form. Has a good work over the track, comes out of a key race, has won over this track before and has the top Brisnet Class and Late Pace ratings. What more could you want?

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Race 2: #3 Belvoir Bay (turf only) (4-1) 

European import finished well back in the Flower Bowl at Belmont Park. Now she is shipped to the Peter Miller barn and gets Lasix. Miller is 21% with horses first time in his barn and good turf rider Flavien Prat is aboard.

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Race 5: #3 Red Button (12-1) 

Trainer Bill Spawr is 36% going from a route to a sprint and this gelding should be plenty fit in the stretch. Don’t take a short price in this race.

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Race 6: #7 Ferocious (5-1)

This 4-year-old has a 5-2-1-1 record over the Santa Anita surface. Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed him at Del Mar and he is 4-for-8 when he drops off a claim. The gelding also has the top Brisnet Prime and Class ratings.

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Race 9: #7 True Brillance (3-1)

This 2-year-old debuted in May with a second-place finish over a wet fast track. I don’t think it was the wet and think this son of Unusual Heat has talent. He has been training well for his return, Tyler Baze rides back and has the top Brisnet Prime and Class and Speed numbers.

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