Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 8

Preview: Again due to the weather, no turf racing. In fact, no turf racing the entire week per Santa Anita management. Thursday’s card saw speed dominate early but as the track dried out closers were able to win. How it plays today is anyone’s guess.

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Race 2: #5 Swag Money (6-1)

Finished fifth in a maiden claimer at Del Mar and the top two finishers from that race came back to win. Joe Talamo keeps the mount for trainer Keith Desormeaux. Think the time off will serve him well.

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Race 4: #5 Fugacious Dancer (4-1)

Broke slow in debut last May but still finished third. Trainer Simon Callaghan is 19% with horse off a 90-plus-day layoff. Callaghan is 26% on the dirt and 23% in sprints. Jockey Tyler Baze stays on.

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Race 8: #6 Secret Chords (5-2) BEST BET

This filly finished second at Del Mar and was claimed but the claim was voided. She comes back at the same level for trainer Eddie Truman, who is 35% with beaten favorites and 39% third off the layoff.Has early speed and might be long gone under jockey Mario Gutierrez.

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