Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Chosen Vessel, 2. Exultation, 3. What’sontheagenda. LONG SHOT: Bellerin.

SECOND RACE: 1. Majestic Design, 2. Smart Rachel, 3. Kennedie Sky. LONG SHOT: Miz Tianjin.

THIRD RACE: 1. Aggressivity, 2. Seahawk Wave, 3. Stonegate. LONG SHOT: Paladar.
Watch the betting on No. 7 Paladar. He’s 10-1 on the morning-line and had some great works after his last race, but there are no listed works since Dec. 8. Kind of strange. He’s dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time and he’s owned by Keith Brackpool, who use to run Santa Anita. Is he trying to get one over?

FOURTH RACE: 1. Untouched Elegance, 2. Sugary, 3. Take a Leap. LONG SHOT: Drift Away.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Denman’s Call, 2. Stone Hands, 3. Junior Gilliam. LONG SHOT: Big League.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Nolo Contesto, 2. Istanbul, 3. Omaha Beach. LONG SHOT: Railman.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. A Little Bit Me, 2. Tonahutu, 3. Okinawa. LONG SHOT: Suspicious Spouse.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tanners Pride, 2. Clyde’s Pride, 3. Raul Rosas. LONG SHOT: Leroy.

NINTH RACE: 1. Unusual Rider (best bet), 2. Unusual Angel, 3. Tank Team. LONG SHOT: Nice Haircut.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Sheer Flattery $8.80, sixth race; Irish Heatwave $16.40, 10th)

Second choice winners: 3 (Rumpus Cat $7.20, first; Road Test $13.20, third; Lucky Student $4.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Smitten Kitten $8.40, second)

Long shot winners: 1 (Red Lightning $50.60, seventh).

Note: Some advance warning the printer at my work is out of commission to the malware attack and I’m old school in that I print out my PPs so it’s entirely possible I may not have picks for the weekend.


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