Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Jan. 31

PREVIEW: I don’t see any way the turf races will remain on that surface on Thursday. The rain is supposed to hit Arcadia around 8 a.m. and it’s going to rain the rest of the racing week. On Wednesday, Santa Anita postponed the turf stakes races this week due to the forecast and will run an all main track program Saturday and I suspect the same on Sunday. The thing is Santa Anita has been proactive this winter regarding the racing on the turf, but it didn’t for Thursday and Friday, which I don’t understand since the forecast has been out there since last weekend and I predicted on Twitter Sunday night there wouldn’t be any turf racing this week. We’ll see. So any picks for the grass on Thursday are for TURF ONLY. If I get the scratches early enough Thursday, I might re-look at those races. GOOD LUCK.

FIRST RACE (TURF ONLY): 1. Ice Kat, 2. Falcone, 3. Bellerin. LONG SHOT: Hot American.

SECOND RACE: 1. Ronton, 2. Spa Shackalacka, 3. Platinum Equity. LONG SHOT: Gain Ground.

THIRD RACE (TURF ONLY): 1. Big Buzz, 2. Dubnation, 3. Raging Tiger. LONG SHOT: Impeachableoffense.

FOURTH RACE: 1. The Hardest Way, 2. Captain Scotty, 3. Microithms. LONG SHOT: Graycaster,

FIFTH RACE: 1. Choi, 2. Perfect Ict Storm, 3. Tick Tock. LONG SHOT: Discrete Stevie B.

SIXTH RACE (TURF ONLY): 1. Fight On, 2. Risky Proposition, 3. Acker. LONG SHOT: Magic Musketier.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Extra Hope, 2. Gray Magician, 3. Kingly. LONG SHOT: Big Scott Daddy.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. He Be Mojo Risin, 2. Loud Mouth, 3. Abusive Gary. LONG SHOT: King Lebron.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS (Abbreviated picks)

Top choice winners: 2 (Arms Runner $10.60, fourth race; Don’t Stalk Me $5.80, seventh)

Second choice winners: 1 (Nice Work $4, fifth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Conquest Tsunami $4.80, eighth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Mesut $24.60, 10th)


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