Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Jan. 18 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Sunland Vintage, 2. Clearly Confused, 3. Joint Attempt. LONG SHOT: Second Time.


SECOND RACE: 1. Addendum, 2. No Tricks for Jack, 3. Quinnette. LONG SHOT: Rossi Reserve.


THIRD RACE: 1. Kafister, 2. Close to the Edge, 3. Newfound Gold. LONG SHOT: Gal Has to Like It.

Trainer Ron Ellis makes a key jock switch here on KAFISTER going from apprentice Irving Orozco to  journeyman Victor Espinoza, who has won 30% of his mounts for Ellis the last two years. This gelding takes a class drop and just throw out his last disaster.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Right On Schedule, 2. Gold Tie Please, 3. Dynamite Wind. LONG SHOT: Eat My Bubbles.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Moone’s My Name (SCRATCHED), 2. Gulsary, 3. Fanticola. LONG SHOT: Lady Ten SCRATCHED. New order: 1. Gulsary, 2. Fanticola, 3. Charlie Em .LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Little Curlin (best bet), 2. Pimpernel, 3. Garen. LONG SHOT: Roger Rocket.

This son of Curlin was 5-1 in his debut at Keeneland and finished a fast-closing fourth, but he is likely more suited for the dirt. Jerry Hollendorfer has been handed the keys and puts barn favorite Rafael Bejarano in the saddle.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Moulin de Mougin, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Oscillator. LONG SHOT: Bee Brave.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hear the Ghost, 2. Shakin It Up, 3. Zeewat. LONG SHOT: Heir of Storm.


NINTH RACE: 1. Dancinginthestreet, 2. Kitten de Pere, 3. Practising. LONG SHOT: Perfect Cursive.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Prescenceofagenius $3.40, first race; Happybirthdaybaby $5.80, fifth; Street Icon $6.20, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Graeme Crackerjack $7.60, fourth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Horse Laugh $5.80, second; Elegant in Silk $6.40, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0


Friday’s top choice winners: 0

Friday’s second choice winners: 5 (Time for Angie $7, first; Just Dancing $4, second; Acute $7.60, fourth; Ambitious Brew $3.60, seventh; The Cleaners $4, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (El Nino Terrible $30.80, sixth)