Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Jan. 28

Preview: Not a real exciting card. Jockey Rafael Bejarano is back after spending a week overseas riding. Look for him to be on live horses.

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Race 3: #9 Tough Annie  (12-1) 

This mare has plenty of speed with the second best early pace rating from Brisnet. Trainer Lorenzo Ruiz is 33% second off the layoff and he puts apprentice David Lopez aboard.

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Race 4: #10 Our First Girl (3-1)

Horses under trainer Peter Eurton does better with second-time starters and this filly finished second first time out. She had the top Prime and Class ratings on Brisnet plus the second best Early pace rating. Jockey Gary Stevens takes over and the 4-year-old comes out of a key race.

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Race 8: #7 Bolt Up  (6-1)

This filly puts the blinkers on for trainer Jonathan Wong, who is 3-for-6 with that move. Wong is also 57% route to sprint and apprentice David Lopez takes this mount.

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, March 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Scatajawea, 2. Summer Veil, 3. Open Day Light. LONG SHOT: Zippininaroundtown.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Diamante Mobile, 2. Irish and Lucky, 3. Quay Factor. LONG SHOT: Katerrific.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Miss Boom Boom, 2. Carrick bay, 3. Warren’s Dixi Bell. LONG SHOT: Sidepocket Run.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Red N Black Attack, 2. Peacenik, 3. From Here to There. LONG SHOT: Zippingaroundtown.

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FIFTH RACE: 1, Day of Fury (best bet), 2. Logan’s Moon, 3. Apollo Ten. LONG SHOT: Got Even.

You don’t often see trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Gary Stevens, who are a 31% proposition, at this price so we’ll take a swing. DAY OF FURY (6-1), a 4-year-old, has done his best running on the Santa Anita main track and we’re hoping for the same thing here.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Young and Hungry, 2. Anytime Anyplace, 3. Currency Exchange. LONG SHOT: Top Floor.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sheer Pleasure, 2. Lost Bus, 3. Party Rock. LONG SHOT: Grand Yodeler.

In this 3-year-old filly’s only race on dirt she won for fun at Los Alamitos. SHEER PLEASURE  (6-1) returns to the dirt today and trainer Phil D’Amato puts blinkers on (36%) and jockey Martin Garcia (32%) takes over. Look for more speed out of the gate.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Royal F J, 2. Zimmer, 3. Fighting On. LONG SHOT: Jomelo.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Happy’s Golden Gal, 2. Comealongwithme, 3. Blind Dreams. LONG SHOT: Bevisioned.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Thermodynamics $5.20, third race; Moonlight Meeting $3.40, fourth; Time for Angie $11, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Saint Dermot $12.40, first; Grazen Sky $3.60, sixth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Heavens Stairway $4.80, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Spanish Queen $6, fifth)

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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, March 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Larry Birdstone (best bet), 2. Saint Dermot, 3. Village Kitten. LONG SHOT: Bula Bula.

This 4-year-old LARRY BIRDSTONE (5-2) showed some improvement when he finally got on the dirt in his 2015 debut. Now he takes the huge drop from MSW to maiden claiming, a move trainer Phil D’Amato is 46% with.D’Amato also adds blinkers (36%) and jockey Joe Talamo (23%).

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SECOND RACE: 1. Flat Gone, 2. Public Policy, 3. Maximinus. LONG SHOT: Cinematic Cat.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Thermodynamics, 2. Lirica Heat, 3. Charming Starlet. LONG SHOT: Wandering Heart.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Moonlight Meeting, 2. Preordained, 3. El Monterey. LONG SHOT: Steel Dragon.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Twentyfive to Life, 2. Unusually Fancy, 3. Warren’s Purrfect. LONG SHOT: Spanish Queen.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Run Like a Million, 2. Grazen Sky, 3. Kluszewski. LONG SHOT: Not Enough Eddie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Black Bird Rock, 2. Grazenette, 3. Heavens Stairway. LONG SHOT: Emerald Star.

BLACK BIRD ROCK (8-1), a 6-year-old mare, finished fourth, less than a length behind the winner at this level one race back. Jockey Corey Nakatani sticks for trainer Mark Casse, who is 21% going route to sprint.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Time for Angie, 2. Kerrilynn, 3. Twelve Folds. LONG SHOT: In Dad’s Honor.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Bobby Z Man $8.60, first race; Mr. Jay D $3.20, fifth; Faith Proof $3.40, sixth; Frensham $8.40, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Frosty Friday $8.80, seventh; Knock Em Flat $7.40, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sky Heart $6.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Jenna’s Faith $20.60, fourth)

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Santa Anita picks for Sunday, March 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Crusher, 2. Shackbamalama, 3. Cinco de Mario. LONG SHOT: Trouble X Two.

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SECOND RACE: Kissin Lucky Lips, 2. Money Plays, 3. Classic Candy. LONG SHOT: Rosso Bellezza.

Trainer Mike Puype stated he was going to scratch this maiden KISSIN LUCKY LIPS from Saturday’s ridiculously hard Santa Anita Oaks to go here in this maiden claimer on the grass. Puype puts blinkers on this 3-year-old filly and he’s 30% with that move.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Copperopolis, 2. Yes She’s Unusual, 3. Sea John’s Spirit. LONG SHOT: Adriatic Skye.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Showme Yourfriends, 2. Big Note, 3. Mr. Ornery. LONG SHOT: Xuang Feng.

SHOWME YOURFRIENDS, a 6-year-old gelding, has raced once on the down the hill turf course and won. After a layoff and prep at Golden Gate, trainer Tim McCanna decides to come back to a winning formula and trainer Tyler Baze jumps on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Susa B Good, 2. Theatrical Cast, 3. Gisele At Fonz’s. LONG SHOT: Irish and Lucky.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Presenceofagenius, 2. Snaps, 3. Counting Days. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Red Tesla, 2. Congregationalist, 3. Tenkiller Kid. LONG SHOT: Pass the Pico.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Peace and Justice (best bet), 2. Bright Thought, 3. Joelito. LONG SHOT: Dr Action.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Amina Perfect, 2. Perfect Tango, 3. Splendid Outcast. LONG SHOT: Cleverly Beverly.

 

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Santa Anita picks for Sunday, Feb. 16

FIRST RACE: 1. Snaps, 2. Crucero, 3. Scarly Charly. LONG SHOT: China Girl Lover.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Paseo Alegro, 2. Truelee Scrappin, 3. Gal Has to Like It. LONG SHOT: Street Car.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Life Is a Joy (best bet), 2. Red Outlaw, 3. Gangnam Guy. LONG SHOT: Royal Banker.

Look who this 3-year-old gelding LIFE IS A JOY has been losing races to: California Chrome, Tamarando and Better Bet. Now he makes his turf debut here and tries down the hill. Jockey Mike Smith takes the mount for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and they are a 57% proposition at Santa Anita.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Pass the Pico, 2. Awesome Indy, 3. Sheriff Ryan. LONG SHOT: Shackbamalama.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Rprettyboyfloyd, 2. Kobe’s Back, 3. Roger Rocket. LONG SHOT: Cherubim.

RPRETTYBOYFLOYD, a son of Bluegrass Cat, was entered on Saturday but trainer Denise Breuer decided to run this maiden here in the San Vicente at 7 furlongs. The 3-year-old has finished second in his first two tries to Bayern, who came back to win an allowance race Thursday by a ton, and Chelios, a promising sophomore from trainer Tom Proctor. The Bayern race is proving to be one of the top key maiden races of the year.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Autumn View, 2. Warren’s Cracker, 3. Van Dien Avenue. LONG SHOT: Heavens Stairway.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fifteen Black, 2. Whine for Wine, 3. Nooten. LONG SHOT: Cinematic Cat.

We were hoping this son of Bertrando would run a couple weeks ago, but FIFTEEN BLACK didn’t draw in. He was the 4-5 favorite last summer at Pleasanton, but obviously must have come out of the maiden race injured. He returns here for trainer Jeff Bonde, who puts the blinkers on and this 3-year-old has been training lights out in the mornings. He draws a nice outside post and jockey Martin Garcia jumps on.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Journey On, 2. My Gi Gi, 3. Bee Brave. LONG SHOT: Oscar Party.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Violate, 2. Natal, 3. Capers N Wine. LONG SHOT: Rambunchkie.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Chat n’ Cut $8.60, first race; Iotapa $6.40, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Seeking the Sherif $3.80, fourth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Awesome Prospect $8.60, second; Teacher Teacher $5, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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