Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Saturday, March 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Como Mi Padre (best bet), 2. Distillery, 3. Surfer Moon. LONG SHOT: Bertrane.

Trainer Blake Heap has hit on 3-of-5 when he puts a horse on the turf for the first time. COMO MI PADRE, a son of Borrego, got off to a slow start while finishing second to cheaper. Jockey Victor Espinoza know the colt well and is 2-for-7 with Heap.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Maximinus, 2. Morning Line Wiz, 3. Happy Idea. LONG SHOT: Johns Journey.

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THIRD RACE: 1. W. Giles, 2. Heaveneleven, 3. Bart the Barrister. LONG SHOT: Black Tie.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tribal Spy, 2. Ciao Bella Luna, 3. Could Be Trouble. LONG SHOT: Oscillator.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Wonderful Union, 2. Brave Act, 3. Boss of Me. LONG SHOT: Hello Frankie.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Dynesque, 2. Bird In Love, 3. Star Act. LONG SHOT: Tizmiss.

Trainer John Shirreffs doesn’t usually put in a bunch of flashy drills for first-time starts and such is the case is here. This daughter of Dynaformer has been working nice and steady for her debut. She has the breeding to win first time out going long on the turf and we might get a hint of a price, too.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Let Faith Arise, 2. Iotapa, 3. Fiftyshadesofhay. LONG SHOT: Miss Serendipity (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Stanwyck.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Procurement, 2. Rookie Sensation, 3. Si Sage. LONG SHOT: Di Giorgio.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Whine for Wine, 2. K Thirty Eight, 3. Natural Stride (SCRACTHED), new 3. Next Book. LONG SHOT: Masochistic.

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, Nov. 22 (updated)

They will be off the turf again on Friday at Hollywood Park.

FIRST RACE: 1. Go Black Tie, 2. Hoppertunity (SCRATCHED), 3. Hold Everything. LONG SHOT: Candy Boy.

Trainer Craig Dollase knows how to get a first-time starter ready (42%) and he’s good with 2-year-olds (29%) like GO BLACK TIE. Here he sends the son of Borrego around two turns in his initial run and Dollase puts jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard and they have good numbers together.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Poshsky, 2. Quick Cielo, 3. Tommo. LONG SHOT: Ancient Stone.

Don’t forget this race is off the turf.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sidepocket Champ, 2. Wonderful Union, 3. Burlister. LONG SHOT: Second Proposal.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Blunderstone, 2. Fashion Plate, 3. Morning Star. LONG SHOT: Afsana.

Trainer Eoin Harty does pretty well with stretching horses out and this daughter of Birdstone named BLUNDERSTONE is bred to run all day. She showed a little bit of interest while finishing fourth at 7 furlongs. Going two turns should be right up her alley.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Rovenna, 2. Meinertzhageni, 3. Prayer Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Feature Attraction.

ACCOMMODATION would have been my pick in this race off his impressive maiden score, but he is “stuck” and likely to scratch Friday morning. Note: as of 10:42 a.m. Accommodation isn’t scratched. My new order: 1. Accommodation, 2. Rovenna, 3. Meinertzhageni, 4. Prayer Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Feature Attraction. NEVER MIND ACCOMMODATION IS SCRATCHED AS EXPECTED. BACK TO ORIGINAL PICKS. GEEZ.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Larocco, 2. Frandontjudge, 3. Golden Celestial. LONG SHOT: Diamonddusted.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mechaya, 2. Mum’s Truckee, 3. Spring Breeze. LONG SHOT: Tappingintherain.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tribal Rain, 2. Pure Blush, 3. Pawn Shop. LONG SHOT: English Puddin.

Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Midnight Casanova $4, fourth; Marino Mizer $4.80, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Key Vista $3, second; Tiz Zoe Cee $7.80, third)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Educated Guess $4.20, first; Money Clip $9.40, sixth; Master Chef $6.60, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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