Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, April 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Pioneer Charlie, 2. Traweek, 3. No Contingency. LONG SHOT: Jonny’s Choice.


SECOND RACE: 1. War Academy, 2. Caminetto, 3. Kafister. LONG SHOT: Raised a Secret.


THIRD RACE: 1. Fast Moka Too, 2. Lust for Life, 3. Smooth Talker. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Mythical Storm (best bet), 2. Hot Market, 3. Go First. LONG SHOT: Gutsy Ruler.

MYTHICAL STORM (4-1), a 4-year-old colt, almost won first time out after a long layoff and despite the fact that trainer Gary Mandella is 0-for-7 going turf-to-dirt and second off the layoff, we think this colt is ready to go for jockey Flavian Plat. The son of Fusaichi Pegasus broke his maiden over this downhill turf course.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Somethingaboutnick, 2. Hallucinator, 3. Preordained. LONG SHOT: Show and Tell.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Queen’s Balladier, 2. Sweet, 3. Ya Ya Girl. LONG SHOT: Danette

Bomb city! This 4-year-old filly QUEEN’S BALLADIER (20-1) pressed the pace in her return from a short layoff and then tired. With that under her belt, she returns to the grass and comes out of a key race. Jockey Joe Talamo must have seen something to keep the mount for trainer Howard Zucker.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rolo Tamaci, 2. Rule He Will, 3. Frensham. LONG SHOT: Big Swag.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Big John B, 2. Abbey Vale, 3. Power Foot. LONG SHOT: Joes Blazing Aaron.

BIG JOHN B comes out of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which has produced four next out winners and train Phil D’Amato can get them ready off a long layoff.


NINTH RACE: 1. Olympic Lady, 2. Filly On Fire, 3. Miss Star Maker. LONG SHOT: Big Move.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Bentley’s Gone $4.40, first race; Tale of Papa Nick $14.40, fifth; Seek Safe Harbor $5.80, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Prettypreciousheir $5.40, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Democracy Rules, $10.80, fourth; Ransom Canyon $11.60, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (My Sweet Afleet ($13.80, second)