Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, March 7

FIRST RACE: 1. War Politics, 2. Londinium, 3. Paseo Alegro. LONG SHOT: Unstopper Topper.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Rprettyboyfloyd (best bet), 2. Party Time, 3. Vegas Strip. LONG SHOT: Shackleford Banks.

We’re going to give the ridgling RPRETTYBOYFLOYD one more shot after he finished third in the Grade II San Vicente as a maiden. He has now lost to Bayern, Chelios and Kobes Back, all quality sophomores. He drops back into the maiden ranks and tries two turns for the first time plus jockey Rafael Bejarano stays aboard. This horse is also entered in Saturday’s San Felipe and with the scratch of Bayern, the connections will probably run there, but we think it’s a mistake and they should stay here in this maiden race.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rhagori, 2.Highly Rated, 3. Miss Well Molded. LONG SHOT: Silver Hustler.

Trainer Simon Callaghan has a nice pipeline from Europe and he has another invader here in this 5-year-old mare, RHAGORI. Callaghan is 31% first time in North America and 25% first time with a new horse in his charge. He also gets leading rider Bejarano to sign on so all systems might be go.

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FOURTH RACE: 1, Too Fast to Pass, 2. Great Friends Rule, 3. Limited Response. LONG SHOT: Stretch.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sweet Red Cat, 2. Kathleen Rose, 3. Tap the Magic. LONG SHOT: High Junks.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Appealing Resume, 2. Our Pure Creation, 3. Sweet Factory. LONG SHOT: Fanny Brice.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Intoxicating Move, 2. Callous Effect, 3. Heavens Stairway. LONG SHOT: Ascription.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Take a Risk, 2. Tale of Power, 3. Old Pueblo. LONG SHOT: Rob’s Pal.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Oh Daddy Oh $4.60, fourth race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 4 (Dubai Ruler $17.80, first; Candiz $5.80, second; I’m No Patsy $7.80, third; Number Five $7.40, fifth; Copperpolis $10.40, sixth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Joelito $11, seventh; Yesterday Sings $5.80, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

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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Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Feb. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Chat n’ Cut, 2. Omar Little, 3. Gold Tie Please. Long shot: No Ez Money.

It won’t take a world beater to win this maiden claimer for older horses so why not go with a fresh face? This 4-year-old gelding CHAT N’ CUT is trained by Craig Dollase, who has outstanding numbers with first-time starters (40%) and debut maiden claimers (60%). He puts red-hot Tyler Baze aboard and the son of Include has a couple of nice works leading up to this debut.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wonderful Union (best bet), 2. Caramuru, 3. Awesome Prospect. LONG SHOT: Salutos Amigos.

This is an interesting placement by trainer Ron Ellis because he is running a maiden against winners in this starter allowance. Again, there are no world beaters in here, but Ellis obviously wants to get this 4-year-old gelding WONDERFUL UNION around two turns for the first time and the maiden claiming races must not be filling. Ellis is 59% from 17 starts in horses running between 61 and 180 days plus he’s 25% with jockey Edwin Maldonado.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Death Star, 2. Presenceofagenius, 3. Rangi. LONG SHOT: Cacau.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Macias, 2. Seeking the Sherif, 3. Master Chef. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cowtownmary, 2. Bury Pacer, 3. Go Black Tie. LONG SHOT: Crushed It.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Footstepsinbronze, 2. Vegas Strip, 3. Superlooper. LONG SHOT: Simon Kenton.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bajan, 2. Famous Alice, 3. Susans Express. LONG SHOT: Soresca.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Iotapa, 2. Fiftyshadesofhay, 3. Let Faith Arise. LONG SHOT: Ondine.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Kid Rollins, 2. Itsabeautifulday, 3. Teacher Teacher. LONG SHOT: Cassie’s Harbor.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Magic Mark $4, second race; Head South $6.20, third)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Peace and Justice $5.80, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 3 (A Toast to You $12.20, first; Browsing $9.80, sixth; Valtari $16.60, seventh)

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