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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 11

Race 4: #4 Stylistic (10-1)

The 5-year-old mare returns after an 8-month layoff, but her works coming in to this race look outstanding for trainer Donald Warren. The sire Cyclotron is 21% with first-time turfers and we expect jockey Elvis Trujillo to have her forwardly placed down the hill.

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Race 7: #9 Party Rock (4-1)

Trainer Bob Baffert drops this daughter of Good Journey into a claimer for the first time. When he does that he wins 38% of the time. Jockey Martin Garcia had a choice of another Baffert entrant and chose this one.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, April 9

Race 2: #4 Hurry Up Henry (5-2)

This horse scratched on Sunday to try his luck here. Was bred to be a decent sort out of Henrythenavigator, but just hasn’t delivered so trainer Phil D’Amato decided to geld him. Looks like some strong works since the gelding and D’Amato is 36% with jockey Elvis Trujillo.

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Race 4: #4 Ink Well (9-5)

This son of English Channel is taking two drops here: in class and against straight 3-year-olds after facing older last time. He is bred to go this far and trainer Gary Stute employs apprentice Gonzalo Nicolas to get a 7-pound weight break.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, April 5

Race 6: #6 Hurry Up Henry (8-1)

Was bred to be a decent sort out of Henrythenavigator, but just hasn’t delivered so trainer Phil D’Amato decided to geld him. Looks like some strong works since the gelding and D’Amato is 36% with jockey Elvis Trujillo.

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Race 8: #1 Full Ransom (20-1)

Won a grass stakes as a 2-year-old, but has floundered since. She is making her third start off a long layoff which may do the trick for the combination of Jim Cassidy and jockey Santiago Gonzalez. The key here is she is coming out of a race that has already produced two winners.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, April 2

Editor’s note: Hope to get back to full handicapping by Saturday. Suffice to say, someone close to me has been sick and had surgery recently and I’ve been dealing this for a long time. Now it’s on the road to recovery.

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Race 4: #2 Badasmywifeletsmeb

The gelding is taking a drop in class after showing speed against better. The gelding has won over the course before for trainer Barry Abrams, who turns to jockey Elvis Trujillo to take over.

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Race 8: #3 War Destiny

Trainer John Sadler tried to get this gelding on the grass last time but it was taken off. The 5-year-old pressed the pace on the dirt and I love War Fronts on the grass. Jockey Tyler Baze, who is 23% with Sadler, takes the reins.

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, March 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Blind Dreams, 2. Scattercash, 3. Zippinaroundtown. LONG SHOT: Valentine’s Reward.

Trainer Doug O’Neill claimed this 4-year-old filly BLIND DREAMS (5-2) last time out and moves her up a level. O’Neill is 17% first off the claim and 19% with horses making their second off the layoff. The daughter of Kodiak Kowboy goes two turns for the first time so we’re thinking that’s why O’Neill claimed her.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Reno Rebel, 2. My Samurai Warrior, 3. My Secret Affair. LONG SHOT: Muchos Besos.

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THIRD RACE: 1. In Dad’s Honor 2. Twelve Folds, 3. Rosewhitenblue. LONG SHOT: Mum’s Truckee.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ain’t No Other, 2. Trelawny, 3. El Commodore. LONG SHOT: Success Rate.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Taste Like Candy, 2. Grandiose Tactics, 3. Intoxicating Move. LONG SHOT: My Sweet Addiction.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Caradini, 2. Enchanted Fortune, 3. Pure. LONG SHOT: Taylor Lane.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Guggenheim, 2. Bobby Z Man, 3. Presidentsky. LONG SHOT: Pepnic.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ruby N Diamonds (best bet), 2. Divine Tale, 3. Euroclydon. LONG SHOT: Secret Appeal.

RUBY N DIAMONDS (4-1) showed high speed at this level last time, but just couldn’t finish. The 4-year-old gets a half-furlong shorter and jockey change to Elvis Trujillo. May take them wire-to-wire.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (One Lucky Dane $2.80, second race; Ezio $7, fifth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Midnight City $13.80, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Minks Aprise $14.80, third; Whiskey Ticket $31.80, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Acute $10.20, first)

 

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Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, March 8

Working the desk last night and time change have done me in for full picks today. Check me out on twitter @Jeff_Nahill to see if I like anything else earlier on the card. Thanks for reading.

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Race 6: #8 Pay the Fine (8-1)

The son of Square Eddie showed speed and faded in his debut last month. He should only improve off that effort and the Doug O’Neill barn seems to be heating up. Jockey Elvis Trujillo takes the mount.

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Race 9: #1 Paythebank (12-1)

Trainer Eric Kruljac sends this gelding around two turns off a run down the hill. He put a good work into the son of Lemon Drop Kid (fastest of 138) and drops into a maiden claimer for the first time.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Miss Boom Boom $3.60, third race; Royal FJ $22, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Summer Veil $3.40, first; Anytime Anyplace $9.40, sixth; Lost Bus $7.40, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Pulling G’s $6.20, fifth race; Arethusa $22, sixth; Shared Belief $2.60, 11th)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Dortmund $3.60, seventh; Wild Dude $5.80, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Whisk $30.20, third; Black Betsy $7.60, fourth)

Saturday’s fourth choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Ring Weekend $17.40, 10th)

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Feb. 8 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Blooming Hannah (best bet), 2. Pocketfullofgreen, 3. Herecomeskat. LONG SHOT: Stunning Taste.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Amnesia, 2. Mark of a Gem, 3. Camyrn Kate. LONG SHOT: Free Money.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Miss Centerfold (SCRATCHED), 2. Wild At Heart, 3. Never Ends. LONG SHOT: Dad’s Princess. New picks: 1. Wild At Heart, 2. Never Ends, 3. Dad’s Princess. LONG SHOT: By the Shore.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Radiant Journey, 2. Zuzu’s Petals, 3. Yana. LONG SHOT: Twelve Folds.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Bayonet, 2. Scandal, 3. Vendita. LONG SHOT: Conquest Artura.

BAYONET (12-1), a 3-year-old filly, makes her turf debut, but the real key is the distance. By Colonel John, she should enjoy the added distance as trainer Peter Eurton us 20% with horses off a 61-180-day layoff and he is 20% with jockey Elvis Trujillo.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Quality Plan (SCRATCHED), 2. Night Badger, 3. Flat Gone. LONG SHOT: Casual Attire. New picks: 1. Niht Badger, 2. Flat Gone, 3. Como Mi Padre. LONG SHOT: Casual Attire.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sir Barclay, 2. Rolo Tamaci, 3. Valdirone. LONG SHOT: I B Mike.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Birdlover, 2. Indecise, 3. Fanticola. LONG SHOT: Global Hottie (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Sky Treasure.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Brother Soldier, 2. This Time I Win, 3. Coolington. LONG SHOT: Sum Midnight Star.

This 4-year-old BROTHER SOLDIER (8-1) drops from a claiming race to a starter allowance, where he finished third. There have been two nice works since and he may be sitting on a good one for trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Flavian Prat.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Signature Cat $9, first race; Finnegans Wake $5.80, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Cyrus Alexander $4.80, third; Dortmund $3.20, fifth; Shared Belief $4, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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