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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, June 6

Race 2: #7 Tiz Love (5-1)
This 2-year-old colt has been tearing up the track in the mornings at Los Alamitos for trainer Patricia Harrington. Whether that transfers to Santa Anita, we’ll find out but at the price it might be right.
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Race 8: #10 Magna Rex (8-1)
Everything trainer Richard Baltas seems to touch these days turns to gold, or in this case goes to the winner’s circle, so why not take a shot on this 3-year-old gelding making his turf debut with jockey Flavian Prat.
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Race 10: #9 The Gomper (7-2)
This 3-year-old colt has faced some toughies in his career like Prospect Park, Dortmund and Kentuckian. Transferred to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer two races ago, The Dorf decides to try this son of Sky Mesa on the grass for the first time. Who are we to argue?
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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, June 5

Race 5: #8 Socialized (NL)

This 3-year-old filly has steadily been improving and gets a key jockey switch to red-hot Flavian Prat for trainer Cliff Sise.

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Race 7: #7 Paulina’s Love (NL)

This 3-year-old filly was an impressive maiden winner last out going straight to the front and widening her lead. Trainer Richard Baltas has good number in all categories and the filly has been training lights out plus jockey Rafael Bejarano rides.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 14

Race 3: #6 Faith Pacer (3-1)

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with first-time starters in MSW races and the sire Lucky Pulpit is 12% first time out while the dam’s sire (Meadowlake) is 18% with first-timers. This 2-year-old filly showed her readiness with a good work on April 29.

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Race 6: #7 Henry’s Holiday (5-1)

When last seen, this 3-year-old was finishing fifth to American Pharoah in the Del Mar Futurity. That’s all you need to know about his class. He tries turf for the first time (sire is 13%) and he won his career debut last year so he can come out running after the layoff. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 30% from 20 starters with first-time geldings.

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Race 8: #7 Archie Bunker (8-1)

Trainer Paddy Gallagher is 31% with first-time horses in a maiden claimer. This son of Arch (13% turf sire) gets a jockey change to the red-hot Flavian Prat.

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Feb. 22

FIRST RACE: 1. W. Giles, 2. Magna Warrior, 3. Echo Zulu. LONG SHOT: Papa’s Paisley.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Bernier, 2. Fiftyshesoffun, 3. She’s Discreet. LONG SHOT: Private Marina.

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THIRD RACE: 1. She’s Flush, 2. Larocco, 3. Norastone. LONG SHOT: Ina Mina.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. War Destiny, 2. Uptown Rythem, 3. Bellamy Concerto. LONG SHOT: Barbary Coast.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Milhaud, 2. Commute, 3. Smart Transition. LONG SHOT: Ketos.

MILHAUD (12-1), a 3-year-old gelding, got off to a slow start in his debut and just ran evenly. Look for an improved effort from the Richard Mandella trainee. Jockey Flavian Prat is 26% with Mandella.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Broughton Kitten (turf only) (best bet), 2. Iancol, 3. Daddy D T. LONG SHOT: Papacoolpapacool.

BROUGHTON KITTEN (3-1) lost to the ultra-talented Bolo two races back and then finished fourth in Cal Derby. Returns to favorite surface and should be prepped for big effort with jockey Martin Garcia aboard.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Arlington House, 2. Gold Chaser, 3. Follow Me Crev. LONG SHOT: Warren’s T. Baze.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sweet Swap, 2. Seeking the Sherif, 3. Home Run Kitten. LONG SHOT: Hay Dude.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Bossmon, 2. Captain G, 3. Empire Cat. LONG SHOT: Rodeado.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Bettys Bambino $7.80, eighth race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 4 (Congrats Seattle $3.20, second; Warren’s Gussie $13, fourth; Sensitively $4.80, fifth; Gimme Da Lute $3.40, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Kafister $12.60, first; Well Maybe $7, third; Lady Asano $7.60, sixth

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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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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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Feb. 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Katerrific, 2. L X Sunrise, 3. Taie It Slowly. LONG SHOT: Scoozi.

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SECOND RACE: 1. I Don’t Care Who, 2. Perfect Set, 3. Bluegrass Reward. LONG SHOT: Half Strike.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Chaulk O Lattey, 2. Twentyfive to Life, 3. Tale of Papa Nick. LONG SHOT: Discatsonthesquare.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Smart Journey, 2. Trelawny, 3. Fighter Squadron. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

This 6-year-old SMART JOURNEY (8-1) drops into a claimer for the first time, but trainer Mark Glatt is 19% with claimers. The horse has had plenty of experience on the downhill turf course and jockey Flavian Prat knows what to do on the grass.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Relentless Heat, 2. Senor Rain, 3. Nextdoorneighbor. LONG SHOT: No Contingency.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Midnight Hawk, 2. Setsuko, 3. Prime Issue. LONG SHOT: Batti Man.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Day of Fury, 2. Anxious Times, 3. Christopher Street. LONG SHOT: Street Maven.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bandido Too (best bet), 2. Pure Thunder, 3. Sky Heart. LONG SHOT: Muzzled Mousse.

BANDIDO TOO (7-2), a 3-year-old, had been gelded since his last start by trainer Tim Yakteen, who is 3-for-4 with horses coming off a layoff of 61-180 days. Jockey Tyler Baze retains the mount on the class dropper and look for improved speed.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Sprague River $9.60, fifth race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Pat the Bear $3.40, second)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Hoop of Colour $9.80, third; Ashleyluvssugar $19.20, seventh; Alwazabridesmaid $22.80, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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