Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Wednesday, Jan. 1 (updated)

First, Happy New Year.

Second, jockey Tyler Baze returns to the saddle after a suspension for substance abuse. Let’s hope he has his act together in his personal life and on the track.

Lots of scratches early.

FIRST RACE: 1. Rebelution (SCRATCHED), 2. Sunland Vintage, 3. Glad’s Gals. LONG SHOT: Lethal Miss.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Govenor Charlie (SCRATCHED), 2. Little Jerry, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Safety Belt.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Joe Carl, 2. Go to the Pulpit, 3. Cook Inlet. LONG SHOT: Romeo Royale.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Right on Schedule, 2. Tommy’s Kid, 3. Atticus Scouts. LONG SHOT: Robertino.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Setsuko, 2. Say Ow, 3. Ever Rider. LONG SHOT: Scorpion Warrior.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Perfecta, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Boller Bomb. LONG SHOT: Ricspretentiousgal.

Interesting jockey switch here on PERFECTA, a daughter of Pleasantly Perfect. Joe Talamo has ridden three of the last four times, not necessarily with great success, so trainer Richard Mandella goes to the red hot Gary Stevens. They are a 40% proposition the last year so why try to fight it.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Betty Bing Bing, 2. Very Thankful, 3. Glorious Rebecca. LONG SHOT: Exclusive Girl.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Rever de Vous, 2. Full Ransom, 3. Sushi Empire. LONG SHOT: Saintly Joan.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Apache Ambush, 2. Second Proposal, 3. Goyan. LONG SHOT: Grand Humor.

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, Nov. 29 (UPDATED 3, 5, 9 OFF TURF)

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really like Friday’s card, but what do I know?

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FIRST RACE: 1. Warrensgoldenyears, 2. Charisma Code, 3. Regal Randy. LONG SHOT: Head South.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Judge Carr, 2. Tale Be Told, 3. Tribal Smoke. LONG SHOT: Turn On the Brites.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mr. Bossy Pants, 2. Koast, 3. Dixieland Blues. LONG SHOT: Regally Soul.

OFF THE TURF.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Perfect Tango, 2. Kevin’s Kool Kat, 3. Glad’s Gals. LONG SHOT: U R My Candy Girl.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Journey On, 2. Level Headed, 3. Passionate Diva. LONG SHOT: High Jinks.

THIS RACE IS OFF THE TURF

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Truelee Scrappin, 2. Sandys Diamond, 3. Hurry Home Clover. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge.

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SEVEN RACE: 1. Summer Front (best bet), 2. Silentio, 3. Winning Prize. LONG SHOT: Bright Thought.

Just throw SUMMER FRONT’s last race at Keeneland which was moved from the turf to the Polytrack. When you do that he is 2-for-3 on the grass this year and Eastern-based trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Joe Bravo aren’t coming out for the Thanksgiving leftovers. The son of War Front ran over this course last November (sixth in Hollywood Derby) so he is familiar with the surroundings. Will be closing from the back on the turn.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Heir Kitty, 2. Atta Boy Pete, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Say Ow.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Practising, 2. Kitten de Pere, 3. Elite Eight. LONG SHOT: Parade Bound.

OFF THE TURF

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Inner Groove $4.20, first race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Majestic Stride $3.40, fourth; Procurement $7.20, seventh; Elusive Luci $18.60, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Wings of Mojave $11, fifth; In Dad’s Honor $6.20, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Mesana $7, second)

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