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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, June 19 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Partyin (SCRATCHED), 2. Caval, 3. So You Say. LONG SHOT: Haleys Rainbow. NEW PICKS: 1. So You Say, 2. Caval, 3. Yes She’s a Dancer. LONG SHOT: Haleys Rainbow. (No show wagering)

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SECOND RACE: 1. Eleven Zip, 2. Antinanco, 3. Sudden Rumor. LONG SHOT: Los Angelenos.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Remarkable Moon, 2. Scooter Bird, 3. Another Sky. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Rosebud.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Magic Mark, 2. Tiz Dynamic, 3. Secretsatmidnight. LONG SHOT: Big Cazanova.

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FIFHT RACE: 1. Super Reagan, 2. Superboot, 3. Songforjohnmichael. LONG SHOT: Warrior’s Ridge.

Trainer Peter Miller claimed SUPER REAGAN, a gelding, out of a $20,000 maiden claimer almost assuredly with the idea of running on the grass with this 3-year-old out of a Irish River mare. The gelding had trouble at the gate in last race, but showed some spark in the stretch. Miller also trains SUPERBOOT, who might be the lower price in the betting. SONGFORJOHNMICHAEL is a first time gelding.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Fast Moka Too (best bet), 2. Say’s Who, 3. Fly to Freedom. LONG SHOT: Queen of the Hill.

FAST MOKA TOO, a 5-year-old mare, has won two races over this track and after a failed experiment at Golden Gate, she returns. Also returning for trainer Ron Ellis is jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., who guided her to those two wins.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Jackson Sundown, 2. Dancer Humor, 3. Public Interest. LONG SHOT: Maxx the Giant.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Point Endurance, 2. Nonna Reese, 3. Run Rosie Run. LONG SHOT: Warrens Goldnugget.

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, April 27 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Sidebar, 2. Queen of the Hill, 3. Secret Genius. LONG SHOT: Lady Vivien.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sunny Kat, 2. Mal Verde, 3. Relative Time. LONG SHOT: La Jolla Cove.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Time For Angie, 2. Julio’s Gold, 3. Vicki Victoria. LONG SHOT: Rhodium.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ascription, 2. Gelila, 3. Visions of Candy. LONG SHOT: Summer Fascination.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Charissa, 2. Fly to Freedom, 3. Warren’s Tricia R. LONG SHOT: Jaycee’s Faith (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Bea’s Bench.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bird In Love, 2. Miss Super Quick, 3. Burning Arch. LONG SHOT: Not to Shiny.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Shame On Alex (best bet), 2. Too Fast to Pass, 3. Life a Riley. LONG SHOT: Los Bambinos.

Trainer Ron Ellis brings this 5-year-old gelding SHAME ON ALEX back from Golden Gate, where he failed miserably. The son of Afleet Alex has a win and a third on the Santa Anita dirt. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado gets aboard and he is 36% with Ellis. They won the last race on Saturday with Jovita’s Tuffy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Journey On, 2. Theatre Star, 3. Parranda. LONG SHOT: Premier Steps.

This 4-year-old JOURNEY ON could have run against Cal breds on Saturday, but trainer Doug O’Neill opted to run in this Grade III event. The daughter of Good Journey does her best running on or near the front so expect jockey Tyler Baze to put her right there.

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NINTH RACE: 1. West Coast Storm, 2. Shared Image, 3. My Wish Come True. LONG SHOT: Stracciatella.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Jovita’s Tuffy $6.40, 11th race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Dehere Is Gone $15.40, third; Storm Fighter $7.60, fifth; Rovenna $6, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Famous Alice $4.40, first)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (Burnaroundtheedges $7.60, second; Dancingtothestars $13.80, fourth)

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Santa Anita picks for Sunday, March 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Crusher, 2. Shackbamalama, 3. Cinco de Mario. LONG SHOT: Trouble X Two.

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SECOND RACE: Kissin Lucky Lips, 2. Money Plays, 3. Classic Candy. LONG SHOT: Rosso Bellezza.

Trainer Mike Puype stated he was going to scratch this maiden KISSIN LUCKY LIPS from Saturday’s ridiculously hard Santa Anita Oaks to go here in this maiden claimer on the grass. Puype puts blinkers on this 3-year-old filly and he’s 30% with that move.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Copperopolis, 2. Yes She’s Unusual, 3. Sea John’s Spirit. LONG SHOT: Adriatic Skye.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Showme Yourfriends, 2. Big Note, 3. Mr. Ornery. LONG SHOT: Xuang Feng.

SHOWME YOURFRIENDS, a 6-year-old gelding, has raced once on the down the hill turf course and won. After a layoff and prep at Golden Gate, trainer Tim McCanna decides to come back to a winning formula and trainer Tyler Baze jumps on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Susa B Good, 2. Theatrical Cast, 3. Gisele At Fonz’s. LONG SHOT: Irish and Lucky.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Presenceofagenius, 2. Snaps, 3. Counting Days. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Red Tesla, 2. Congregationalist, 3. Tenkiller Kid. LONG SHOT: Pass the Pico.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Peace and Justice (best bet), 2. Bright Thought, 3. Joelito. LONG SHOT: Dr Action.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Amina Perfect, 2. Perfect Tango, 3. Splendid Outcast. LONG SHOT: Cleverly Beverly.

 

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Santa Anita picks for Saturday, April 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Yard Line, 2. Vegas Strip, 3. Reno Rebel. LONG SHOT: Guggenheim.

I couldn’t talk anyone off any horse in this maiden race, which could turn into a key race down the line. If this Pick 5 doesn’t pay big bucks, I’ll be stunned.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Pulpit’s Express, 2. Volkonsky, 3. Storm Fighter. LONG SHOT: Poshsky.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Whine for Wine, 2. Life Is a Joy, 3. Gangnam Guy. LONG SHOT: Alert Bay.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sammy Mandeville, 2. Act, 3. Green Tag. LONG SHOT: Designated.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ria Antonia, 2. Fashion Plate, 3. Arethusa. LONG SHOT: Bajan.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Chati’s On Top, 2. Norastone, 3. Princess Genevieve. LONG SHOT: Cause Ur My Babe.

This daughter of Old Topper, CHATI’S ON TOP, runs in Southern California for the first time off a Golden Gate maiden win. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith takes over as Mike Puype takes over the training. The tow are a 40% proposition the last two years at Santa Anita.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Diversy Harbor, 2. Nashoba’s Gold, 3. Savings Account. LONG SHOT: Tiz Kissable.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Schoolofhardrocks, 2. Candy Boy, 3. California Chrome. LONG SHOT: Hoppertunity.

SCHOOLOFHARDROCKS, a son of Rock Hard Ten, was the “wise guy” horse before the Grade II San Felipe with a series of big works off a long layoff. He ran OK but was no match for California Chrome, who is also running here. Again this David Hofmans trainee has been training well coming into the race and must finish first or second to have any chance at running in the Kentucky Derby. Likewise, CANDY BOY has to finish first or second to get to the Derby while CALIFORNIA CHROME and HOPPERTUNITY already have enough point to get to Kentucky.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Advisory, 2. Tommy O, 3. Brave Act. LONG SHOT: Sir Macho.

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10TH RACE: 1. Toledo Eddie (best bet), 2. Too Fast to Pass, 3. Seeking the Sherif. LONG SHOT: Explain.

TOLEDO EDDIE, a 5-year-old gelding, is a perfect 3-for-3 on the Santa Anita Derby. The son of Ministers Wild Cat has seven lifetime wins while many in this race have just one or two. He’s moving into open company but has been working well for trainer Craig Dollase.

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11TH RACE: 1. Indygo F M A, 2. Kerrilynn, 3. Joeandbetty’sbaby. LONG SHOT: I’m Tops.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Water Issues $15.80, fourth race; Fit to Rule $4.60, fifth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Tiz the Key $5.60, first; Theatre Star #5.60, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Chicsdigtheshark $12.20, third; My Sweet Addiction $7.40, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita picks for Friday, March 28

FIRST RACE: q. Mank, 2. Bad Behavior, 3. Scarly Charly. LONG SHOT: A Red Tie Day.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cousin Ricky, 2. Johnny Reb, 3. Reps and Warrants. LONG SHOT: Still Unbroken.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Husband’s Folly, 2. Polytechnicien, 3. Depreciable. LONG SHOT: Timeless Indy.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. This Cat’s Awesome, 2. Seeking Asylum, 3. Mason B. LONG SHOT: Uncle Luck.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Trelawny, 2. Botch, 3. Swift Eagle. LONG SHOT: Yankee Rebel.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Chattering Class (best bet), 2. Primal Revival, 3. Summer Sea. LONG SHOT: Malbros.

For the second time in two days trainer Peter Miller gets a horse from the New Mexico circuit to run at Santa Anita. This 3-year-old, CHATTERING CLASS, is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time and showed speed last time out. Miller is 38% when going from MSW to a maiden claimer and 27% with jockey Victor Espinoza.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Karma King, 2. Forever Juanito, 3. Number Five. LONG SHOT: Al Baz.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jovita’s Tuffy, 2. My Jealous, 3. Topper’s Ghost. LONG SHOT: Nome.

Trainer Blaine Wright is based in Northern California was a 23% trainer in 2013. He rarely comes to Southern California so when he does, you have to take notice. JOVITA’S TUFFY, a 4-year-old gelding, won in his only appearance on the Santa Anita for trainer Mike Mitchell. Wright claimed him for $12.500 and ran him twice at Golden Gate. He returns to what be his favorite surface and gets red-hot apprentice Drayden Van Dyke to ride.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Raven Wild $5, first race; Christopher Street $6.40, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Mascato Girl $4, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Consecrate $7.40, second; Do Some Magic $4.60, third; No Ez Money $7.60, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Purahexonher $9.60, fifth)

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Santa Anita picks for Thursday, March 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Dixieland Blues, 2. Luckarack, 3. Tripski. LONG SHOT: Causeithertz.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cherubim, 2. Pimpernel, 3. Beach Hut. LONG SHOT: Rum Point.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Beautiful Spirit, 2. Angel’s Moon, 3. Metaxa. LONG SHOT: Lady Vivien.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Biorhythm, 2. Winding Way, 3. Llandudno. LONG SHOT: Macaabra.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Chain Lightning (best bet), 2. More Stormyweather, 3. Moscato Girl. LONG SHOT: West Coast Storm.

Trainer Jeff Bonde ships CHAIN LIGHTNING, a 3-year-old filly, down from a MSW at Golden Gate to a $30,000 maiden claimer at Santa Anita. She showed speed early and faded. Bonde is 40% is MSW droppers and he puts speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Earthflight, 2. Practising, 3. Kukaluka. LONG SHOT: One More.

Another 3-year-old filly, EARTHFLIGHT, ships down from Golden Gate. She made her U.S. debut finishing fourth in the California Oaks. Jockey Martin Garcia takes over and the daughter of Medicean could show huge improvement second-time Lasix.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. In Dad’s Honor, 2. Indygo F M A, 3. Amanda. LONG SHOT: Belonging.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. I’m Tops, 2. Julio’s Gold, 3. Le Fascinator. LONG SHOT: Creditcardroulette.

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Santa Anita picks for Friday, Feb. 21 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Passion Bucket, 2. Warrens Puppy Love, 3. Marla Hooch. LONG SHOT: Let’s Dance.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Oso Smart (best bet), 2. Matt the Hammer, 3. Sir Macho. LONG SHOT: Lucky Jack.

At first glance it would appear jockey Fernando Perez got his choice of two horses trained by Adam Kitchingman here, but we don’t think that was the case. Jockey Edwin Maldonado rides far more often for Kitchingman and he takes the ride on OSO SMART, a son of Curlin. The 3-year-old has tactical speed and drops looking to cash while making his dirt debut. MATT THE HAMMER will be tough first off the claim for Kitchingman. Can you say exacta box?

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THIRD RACE: 1. Awesome Return, 2. Texas Ryano, 3. Lucky Views. LONG SHOT: Neverwherecauseway.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Goldilocks Planet, 2. Vicki Victoria, 3. Cayanna. LONG SHOT: Tangerine Tickle.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Surfer Moon (SCRATCHED), 2. Warriors Ridge, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Next Right. New picks: 1. Incline Village, 2. Warriors Ridge, 3. Next Right. LONG SHOT: Misdeed.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Senator Bob, 2. Newfound Gold, 3. Baron Von Red. LONG SHOT: Bruno’s Wager.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Meringue Pie, 2. Bobby Flay, 3. Turn on the Pumps (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Dancer Humor. New picks: 1. Meringue Pie, 2. Bobby Flay, 3. Dancer Humor. LONG SHOT: Trouble X Two.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. More Stormyweather, 2. Among the Stars, 3. Parade Bound. LONG SHOT: Oh Boo Hoo.

This 3-year-old More Than Ready filly (MORE STORMYWEATHER) moves down to Southern California from Golden Gate Fields off a fourth-place finish in November. She has been given 2½ months off to grow and seems to have a touch of speed. She gets a nice outside draw for trainer Bill Spawr, who is batting 36% with maiden claimers.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Acute $4.60, first race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 4 (Addendum $3.60, first; Brown Is Beige $15, third; Warren’s Rosebud $12, fourth; San Onofre $3, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 0

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Feline Forum $12.80, sixth)

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