Horse racing, Santa Anita

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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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, May 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Hamiltonian, 2. Xuang Feng, 3. Forin Sea. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge

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SECOND RACE: 1. Royal f J ,2. Snowday, 3. Rangi. LONG SHOT: Guns Loaded.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Proud Vixen, 2. Consecrate, 3. Sweet Factory. LONG SHOT: Seans Silverdancer (SCRATCHED).

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Peg’s Journey (best bet), 2. Spoiledandentitled, 3. Warren’s Trica R. LONG SHOT: Clever Expansion.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has scored with a couple of first-time starters in the last week and he gets aboard another one here in PEG’S JOURNEY. Good Journey is a decent first out sire and this filly has a couple of decent works showing for trainer Hector Palma. There don’t appear to be any world beaters in this race.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cause Im a Bigshot, 2. Magic Spot, 3. Unusual Style. LONG SHOT: Vanlose Stairway.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Hall of Fame, 2. Yard Line, 3. Big Cazanova. LONG SHOT: Talent Show.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quick Casablanca, 2. Bright Thought, 3. Segway. LONG SHOT: Irish Surf.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Winninginfashion, 2. Incredible Journey, 3. It’s Aine. LONG SHOT: Brandon’s Princess.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sir Perservere, 2. Zim N the Mailma, 3. It is Living Water. LONG SHOT: Durango Flier.

SIR PERSRVERE, a 4-year-old gelding, makes his second career start and first try on the grass. Bertrando has always been a good stretch out sire. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps on and he is a 20% proposition from 15 mounts with trainer Marty Jones.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Heat Du Jour $4.80, third race; Halo La $16.40, fourth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Ice Cream Truck $3.60, second; Footbridge $8.40, sixth; Room For Me $5.20, eighth)

Friday’s third choice and long shot winners: 0

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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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