Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita/Breeders’ Cup picks for Saturday, Nov. 2

Call it what you will, but watch the first few dirt races on Saturday to see if the speed bias continues on Santa Anita’s main track.

FIRST RACE: 1. Richies Party Girl, 2. Love in the Desert, 3. Mr. Cactus, 4. Jedi Mind Trick. LONG SHOT: Test Ride.

Just throw out RICHIES PARTY GIRL’s last race at Keeneland because she want no part of two turns. She returns to a turf sprint here down the hill. Trainer Wesley Ward thought enough of her to send her to France in August and she finished a strong fourth in Grade III company.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Flashback, 2. Anillo, 3. Zeewat. LONG SHOT: Tour Guide.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Purim’s Dancer, 2. Pontchatrain, 3. Sky High Gal, 4. Judy In Disguise. LONG SHOT: Ultrasonic.

ULTRASONIC IS SCRATCHED.

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BREEDERS’ CUP RACES START HERE

FOURTH RACE: 1. Concave, 2. Secret Compass, 3. Artemis Agrotera, 4. Sweet Reason. LONG SHOT: Ria Antonia.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is a tough spot for this 2-year-old filly CONCAVE, but she is a daughter of Colonel John and we love Colonel John’s offspring on the stretchout. She has been away since finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 31, but it appears she has been working quite nicely for trainer Doug O’Neill. She has been given time to fill out and we think she will relish the two turns on the dirt.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Dank, 2. Tiz Flirtatious, 3. Romantica, 4. Laughing. LONG SHOT: Qushchi.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sweet Lulu, 2. Teddy’s Promise, 3. Book Review, 4. Dance to Bristol. LONG SHOT: Ismene.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. MIZDIRECTION (BEST BET), 2. Reneesgotzip, 3. Unbridled’s Note, 4. Capo Bastone. LONG SHOT: Havelock.

CARACORTADO IS SCRATCHED.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. New Year’s Day, 2. Tap It Rich, 3. Mexikoma, 4. Havana. LONG SHOT: Diamond Bachelor.

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NINTH RACE: 1. The Fugue, 2. Magician, 3. Indy Point, 4. Little Mike. LONG SHOT: Real Solution.

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TENTH RACE: 1. Private Zone, 2. Secret Circle, 3. Fast Bullet, 4. Laugh Track. LONG SHOT: Gentleman’s Bet.

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ELEVENTH RACE: 1. Olympic Glory, 2. Wise Dane, 3. Za Approval, 4. No Jet Lag. LONG SHOT: Silentio.

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TWELVETH RACE: 1. Mucho Mach Man, 2. Game On Dude, 3. Fort Larned, 4. Will Take Charge. LONG SHOT: Moreno.

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Horse racing

Updated Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Sept. 28

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Chips All In and jockey Julien Leparoux, green, overpower Boat Trip (Garrett Gomez), red, to win the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Santa Anita Park. BENOIT PHOTO

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Well, it certainly wasn’t anything close to opening day at Del Mar, as Santa Anita’s fall opener drew only 4,537 on Friday. It will be interesting to see what Del Mar draws in 2014 for its first ever fall meeting.

On thing was sure on Friday in Arcadia: trainer Bob Baffert was back on his favorite surface: dirt. Baffert scored two wins and his horses were ready to run.

On the jockey front, nine races produced nine different winners.

Saturday should prove interesting with Breeders’ Cup preps front and center at the Great Race Place and around the country, too.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Yana, 2. Moving Seas, 3. Versye. LONG SHOT: Another Victoria.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Sunrise, 2. Hello Frankie, 3. Topper’s Ghost. LONG SHOT: Tribal Smoke.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Shiva Ryan, 2. All for Us, 3. Cautious Giant. LONG SHOT: Closet E.

Trainer Bisnath Parboo ships this 2-year-old colt, SHIVA RYAN, West to try and break his maiden around two turns on the grass. The son of Tapit did well at Calder with a third-place finish after a slow start in his career. He figures to improve off that effort and we should get a nice price with jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard. It looks like all of the shippers have a shot here so don’t discount ALL FOR US  and CLOSET E.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I See Back, 2. Kristo, 3. Da Bears. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.

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FIFTH RACE (Grade I Chandelier): 1. Secret Compass, 2. Fascinating, 3. She’s a Tiger. LONG SHOT: Antiquity.

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SIXTH RACE (Grade I Rodeo Drive): 1. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS (best bet), 2. My Gi Gi, 3. Starstruck. LONG SHOT: Vionnet.

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SEVENTH RACE (Grade I Frontrunner): 1. Can the Man, 2. Dance With Ftae, 3. Tamarando. LONG SHOT: Schoolofhardrocks.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Rosies Ready, 3. Smooth Talker. LONG SHOT: Our Pure Creation.

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NINTH RACE (Grade I Zenyatta): 1. Beholder, 2. Authenticity, 3. Joyful Victory. LONG SHOT: Flashy American.

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10th RACE (Grade I Awesome Again): 1. Mucho Macho Man, 2. Golden Ticket, 3. Paynter. LONG SHOT: Jeranimo.

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11th RACE: 1. Pontchatrain, 2. Heir Kitty, 3. Judy In Disguise. LONG SHOT: Moulin de Mougin.

This 3-year-old War Front filly, PONTCHATRAIN, showed a lot of promise in winning an allowance race at Del Mar on July 28, but she came back in a minor stakes and was just too keen after getting bumped at the start and finished fourth. With a little more conservative ride from jockey Gary Stevens, this Tom Proctor-trainee could love the hillside turf course.

Friday’s top pick winners: 0

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Oh Daddy Oh $6.60, 2nd race; Hurray Home Clover $9.20, 5th race)

Friday’s third choices winners: 2 (Georgia $4.20, 1st race; Tiz the Truth $6.60, 7th race)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Friday, August 30

FIRST RACE: 1. Lilly’s Perfect, 2. Bonita Star, 3. Splendiferous Moon. LONG SHOT: Ribot Belle.

There’s lots to like about LILLY’S PERFECT. First you have leading jockey Rafael Bejarano. Then you have second leading trainer Doug O’Neill. Then you have a 6-year-old mare who is dropping in class and has been in the money five of the seven times she has run a mile on the main track.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Lucky Rose, 2. Grazenette, 3. Another Victoria. LONG SHOT: Full of Slew.

Trainer Bob Baffert takes the quick drop from the straight maiden ranks to the maiden claiming ranks with this 2-year-old filly. She showed some speed last time and that’s always dangerous at this level. GRAZENETTE is bred to win early and to be a sprinter. Her works are pretty decent for the level. FULL OF SLEW comes out of a key race where three horses have come back to win next time out.

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THIRD RACE: 1. GULSARY (best bet), 2. Blues and Silvers, 3. Perfecta. LONG SHOT: Double Ante.

Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor had been preparing GULSARY, a 4-year-old daughter of Galileo, at Arlington Park and decide to run at Del Mar to know doubt try and collect part of that “Ship ‘N Win” bonus money. This filly made $47,828 in France and ran in two graded stakes. Jockey Gary Stevens sees fit to ride off the 10-month layoff. Stevens and Proctor are a 23 percent proposition.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Goodhumorgirl, 2. Take One, 3. Gracie Ragazza. LONG SHOT: Quick Approval.

GOODHUMORGIRL is a first-time starter from the Jeff Bonde barn. She is by Sharp Humor, a good first out sire, and speed jockey Edwin Maldonado gets aboard. Good works on a pair of first-timers in QUICK APPROVAL and PEGGY LYNN, but they start from in the inside two post which can be intimidating for 2-year-olds.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Frenemy, 2. Salah Champ, 3. Afflication. LONG SHOT: Cardio Royale.

FRENEMY takes a drop in class for leading trainer John Sadler and Bejarano stays on. Look for a better effort.

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SIXTH RACE (El Cajon Stakes): 1. Pataky Kid, 2. U’narack, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Minister.

This is a tough edition of the El Cajon for 3-year-olds going a mile on the Polytrack. PATAKY KID is 3-for-4 on synthetic tracks for trainer Tom Proctor. Look for this one to be rolling on the turn with jockey Garrett Gomez.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tickle Again, 2. St. Malo’s Gate, 3. Cee’s Tizzy Belle. LONG SHOT: Tribal Valentine.

TICKLE AGAIN gets a big jockey change from apprentice Arnold Perez to veteran Patrick Valenzuela. It might be the winning move for trainer Thomas Blincoe, who is winless at the meet.

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