Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Dec. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Admission, 3. Tiz Dynamic. LONG SHOT: Ezio.

This 6-year-old, BIG WAGS, was claimed last time out by Suffolk Downs trainer Michael Catalano Jr., who is wintering Southern California. This gelding is moving up in class and stretching out. He has five lifetime wins at Santa Anita and seven wins going around two turns. Suffolk jockey Tami Piermarini, who has a 42 percent winning percentage with Catalano, will ride.

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SECOND RACE: 1. San Onofre, 2. Topper’s Ghost, 3. Life a Riley. LONG SHOT: Memphis.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rocked Twice, 2. Charisma Code, 3. Brando the Birdman. LONG SHOT: Oh Brother Go.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Craftsman, 2. Royal banker, 3. Enterprsing. LONG SHOT: Noble Metal.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Gameboy Luke, 2. Pimpernel, 3. Indian Smoke. LONG SHOT: Garen.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Kozani, 2. Ontology, 3. Number Five. LONG SHOT: Miraglo.

There is no doubt (No. 1) Ontology will be tough to beat after running in six straight stakes races and now returning to the maiden ranks, but this 2-year-old colt KOZANI turned in a great third place effort in his maiden effort. Jockey Corey Nakatani chose this horse over two others in the race so that’s a big plus.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Three Vases, 2. Seeking the Sherif, 3. Tribal Smoke. LONG SHOT: Whilly Pink.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Unbridled’s Note, 2. Handsome Mike, 3. Chips All In. LONG SHOT: Ain’t No Other.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Red Barris, 2. Exotic Behavior, 3. Miraculous Mindy. LONG SHOT: Reflective Glory.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Pretzel Logic $5.20, second race; Cool Samurai $5.80, third; Kathleen Rose $3, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Macias $7.60, fourth; Velvet Mesquite $7.60, fifth; Chitu $3.40, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (I’m No Patsy $5, first)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Sunday, Nov. 24

There is a $226,598 Pick 6 carryover heading into the final day of the race week.

FIRST RACE: 1. Dunmore East, 2. Macias, 3. Afleet Cowboy. LONG SHOT: Da Ruler.

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SECOND RACE: 1. No Tricks for Jack, 2. Addendum, 3. Rossi Reserve. LONG SHOT: Firendesire.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Need You Now, 2. Include the Aussie, 3. Judy In Disquise. LONG SHOT: Joeandbetty’sbaby.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Indianapolis, 2. Ian Street, 3. Cherubim. LONG SHOT: Frosted Boss.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Swiss Bliss, 2. Jeanne Marini, 3. Wink and Wish. LONG SHOT: Gabbiano.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Kozani, 2. Nooten, 3. My Secret Affair. LONG SHOT: Bullwhip.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rousing Sermon, 2. Maybe Tuesday, 3. Cyclometer. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Luxuriance, 2. Always a Chance, 3. Promiscuoussuances. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Rosebud.

LUXURIANCE, a 4-year-old filly, is coming off her best finish (second over this course) in a long time. She ran that against open claimers and now drops into a Cal-bred allowance race. She has never been worse than third sprinting on this turf course.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sugar High Kaylin, 2. Winninginfashion, 3. Secret Memo. LONG SHOT: Amanda.

We’re at the bottom of the barrel here with $20,000 maiden claiming fillies and SUGAR HIGH KAYLIN, a 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, cost $100,000 at auction so she must have shown something. Her works aren’t half bad for this level and her first time out. Plus appears to be owned by trainer Doug O’Neill and his brother, Dennis. The rest of this field hasn’t shown much so either this one will win for fun or run way up the track. Let’s hope for the former.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Poshsky $4.20, second race; Sidepocket Champ $21.20, third; Larocco $8.40, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Meinertzhageni $14.80, fifth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Candy Boy $3, first)

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Jonny’s Choice $9.40, second; Rhodium $6.40, third; Depreciable $6.40, fifth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Lieutenant Seany O $9.60, first; Famous Alice $5.20, seventh)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Tamarando $7.40, eighth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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