Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, June 3

Preview: It’s another mediocre midweeek card but there is the the return of Lord Nelson for trainer Bob Baffert in the seventh race. When last seen, Lord Nelson finished third to Runhappy in the Grade I Malibu on Dec. 26. Just a note: This will be the final week of racing on the downhill portion of the turf course as the remodeling of the course begins so look for lots of 6 1/2 furlong races.

Race 5 – SA
#9 Mysterious Miracle (4-1): This filly ran second in her only try down the hill. Trainer Phil D’Amato tried to get her on it again but it was rained off and she broke her maiden on a wet fast track. The red-hot D’Amato returns her to the turf where he is 21% going dirt to turf. He is 21% with jockey Joe Talamo.

Race 6: #7 Like That (9-2): Really like the Australian sire Lonhro, who gets 11% first out winners. We would love it even more if this race was on the grass, but trainer Peter Miller still gets good numbers first out (15%) and puts good speed rider Edwin Maldonado aboard. This filly has been training at San Luis Rey Downs away from the private clockers so Miller might be trying for a score here.

Race 8 – SA
#8 Radiant Journey (5-2): Another Phil D’Amato mare that finished second in her only trip down the hill. This one has been away since November at Del Mar. She is taking a big class drop from open company to Cal-bred company. D’Amato is 27% with horses off a 180-day layoff or more. She has speed and that has done well on the turf this year.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Sept. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Roo’s Valentine, 2. Reckless C harm, 3. Hurricane Callie. LONG SHOT: Top Nothc.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Formally Wild, 2. Cougar Country, 3. Top Drawer. LONG SHOT: Keegers.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Kenjiislucky, 2. Whiskey Wild, 3. Prince Valiant. LONG SHOT: Papa Kade.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mor Spirit, 2. Street Vision, 3. Beaumarchais. LONG SHOT: Speed Check.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. You Know I Know, 2. Sizzlin’ Joe, 3. Horizontalyspeakin. LONG SHOT: Husband’s Folly.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. #2 Danas Best (6-1), 2. Ashleyluvssugar, 3. Kulik Lodge. LONG SHOT: Texas Ryano.

This Aussie import is running her third race off the layoff, a move trainer Phil D’Amato is 28% with. She gets some class relief and gets a jock switch to Rafael Bejarano, who is 34% with D’Amato.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #3 Sir Samson (5-1), 2. Guns Loaded, 3. Distinctive B. LONG SHOT: Look Twice.

This 3-year-old is returning from a 6-month layoff but look who he was losing to earlier this tear: Dortmund, Prospect Park, Bolo, Lord Nelson and Texas Red. Arguably he ran his best race on this track finishing third in the San Vicente. If trainer Brian Koriner has him ready look out. Jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the mount.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Silentio, 2. Talco, 3. Twentytwentyvision. LONG SHOT: Alert Bay.

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NINTH RACE: 1. #6 Alfeet Domination (5-2) BEST BET, 2. Sugar Buzz, 3. Nusret. LONG SHOT: Storm Quest.

Trainer Peter Eurton drops this 2-year-old from a MSW to the maiden claiming ranks for the first time and he’s 20% with that move. The son of Afleet Alex has two route races to his name and wasn’t bad in either. Jockey James Graham takes over.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Aeon $9.60, first race; Beholder $2.20, seventh; Songbird $2.40, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Nyquist $3, fifth; Photo Call $19.40, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Lambo Luxx $24.60, fourth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Singing Kitty $21.40, third)

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