Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita/Breeders’ Cup picks for Friday, November 1

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Bias alert! Bias alert!

Keep a close eye on the main track for Friday’s early races because Thursday’s races were run in wire-to-wire fashion, except the last race when the leader still finished a strong second.

It brings back memories of last year’s Breeders’ Cup when there was a pronounced speed bias. The smart jockeys will smell it out so watch the races very closely.

The word around the track is that the inside of the track was “scrapped” on Wednesday. For most of the fall meet the track has seemed fair, but many jockeys didn’t stay on the rail. They will on Friday, if Thursday is any indication.

We’ll see.

FIRST RACE: 1. He’s Had Enough, 2. Omega Star, 3. Pure Loyalty. LONG SHOT: Yankee Rebel.

HE’S HAD ENOUGH was on the Triple Crown trail earlier this year facing the likes o f Orb, Flashback, Violence and Shanghai Bobby, who he finished to in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year. The son of Tapit has been off since late March and trainer Doug O’Neill tries something new with him, running down the hill on the turf course. If he’s 90 percent, he might just outclass this field.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Got Even, 2. Heir of Storm, 3. Door’s Open. LONG SHOT: Newfound Gold.

This could be an all-Peter Miller exacta as he trains the top two. I was leaning to HEIR OF STORM, a son of Wildcat Heir, who gets a barn switch to the red-hot Miller (11 wins at the meet) until the speed bias showed up on Thursday. GOT EVEN has speed and he gets Joel Rosario to ride. HEIR OF STORM is trying dirt for the first time in his career after synthetic and grass attempts. Miller puts the blinkers on and Eastern-based jockey Jose Lezcano jumps aboard.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Cinmars Dance, 2. Tamarando, 3. Life Is a Joy. LONG SHOT: Electric Eddie.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Harlington’s Rose, 2. Moving Desert, 3. Cal Gal. LONG SHOT: Smoove It.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Procurement, 2. Gervinho, 3. Gabriel Charles. LONG SHOT: Dry Summer.

PROCUREMENT, a 3-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew, has lost to a few of these before, but he has two wins over this course and one victory at this distance of 1 1/8 mile on the grass. Jockey Gary Stevens keeps the mount and the way he is riding the odds are well worth a shot. We think his downhill trip last time was just a prep for this spot.

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Breeders’ Cup races begin here.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Ever Rider, 2. Suns Out Guns Out, 3. Commander, 4. Worldly. LONG SHOT: Old Time Hockey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Giovanni Boldin1, 2. Wilshire Boulevard, 3. Bobby’s Kitten, 4. Bon Accord. LONG SHOT: Aotearoa.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Alpha, 2. Brujo de Olleros, 3. Fed Biz, 4. Goldencents. LONG SHOT: Broadway Empire.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Chriselliam, 2.Vorda, 3. My Conquestadory, 4. Clenor. LONG SHOT: Ready to Act.

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TENTH RACE: 1. BEHOLDER (BEST BET), 2. Royal Delta, 3. Princess of Sylmar, 4. Authenticity. LONG SHOT: Close Hatches.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, September 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Admission, 2. American Act, 3. Soi Phet. LONG SHOT: Huntsville.

ADMISSION is coming off more than a year away from the track, but trainer Mike Puype knows how to get them ready. Jockey Mike Smith jumps on and this 5-year-old comes out of a key race.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Moonlit Meteor, 2. Scatman Blues, 3. Spotted Owl. LONG SHOT: Perfect Magic Man.

MOONLIT METEOR is another horse coming off a long layoff, but trainer Paul Aguirre is 4-for-7 with horses coming off a layoff of more than 180 days. All this 5-year-old gelding has to do is get off to a better start than his debut and he should be right there.

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THIRD RACE: 1. BEHOLDER (best bet), 2. Charlie Em, 3. Becky Lou. LONG SHOT: Wittgenstein.

OK, here is the free bingo square for the day as BEHOLDER is one of the top 3-year-old fillies in the nation. Trainer Richard Mandella has been getting her ready for the second half of the year following here second-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ransom Canyon, 2. Brother Pete, 3. Shadow Runner. LONG SHOT: Mambo Man.

RANSOM CANYON comes from that Glen Hill Farm, trainer Tom Proctor and Arlington Park pipeline looking for the “Ship N Win” bonus. The 4-year-old gelding showed his readiness for the race with a monster 5-furlong work last week. Look for a big effort with Garrett Gomez aboard.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cathy’s Crunches, 2. Lady Aspen, 3. Maker of Breaker. LONG SHOT: Charm the Maker.

CATHY’S CRUNCHES, a 5-year-old mare, loves Del Mar and she won this race a year ago from off the pace. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has had her running in Northern California, but with the sea air she might win her first race of the year. Jockey Garrett Gomez, who won six races last week, jumps aboard.

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SIXTH RACE (Del Mar Derby, first division): 1. Procurement, 2. Rising Legend, 3. Gervinho. LONG SHOT: Chief Havoc.

Hey, it’s Proctor, Glen Hill and Arlington again with this 3-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew. PROCUREMENT showed he could run with these in the West earlier in the year and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade III American Derby. Gary Stevens takes over the reins and he has had good success with Proctor.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Colonel Joan, 2. Tiz the Key, 3. Exotic Behavior. LONG SHOT: Appearance.

COLONEL JOAN didn’t have the best of debuts back in May at Hollywood Park, but she is bred to love going around two turns on the synthetic since she is a daughter of Colonel John. Mike Smith picks up the mount for trainer Eoin Harty.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Heir Kitty, 2. Twitter Pie, 3. Kinz Funky Monkey. LONG SHOT: Hail Mary.

HEIR KITTY finished fourth to Beholder earlier this year and then went to the sidelines for trainer Peter Miller. She has been training well for her return and Gomez regains the mount.

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NINTH RACE (Del Mar Derby, second division): 1. Dry Summer, 2. General Election, 3. Ethnic Dance. LONG SHOT: Dorsett.

These divisions of the Del Mar Derby are both tough. DRY SUMMER, a son of Any Given Saturday, was given way too much to do last time in the La Jolla Handicap, closing from some 11 lengths back at the second call to finish fourth, 1¾ lengths behind the winner. Trainer Jeff Mullins puts Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard and the gelding gets an extra sixteenth of a mile to close.

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10th RACE: 1. Ajac, 2. Oh Daddy Oh, 3. Missing Groom. LONG SHOT: Charisma Code.

AJAC finished third to AOTEAROA, who is running in a Cal-bred stakes on Monday. Big jockey switch here from Chantal Sutherland to Rafael Bejarano. Need we say more.

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11th RACE: 1. With a Miracle, 2. Flashy Dame, 3. Dolphin Shorts. LONG SHOT: Diocesan Policy.

Trainer Ron Ellis claimed this 5-year-old mare earlier in the meet and keeps her at the same level. She pressed the pace under jockey Victor Espinoza, who keeps the mount, and she should like the 7 furlongs.

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