Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park picks for Thursday, Dec. 26 (0pening day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Mikey T, 2. Gold Tie Please, 3. Crusher. LONG SHOT: Angel Charge.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Profire, 2. Battled, 3. Forest Boy. LONG SHOT: We Have Lift Off.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tiz Zoe Cee, 2. Buckingham Bull, 3. Amanda. LONG SHOT: Cavalletta.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Five Palms, 2. Big Macher, 3. Wild Media. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Carbonite, Mr. Bossy Pants, 3. Koast. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sweet Lulu (best bet), 2. Madame Cactus, 3. Executiveprivilege. LONG SHOT: My. Happy face.

This Jerry Hollendorfer trainee SWEET LULU was up against it in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & mare Sprint. With the No. 12 post, she was forced to send to try and save some ground. She ended up fifth in a tough race. She is back with 3-year-olds today and she will likely send, but at least it is from the rail this time. Jockey Rafael Bejarano regains the mount. He won with her in the first two races of her career.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. No Jet Lag, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Gervinho. LONG SHOT: Procurement.

There are no Wise Dans in this race like there were in the Breeders’ Cup Mile when this son of Johar, NO JET LAG, finished sixth. He’s back with 3-year-olds here and Joel Rosario takes over in the saddle. A return to that Oct. 5 race at Santa Anita makes him awful tough here.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Zee Bros, 2. Central Banker, 3. Demonic. LONG SHOT: Bakken.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Confisio, 2. Magna Warrior, 3. New Order. LONG SHOT: Toomuchinformation.

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, Dec. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Chief Lion, 2. The Cleaners, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Expo and Fig.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Madoffwiththemoney (best bet), 2. Spring Breeze, 3. Woebegon. LONG SHOT: Addendum.

Think this 4-year-old colt MADOFFWITHTHEMONEY could be super live. Been claimed three out of last four races, last time by Danny Velasquez, who doesn’t claim much. The reason may be the horses synthetic record, which is 9-4-3-0. Obviously the horse didn’t like turf last time and apprentice Irving Orozco jumps on.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rangi, 2. Summer Exclusive, 3. Old Man Lake. LONG SHOT: Ankeny Hill.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Rough Passage, 2. Midnight Hawk, 3. Arkenstone. LONG SHOT: Midnight Mayhem.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Hye I’m Jack, 2. Public Policy, 3. Bodrum. LONG SHOT: Nooten.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Amanda, 2. Lovely in Laguna, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Visions of Candy.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. American Blend, 2. Olympic Blue, 3. Power Foot. LONG SHOT: Holladay Road.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Royal Encounter, 2, Whipstock, 3. Bluegrass Reward. LONG SHOT: Twin Six.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 0

Thursday’s second choice winners: 4 (Street Choir $8.40, second race; Elusive Journey $16.40, fifth; Rathnaun $5.80, sixth; Too Obvious $5.40, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 0

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Tribal Chatter $21.60, first; Di Conti $13.80, third)

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park opinions for Friday, Dec. 6

Race 5: #4 Pretty Storm

This 2-year-old filly drops to her lowest level ever ($30,000 maiden claimer) and gets a huge jockey change from apprentice Irving Orozco to Joel Rosario. The daughter of Primal Storm has shown speed every time out and today should be no different.

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Race 8: #11 Very Thankful

This race is a split of the fifth race and looks just as tough. This 2-year-old filly is by McCann’s Mojave, who unfortunately died earlier this fall. Right after his death, his horses have started to come around first time out. Trainer Jack Carava isn’t know as a first out winner or working well with 2-year-olds but he has done in the past. Plus he puts speed jockey Martin Pedroza aboard. Look for a send from the gate.

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Note: Won’t have full handicap this week due to surgery Thursday.

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Updated Hollywood Park picks for Saturday, Nov. 30

The track announced late Friday, that Saturday’s stakes races would remain on the turf and the others would be off the turf so handicap accordingly.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Warren’s Tyler S., 2. Designer, 3. Tribe. LONG SHOT: Congregationalist.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Royal Banker, 2. Global View, 3. Pablo Del Monte. LONG SHOT: Aotearoa.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Money Cannon, 2. Derringer, 3. Too Fast to Pass. LONG SHOT: Kafister.

Pure and simple here as when trainer Adam Kitchingman has a live one he goes to jockey Edwin Maldonado. The duo is 10-for-20 in its last 20 races at Hollywood Park the last two years. Kitchingman claimed MONEY CANNON out of a winning race at this level and he returns to face straight 3-year-olds after facing older at Turf Paradise last time. DERRINGER comes out of a key race where three horses have come back to win.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Love In The Desert, 2. Clenor, 3. Savings Account. LONG SHOT: Full Ransom.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Scamalot, 2. This Cat’s Awesome, 3. Lucky Jack. LONG SHOT: Lucky J Lane.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Shoer Hugh, 2. Soul Candy, 3. Brown Boss. LONG SHOT: Apollo Ten.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Oh Billy Billy, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Toosmartbyhalf. LONG SHOT: Prince of Paris.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. D’Obession, 2. He’s a Dance Star, 3. Insideondoutside. LONG SHOT: Brokered.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Majestic Moment, 2. Gilligan, 3. Cook Inlet. LONG SHOT: Russel’s Run.

Trainer Victor Garcia is 6-for-10 (60%) first off the claim and he has enough confidence here with this $8,000 purchase MAJESTIC MOMENT to move him up one level. This 4-year-old gelding broke his maiden over this surface last year against tougher plus there is a good work showing since the claim.

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TENTH RACE: 1. Magic Daddy (best bet), 2. Mary Helen’s Storm, 3. America Rising. LONG SHOT: Copote’s Royalty.

Trainer Bob Baffert might be giving one away here as MAGIC DADDY, a 3-year-old colt, has shown speed against straight maidens but he drops him all the way down to the bottom in a $20,000 maiden claimer. Look for a wire-to-wire effort here at short odds under jockey Martin Garcia.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Judge Carr $6.80, second race; Jouurney On $4.20, fifth; Heir Kitty $7.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Charisma Code $4.60, first; Silentio $5, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Glad’s Gals $5.20, third)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Sunday, November 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Sugar Spice, 3. Scary Fast. LONG SHOT: Rossi Reserve.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Heyyouncan, 2. Takem by Surprise, 3. Battle Jet. LONG SHOT: Echo Zulu.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Kobe, 2. Shared Belief, 3. Papa Turf. LONG SHOT: Brother Soldier.

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RACE 4: 1. High Jinks, 2. English Crossing, 3. Ricspretentiousgal. LONG SHOT: Meltrib.

Trainer A C Avila puts blinkers on this 4-year-old filly from Brazil, HIGH JINKS. Avila is 57% (4-of-7) with this move and he puts speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard. That should mean she will be more forwardly placed here as she drops into a claimer for the first time.

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RACE 5: 1. She’s a Go Girl, 2. Say Say, 3. Tribal Peace. LONG SHOT: Tribal Dress.

Jockey Edwin Maldonado is a key here, too. He takes over for apprentice Orozco on this $16,000 claimer SHE’S A GO GIRL for trainer Adam Kitchingman. The jockey/trainer combination is an amazing 53% at Hollywood Park the last two years in 19 attempts. This 3-year-old filly is also coming out of a race where the winner, Sallyana, won a race on Friday so it could be a very live race.

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RACE 6: 1. Serene Melody, 2. Shrilanka, 3. Majestic Minister. LONG SHOT: Sealington.

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RACE 7: 1. Five Palms, 2. Chief Lion, 3. Forest Boy. LONG SHOT: Street Status.

Trainer Bob Baffert loves FIVE PALMS.

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RACE 8: 1. Zia Zia Zia, 2. Miss Lucky Sevens, 3. Scherzinger,. LONG SHOT: Llandudno.

This 3-year-old filly ZIA ZIA ZIA comes out of a tough minor stakes at Santa Anita where the first- and third-place have already come back to win. This daughter of Dehere finished fifth at odds of 28-1 coming down the hill. She shortens up a half-furlong here and has two good works for trainer Mike Puype at Hollywood Park.

ZIA ZIA ZIA IS SCRATCHED.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Swissarella, 2. Lady of the Nile, 3. Spirit of Ten. LONG SHOT: Cheeky Stone.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Topper’s Ghost, 2. Stormin Lute, 3. Brannaman. LONG SHOT: Run Hide.

TOPPER’S GHOST, a 3-year-old son of Old Topper, was a universal good thing first time out. He was 20-1 on the morning-line and went off as the 2.40-1 favorite, winning by three-quarters of a length. He was claimed out of that race by leading trainer John Sadler, who is 25 percent with that move. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps off another contender to ride here, too.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Melatonin, 2. Kristo, 3. Roundupthelute. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.

This is a race with several high-priced 2-year-olds like KRISTO ($500K) and ROUNDUPTHELUTE ($230K) , but it could be a 20,000 bargain named MELATONIN that steals the show. The son of Kodiak Kowboy has been tearing up the track in the morning and looks ready to go for trainer Jeff Bonde.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Marine Fog, 2. Bev N Bud, 3. Peacenik. LONG SHOT: Afleet Cowboy.

CLASSIC BOBBY (No. 1) is “stuck” in the race and likely to scratch. MARINE FOG was claimed out of his last race by Bonde and must beat several others he lost to last time. However, Bejarano jumps aboard and that could make all the difference.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dreamnofatticus, 2. Bro’s Bro, 3. Glitter of Silver. LONG SHOT: Accomplish.

Bejarano just missed getting DREAMNOFATTICUS to the winner’s circle last time. He shortens up a half-furlong here and it just might be the winning formula.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. TONES (best bet), 2. Gutshot Straight, 3. Truelee Scrappin. LONG SHOT: Magic Beam.

Heading into the final full week of the meet some trainers drop horses looking for some shipping money. We have one of these here for trainer Doug O’Neill in TONES. This 4-year-old drops into a claimer for the first time, all the way down at $20,000. We might have gotten a better price here if this race was run before last weekend. In Tones’ last race, he lost to You Know I Know (third in the Pacific Classic), Holding Glory (fifth in the Pacific Classic) and Huntsville (third in the Del Mar Mile). That’s quite a company line.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Turn on the Pumps. LONG SHOT: Heat Streaker.

Marty Jones trains both SIZZLIN’ JOE and CHRISTOPHER STREET. SIZZLIN’ JOE has been on the synthetics his last three races, but in his only try at this distance on the grass, he won. Plus, Bejarano takes over and he comes out of a race where Brown Boss has come back to win. CHRISTOPHER STREET has been a disappointment in his two comeback races so maybe the third start off the layoff will do the track.

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SEVENTH RACE (Generous Portion): 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Rovenna, 3. Feature Attraction. LONG SHOT: Whatsallthedrama.

You would think for a $150,000 purse there would be more than six Cal-bred fillies signed up, but there isn’t. SUNDAY RULES went wire-to-wire in her debut and looks tough in this spot. ROVENNA is the interesting one as she broke her maiden at Calder and comes out West looking for bigger money.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. J K’s Mischief, 2. Winninginfashion, 3. Nonna Reese. LONG SHOT: Maddog Maddie.

J K’S MISCHIEF threw in a clunker last time, but she was favored and will be looking to make amends here. Hard Buns came back to win, making it a possible key race.

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