Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, March 12

 

Preview: Rainhit the Arcadia area on Friday so what will happen with the turf races is anyone’s guess. I would think the graded stakes will stay on the turf, but it depends on how much rain there is. As for the main track, here are some jockeys who are under 10% on the dirt: Fernando Perez (9-113), Brayan Pena (3-49), Abel Lezcano (3-35), Tiago Pereira (1-58) and Gonzalo Nicholas (1-39).

                                

Race 2: #2 Queenoftheplace (8-1) (turf only): There is a ton of speed in this race and speed has been good on the turf, but a closer like this mare might just get the trip. She has finished third own the hill.

                   

Race 4: #2 Street Surrender (5-1): This is strictly a trainer and pedigree play on this first-time starter. Craig Dollase is 28% with first-timers and the the sire Street Boss is 19%. Victor Espinoza rides.

 

Race 7 (SAN FELIPE):  #7 Exaggerator (5-2): In my mind, Nyquist is the top 3-year-old in America and this son of Curlin just can’t beat him, but guess what? Nyquist isn’t in this race so Exaggerator should be the favorite. Trainer Keith Desormeaux is 22% second off the layoff and his brother, Kent, will ride.

 

Race 9: #5 Cautious Giant (10-1): This is strictly a pace play in this 7-furlong stakes race. This gelding seems like the lone speed in this spot and he does well at this distance. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez is second in main track wins so he knows what to do.

 

Race 11: #2 Sutton’s Smile (6-1)  (turf only): This filly broke her maiden over a good turf course here so if there is any moisture in it I think she will be tough on the return from the layoff. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 25% with horses off a 90-plus day layoff and he gets Rafael Bejarano to ride.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Wish I Understood, 2. Don’t Tell Jackie, 3. Vronsky’s Devka. LONG SHOT: Sooner Time.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #2 SMOOTH TALKER (6-1) best bet, 2. Good Stats, 3. Where Is My Mind. LONG SHOT: Norastone.

Trainer Doug O’Neill has gotten off to a slow start at the meet, but he’s bound to heat up at some point and did so on Wednesday when he won two races on the turf, of all surfaces. O’Neil is 36% with horses moving down two or more classes like this 5-year-old mare. Drayden Van Dyke is re-united with the mare.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #9 Holiday Camp (12-1), 2. Roy H, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Rule He Will.

Trainer Bob Baffert is searching for a winning spot for the this $700,000 purchase last year. The turf might be the answer as the sire Street Boss is 20% with first-time turfers and Baffert is 24% with jockey Martiin Garcia.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gravity Force, 2. Blue Ratio, 3. Out of Mischief. LONG SHOT: I’m Zonin.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. #2 Lily Kai (12-1), 2. Almost Reality, 3. Ticaboo. LONG SHOT: Just Got Lucky.

This daughter of Unusual Heat is bred to love the grass and to go long. She showed improvement in her second start and now trainer Mike Machowsky sends her around two turns for the first time after two sprints, a move he is 23% with. Good turf jockey Brice Blanc is aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Midnight Transfer, 2. Buckleberry Grey, 3. Barrel Knot. LONG SHOT: Ain’t No Other.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lady’s Plan, 2. Freethinker, 3. Kadesha. LONG SHOT: Halljoy.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Emerald Green, 2. West Coast Storm, 3. I Heart You. LONG SHOT: Quick Navigator.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 2 (Gypsy’s Rule $17.20, fourth race; Savings Account $4.20, sixth)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Luvuryan $7.40, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winner: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Karma King $17.80, second)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 17 (4 p.m. first post)

FIRST RACE: 1. BENESH (best bet), 2. Last One Standing, 3. Navy Hymn. LONG SHOT: D. Shifflett.

Trainer John Sadler is lights out in these maiden claiming races and this son of Street Boss takes the huge drop from MSW to MC 70,000. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes the mount and is 21% with Sadler.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Sugar Soda, 2. No Contingency, 3. May B. LONG SHOT: Justification.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Ghost of Navigator, 2. Proud Captive, 3. Miltee. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

Another take the big drop from MSW to MC $20,000. This son of Mineshaft has been gelded since his last start and puts blinkers on for Northern California-based O.J. Jauregui, who is 27% with this kind of move. Ghost of Navigator is owned by Bloom Racing, which won Thursday’s featured Oceanside with Soul Driver.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Getoffmyback, 2. Captain Akers, 3. Tengas Ransom. LONG SHOT: Collect the Debt.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ramona’s Wildcat, 2. Hooligan, 3. Xoxo. LONG SHOT:  Not too Shiny.

Believe it or not, trainer Doug O’Neill has done well at Del Mar in turf sprints. This daughter of Wildcat Heir (14% turf sire) must find space because she has not early speed. That will be the job of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wasted At Midnight, 2. Baruta, 3. Scherzinger. LONG SHOT: Uzziel.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Revenue Virginius, 2. Zipessa, 3. Conquest Curlgirl. LONG SHOT: Harriet Tubman.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Olympic Lady, 2. Urloveneverfails, 3. Hekawi. LONG SHOT: Melinda’s Girl.

Trainer Victor Garcia comes ready to win at Del Mar, especially for his father/owner “King” Juan Garcia. Victor is 38% wiith beaten favorites and this one just pull off a surprise.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Nextdoorneighbor $4.60, sixth race; Gangnam Guy $10.40, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Soul Driver $7.80, eighth; )

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Ink Well $12, third; Gloryzpper $7.40, ninth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Olympic Blue $19.60, first)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 22 (Post 4 p.m.)

Race 2: #8 Benesh

Trainer John Sadler has been working this 2-year-old at San Luis Rey Downs with two good works coming into the race. Sire Street Boss is 19% first time out and Sadler is 18% first time.

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Race 8: #9 Aaron Again

This 5-year-old makes his second start off the layoff as trainer Vladimir Cerin adds blinkers going two turns for the first time. There’s a good work since the last race and big jock switch to Rafael Bejarano, who is 36% with Cerin at Santa Anita.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 7

Race 1: Trelawny (2-1)

Trainer Keith Desormeaux is 31% when dropping a horse two levels. The bad news his brother, Kent, decides not to ride. Your call.

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Race 2: #4 Action Hero (8-1)

This 3-year-old colt tries two turns for the second time, a move trainer Tom Proctor is 25% with. He also gets veteran jockey Gary Stevens to ride and they are 21% together.

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Race 3: #4 Miss Gridley (5-2)

Cost $175K at auction and has been training lights out at San Luis Rey Downs for trainer Peter Miller. Sire Street Boss wins at 18% rate first out.

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Race 7: #8 Time for Angie (7-2)

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode five horses in their last race in this event and he chooses this closer for trainer Mike Puype, who is 24% with beaten favorites. This 4-year-old filly had a little trouble at the start last time, but has two good works since.

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Dec. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Red Man Run, 2. Mahalo Arturo, 3. Warren’s Wesley. LONG SHOT: Kozani.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Holy Ascension, 2. Where Is My Mind, 3. Ill Tell You What. LONG SHOT: Ju Ju Bella.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Longstocking, 2. Fantastic Style, 3. Ben’s Duchess. LONG SHOT: Street Reflection.

Trainer Michael McCarthy, a Todd Pletcher protégé, has shown a penchant for getting horses ready in their second start as he is 2-for-4 with those like LONGSTOCKING. He is also 25% with 2-year-olds and 5-for-15 sprinting. Jockey Mike Smith stays aboard. FANTASTIC STYLE has been training lights out for trainer Bob Baffert.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tigah, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. Buymeabond. LONG SHOT: Greeley Awesome.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Seeking the Sherif, 2. Secret Circle, 3. Bahamian Squall. LONG SHOT: Bolita Boyz.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Soul Driver (BEST BET), 2. Daddy D T, 3. Bolo. LONG SHOT: Stormy Liberal.

SOUL DRIVER (12-1), a son of Street Boss, received an absolutely brutal ride last time from Tyler Baze. Full of run on the rail, Baze was stuck behind horses, finishing fifth, but past the wire he powerfully galloped out in front. Not in love with the post, but love the horse.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dancinthenightaway, 2. Sayes So, 3. Swiss Lake Yodeler. LONG SHOT: Big Break.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Winning Rhythm, 2. Scooter Bird, 3. Diversy Harbor. LONG SHOT: Kathleen Rose.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Vicious, 2. Cyrus Alexander, 3. Nob Hill. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.

VICIOUS, a son of Indian Charlie, gave an even effort while sprinting last time and should enjoy the run around two turns for trainer Eoin Harty. Comes out of the Firing Line maiden race at Del Mar and that one just lost to Dortmund.

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Sydney’s Darling, 3. Putahexonher. LONG SHOT: Plazarita.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Speedy Tornado, 2. Dance Dee a Door O, 3. Original Rex. LONG SHOT: Dr. Vincentstein.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Metaboss, 2. Battle of Evermore, 3. My Charlie Boy. LONG SHOT: Willing to Travel.

Offspring of the sire Street Boss have been tearing it up on the turf and that’s what we have here in METABOSS (8-1). Trainer Jeff Bonde is 20% with first-time starters and 34% with horses making their debut on the grass.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Firefly, 2. Fascinating, 3. Live for Now. LONG SHOT: Interject.

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FIFTH RACE: Sunset Skies, 2. Fantastic Mizz, 3. Love Blind. LONG SHOT: Brilliant Melody.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Nueva Fortuna, 2. Small Moves, 3. Incredible Journey. LONG SHOT: Jetbird.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Te Rapa, 2. Kulik Lodge, 3. Den’s Legacy. LONG SHOT: Ethnic Dance.

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EIGHTH RACE: Race 8: #8 Lady Danger (best bet), 2. Miz Penelope, 3. Discreet Flirt. LONG SHOT: Seek Safe Harbor.

Perennial leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps on LADY DANGER (9-2), a daughter of Desert Party, for trainer David Bernstein, who is 23% with horses off a layoff of 31-60 days. She had trouble at the start in her last race, drops in class and closed some in the lane.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Sept. 3 (closing day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Lethal Story, 2. Susan B Good, 3. Three Blondes. LONG SHOT: Flowinwiththebreez.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sheeking the Sherif, 2. No Silent, 3. Heir of Storm. LONG SHOT: Bull Dozer.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Fighter Squadron, 2. Tiznow Or Then, 3. Welcome Home Ryan. LONG SHOT: Friendly Banter.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Reneesgotzip, 2. Llandudno, 3. Clearly Confused. LONG SHOT: Kinz Funky Monkey.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Zip Cat, 2. World Famous Sam T, 3. Sunrise Legacy. LONG SHOT: Qatar’s Pearl.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Daddy D T (best bet), 2. Papacoolpapacool, 3. Dallas Skyline. LONG SHOT: Highway Boss.

Trainer John Sadler gets jockey Corey Nakatani to ride DADDY D T (8-1), a son of Scat Daddy, in his first try on the grass. Offspring of Scat Daddy do well on the grass and going two turns. On top of that Sadler and Nakatani are a 46% combination the last two years at Del Mar.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cougar Country, 2. All Indians, 3. Fame and Power. LONG SHOT: Smuggler Union.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Holiday Camp, 2. Skyway, 3. Henry’s Holiday. LONG SHOT: Iron Fist.

Trainer Bob Baffert owns the Del Mar Futurity and we’re going with HOLIDAY CAMP (9-2), a son of Street Boss, who cost $700,000 at auction. This colt comes out of a loss to the undefeated Wake Up Nick. He has been working steadily during the meet and has a bullet in his last effort. He also comes out of a key race.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Aguacita, 2. Stormy Adieu, 3. Flat Footed Mama. LONG SHOT: Definitely Not.

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10TH RACE: 1. Love In The Desert, 2. Pillow, 3. Vanlose Stairway. LONG SHOT: Taste Like Candy.

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Monday’s top choice winners: 4 (Faith Hope Love $3.80, first race; Wanstead Gardens $9.80, third; Wake Up Nick $2.80, fourth; She’s Complete $5.20, sixth

Monday’s second choice winners: 3 (Tiz Midnight $6, fifth; Sweet Sunshine $7.60, eighth; Mischief Clem $5.20, 10th)

Monday’s third choice winners: 0

Monday’s long shot winners: 0

 

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Delaney’s Joy, 2. Lady Dash, 3. Wild Heart Run. LONG SHOT: Cora Elizabeth.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Sunrise, 2. Innocent Man, 3. Newfound Gold. LONG SHOT: Fly Blue.

SOUTHERN SUNRISE (6-1) broke his maiden over the Polytrack a year ago at Del Mar. Was claimed recently for $16,000 with this race, no doubt, in mind. Should be forwardly placed by jockey Tyler Baze. Trainer Mark Glatt is 29% first off the claim.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Local One Thirty, 2. Clever Royal, 3. Contributor. LONG SHOT: Storm the Channel.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Aaron’s Thunder, 2. Mikes Lion, 3. Mr. Count On Me. LONG SHOT: Joshie Hit a Homer.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lady Asono, 2. Master the Blues, 3. Heat Du Jour. LONG SHOT: Fantastic Mizz.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bosserette, 2. Tarn, 3. Mark of a Gem. LONG SHOT: Antiquity.

Offspring of Street Boss do well on the turf and BOSSERETTE’s only win came on the green stuff. Has been away since February but has been working steadily for her return for trainer Howard Zucker, who is 23% with runners on the grass. Jockey Tyler Baze keeps the mount.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sky Kingdom, 2. American Blend, 3. Old Time Hockey. LONG SHOT: Lideris.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Go Get Em Babe, 2. Kirov, 3. Sam’s Sister. LONG SHOT: Hidden Reality.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 0

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Peacenluvpeacenluv $8.80, second race; Bench Light $18, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Burns Turn $12, third)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Bunuska $12.20, fourth; Fable $11.60, fifth)

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, May 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Corinthian Melody. LONG SHOT: Wild Nicole.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Segway, 2. Tiz Dynamic, 3. Jules Journey. LONG SHOT: Dreamy Kid.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Circle the Moon, 2. Valley Cat, 3. Big Kick. LONG SHOT: Toledo Eddie.

Trainer Karen Headley drops CIRCLE THE MOON, a gelding, in class and stretches him out. The real tipoff here is the securing of jockey Mike Smith, who is a perfect 4-for-4 riding for Headley over the last two years.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gameboy Luke, 2. Distinct Asset, 3. Red Globe. LONG SHOT: Letaba.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cut to Run, 2. Time for a J, 3. Soul Saver. LONG SHOT: Doctor McEachnie.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Creditcardroulette, 2. Kerrilynn, 3. Toppers Sunshine. LONG SHOT: Thermal Nermal.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Chelios, 2. Kobe’s Back, 3. Ferocious. LONG SHOT: Top Fortitude.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sweet Boss (best bet), 2. Queen of the Hill, 3. Chati’s On Top. LONG SHOT: Copperopolis.

Trainer John Shirreffs cuts back SWEET BOSS, a 4-year-old filly, from a mile to 6½ furlongs down the hill on the grass. That has been a winning formula in the past. On top of that, this daughter of Street Boss should like the shorter distance as her daddy was a very nice sprinter. Add on Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith jumps aboard.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Enchanted Fortune, 2. See Through, 3. Classy Ava. LONG SHOT: Reverchon.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Eltoninadress $4.40, fifth race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Henry’s Holiday $20.80, first; Frensham $4.20, second; She’s Flush $4.80, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Benba $14.20, third; Fir to Rule $6.80, sixth)

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