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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, January 1

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

2 Omorfi Kopella – Her second turf start was not close to the quality of her debut race; youngster could easily rebound in this spot.

3 Swiss Jet – Draw a line thru last at Del Mar and her two grass starts look OK with these; Barry Abrams has an uncoupled entry.

Long Shot – 6 Bullwinkle Babe

Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

4 Sir Macho – Have to dig back to last February when he broke his maiden at Santa Anita; been on turf since, but is capable.

2 Anxious Times – Has tactical speed to lead or follow close up; if it’s a riders race, it’s nice to have Gary Stevens up for you.

Long Shot – 1 Cat Meeting

Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

1 Froggy Fresh – After two straight seconds, she may be ready to crush these like a grape; will save every inch of ground.

4 Peaches n’ Brandy – Finished well considering an awkward start in debut; easier task with a clean beginning.

Long Shot – 2 She Got Away

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

8 Heavens Stairway – Has won 3-of-4 starts down the hillside turf course; has won on the lead and coming from off the early pace.

7 Margot Machance – Tepid chalk in a difficult heat; like the turnback in distance where she will be flying fast late.

Long Shot – 4 My Monet

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

4 Privileged One – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; showed good early speed in her debut.

6 Katerrific – Another taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; another edge is Rafael Bejarano up.

Long Shot – 2 Hot and Pleasing

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds

6 Sergeant O’Rourke – Peter Miller drops this filly way down to win; she has speed and broke her maiden over Santa Anita dirt.

10 Lotta Attitude – Disappointed last time in first race off the claim for Ron Ellis; he doesn’t waste time and drops her to win.

Long Shot – 7 She’s Flush

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up

6 Nicklaus Way – Tiny edge in the hardest race on the card; like the cut back in distance where he should be finishing well.

9 Ferocious – Las was a real clunker off a 6-month hiatus; he has a good resume to find a rebound effort at a square price.

Long Shot – 2 Rolling Fog

Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), $75,000 Blue Norther, Fillies, 3-year-olds

8 Rainha Da Bateria – Talented dead late closer will always be at the mercy of pace; coming from last, she needs to thread thru the field.

11 Bobbi Grace – Must draw in off the also elgible list for Tom Proctor; he has another live one in Jaded Glory.

Long Shot – 10 Sea Mona

Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

1 The Mad Hungarian – The key is for him to repeat the race he ran two back; Hector Palma has clearly found his hole card.

8 Valley Cat – Dead late closer is sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; has a solid dirt resume too.

Long Shot – 9 Durango Flier

Best Bet – 8 Heavens Stairway (race 4)

Santa Anita Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/7/$51.20; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.00

Santa Anita Totals – 69/19/$129.20; Long Shots, 35/4/$41.80; Best Bets, 4/2/$8.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 La Bella Valeria (3/1) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Lawnmaker was scratched at Aqueduct. Stats – 2/2/$7.70;

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