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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, May 9

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

5 Matriculate – FTS from Bill Spawr made enough notice to be the morning line favorite; has win early pedigree top and bottom.

7 London Legacy – Ran a winning race for this level last time out; if he repeats under Rafael Bejarano he can get his picture taken.

Long Shot – 6 Nardo

Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 Emyvale Court – Has lost three frustrating close finishes; one HOF rider Gary Stevens replaces another HOF jock in Alex Solis here.

11 Katy Drama – Like the parking lot post very much down the hillside turf course; figures to sit a nice trip and come rumbling late.

Long Shot – 9 Explicable

Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

1 Rambling House – I like the rail post here at one mile on turf or dirt; short run to the first turn thus can save all of the ground.

6 Pefiolo – Was in deep water last time but can rebound; look at his race two back for $16K when he ran a solid second, can do that today.

Long Shot – 2 Know More

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

9 Q’Viva – Is winless in seven starts down the hill; key for me is she has been second four times and keeps knocking at the door.

4 Silver Mojave – NoCal shipper has been away 9-months; key for me is she has a good turf and synthetic surface resumes.

Long Shot – 3 Vanlose Stairway

Race 5 – 1 1/8th miles, $300,000 Vanity Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Warren’s Veneda – The scratch of Beholder has made this one the overwhelming favorite; has ripped off three stakes wins in a row.

4 My Sweet Addiction – If anyone can upset, it’s this hard trying mare; she has early speed and will try and control the early pace.

Long Shot – 2 Gas Total

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

9 Nextdoorneighbor – Has kept his winning ways since the barn switch to Peter Miller; Tyler Baze has been on an awful lot of those wins.

11 Oligarch – Speedball gets a parking lot post for this; Flavien Prat has been one of the bright surprises of the meet.

Long Shot – 6 Shame On Alex

Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Pat the Bear – After two sharp wins has been saddled with two tough losses; takes a sharp class drop from O/C $80K to O/C $40K tonight.

11 Ballado’s Banker – Leap of faith that Rafael Bejarano knows something about this Argentine import; watch to tote board for clues.

Long Shot – 8 Cherubim

Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $100,000 American, 3-year-olds and up

3 Winning Prize – Was upset in the Thunder Road last time out; he looked like a winner late until Talco ran over him very late.

8 Bal a Bali – Brazilian import from HOF trainer Richard Mandella; he has teamed up with Flavien Prat for some nice priced winners.

Long Shot – 7 Home Run Kitten

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

10 Sure Victory – Tyler Baze has a knack for winning the final race of the afternoon; Philip D’Amato has been one of his main patrons.

11 Show and Tell – Rafael Bejarano could wrap up a nice day here if things go his way; should improve in his second career start.

Long Shot – 4 Practical

Best Bet – 1 Rambling House (race 3)

Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/2/$9.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$22.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Meet Totals – 148/35/$220.60; Long Shots, 72/11/$115.00; Best Bets, 9/4/$16.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Twilight Eclipse (3/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Modernstone ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 65/42/$285.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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