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By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Nicole H – Ran well enough in debut to win this MSW condition; clearly the one to beat at very short odds.

Pink Blossom – FTS from Bruce Headley has turned in some rapid works; watch the tote board for clues on FTS.

Long Shot – Ms Margaritaville

Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $24,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds

Gilligan – As difficult a 6-horse field as you’ll find; big rider switch to Joe Talamo should be rallying late.

Six Eighteen – Tepid chalk in an impossible looking race; tactical speed to get involved from the get go.

Long Shot – Straightomidnight

Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up

Worth Repeating – Dead late closer makes his third start off a 13-month hiatus; reunited with Rafael Bejarano.

Horowitz – Speedball will like the turf rail out 15 feet; that makes a big difference, especially down the hill.

Long Shot -Discontent

Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up

Exile – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; facing an extremely slow field.

Ol’dogtown – Has had a zillion chances, but runs fast enough to get into the number on occasion.

Long Shot – Sense of Occasion

Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Devine Actress – Third career start for a 5-YO; like that Rafael Bejarano exits others to ride for David Hofmans.

Living Our Dream – Lost Bejarano to the chalk, but a nice sub in Tyler Baze; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.

Long Shot – Wild Poppy

Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

Fantasy Free – Claimed by A. C. Avila, who continues to train red-hot; like that he hires Rafael Bejarano too.

Laser Point – Jeff Mullins is another barn putting up good numbers early in the meet; last in open company was good.

Long Shot – Sir Bell

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds

Devil Cat M D – Dead late closer was claimed by Doug O’Neill; Joel Rosario will sit in arrears and make one run.

Flashmans Papers – Tepid chalk has done some of his best running over Arcadia sod; tactical speed to sit a trip.

Long Shot – Point Attended

Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Santa Ysabel, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Zilva – Was in the hunt late in the BC Juvenile Fillies; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano and facing lesser.

Crisp – Incredible MSW win where she bolted on the turn, straightened out, then came flying near the outer rail to win.

Long Shot – Evening Jewel

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Blind Optimism – Was well bet in debut, but broke slow and did a pop and stop; expect much better in second start.

Bonita Montana – Outran her 52/1 odds in debut; keep an eye on the 10 FTS, you have an edge of seeing the tote board.

Long Shot – Z and I

Best Bet – Exile (race 4)

Santa Anita Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/7/$52.40; Long Shots, 9/2/$19.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.60

Santa Anita Totals – 196/49/$337.80; Long Shots, 100/15/$158.40; Best Bets, 12/6/$25.00

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Soda Jerk (8/5) in race 2 at Tampa Bay. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Screen to Screen ran out at Penn National. Stats – 12/9/$55.80

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