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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, Dec. 27

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 I’m No Patsy – Has shown some improvement in her last 2 starts; facing a very slow group in this bottom level class.

2 Kylee’s Star – Finished well in last despite a non-threatening second; will not face an easier test unless it’s in Phoenix.

Long Shot – 5 The Mothership

Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Clearly Confused – Has cashed a couple paychecks since claimed by Robertino Diodoro; like that Joe Talamo remains loyal.

1 Chila Ali – Exits a big graduation win, albeit 9 months ago; has had 5 workouts for return, which might be enough.

Long Shot – 5 Best by Far

Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

2 The Admiral – Bob Baffert won 3 races on opening day; suspect it’s a signal his barn is ready to run roughshod this meeting.

3 Cool Samurai – Excellent debut at Belmont Park; now tries first time with Lasix and the stable rider Mike Smith.

Long Shot – 1 Rough Passage

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up

7 Half Dome Dude – Was overmatched in last, now drops to a class with his friends; tactical speed to sit a decent trip.

4 Truelee Scrappin – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; now or never or heading to Phoenix, Arizona.

Long Shot – 1 Dunmore East

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $56,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Van Dien Avenue – Was overmatched facing winners in last two starts; returns to MSW company and the great Gary Stevens rides.

8 Autumn View – Tepid chalk ran OK in return off a 17-month hiatus; she’s run faster races in the past to come back too.

Long Shot – 9 Tickle Again

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 2-year-olds

5 Chitu – Nice debut win for Bob Baffert, now takes the next logical step; unknown how high the ceiling is for this one.

3 Papa Turf – Broke his MSW at Santa Anita, a career best race by miles; ran better than looked in a Hollywood Prevue effort.

Long Shot – 4 Beach Hut

Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

5 Kathleen Rose – Has really come to pass since joining the Mike Machowsky barn; now facing winners for the first time.

2 Krazypapaya – Found a winning level at Turf Paradise in last; returns to Santa Anita to face Cal-bred foes, mainly her kind.

Long Shot – 3 Warren’s Rosebud

Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds

6 Papa’s Paisley – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; back with Martin Pedroza for the money shot.

7 Still Unbroken – Experiment with blinkers on in last did not go well; Steve Miyadi takes them off and adds Brice Blanc.

Long Shot – 2 Reps and Warrants

Best Bet – 5 Chitu (race 6)

Santa Anita Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/5/$26.60; Long Shots, 9/1/$15.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals – 17/5/$26.60; Long Shots, 9/1/$15.00; Best Bets, 1/0/$0

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Merry Meadow (2/1) in race 3 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Taylor Jagger was scratched at Aqueduct. Stats – 0/0/$0; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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