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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, Dec. 28

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Big Wags – Underrated barn claims from Bill Spawr; should get a square price with unknown Tammi Piermarini up.

3 Tiz Dynamic – Tepid chalk gets a huge rider switch to Corey Nakatani; if Corey is focused, he could have a strong meet.

Long Shot – 6 Second City

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

6 San Onofre – One of the most impressive MSW wins of the year was this guy; not sure what he beat, so this is a good test.

4 Life a Riley – When Bill Spawr claims a horse, expect steady improvement; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.

Long Shot – 5 Topper’s Ghost

Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds

4 Echo Zulu – Slight edge in a very evenly balanced field; like his tactical speed to sit just off the early pacesetters.

3 Brando the Birdman – Became eligible for this when raced for a price tag in debut; like his MSW win, next logical step up.

Long Shot – 7 Market Notes

Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), $75,000 Eddie Logan, 2-year-olds

3 Craftsman – Simon Callaghan has a well earned reputation with Euro invaders; he’s an Englishman himself and knows the breed.

2 Enterprising – Tom Proctor and Gary Stevens continue to sing a great duet; big step up in class but don’t underestimate them.

Long Shot – 8 Royal Banker

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

8 Pimpernel – Did a classic pop and stop in a well bet debut; he should more forward which spells trouble for the rest.

1 Gameboy Luke – Gets a big rider switch to Corey Nakatani for the money shot; has speed and the rail, options.

Long Shot – 2 Indian Smoke

Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

1 Ontology – Hard to believe he’s been in graded stakes while still a maiden; hope it didn’t take the mental starch out of him.

6 Kozani – This could spell a decent day for Corey Nakatani; second time out for John Sadler, expect improvement.

Long Shot – 4 Miraglo

Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

8 Seeking the Sherif – Exploded for a big MSW win for Gary Mandella; he’s conservative like his dad, well spotted here.

3 Three Vases – Is claim proof in returning off a 9-month sabbatical; will be double tough if fit off workouts alone.

Long Shot – 5 Tribal Smoke

Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $100,000 Daytona, 3-year-olds and up

2 Chips All In – Has won 4-of-6 starts over Santa Anita sod, horse for course; Jeff Mullins barn is ready to go.

4 Unbridled’s Note – Logical chalk just hasn’t shown the same killer instinct; still quite fast, is again extremely dangerous.

Long Shot – 5 Handsome Mike

Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds

11 Exotic Behavior – Bob Baffert culls are still very well bred animals; takes a huge class drop to face much easier.

7 Red Barris – Claimed by Steve Knapp who runs her right back in the same class; key vote is from Rafael Bejarano taking the call.

Long Shot – 5 Miraculous Mindy

Best Bet – 6 San Onofre (race 2)

Santa Anita Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/5/$27.00; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40

Santa Anita Park Totals – 32/10/$53.60; Long Shots, 17/1/$15.00; Best Bets, 2/1/$3.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #3 Isthmus (15/1) in race 7 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Merry Meadow ran second at Aqueduct paying $3.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 1/1/$5.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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