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Friday bonus! Garrity shares more racing picks — a Pick 3 at Oaklawn Park, and a Pick 4 at Santa Anita Park

We waited to post these to get the track condition at Oaklawn, which saw a lot of rain today, and to see if Santa Anita would actually race.

Chris Garrity

We're back for a little cocktail hour action, from both Oaklawn and Santa Anita Parks. We waited to post these to get the track condition at Oaklawn, which saw a lot of rain today, and to see if Santa Anita would actually race. It looks like a go in Southern California, and while the dirt at Oaklawn was listed as "good" for the first race, it looked pretty good to us, and we are expecting it to be upgraded to fast very shortly. So, we've handicapped for fast and firm at both tracks.

We're playing multi-race wagers here: a Pick 3 at Oaklawn, and a Pick 4 at Santa Anita. Let's go.

Oaklawn Park, Race 7, Race 8, and Race 9Post Times 5:21 pm ET, 5:51 pm ET, and 6:19 pm ET

We're not going to go into the conditions and distances of each race, but we will go through our picks in each. They are as follows:

Race 7: The two favorites are 2-Hawaakom, who's 5/2, and 5-Operation Stevie, who's 3-1. We think one of them will win.

Race 8: 2-Mia Mischief, is 9/5, and is a very strong pick to win this allowance race. We think she is the likeliest winner on the Oaklawn card, and will single her, with no backups.

Race 9: There are 11 entrants in this maiden race, and we are going to use them all. It's a wide-open race, so we'll hit the "All" button, and hope for chaos.

That works out to the following Pick 3 ticket: Oaklawn Park, Race 7, 50-cent Pick 3, 2,3 with 2 with ALL. That's an $11 ticket at the 50-cent base wager level; those wishing to be more aggressive can increase the base wager proportionately. We will be playing it for $4, for a total investment of $48.

Santa Anita Park, Race 5, Race 6, and Race 7, Race 8Post Times 6:09 pm ET, 6:38 pm ET, 7:08 pm ET, and 7:38 pm ET

We're playing the late Pick 4 at Santa Anita, and here are the picks:

Race 5: 3, 6, 7

Race 6: 3

Race 7: 1,2,4,6,9

Race 8: 1,4,6,7

Playing this ticket costs $30 at the 50-cent base wager amount, which is what we will be playing. Please refer to your account wagering service, or Santa Anita's website, for the names of the runners.

That's all for today. We'll be back tomorrow with a look at the national stakes action -- it's a pretty big day, and we are hoping the races can go off without a hitch. Until then, good luck at the windows.

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