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It’s closing day at Santa Anita with mandatory payoffs in the Pick-5, Pick-6 and Super High-5. The 10-race program beings at 1 p.m.

An excellent 10-race Saturday program is spiced by a $64,153 Pick-6 carryover. First post is 1 p.m.

The final Friday program of the season offers eighth races with a late first post time of 3 P.M.

The Santa Anita winter/spring/summer season, which began exactly six months ago, heads into its final four days with an eight race program that begins at 1 p.m. Last Sunday the recommended $96 pick-6 ticket that appeared in this column cashed for a net payoff $2,529.20.

A huge $103,974 Pick-6 carryover awaits Sunday players, with the first of nine races at the usual 1 o’clock post time.

A nine race Saturday program on this first day of summer begins with a short-priced standout in the opener, a six furlong maiden special weight sprint for fillies and mares. #6 Bonus Spin was beaten as the choice in her debut but earned a good figure and has come back to work well. Drawn comfortably outside, the Mullins-trained daughter of Hard Spun shouldn’t miss today, but will offer no little to no wagering value.

There’s a Pick-6 carryover of $54,775 for the Friday program that begins with a 3 P.M. first post time.

Two weeks remaining in the winter/spring/summer Santa Anita season. Eight races are carded for the Thursday program with first post at 1 p.m.

The Sunday nine race program begins at 1 p.m., with the featured Desert Stormer Stakes for sprinting fillies and mares carded prior to the Pick-6 sequence as the third event.

An excellent Saturday program features a nine race program with two Grade-1 events, the Shoemaker Mile (7th race) and the Vanity Stakes (8th race). First post is 1 p.m.