Belmont Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions (plus one from Belmont) for Friday, May 29

Race 1: #4 Where Is My Mind (7-2) 

Trainer A C Avila returned from a recent suspension and looks to get back in the win column. He is 57% with horses coming off a 61-180-day layoff like this 3-year-old filly.

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Race 3: #6 Baby Bea Scattin (7-2)

It’s possible this daughter of Scat Daddy wants further, but the sire has a 14% win percentage first time out and the dam’s sire is also 14% (Unbridled’s Song). Think maybe Art Sherman has a live one here.

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Race 8: #11 Silver Ride (6-1)

This colt turned in a clunker in his 2015 debut at Keeneland, but three horses have come out of that race to win. On top of that trainer Brian Lynch wanted to put this 3-year-old on the grass in his debut but it got rained off. Now they try turf today.

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions (plus a couple at Gulfstream) for Monday, May 25

Race 5: #2 Nob Hill (6-1)

This son of Curlin was a good third at the end of February but went to the sidelines. Trainer Bob Baffert puts the blinkers back on (34%) and jockey Victor Espinoza, of American Pharoah fame, retains the mount.

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Race 8: #8 Danza Cavallo (4-1)

Trainer Chad Brown ships West looking for a graded stakes win for this 4-year-old filly. Brown is 28% with shippers and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. keeps the mount, choosing this filly over another shipper, Hard Not to Like.

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Race 9: #12 Ladies Man (4-1)

This gelding ran an OK fourth in his career debut and now trainer Mike Puype drops him two levels, a move he is 4-for-5 with (80%). There are two big works since that start and jockey Tyler Baze stays aboard.

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Gulfstream Park

Race 1: #5 Gone as Wind (9-2)

Trainer Efren Loza Jr. is 38% the first time he puts a horse in a claiming race. On top of that, this horse comes out of a key at Tampa Bay Downs that has produced three winners already.

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Race 4: #1 Don’t Tell Vanessa (5-1)

Shippers from Tampa Bay Downs have done well across the country since the closing of the meet and this filly comes out of a race that has produced three winners so far and she drops from MSW to a maiden claiming while getting hot apprentice rider Tyler Gaffalione.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 24

Race 7: #4 Nakamoto (4-1)

Always thought this 3-year-old had some talented, but he just hasn’t gotten over the hump. Trainer Adam Kitchingman decided to have the son of Temple City gelded and drops him into a maiden claimer for the first time.

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Race 9: #2 Perfectly Majestic (3-1)

Our Eyes:   This 3-year-old just missed against winners going down the hill and now returns to the maiden ranks. He stretches out for the first time and gets a big jockey switch to Mike Smith. The sire Majesticperfection is 23% with turfers.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 23

Race 5: #2 Maximinus (4-1)

Jockey Flavin Prat had is choice of horses in this race and picks this 4-year-old. The gelding pressed the pace in his last at this level but steadied at the top of the stretch.

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Race 8: #9 Rocko’s Wheel (6-1)

This 3-year-old makes his debut on the turf. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 26% first-time turf and the sire Grazen is 30% first-time on the green. Jockey Joe Talamo keeps the ride.

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Race 9: #3 Magic Mark (10-1)

Trainer Ron Ellis is 38% in non-graded stakes so he’s worth a look in this spot.

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Race 10: #1 Silver Spirit (8-1)

The son of Tapit closed some ground last time, but trainer Julio Canani, who is 34% third off the layoff, shortens him up to a mile. Jockey Alex Solis had a trouble trip last time and needs to avoid trouble from the rail here.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 22 (Post 4 p.m.)

Race 2: #8 Benesh

Trainer John Sadler has been working this 2-year-old at San Luis Rey Downs with two good works coming into the race. Sire Street Boss is 19% first time out and Sadler is 18% first time.

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Race 8: #9 Aaron Again

This 5-year-old makes his second start off the layoff as trainer Vladimir Cerin adds blinkers going two turns for the first time. There’s a good work since the last race and big jock switch to Rafael Bejarano, who is 36% with Cerin at Santa Anita.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 21

Race 1: #3 Modonna (NL)

Trainer Molly Pearson wins a lot of her races in Arizona, but can win on this circuit. She has two first-timers in this 2-year-old filly race and this daughter of Uncle Mo seems faster than her stablemate. Uncle Mo is 1-for-2 so far as a first-year sire.

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Race 6: #6 Wynhurst (NL)

Trainer Bob Baffert drops this 4-year-old into a maiden claimer for the first time. The colt pressed the pace in his first race in more than a year, but tired. Regular barn rider Martin Garcia takes over.

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Race 8: #8 Light Dew (NL)

Trainer E.G. Burnison is 0-for-7 in his last tries with first-time starters, but make no mistake he can get one ready. The sire Tribal Rule wins 14% first time and this 4-year-old has a good last work showing and it won’t take much in this $20K maiden claimer.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 17

Race 5: #1 Lust for Life (NL)

This 4-year-old filly failed as the favorite last time out, but was claimed by trainer Hector Palma, who is 38% first off the claim. Big jock switch to Rafael Bejarano, who is 3-for-6 with Palma at Santa Anita.

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Race 7: #2 Pepper Sweet (NL)

Lots of changes with this 5-year-old. Trainer Richard Baltas takes the blinkers off and the horse has been gelded since last race last year. Baltas is 30% with horses for layoffs of plus 180 days and Baltas is 30% with jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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