Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Dec. 21

Race 1 – TB

#9 Prothoe (9-2)

The outside post is the only obstacle here, but hot jockey Daniel Centeno knows how to get them in the right position. Trainer Barbara McBride has won with this 5-year-old mare before at Tampa.

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Race 5 – TB

#2 Samka (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly tries dirt for the the first time after running on Polytrack at Woodbine. She showed improved speed last time out and at this distance that could be a key with veteran rider Dean Butler aboard for trainer Aldana Gonzalez.

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Race  – TB

#9 Mashuk (6-1)

Our Eyes: This 4-year-old colt’s best finish came in his debut on the Arlington Park turf and he’s never been back on the grass since. He is bred to like it —- out of a Dynaformer mare —- and he’s bred to run all day. Lasix is added so look for a better effort.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Sunday, Dec. 21

Race 2 – LRC

#3 Changing Karma (6-1)

This 4-year-old gelding has been running on the night-time programs at Los Alamitos and now tries the big boys. Trainer Tom Bazley is 39% on dirt, in sprints and in claimers. Jockey Charlton knows him well and they should enjoy the extra distance.

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Race 5 – LRC

#1 Radiant Journey (5-2)

Our Eyes: Trainer Philip D’Amato came loaded for this meet as he won four of his first eight races and didn’t finish off the board. This 3-year-old filly just missed in her debut and draws the No. 1 post, which has won more than half of the sprints at this fall meet.

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Race 7 – LRC

#10 Big Hat Charlie (5-1)

Our Eyes: Look at whom this 2-year-old has been losing to in his maiden races: Dortmund and Firing Line. Do they ring a bell? Trainer Jeff Bonde makes big jockey change to speed jockey Edwin Maldonado and this ridgling has a big work coming into this race.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course for Saturday, Dec. 20

Race 5: #4 El Nino Terrible (2-1)

Has been on the improve since coming back from a rest. Broke his maiden going long like he is doing today. Had been facing some toughies early in year. Jockey Fernando Perez and trainer Peter Miller are a 33% combination.

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Race 6: #3 Tall and Sweet (5-2)

Like we have mentioned before in this spot, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has received some ready to go first out maidens from Pomona this year and this 2-year-old filly fits the bill. Hollendorfer is 30% with firsters and 21% with jockey Elvis Trujillo.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Dec. 20

Race 5: #5 Finura (6-1)

Has been running and training at Gulfstream West (aka Calder). Taking a drop in class here and leading jockey Antonio Gallarado gets aboard. Threw in a clunker last time and should be ready for a rebound here.

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Race 9: #10 Hold On Smokey (turf only) (5-2)

This 9-year-old has won nine times on the Tampa turf and an amazing 14 times at this 5-furlong distance. He has won off the layoff before and should be ready to go here for trainer Joyce Kielty.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Dec. 19

Race 2: #6 Kholberg (12-1)

Has been given two months off and trainer Anthony Pecoraro is 31% with horses off a layoff of 61-180 days. Jockey Brian Pedroza rode this 2-year-old at Delaware Park and the gelding has a good work over the surface.

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Race 6: #3 Annamonarchos (turf only) (5-1)

This 4-year-old filly has a good third over the turf course for trainer Anthony Granitz. Needs to get into the race a little sooner and maybe that will happen with jockey Fernando De La Cruz, who rode her to her last win at Indiana Downs.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Friday, Dec. 19

Race 4: #6 Patsy G and Me (2-1)

This 2-year-old made his debut in September at Golden Gate in a race that has produced two winners. Now he is in the Tim Yakteen barn, which is 38% with horses off a 61-180-day layoff. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke is likely to gun from the gate.

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Race 6: #6 Maid Easy (5-1)

We liked this first-timer by Top Hit earlier in the meet, but she was scratched out of the No. 1 hole. She gets an outside draw here for the potent jockey/trainer combination of Kayle Stra and Kory Owens (38%). Owens is also 23% with 2-year-olds.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Thursday, Dec. 18

Not a great card for Thursday as horsemen are waiting for Santa Anita Park to open the day after Christmas, Dec. 26.

One note: the inside four posts have won 19 of 22 route races (87%) at the meet so far.

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Race 1: Brackendale (4-1)

Interesting jockey move here. Feranando Perez usually rides for trainer Robertino Diodoro, who has Papa’s Paisley in here, but Perez chooses to stick with this son of Forest Grove here for trainer Robert Gilker.

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Race 6: #4 Tough Sunday (3-1)

This 2-year-old had all kinds of trouble at the start of his debut on Oct. 29 at Santa Anita, but still managed to finish third. That race has produced three next out winners and apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke keeps the mount for trainer Steve Miyadi.

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