Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, March 29

Race 6: #3 Dixie Dame (5-2)

Trainer Phil D’Amato has been tearing it up this meet (21%) and this filly had the lead until deep in the stretch. She stays at the same level and jockey Fernando Perez stays aboard. D’Amato is 25% with maiden claimers.

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Race 9: #4 Foreverly (8-1)

This colt got a taste of the downhill turf course last time and trainer Cliff Sise should have him ready second time out with jockey Kent Desormeaux staying aboard.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, March 28

Race 4: #3 Saratoga Boot (turf only) (9-2)

Trainer Dennis Ward is 24% first off the claim and he claimed this 8-year-old last time out after three straight on the dirt. However, this gelding has four lifetime wins on the turf and it appears that exactly what Ward had in mind.

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Race 7: #1 Valkyria (4-1)

This daughter of Value Plus (11% first-time out sire) gets the powerful trainer-jockey combination of Gerald Bennett and Antonio Gallardo (33%). Bennett is 19% with first-time starters.

Editor’s note: This will be my last Tampa Bay Downs opinions blog. If I see a horse down the line, I will mention it on the SoCal blog. I’ve enjoyed Tampa, learned a lot of things, missed some scores and learned Antonio Gallardo rules.

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, March 28

Race 3: #4 Hit a Homerun (8-1)

I don’t know if this 3-year-old is good enough, but this much I do know: trainer Steve Miyadi has won with at least two first-timers in recent weeks at Santa Anita and owners Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC bred this colt and they place their horses in reasonable spots.

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Race 5: #8 Codacious (9-5)

This filly has the top Beyer Speed Figure of thos who have run so it’s her against any of the first-timers. She has shown speed each time and now trainer Cliff Sise shortens her up again. Oh, yeah, he gets a jockey named Rafael Bejarano to ride.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 28

Race 4: #7 Annabella Hall (6-1)

This is strictly a hunch play in that leading jockey Antonio Gallardo doesn’t need to ride every race so he must have been given a pretty good story by low percentage barn and she has a good work over the track.

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Race 8 – Tam

#2 On Spirit River (7-2) ****

Our Eyes:  Trainer Jamie Ness isn’t exactly known for winning in the maiden ranks and especially with first-timers, yet he does to the tune of 32% and he has his No. 1 man, Antonio Gallardo (41%), aboard this son of in In Summation, whose offspring win 13% of the time first time out.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, March 27

Race 1: #4 Believe Too

Trainer Brian Koriner won 22% of the time last year but is 0-for-17 this meet. He’s gotta break out and maybe this 4-year-old filly is the one. She needs to go back to her front-running ways in this spot. Koriner is 36% with horses off a 61-180-day layoff.

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Race 8 – SA

#2 Vicious

Look who this 3-year-old has been losing to in the maiden ranks: Firing Line and Prospect Park. Do they ring a bell? Trainer Eoin Harty has gelded this son of Indian Charlie, drops him into a maiden claimer for the first time and tries turf for the first time with jockey Joe Talamo.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, March 27

Race 3: #1 Hundacareo

This 3-year-old finished second on the drop to maiden claimers and now shortens up in hopes of getting a win for trainer Efren Loza Jr. and jockey Antonio Gallardo..

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Race 9: #3 Bob and Jim

This 6-year-old had the lead at the top of stretch, but couldn’t hold it in his second race off the layoff. They say the third start is the best so jockey jockey Antonio Gallardo stays aboard for trainer Dennis Ward.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, March 28

Race 1: #6 Believe Too (NL)

This 3-year-old broke his maiden over this track and then threw in a clunker over synthetic at Golden Gate. Returns to dirt and in with claimers. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over and he is 29% with trainer Richard Baltas.

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Race 5: #6 Rocket Heat (NL)

This gelding freaked when dropped into a maiden claimer, winning by 9 lengths. Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed him and protects him in this spot. The 3-year-old has been working well and comes out of a key race.

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