Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Feb. 28

Looks like Arcadia missed the rain. Everything is on the turf.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Commander King (turf only) (best bet), 2. Blue Law, 3. Rockin Robin. LONG SHOT: Milton.

Trainer John Sadler claimed this 3-year-old COMMANDER KING (8-1) last year, no doubt with turf in mind. He gets his chance here as Scat Daddys excel on the grass. Sadler is 21% first off the claim and 21% going from sprint to route.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Hotaling Heart, 2. Patriotic Brother, 3. Lust for Life. LONG SHOT: Shy Rosa

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THIRD RACE: 1. Oligarch, 2. Sacred Ovation, 3. Trelawny. LONG SHOT: Nextdoorneighbor.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Anniversary Kitty, 2. Humoristica, 3. Vanlose Stairway. LONG SHOT: Brescat.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Protocol, 2. Masochistic, 3. Reno Rebel. LONG SHOT: Airfoil.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. The Man, 2. Wabel, 3. Ideal. LONG SHOT: Nob Hill.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. All Star Bub, 2. Luminance, 3. Wild At Heart. LONG SHOT: Midnight Miley.

Tough first-level allowance race. ALL STAR BUB (8-1) is one of two for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. This filly broke her maiden at this distance on the main track and returns with leading jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard. Hollendorfer is 24% with Bejarano.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Light the City, 2. Glory, 3. Enchanting Lady. LONG SHOT: Rainha De Bateria.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sweet Sense, 2. Cindys Secret, 3. Ruby N Diamonds. LONG SHOT: Warrensdollarsigns.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 28

Race 3: #4 First Dibs (5-2)

Obviously this 4-year-old gelding didn’t take to the turf last time. Trainer Efren Loza Jr. returns him to a sprint and he is 50% with that move. Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo keeps the mount on the class drop.

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Race 8: #8 Spoils of War (9-2)

Trainer James DiVito is 33% with first-time starters and the sire War Pass is 13% with firsters. Top jockey Antonio Gallardo takes the mount and he should be able to dictate the pass from the outside post.

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Race 11: #10 Overlock (5-1)

Trainer Eoin Harty has put in a couple of big works after this 3-year-olds sprint debut. He now stretchs the son of Street Cry around two turns and on the turf. Harty is 32% with jockey Antonio Gallardo.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Friday, Feb. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Casual Attire, 2. Matzoh Ball Magic, 3. Hidden Zensation. LONG SHOT: Rusty Road.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Light Striker, 2. Sheza Eyeopener, 3. Toomanytomatoes. LONG SHOT: Rosewhitenblue.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Deputy Striker, 2. Which Market, 3. Horizontalyspeakin. LONG SHOT: Tribal Tribute.

This 6-year-old DEPUTY STRIKER (6-1) makes his turf debut and should love it along with going around two turns. He has been working well good for trainer Brian Koriner, who is 4-for-10 with layoffs of 61-180 days.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dixie Dame, 2. Gold Locket, 3. Coded Message. LONG SHOT: Tamke.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Papa Z (turf only) (BEST BET), 2. McHeat, 3. Prohibition Repeal. LONG SHOT: Ace Deuce.

PAPA Z (6-1), a 4-year-old, got off to a slow start in his turf debut, but made up some ground in the stretch. Trainer Marty Jones has put a good work into him and good turf rider Brice Blanc returns.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Harmonic, 2. Eckersley, 3. Cyrus Alexander. LONG SHOT: Verraco.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Big Kick, 2. Joes Blazing Aaron, 3. Awesome Return. LONG SHOT: Diamond Bachelor.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Oil, 2. Win Wish, 3. Spectacularjourney. LONG SHOT: Arctic Code.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Kyankes $3.20, fourth race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Fantastic Style $3, seventh; Price of Glory $4.80, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Thesheetsguy $5.40, second; My Jealous $5.80, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (I’m Popeye $14.80, first)

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Feb. 27

Race 6: #8 American Merlot (8-1)

We’re going against the numbers a little bit here as trainer Chad Stewart is 0-for-15 first time turf, but this daughter of the Australian sire All American is 20% first time out and the dam’s sire (Unbridled Song) is 13% first time out. On top of that leading jockey Antonio Gallardo jumps on and he is 3-for-6 with Stewart at the meet.

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Race 10: #6 Irish Jade (turf only) (6-1)

This gelding ran a decent race at this level in his first race in seven months last time out. He figures to be fitter here and trainer John Terranova is 6-for-15 at the meet.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Feb. 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Justonemorething, 2. Poison Pulpit, 3. One More Roll. LONG SHOT: I’m Popeye.

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SECOND RACE: 1. I Don’t Care Who, 2. Ice Cream Truck, 3. Thesheetsguy. LONG SHOT: Muchos Besos.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Elektrum, 2. Colonel Joan, 3. Aguafria. LONG SHOT: Spelling Again.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kyankes, 2. I Heart You, 3. Lob City. LONG SHOT: Valentine’s Reward.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Scatfish (turf only) (BEST BET), 2. Seek a Star, 3. Taylor Lane. LONG SHOT: Keezheekoni.

SCATFISH (6-1), a 4-year-old filly, gets another shot down the hill and leading jockey Rafael Bejarano sticks around. She seems to be coming around with a couple of big works and Bejarano is 36% with trainer Mike Pender.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Dress Code, 2. Qatar’s Pearl, 3. My Jealous. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Majestic Presence, 2. Fantastic Style, 3. Long Hot Summer. LONG SHOT: Bad Ju Ju.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Whinneyhaha, 2. Price of Glory, 3. Sunshine Bandit. LONG SHOT: Grandson At Last.

There doesn’t seem like a lot of speed in this race so we’re hoping WHINNEYHAHA (8-1), a first-timer by Desert Code, has some. Trainer Craig Lewis is 1-for-5 with first-time debut maiden claimers.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Magna Warrior $3.60, first race; Arlington House $4.20, seventh; Bossmon $7.40, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Larocco $22, third; Commute $32.60, fifth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long show winners: 2 (Private Marina $5.40, second; Papacoolpapacool $10, sixth)

 

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Thursday, Feb. 26

Race 5: #1 Rbandzmakeherdance (2-1)

Trainer Kirk Ziadie normally runs at Gulfstream Park but sends this 4-year-old filly to Tampa for her first start. Ziadie is 42% with first-timers and the sire In Summation is 12% first time out. Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo jumps on.

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Race 9: #7 Watch This Cat (turf only) (4-1)

This 3-year-old filly broke her maiden over the course and now moves to the allowance ranks for trainer Mark Casse, who is 23% with horses second time on the turf. Jockey Gary Boulanger keeps the mount for this filly who comes from off the pace.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Feb. 25

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

This filly takes a huge class drop as she ships from Gulfstream Park to Tampa. She has tactical speed and should be in a good spot under leading jockey Antonio Gallardo.

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Race 6: #2 Rerun (turf only) (7-2)

This 6-year-old was in over his head in the Grade III Tampa Bay, but still finished fifth. Look for a better effort on the class drop with jockey Daniel Centeno riding for trainer Chad Stewart.

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