Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 25

Race 4: #10 Mythical Storm (4-1)

This 4-year-old colt almost won first time out after a long layoff and despite the fact that trainer Gary Mandella is 0-for-7 going turf-to-dirt and second off the layoff, we think this colt is ready to go for jockey Flavian Plat. The son of Fusaichi Pegasus broke his maiden over this downhill turf course.

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Race 6: #1 Queen’s Balladier (20-1)

This 4-year-old filly pressed the pace in her return from a short layoff and then tired. With that under her belt, she returns to the grass and comes out of a key race. Jockey Joe Talamo must have seen something to keep the mount for trainer Howard Zucker.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Bentley’s Gone $4.40, first race; Tale of Papa Nick $14.40, fifth; Seek Safe Harbor $5.80, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Prettypreciousheir $5.40, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Democracy Rules, $10.80, fourth; Ransom Canyon $11.60, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (My Sweet Afleet ($13.80, second)

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, April 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Bentley’s Gone, 2. My Ole Bud, 3. Doyouknowsomething. LONG SHOT: Rob’s Golden Touch.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Quality Chimes, 2. Jackie K, 3. Mackenzies Moment. LONG SHOT: My Sweet Afleet.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Kiama, 2. Redressthebalance, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Spelling Again.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I Heart You, 2. Vegas Bound, 3. Democracy Rules. LONG SHOT: Private Marina.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tale of Papa Nick, 2. Sidepocket, 3. Gouyen. LONG SHOT: Chaulk O Lattey.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Seek Safe Harbor (best bet), 2. Champion Ris, 3. Swe Gee. LONG SHOT: Aguacita.

The strategy seems straight forward here for SEEK SAFE HARBOR (9-5) as apprentice Gonzalo Nicholas is going to take this 3-year-old filly from the gate and go as fast as he can for trainer Doug O’Neill, who is 32% with horses moving down to two classes . Nicholas and O’Neill are 3-for-5 together.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Wings of Mojave, 2. Cervaro, 3. Ransom Canyon. LONG SHOT: City State.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Divine Tale, 2. Euroclydon, 3. Prettypreciousheir. LONG SHOT: West Coast Storm.

No jockey has been hotter in America than Tyler Baze over the last three weeks and he stays with this 5-year-old mare DIVINE TALE (3-1). She finished second at the level in her first race in nearly a year and gets a furlong longer for her late kick. Surprisingly “turf” trainer Neil Drysdale is 26% with maiden claimers.

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Santa Anita Opinions for Sunday, April 19

Sorry no picks for Saturday, Felled by a stomach virus for the last 36 hours. Sunday is closing day of the winter-spring meet. Mandatory payouts in all pools.

Race 6: #2 Heavenly Candy (8-1)

Over the years, trainer Jack Carava hasn’t done his best work with first-out maidens, but there must be something to this offspring on Candy Ride and jockey Tyler Baze, the hottest rider on the planet takes the mount. Candy Ride is a 14% first time out sire so we’ll give it a shot .

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Race 9: #8 Scuti de Patuti (4-1)

This 3-year-old filly has show improvement each time out and her best yet was a third last time down the hill. Red-hot Tyler Baze got to know her last time and she could be coming up to her best effort here.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, April 17

Race 3: #4 The Mad Hungarian (NL)

Trainer Peter Miller is just daring someone to claim this gelding as the horse won last time out and now drops a level, where he was claimed. Jockey Tyler Baze, who is 7 for his last 20, keeps the mount and Miller is 50% (3-for-6) with a drop off a win .

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Race 6: #11 Minster’sadventure (NL)

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 31% with debuting maiden claimers and he puts leading rider Rafael Bejarano aboard. On top of that, the sire Ministers Wild Cat is 13% with first-time starters. Seems like a wide open race.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, April 16

Sorry  to hear of the death of trainer Mike Mitchell after a long fight with brain cancer. Mitchell always answered my questions whether they were on the phone or in the grandstand area where he would hang out during the races, no doubt near the betting windows sometimes.  My prayers to his family.

On the racing front, I think Santa Anita has hit the wall as the cards for Thursday and Friday aren’t the best. There are only a few races that are even worth betting. Get ready for this until the start of Del Mar and look for a lot of shippers from Northern California and around the country as Santa Anita has adopted the Ship N Win program, too.

Race 3: #1 Rock Shandy (5-2)

Look who this 3-year-old has been losing races to: Dortmund, Firing Line, Calculator, Conquest Typhoon. He has faced some toughies, comes out of a key race and off the layoff. If he runs back to the Sham runner-up finish, this race is over.

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Race 6: #2 Global View (4-1)

The prep is out of the way so it’s time for this 4-year-old to get serious for trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Gary Stevens. The colt has been working well out of his last race and figure to only improve here.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, April 12

Race 8: #7 Om (9-5)

This 3-year-old comes out of one of the highest rated 2-year-old races last summer at Del Mar and he won by more than 7 lengths and beat American Pharoah (does that name ring a bell?). Trainer Dan Hendricks doesn’t have great numbers off the layoff but this son of Munnings might be so talented that he can overcome that.

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Race 9: #10 Pammy Whammy (6-1)

This 3-year-old filly didn’t get a lot out of her debut, but trainer Peter Miller is 22% second time out and 22% dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time. On top of that the sire, War Front, is 19% with his turf horses.

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 11

Race 4: #4 Stylistic (10-1)

The 5-year-old mare returns after an 8-month layoff, but her works coming in to this race look outstanding for trainer Donald Warren. The sire Cyclotron is 21% with first-time turfers and we expect jockey Elvis Trujillo to have her forwardly placed down the hill.

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Race 7: #9 Party Rock (4-1)

Trainer Bob Baffert drops this daughter of Good Journey into a claimer for the first time. When he does that he wins 38% of the time. Jockey Martin Garcia had a choice of another Baffert entrant and chose this one.

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