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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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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Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Sunday, Dec. 14

Race 6: #2 Afleet in Time (5-1)

This 2-year-old colt broke his maiden at Santa Anita on the dirt and going two turns. That’s what we have here. Inside post have done well going two urns this meet and apprentice Drayden Van Dyke knows this track well.

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Race 9: #5 Cat One (5-1)

Trainer Lin Melton is 2-for-4 with first-time starters and this son of Tenga Cat has a string of good works over this track. Jockey Tyler Baze is 1-of-2 riding for Melton.

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Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Friday, Dec. 5

Race 2: #2 Caliente Cat (6-1)

This gelding has been running with thoroughbreds at night and now tries the day time for bigger cash. Trainer Justin Clark is an amazing 42% (25-for-60). The 5-year-old likes to come from off the pace and the long stretch run should suit his style.

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Race 3: #1 Sweet Renata (5-2)

Trainer Craig Dollase has had a slow year, but he knows how to get a first-timer ready (33%) and jockey Gary Stevens rides. Stevens doesn’t need the exercise so this 2-year-old filly figures to be live. The only drawback in the No. 1 post.

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Race 6: #7 Zendai (5-2)

This 2-year-old by Zensational finished second to Ocho Ocho Ocho in his last race 55 days ago. All Ocho has done since is win two stakes, including the Delta Jackpot. This Eoin Harty trainee will be forwardly placed and should make short work of this field.

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Race 7: #4 Tacit Approval (7-2)

The 3-year-old filly has a win and a third over this track in two tries this year. Trainer Craig Dollase gets apprentice Drayten Van Dyke to ride instead of double apprentice Sullivan, which is a huge upgrade. She will likely try to go wire-to-wire.

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Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Thursday, Dec. 4

Note: Probably won’t have time to do full handicaps during Los Alamitos but will try to do them as much as possible. Good luck.

Race 3: #9 Jury Dodger (8-1)

This 2-year-old from the Kory Owens barn could easily start in Arizona and win for fun, but Owens must like what he sees in this first-timer, especially those last three works over this track. Owens is 3-for-8 with 2-year-olds and he gets apprentice Drayden Van Dyke to ride.

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Race 6: #7 Glory (7-2)

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been getting a lot of his 2-year-olds ready at Pomona this year and this first-timer by Tapit looks to be live first time out with Drayden Van Dyke aboard. Hollendorfer is 31% with first-timers and 24% with Van Dyke.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Craving Carats $7.20, first race; Prime Issue $3.60, third; Heir of Storm $20.80, seventh)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Act $4, second; Press Baron $14.20, fourth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Yes Yes Yes $7.40, fifth; La Tia $6.60, eighth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Conquest Typhoon $4, sixth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar picks for Sunday, Nov. 23 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Dudley Studley, 2. Guy Code, 3. Guyfromtheskyfive. LONG SHOT: Nellie Fox.

Trainer Dan Hendricks is 21% with 2-year-olds and maiden claimers. DUDLEY STUDLEY (6-1), a 2-year-old by Benchmark, has a good work coming into the race and has good win-early breeding. Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke takes the mount.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Mon Petite, 2. Miss Ellany (SCRATCHED) new pick: Tanquerray, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Tebowing.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Hot Lightning, 2. Whoyougonnacall, 3. Slapshot Man. LONG SHOT: Sacred Temple.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nighttiming, 2. Cacica Dulima, 3. Stole a Kiss. LONG SHOT: Lethal Story.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Candy Anniversary (best bet), 2. Mind the Master, 3. Blackford. LONG SHOT: Grandstand.

CANDY ANNIVERSARY (8-1), a 3-year-old, drops into an opener claimer for the first time and stretches out around two turns for the first time. By Candy Ride out of a Deputy Minister mare, the stretch out should be no problem for this John Sadler trainee.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. El Nino Terrible, 2. Whine for Wine, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Celtic Moon.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dancnthenightaway, 2. Backwoods Belle, 3. Cal Gal. LONG SHOT: Copperopolis.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Red Outlaw, 2. Big Macher, 3. Soi Phet (SCRATCHED) new pick: Rousing Sermon. LONG SHOT: Magic Mark.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Jomelo, 2. Dysprosium, 3. Mambo Man. LONG SHOT: Ezio.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Grand Yodeler $5.20, first race; Secretsatmidnight $4.80, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Tiz Futurity $18.80, fifth; Persuasive Paul $12.40, sixth; Sayes So $7.40, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Shesheisnot $6, second)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 18 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Stored Attaq (best bet), 2. Mark of the Affair, 3. English Annie. LONG SHOT: Queen Mad.

Trainer Bob Hess Jr. entered STORED ATTAQ (4-1) earlier in the week, but elects to run here going 7 furlongs. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke takes over the mount.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Samurai Warrior, 2. Hadfunlastnight, 3. Heir of Storm. LONG SHOT: Apollo Ten.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Boozer, 2. Tamarando, 3. Ain’t No Other (SCRATCHED) new pick: Heat Flash. LONG SHOT: Super Ability.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Watdifrenzdzitmake, 2. Misty Warrior, 3. Seattle Music. LONG SHOT: Dana’s Delight.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Real Deal Appeal (SCRATCHED), 2. Salt Power, 3. Bourne Hot. LONG SHOT: Znelle. New picks: 1. Bourne Hot, 2. Znelle, 3. Salt Power. LONG SHOT: Red Man Run.

REAL DEAL APPEAL is coming out of a maiden claiming victory that produced five next out winners.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Flat Footed Mama, 2. Vow Me Over, 3. Backstreet Lisa. LONG SHOT: Educating.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cyrus Alexander, 2. Fame and Power, 3. Kantune. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Chilada, 2. Tangelo, 3. Frandontjudge. LONG SHOT: Winninginfashion.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Ferrero, 2. Sindys Luck, 3. Roper. LONG SHOT: Sonic Fever.

FERRERO (6-1), a son of Old Topper, makes his debut going 5 ½ furlongs. Old Toppers do well first time out, especially in Cal bred company. The 2-year-old had a good gate drill over the track last week for trainer Mike Machowsky.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (St. Joe Bay $7.80, first race; Mascato Girl $8.20, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pulmarack $9.40, fifth; Shysheisnot $6.40, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Nighttiming $6, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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