Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Sept. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Original Rex, 2. Wooram, 3. Captain Carchy. LONG SHOT: Better Luck.

There doesn’t appear to be any world beaters in this maiden claiming race so why not go with ORIGINAL REX (4-1), a first-time starter? Square Eddie is good first time out as a sire, especially in Cal-bred company. Trainer Doug O’Neill is OK with firsters and puts red-hot apprentice Drayden Van Dyke aboard.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Blackford, 2. Mosso, 3. Sir Barclay. LONG SHOT: Van Fraassen.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Heat Flash, 2. Conquest Two Step, 3. Quality Plan. LONG SHOT: Unusual Taste.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kantune, 2. Madiba, 3. Fame and Power. LONG SHOT: Punctuate.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Beholder, 2. Iotapa, 3. Tiz Midnight. LONG SHOT: Yahilwa.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Lord Nelson, 2. American Pharoah, 3. Conquest Panthera. LONG SHOT: Skyway.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rusty Slipper, 2. Irish Mission, 3. Moulin de Mougin. LONG SHOT: Stormy Lucy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Shared Belief, 2. Majestic Harbor, 3. Fed Biz. LONG SHOT: Mystery Train.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Stars Above Me (best bet), 2. On the Backstreets, 3. Alexis Tangier. LONG SHOT: Meinertzhageni.

Trainer Graham Motion doesn’t ship West much, especially for a minor stakes so he must like this 3-year-old filly, STARS ABOVE ME (5-2), a lot. She had all kinds of trouble in her last race at Saratoga and figures to get a better ride with jockey Elvis Trujillo aboard.

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10th RACE: 1. Dad’s Princess, 2. Maybellene, 3. Conquest Eclipse. LONG SHOT: Sunday Sonnet.

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Race 11: 1. Dream It Do It, 2. Nakamoto, 3. Papscoolpapacool. LONG SHOT: Borealis Breeze.

Love offspring of Colonel John when they get a chance to try two turns and that’s what we have here in this Peter Miller trainee DREAM IT DO IT (6-1). Showed speed in his last race and jockey Elvis Trujillo (26% with Miller) knows how to ride on the grass.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Expo and Fig $3.20, fifth race; Betty Bing Bing $5, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Gal Has to Like It $7.80, second; Indianapolis $4.60, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Tatum’s Gold $8.20, third)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (More Complexity $10.40, fourth)

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Thursday, Sept. 18

Sorry didn’t post on Sunday. Totally forgot and I had the Tom Proctor first-timer as a selection. You can always get my selections at HorsePlayerNow.com, but you have to buy it. I promise it’s a good publication and there are picks from all over the country.

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Race 4: #8 Sixy Eddie (4-1)

Blinkers come off this daughter of Square Eddie. She has never run at this low of a level and has shown speed in Cal-bred maiden special weight races. The hot-riding Drayden Van Dyke takes the mount.

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Race 8: #9 Zim N the Mailman (4-1)

This son of Unusual Heat tries dirt for the first time and drops his lowest level on the maiden claimer ladder. Trainer Tim Yakteen is 27% with maiden claimers and apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke gets back aboard after a one race absence.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Curlin Iron, 2. Kings Adventure, 3. Silver Torch. LONG SHOT: Dragon Attack.

CURLIN IRON (8-1), a 3-year-old colt, was entered in a maiden claiming $20K earlier in the meet but was scratched when he drew the No. 1 post. Now he draws the outside and trainer Bill Spawr is a surprising 2-for-5 with first-timers at Del Mar the last three years. KINGS ADVENTURE showed high speed in a maiden special weight race and will be tough to beat.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Miss Kit Kat, 2. Swiss Intrigue, 3. Theatrical Cast. LONG SHOT: Never Again.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Te Rapa, 2. Boat Trip, 3. Mr. Commons. LONG SHOT: Forest Mouse.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. One Magical Girl, 3. Sizzling Lassie. LONG SHOT: Fanny Brice.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. My Slew, 2. Heir of Storm, 3. American Pride. LONG SHOT: Cuzan.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wonderfully, 2. Sheza Smoke Show, 3. Istanford. LONG SHOT: Time and Tides.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Natal (best bet), 2. Minnaloushe, 3. Best in Class. LONG SHOT: Indian Proof.

NATAL (7-2), a daughter of City Zip, had trouble at the start in her February debut and has been on sidelines since. She showed a bit of speed and now drops to the bottom level of maiden claimers for trainer John Sadler, who employees apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Rosie Brown $8.40, first race; Mosso $19.60, fourth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Sweet as a Rose $6.60, sixth; Fable $9.40, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Contessa B. $6.20, fifth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Kate’s Event $6.80, third)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Rosie Brown, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Awe Gee. LONG SHOT: Fortune’s Daughter.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Theatre Star, 2. Bunairgead, 3. Spring Bloom. LONG SHOT: Biorhythm.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Monument (best bet), 2. Got Even, 3. Pepnic. LONG SHOT: Kate’s Event.

MONUMENT (8-1), a 4-year-old colt, is a perfect 2-for-2 on the Del Mar Polytrack. Still above his claimed level and pressed the pace last time on the turf before tiring. Jockey Agapito Delgadillo stays aboard for trainer Alfredo Marquez.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mosso, 2. Boom Boys, 3. Rainbow North. LONG SHOT: Tasha’s Courage.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tiz Zoe Cee, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Contessa B. LONG SHOT: Sheza Eyeopener.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Williams Bay, 2. Sweet as a Rose, 3. Penny Sixpence. LONG SHOT: Freethinker.

WILLIAMS BAY (3-1), a daughter of Kitten’s Joy, is bred to run all day long. She turned in an even effort coming down the hill at Santa Anita for trainer Tom Proctor, who is 25% with second time maiden starters. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps aboard. PENNY SIXPENCE is the likely favorite, but a horse has yet to win from the No. 1 post on the turf at the meet and the Neil Drysdale trainee got moved in by a scratch.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. New Nature, 2. Fable, 3. Hugh Knew. LONG SHOT: La Casadora.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hope ‘n Pray, 2. Cuneo, 3. Zippingaroundtown. LONG SHOT: Valentine Boy.

Trainer Andy Mathis claimed HOPE ‘ N PRAY (6-1), a son of Old Topper, out of a third-place effort last time. The gelding was closing down the lane and gets an extra half-furlong at the same class level. Long shot jockey Tiago Pereira jumps aboard in a definite jockey upgrade.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Ontology $5.40, first race; Perfect Set $5.20, fourth; Merit Man $7.20, seventh)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Majestic Presence $7.80, fifth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Watch It Buster $13.60, eighth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 7 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. City Ride, 2. Don’t Needa Reason, 3. Where Is My Mind. LONG SHOT: Easter Fever.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wicked City Woman (SCRATCHED), 2. Among the Stars, 3. Speckles. LONG SHOT: Analemma. New picks: 1. Among the Stars, 2. Speckles, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT: Analemma.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sky Heart, 2. John’s Express, 3. Social Request. LONG SHOT: Stellar Act.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Happy Idea (best bet), 2. Noble Metal, 3. Oh Daddy Oh. LONG SHOT: Cousin Ricky.

HAPPY IDEA (5-2), a 3-year-old gelding comes out of a key race at Los Alamitos and he won that race. He takes drop in claiming price here but apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke stays on for trainer Bob Hess.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tribal Echo, 2. Empire Cat, 3. Wildling. LONG SHOT: Whoyougonnacall.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tribal Jewel, 2. Tiznow Or Then, 3. Foolhardy. LONG SHOT: Shun.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heat Trap, 2. Journey On, 3. Hail Mary. LONG SHOT: Living The Life.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kimnjet, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Expo and Fig. LONG SHOT: Mahalo Arturo.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (J and S Express $4.80, first race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Myrna Lou $13, third)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Lucky S. J. $17.80, sixth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 2 (Sunset Glow $8.60, seventh; Spirit of Ten $13.40, eighth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 6 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. J and S Express, 2. Small Moves, 3. Sydney’s Darling. LONG SHOT: Spring Gal.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Satirical, 2. Peppy Bolly, 3. Rovenna. LONG SHOT: Popalicious.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Champion Risk, 2. Myrna Lou, 3. Robo Girl. LONG SHOT: Global Hart.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tribal Peace, 2. My B F F, 3. Cayanna. LONG SHOT: Acute.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Prospector Alley, 2. Missing Groom, 3. Golden Guy. LONG SHOT: Synnin.

PROSPECTOR ALLEY (7-2), a 3-year-old gelding, has been collecting checks, but just not getting there for trainer John Sadler. She tries Polytrack for the first time and the daughter of Flower Alley should like the synthetic. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke rides her for the fourth straight time.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Moving Desert, 2. Cal Gal, 3. Lucky S. J. LONG SHOT: Little But Lucky.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Caval, 2. Conquest Eclipse (SCRATCHED), 3. Sharla Rae. LONG SHOT: Sunset Glow. NEW PICKS: 1. Caval, 2. Heart of Paradise, 3. Sharla Rae. LONG SHOT: Sunset Glow.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Windy Starlite, 2. Stored Attaq, 3. Swiss Perfection. LONG SHOT: Spirit of Ten.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 1 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Bow Tie Belle (best bet), 2. Exclusive Girl, 3. Flyin for a Livin. LONG SHOT: Spectactular Proof.

BOW TIE BELLE (3-1), a 3-year-old filly, gets an absolute trainer and jockey upgrade to Jerry Hollendorfer and Drayden Van Dyke, respectively. Hollendorfer is 30% first time with new horses.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Tempest Rising, 2. Volkonsky, 3. Wonderful Union. LONG SHOT: Go Black Tie.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Superboot, 2. Forest Romance, 3. Tribal Mystery Man. LONG SHOT: Storm the Heavens.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Guy Code, 2. Los Gatos, 3. Pulmarack. LONG SHOT: Spring for It.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Glorious Rebecca, 2. Chippette, 3. West Ruler. LONG SHOT: Pursuitofparadise.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Winninginfashion (SCRATCHED), 2. Jade With Envy, 3. Market Quote. LONG SHOT: Jennyway U Want It. NEW PICKS: 1. Jade With Envy, 2. Market Quote, 3. Jennyway U Want It. LONG SHOT: Highly Rated. 

This race is off the turf after another injury at Del Mar. The track won’t resume grass racing until Wednesday at the earliest.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Red Outlaw, 2. Alert Bay, 3. Grazen’s Hope. LONG SHOT: True Ten.

Trainer Peter Miller usually comes to Del Mar loaded and this season has been no exception. RED OUTLAW (5-1), a 3-year-old gelding, has been away since February but he is a perfect 3-for-3. Two of those wins were in open company and he drops back in with Cal breds today in this minor stake.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jimmy’s Date, 2. Salt Power, 3. Justa Splash. LONG SHOT: Berlusconi.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Masochistic $2.80, first race; Faith Proof $5.40, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Ipolita $6, second; Innocent Man $7.80, second)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Visarno $15.20, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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