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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, March 18

Preview: Just a personal note in that I’m not when I will return to handicapping this coming week as I’m having surgical procedure on Monday. Don’t expect to be out long, but you never say never. Thanks for reading and good luck.

FIRST RACE: 1. Mining Diamonds, 2. Just Be Held, 3. Tiz Mi Haina. LONG SHOT: Empress Rules.

SECOND RACE: 1. Where’s the D, 2. Rosie My Rosie, 3. Honor Maker. LONG SHOT: Jill Madden.

THIRD RACE: 1. Crazy Uncle Rick, 2. Earnednevergiven, 3. Nova. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Groom.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Risky Proposition, 2. Gray Admiral, 3. Zippy Groom. LONG SHOT: Black Site.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Dizzy Diva, 2. Shining Armada, 3. Sonnet’s Joy. LONG SHOT: Angela’s Rose.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Spectator, 2. She’s No Drama, 3. Dis Smart Cat. LONG SHOT: Ms Wakaya.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Stringent, 2. Tina’s Exchange, 3. Grazen Sky. LONG SHOT: Elwood J.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Laseen (best bet), 2. Madam Dancealot, 3. Midnight Crossing. LONG SHOT: Sassy Little Lila.

NINTH RACE: 1. Donut Girl, 2. Champagne Honey, 3. Whatyouciswhatuget. LONG SHOT: Sweet Maria.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 1 (Coil Me Home $5.20, 10th race)

Third choice winners: 2 (River Boyne $4.80, eighth; Fault $9, ninth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Here and There $7.20, fourth)

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, March 17

Preview: The main track was sealed after Friday’s races and it supposedly rained pretty good at least at one point Friday night. What that means for the grass, I’m not sure. My guess is they are off the turf. We’ll see.

FIRST RACE: 1. Jungle Warfare, 2. Majestic Eagle, 3. Noivo. LONG SHOT: Englander.

SECOND RACE: 1. Go Girl Gone, 2. Swallows Inn Gal, 3. Cow Dog. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Rahy.

THIRD RACE: 1. Miss Sunset, 2. How About Zero, 3. Barbara Beatrice. LONG SHOT: Cuddle Alert.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Omdurman, 2. Drummer, 3. Chromium. LONG SHOT: Here and There.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Dark Energy, 2. Miner’s Light, 3. Mr. Twinery. LONG SHOT: Sagittari.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Trickonomics, 2. Will Tell, 3. Easter Morn. LONG SHOT: Swiss Minister.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Yes I’m Ready, 2. Jerry’s Thunder, 3. Schooley. LONG SHOT: Git On Your Pulpit.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Inscom, 2. Afleet Ascent, 3. River Boyne. LONG SHOT: Heck Yeah.

NINTH RACE: 1. Bishop’s Pond, 2. Mended, 3. Fault. LONG SHOT: Eccentric Spinster.

10TH RACE: 1. Gringo Star, 2. Coil Me Home, 3. Fashionably Fast. LONG SHOT: Famous Rock Star.


Top choice winners: 4 (Line Drive $4, second race; Trustini $11.80, third; Muchos Besos $27.40, fourth; West Palm Beach $4.80, seventh)

Second choice winners: 4 (Life’s Blessings $4, fifth; Lewis Vale $3.60, sixth)

Third choice winners: 4 (Herunbridledpower $3.20, first; Magical More $12.40, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, March 16

Preview: Once again rain is in the forecast the next two days so make sure to check if the turf races are on the grass. If not, they are not a play. Good luck.

FIRST RACE: 1. Betdesilvergold, 2. Tiz Deliteful, 3. Herunbridledpower. LONG SHOT: Holidayincamboadia.

SECOND RACE: 1. Line Drive, 2. Silverspin Pickup, 3. Avail. LONG SHOT: Fracas.

THIRD RACE: 1. Trustini, 2. Ladybug, 3. She Beat the Fire. LONG SHOT: Sea Glass.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Muchos Besos, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. Stormin Monarcho. LONG SHOT: Dukes Up.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Not Now Carolyn , 2. Night Time Inc, 3. Life’s Blessings. LONG SHOT: Tink’s Rwirl.

SIXTH RACE: 1. El Super, 2. Lewis Vale, 3. Sense of Glory. LONG SHOT: Winning Causeway.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. West Palm Beach, 2. Toinette, 3. Silken Spy. LONG SHOT: Ms Dupree.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Rpyal Seeker, 2. Awesome E K, 3. Magical More. LONG SHOT: Hack.


Top choice winners: 2 (Optic $4.40, third race; Devils Beauty $3.80, fifth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (Smiling Tigress $11, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, March 15

Preview: Rain again is in the forecast (does Santa Anita ever look at the 5-day?) so any race not run on the grass like it is suppose to be, forget about it.

FIRST RACE: 1. Nice Ice, 2. Wishful, 3. Zillinda. LONG SHOT: Get Yourself Home.

SECOND RACE: 1. Ima Take Charge, 2. Don’t Stalk Me, 3. Time for Cioppino. LONG SHOT: Lipster.

THIRD RACE: 1. Optic, 2. Moon Juice, 3. Fabrication. LONG SHOT: Ministertomyheart.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Pulpitinthesky, 2. Bella Sierra, 3. Warm It Up. LONG SHOT: Unusual Gator.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Devil’s Beauty, 2. Plane Lucky, 3. Coronado Cool. LONG SHOT: Rockantharos.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Party Hostess, 2. Strike At Daylight, 3. Smiling Tigress. LONG SHOT: Love a Honeybadger.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Del Mar Ann, 2. Midnight Swinger, 3. Sturdy One. LONG SHOT: Charming Starlet.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Mister Mojo, 2. R Cha Cha, 3. Uncle Billy. LONG SHOT: Particleacelerator.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, March 11

Preview: Did you set your clocks ahead one hour this morning at 2 a.m.? That’s right you lost an hour of sleep.
No opinions for today because not happy with the way track management has treated bettors this weekend.
First, on Saturday’s card, Santa Anita took the 11th and last race off the grass after the Pick 6 and late Pick 5 started which made everyone a winner in the last race, per CHRB rules. Everyone knew it was going to rain on Saturday, but Santa Anita still carded too many grass races and especially the last race of the day you knew it was going to come off. It was a just a matter of when. After that first rain drop hit the ground in Arcadia, the race should have been taken off the grass. I don’t know when that was because I wasn’t there, but just saying.
As for Sunday’s card, the forecast was for rain most of Saturday so why would four races, including the feature race down the hill, be run on the grass. Unless there is a miracle heat wave overnight, I seriously doubt there will be any grass racing today in Arcadia and I know the first race to come off will be the one down the hill. It was not a smart decision by Santa Anita and I’m not going to waste my time handicapping five dirt races. I hope something stays on the grass, but I have my doubts.
See you next racing week.


Top choice winners: 2 (McKale $3.20, second race; Rocky’s Show $14.80, ninth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 3 (City of Light $4, fourth; Bolt d’Oro $4.40, sixth; Accelerate $7, 10th)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, March 10

Preview: It’s suppose to rain … like all day. I think Santa Anita will take all grasses off the turf except the Grade I Kilroe so I didn’t handicap the other ones. Watch races to see any trends.

FIRST RACE: Grass … pass

SECOND RACE: 1. McKale, 2. Bobby Axelrod, 3. Super Sol. LONG SHOT: Eviscerator.

THIRD RACE: Grass … pass

FOURTH RACE: 1. Bobby Abu Dhabi, 2. Captain Scotty, 3. City of Light. LONG SHOT: Horse Greedy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. World Approval (loves soft turf), 2. Free Rose, 3. What a View. LONG SHOT: Channel Maker.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Ayacara, 2. McKinzie, 3. Bolt d’Oro. LONG SHOT: Kanthaka.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sigur Ros (best bet), 2. Big League, 3. Tribal Roar. LONG SHOT: Stone Hands.

EIGHTH RACE: Grass … pass

NINTH RACE: 1. Rocky’s Show, 2. Bitte, 3. Liberty Jack. LONG SHOT: Gotta Get Lucky.

10TH RACE: 1. Mubtaahij, 2. Fear the Cowboy, 3. Accelerate. LONG SHOT: Top of the Game.

11TH RACE: Grass … pass


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 1 (Core Beliefs $6.60, second race)

Third choice winners: 1 (Two Thirty Five $5.40, fourth)

Long shot winners: 3 (Cats Blame $11.20, first; Trapalanda $17.80, seventh; Wicked Old Fashion $11, eighth)

Good luck.