Horse racing, Los Alamitos, Tampa Bay Downs

Los Alamitos RC (plus Tampa) opinions for Friday, Dec. 16

Race 3: #5 Lovely Raquel (6-1)
Trainer Victor Garcia is 38% the first time he sends a horse around two turns. This filly has a bullet work coming in and jockey Agapito Delgadillo is 2-for-3 at LRC with Garcia.

Race 4: #3 Avicii (2-1) BEST BET
This mare finished second over this track in Septemeber and no doubt that was the reason trainer Robertino Diodoro (25% first off the claim) claimed her last time out. Diodoro is 27% second off the layoff and Joe Talamo rides.

Race 5: #6 Private Terrace (12-1)
This filly is 2-for-3 over this track and drops into a claimer. Jockey Tiago Pereira keeps the mount. Throw out the last race and look for a big rebound.

Race 7: #3 Atascaderan (7-2)
This gelding as always enjoyed this track with a 13-3-0-2 record, which is probably the reason trainer Mark Glatt claimed at Del Mar. Glatt is 26% first off the claim.

Tampa Bay Downs

Preview: There were nine races on Wednesday and nine different winning trainers, including the red-hot Gerald Bennett. On the riding side, leader Daniel Centeno got two at short prices and Orlando Bocachica also scored twice.

Race 4: #8 Outside In (20-1) (turf only)
The agent for jockey Daniel Centeno must have been sold a story on this long shot and you know we like big jockeys riding for small-time outfirts like trainer David Hinsley. This gelding had his prep on the grass and could be ready to go here.

Race 5: #12 Reverse Commute (9-2)
Don’t see a whole lot that scares me from taking this first-timer from the Kathleen O’Connell barn. O’Connell is 17% with first-timers and 17% with debuting maiden claimers. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. is 20% with O’Connell.

Race 6: #9 Mach Trial (10-1) (turf only)
Horses shipping in from Delaware have done well at the meet. This gelding almost won at this condition and on the grass here in April. Joe Arboritanza is 12% with turf horses and 10% with horses off a 46- to 90-day layoffs. Jockey Willie Martinez is 30% with the trainer.

Race 9: #10 Abruzzi’s Star (6-1) (turf only)
This 2-year-old broke his maiden going long on the turf at The Meadowlands. Trainer Anthony Pecoraro is 42% horses using Lasix a second time. Up and coming jockey Angel Cruz must carve out a win from the outside post.

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