Fair Grounds, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Feb. 16 (Plus Fair Grounds stakes races)

Preview: Again not doing turf races.

FIRST RACE: 1. Over Emphasize, 2. Flat Out Joy, 3. Chocolate Speights. LONG SHOT: Morning Cynn.

THIRD RACE: 1. Vangilder, 2. Palladium, 3. Swamp Souffle. LONG SHOT: Ack.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Prodigal Son, 2. Play Money, 3. Don’tteasethetiger. LONG SHOT: Curry.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Whirling, 2. Heloise, 3. Gia Lula. LONG SHOT: Lucky Val.

NINTH RACE: 1. Marley’s Freedom, 2. Paradise Woods, 3. Dream Tree. LONG SHOT: Escape Clause.

Good Luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS (Dirt races only)

Top choice winners: 2 (Conquest Cobra $11.20, sixth race; Zestful $6.40, eighth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Contagion $4.40, second)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

Fair Grounds stakes opinions for Saturday, Feb. 16
Preview: Big day in New Orleans so I looked at the stakes races only. It rained a little on Friday so check the track conditions, especially on the turf.
SECOND RACE: 1. Adonis Creed, 2. Hogy, 3. Wings Locked Up. LONG SHOT: Chaos Theory.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Pretty Lady, 2. Beau Recall, 3. Mitchell Road. LONG SHOT: Promise of Spring.
NINTH RACE: 1. Krewe Chief, 2. Lone Sailor, 3. Flameaway. LONG SHOT: Long On Luck.
10TH RACE: 1. Big Changes, 2. Synchrony, 3. Markitoff. LONG SHOT: Combatant.
11TH RACE: 1. Serengeti Empress, 2. Positive Spirit, 3. Bell’s the One. LONG SHOT: Oxy Lady.
12TH RACE: 1. Henley’s Joy, 2. Will of Will, 3. Mr. Money. LONG SHOT: Country House.
In the interest of honesty, I am friends with HENLEY’S JOY’s owner, Jeff Bloom. This 3-year-old has been running on the grass, but they are taking a shot here. The colt has trained well on the dirt and now is the time to see if he belongs on the Kentucky Derby trail. At 10-1, I think he’s worth a shot. I know he can get the distance.
Good luck.
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