Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Saturday, Sept. 21

FIRST RACE: 1. Missmachupicchu, 2. Coalinga Hills, 3. Heart of the Nile. LONG SHOT: At the Margin.

SECOND RACE: 1. Vegas Strong Baby, 2. So Gucci, 3. Flying to the Line. LONG SHOT: Marrazano.

THIRD RACE: 1. Goddess Aphrodite, 2. Sassy Kitty, 3. Colonel Power. LONG SHOT: Sidepocket Charger.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Blackandslvrattack, 2. Stick Up, 3. The Last Ruler. LONG SHOT: Miss Maybell.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Tequila Sunrise, 2. Magnificent Q T, 3. Sweet Connie Girl. LONG SHOT: Shanghai Barbie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Conquest Cobra, 2. Fast Cotton, 3. Puriano. LONG SHOT: Royal Seeker.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dean Martini, 2. Ragtime Blues, 3. River Finn. LONG SHOT: Uncaptured Hero.

EIGHTH RACE: 1.Raging Whiskey, 2. Hydrogen, 3. Tap Back. LONG SHOT: Georgian Road.

NINTH RACE: 1. ABSOLUTE WEAPON (best bet), 2. Istain Man, 3. Never Think Twice. LONG SHOT: Jasmine Sky.

10TH RACE: 1. Blue Skye Jade, 2. Fort Dodge, 3. Ivorian. LONG SHOT: Suite Alonso.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 3 (Imagineiamfastest $2.20, second race; Ruby Trust $5, third; Biddy Duke $6.20, seventh)

Second choice winners: 2 (Any Two Cards $4.80, fourth; Speed Pass $6, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Destiny’s Journey $9.80, fifth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Love of Art $17.40, sixth)

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Friday, Sept. 20

FIRST RACE: Arabians

SECOND RACE: 1. Imagineiamfastest, 2. Wild Cat Canyon, 3. Bound to Go. LONG SHOT: New Salute.

THIRD RACE: 1. Rudy Trust, 2. Naughty Tiger, 3. Rizzi’s Honors. LONG SHOT: Gia Lula.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Bluegrass Banjo, 2. Any Two Cards, 3. My S V R. LONG SHOT: Suezaaana.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Arouse N Go, 2. Billy’sgotasingle, 3. Destiny’s Journey. LONG SHOT: Totally Normal.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Buttie, 2. Indypendent Deputy, 3. Road Test. LONG SHOT: Love of Art.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Biddy Duke, 2. Miss Fraulein, 3. Freedom Ride. LONG SHOT: Roses for Laura.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. The Longest Night, 2. Stretford End, 3. Speed Pass. LONG SHOT: Lord Adare.

NINTH RACE: 1. Awesome Alessandra, 2. Expensive Devon, 3. Nikkileaks. LONG SHOT: Erica’s Tiger.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 4 (Seau $8, third race; Persepolis $8, fourth; Quality Response $2.40, fifth; Street to Indy $10.60)

Second choice winners: 2 (Vermeer $6.40, second; Saratoga Morning 4.40, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Seahawk Lisa $13, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Thursday, Sept. 19

FIRST RACE: Arabian race.

SECOND RACE: 1. Floyd Moneymaker, 2. Vermeer, 3. Agnt Zero. LONG SHOT: Credance.

THIRD RACE: 1. Seau, 2. Sunset Seven, 3. Top gallant. LONG SHOT: Handsome John.

FOURTH RACE: 1.Persepolis, 2. Amatara, 3. True Mischief. LONG SHOT: Surreptitious.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Quality Response, 2. Paid Informant, 3. Mean Sophia. LONG SHOT: Convoluted.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Gingham, 2. Columbian Gold, 3. Seahawk Lisa. LONG SHOT: Lizzario.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Street to Indy, 2. Broke Away Grey, 3. I Can Do This. LONG SHOT: Union Station.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Satori, 2. Saratoga Morning, 3. According to Buddy. LONG SHOT: The White Shadow.

NINTH RACE: 1. Coil Me Home, 2. Threefiveindia, 3. Coliseum. LONG SHOT: Make It a Triple.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Samurai Charm $3.20, second race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Chic Clementine $3.80, first)

Third choice winners: 2 (Mongolian Hero $4.20, third; Zestful $5, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Tizhotndust $25.20, eighth)

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Sunday, Sept. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Darpa, 2. Probable 3. Chic Clementine. LONG SHOT: Cali Rocks.

SECOND RACE: 1. Samurai Charm, 2. Going to Vegas, 3. Gold Included. LONG SHOT: Lady On Ice.

THIRD RACE: 1. Derby Storm, 2. Mongolian Legend, 3. Mongolian Hero. LONG SHOT: Ohtani.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Wilshire Dude, 2. Full of Luck, 3. Tough It Out. LONG SHOT: Original Intent.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Arctic Roll, 2. Qafilah, 3. Catoca. LONG SHOT: Chickatini.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Acker, 2. French Getaway, 3. Zestful. LONG SHOT: Meistermind.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Blew by You, 2. Miss Bennet, 3. Secret Maneuver. LONG SHOT: Discrete Stevie B.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Totally Tiger, 2. Rebel Fire, 3. Shinny. LONG SHOT: Tizhotndusty.

NINTH RACE: 1. Johann’s Commnd (BEST BET), 2. All About Trump, 3. Competing. LONG SHOT: Rockin My Mojo.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 4 (Cunning Munnings $6.20, first race; Old Trafford $3.60, fifth; Mo Reserve $4.80, seventh; Emtech $7.40, ninth)

Second choice winners: 4 (Temple Knights $3.40, second; Black Storm $28.20, third; Frankie Machine $6, fourth; Rizzi’s Honors $4.40, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Hotitude $9.20, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Saturday, Sept. 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Cunnings Munnings, 2. Dubnation, 3. Endless Tale. LONG SHOT: Corrana En Limen.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bachchan, 2. Temple Knights, 3. Severin. LONG SHOT: Brazilian Summer.

THIRD RACE: 1. SATRAPA (best bet), 2. Black Storm, 3. I Belong ot Becky. LONG SHOT: Big Barrel.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Passing, 2. Frankie Machine, 3. Buck Duane. LONG SHOT: I’m Amore.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Old Trafford, 2. Jammers Justice, 3. Gorky Park. LONG SHOT: Way Cool.

SIXTH RACE: 1. D’s Lovely Sophia, 2. Tribal Dance, 3. Hotitude. LONG SHOT: Silk From Heaven.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mo Reserve, 2. Go for a Ride, 3. Fay Dean. LONG SHOT: Mutineer.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Heart of the Nile, 2. Rizzi’s Honors, 3. Fracas. LONG SHOT: Erebuni.

NINTH RACE: 1. Emtech, 2. Platinum Nights, 3. Railman. LONG SHOT: Union Ride.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Claudelle $7, second race; High Five $9.20, fifth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Eclair $3, fourth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Artistic Diva $5.20, sixth; Restless Rambler $4.60, seventh; Time for Kisses $3.80, eighth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Laker Jet $10.20, first; Plum Dandy $21.40, third)

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Los Alamitos opinions for Friday, Sept. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Lucky Brite Eye, 2. Cat’s Desire, 3. Gallantlystreaming. LONG SHOT: Laker Jet.

SECOND RACE: 1. CLAUDELLE (best bet), 2. Morning Cynn, 3. Busy Paynter. LONG SHOT: Buyback.

THIRD RACE: 1. Implicity, 2. Cabin John, 3. Platinum Equity. LONG SHOT: Plum Dandy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Charging Home, 2. Eclair, 3.Go Big Blue Nation. LONG SHOT: She Loves Karaoke.

FIFTH RACE: 1. High Five, 2. Norski, 3. Alvaaro. LONG SHOT: Zorich.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Kim K, 2.Devils Dance, 3. Artistic Diva. LONG SHOT: Smiling Tigress.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heartfullofstars, 2. Aced, 3. Restless Rambler. LONG SHOT: Annie’s Candy.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Scott’s Best Beth, 2. California Appeal, 3. Time for Kisses. LONG SHOT: Xerneas.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 5 (Mo Dinero $10.60, first race; Bronn $2.80, second; Appolina $2.80, fourth; Market Sentiment $8.60, fifth; Bella Renella $4.60, sixth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Burn Me Twice $2.80, third; Empress of Lov $6, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (According to Buddy $4.60, seventh)

Long shot winners: 1 (Rattle $9, ninth)

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Sunday, Sept. 8

FIRST RACE: 1. Mo Dinero, 2. Verynsky, 3. San Giorgio. LONG SHOT: All About Trump.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bronn, 2. Ragtime Blues, 3. Special Day. LONG SHOT: Bean and the Bug.

THIRD RACE: 1. Steven Decatur, 2. Burn Me Twice, 3. Papa Caballero. LONG SHOT: Reign On.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Appolina, 2. Petronilla, 3. Colonel Power. LONG SHOT: Dairy Kid.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Market Sentiment, 2. Frankie Machine, 3. Capes Hot Rocket. LONG SHOT: Four Gaels.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Navy Queen, 2. Bella Renella, 3. Miss Johnnie. LONG SHOT: Katia.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. SHAKE N FRIES (best bet), 2. Bea’s Boy, 3. According to Buddy. LONG SHOT: Golden Image.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Wicked Sunset, 2. Empress of Lov, 3. Bragging Rights. LONG SHOT: Just Be Held.

NINTH RACE: 1. Tengs Rhythm, 2. Champagne Honey, 3. Coilette. LONG SHOT: Rattle.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Eternal Endeavour $3.40, first race; Flor de La Mar $7.20, fifth; Meistermind $3, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Top of the Game $3.80, second)

Long shot winners: 1 (Mama’s Kid $26.20, fourth)

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Saturday, Sept. 7

Note: So much for no long shots or no winning from the No. 1 post in sprints. Both of those things happened on Friday’s opening day card. Hopefully, a few of you used a couple of our long shot picks that came in and in the maiden 2-year-old race we gave out a cold exacta, trifecta and superfecta.

FIRST RACE: 1. Sheza Facor, 2. Eternal Endeavour, 3. A Dime for Me. LONG SHO: And Counting.

SECOND RACE: 1. Taste’s Legend, 2. Gray Admiral, 3. Top of the Game. LONG SHOT: Harrovian.

THIRD RACE: 1. Musically, 2. Totally Normal, 3. Small Surprise. LONG SHOT: Destiny’s Journey.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Discrete Stevie B, 2. Lady Krishna, 3. Amers. LONG SHOT: Mama’s Kid.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Motion Emotion, 2. Flor de La Mar, 3. Message. LONG SHOT: Nomizar.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Rounding for Home, 2. White Russian, 3. U S Hero. LONG SHOT: Free Ricky.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Nileist, 2. Meistermind, 3. Fortune of War. LONG SHOT: King Charlie.

EIGHTH RACE: 2. Queen Bee to You, 2. Cruel Intention, 3. Fire When Ready. LONG SHOT: Shades of Victory.

NINTH RACE: 1. PAPA JOE (best bet), 2. Lorelei’s Warrior, 3. Cross Town. LONG SHOT: Sharpshootingeorge.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Mo Hawk $2.40, fifth race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Love Your Life $8.40, sixth; Royal Seeker $16.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 3 (Screen Gossip $28.20, first; Vastly Deep $45, third; Koa $44.40, seventh)

Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Friday, Sept. 6

Note: Don’t expect big prices at this meet because of field size. Always look for the horse-for-course and the No. 1 post is death in sprint races at this track due to the configuration. I will be throwing the No. 1 post in almost all sprints. That doesn’t mean the horse can’t finish in the money but I’m going to try and avoid unless there is a change in the track profile.

FIRST RACE: 1. Awesome Alessandra, 2. Phoenix Tears, 3. Billy’sotasingle. LONG SHOT: Screen Gossip.
This is just a brutal 2-year-old filly maiden claiming race.

SECOND RACE: 1. Topaz Time, 2. Ipray, 3. Cee Sam’s Girl. LONG SHOT: Party Hostess.

THIRD RACE: 1. Nver Think Twice, 2. Heraclitus, 3. Mountain Vie. LONG SHOT: Vastly Deep.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Short of Ez, 2. Young Hendrick, 3. Clem Labine. LONG SHOT: Policy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Mo Hawk, Moon Mischief, 3. Enemy Runner. LONG SHOT: Prince Magician.
This race is so perplexing because trainers like Bob Baffert and John Sadler both have two 2-year-old first-time starters in here. Why would you run here for $20,000 in purse money than run the final week at Del Mar. I don’t get it. MO HAWK is a $925,000 baby debuting here. MOON MISCHIEF is a homebred from owner Herry Moss. ENEMY RUNNER is from Hronis Racing. My only thought is the trainers didn’t think these juveniles were good enough to beat a maiden field at Del Mar. We’ll see.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Boy Howdy, 2. Love Your Life, 3. Tiz Love. LONG SHOT: Ps Bettin On You.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Spokane Eagle, 2. McKale, 3. Seven Scnts. LONG SHOT: Koa.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. An Ocala Ten (best bet), 2. Royal Seeker, 3. Sokudo. LONG SHOT: Kenny Benny.

Good luck.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar recap for 2019 summer season

In a recap of the Del Mar, I really wasn’t happy with my handicapping. Too many favorites won at the meet and as a friend told me, “If favorites are winning you and I aren’t doing well because we don’t pick favorites.”

The last two days of the meet were sort of indictative of how things went for me. I had five horse I picked second on Sunday win. On Monday, I had six horses I picked second or third win. So maybe my handicapping wasn’t all that bad, but maybe my picking was.
I just don’t think people want you to pick horses that, are going to be even money or less. They can find those horses all day long and if I picked favorites I would have a higher win percentage but my average per winner would be lower.
As many of you know I handicap for the San Diego Union-Tribune and my average winner was higher than Mike Superstein (who never met a favorite he didn’t like) and Jon Lindo, but they both picked way more winners.
Of course, I didn’t have one of my tools this meet, a computer program I use because my computer was stolen before the meet and I haven’t been able to buy a new one. Hopefully, have a new one shortly.
I think the thing that disappointed me the most was I didn’t identify enough long shots. I did a poor job of that this meet. Live and learn.
Jockey’s race
Flavien Prat won the title easily (42-32 over Drayden Van Dyke) but the top two didn’t give an inch the final week of the meet. Prat was 32-8-2-3 and Van Dyke was 30-8-9-4. Van Dyke ended up with the most runner-up finishes at the meet with 29 so maybe the race was closer than we thought.
Rafael Bejarano didn’t win a race the final three weeks of the meet and was 0 for 29 the last six days.
Training title
Doug O’Neill was 6 for 27 the final week and beat Peter Miller by three, 24-21. Some thought Miller might tank the final week but he was 20-5-5-2.
Bob Hess Jr. had a bad finaly six days with a 12-1-4-1 mark as did Brian Koriner 8-0-0-1.
Top choice winners: 1 (Zee Drop $7.60, 10th race)
Second choice winners: 2 (Magic at Midnight $2.40, first; Ronald R $11.60, fourth)
Third choice winners: 4 (Miss Megan $5.40, third; Senditlikechilly $4.60, fifth; Mandy $5, seventh; Guitty $5.60, eighth)
Long shot winners: 1 (Yesterdayoncemore $24, sixth)