Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Play Money, 2. Jet Set Ruler, 3. Uncontainable. LONG SHOT: Coast of Roan.

SECOND RACE: 1. Takethediamondlane, 2. D’s Lovely Sophia, 3. Time for Suzzie. LONG SHOT: Silk From Heaven.

THIRD RACE: 1. Apache Princess, 2. Just Grazed Me, 3. Stealthediamonds. LONG SHOT: Lakerball.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Alibi for Mischief, 2. Nonno’s Polaris, 3. Papa Tony. LONG SHOT: Royally Big.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Lieutennant Dan, 2. Heck Yeah, 3. Fashionably Fast. LONG SHOT: Oliver.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Wound Tight, 2. The Hunted, 3. Ward ‘n Jerry. LONG SHOT: Desmond Doss.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Big Returns, 2. Club Aspen, 3. Bettor Trip Nick. LONG SHOT: Fast Enough.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Smiling Shirlee, 2. Almost at Factor, 3. Been Studying Her. LONG SHOT: California Kook.

NINTH RACE: 1. Loafers Boy (best bet), 2. Tigre Di Slugo, 3. Principe Carlo. LONG SHOT: Perfect Wager.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Mainframe Judy, 2. Vastly Deep, 3. You’reright Again. LONG SHOT: Baltimore Beecho.

SECOND RACE: 1. Mandy, 2. Win Often, 3. French Rose. LONG SHOT: Way too Sweet.

THIRD RACE: 1. Storm the Hill, 2. Jolie Olimpica, 3. Kentan Road. LONG SHOT: An Eddie Surprise.

FOURTH RACE: Mr. Unusual, 2. Itsthattime, 3. Mahi Mahi. LONG SHOT: Constitutionaffair.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Sugar Pickel (best bet), 2. Secret Square, 3. Mosienko. LONG SHOT: Bella Renella.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Policy, 2. Gate Speed, 3. Music to My Ears. LONG SHOT: High Five.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rakassah, 2. She’s So Special, 3. Don’t Unzip Me. LONG SHOT: Munn She’s Pretty.
This is a tough maiden race going 5 1/2-furlongs on the turf. This might end up being a key race so watch carefully. Rakassah is from the Phi D’Amato barn and a first-time starter in the U.S. D’Amato is 18 percent off a 46 to 90-day layoff. The filly’s sire gets 28 percent winners. Trainer Peter Miller knows how to get turf sprinters to win and this filly ran a good second at Del Mar. Trainer Jonathan Wong’s pair of Don’t Unzip Me and Munn She’s Pretty are interesting so check out the toteboard.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Horologist, 2. Message, 3. Spiced Perfection. LONG SHOT: Starr of Quality.

NINTH RACE: 1. Miss Ryleigh, 2. Too Much Smoke, 3. Sassyverb. LONG SHOT: Creer.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Malibu Cat, 2. Dance Costume, 3. Raneem. LONG SHOT: Mela Jones.

SECOND RACE: 1. Cimarron, 2. Busy Paynter, 3. Incredibly Lucky. LONG SHOT: Pacifica.

THIRD RACE: 1. Pink Scatillac, 2. Amatara, 3. Persepolis. LONG SHOT: Miss Fia.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Promise Nothing, 2. Benny Chang, 3. Big Hoof Dynamite. LONG SHOT: Moonlight Beach.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Nikkileaks, 2. Rickie Nine Toes, 3. Smart Girl. LONG SHOT: Kleen Karma.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Drift Away, 2. Classy Atlantic, 3. Bako Sweets. LONG SHOT: She’s a Dime.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pepe Tono, 2. McKale, 3. Royal Trump. LONG SHOT: Seven Scents.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sara Crewe (best bet), 2. Ride Sally Ride, 3. She’s Devoted. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Empress.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 10

FIRST RACE: Blazing Brooke, 2. Celestial Orb, 3. Our Petunia. LONG SHOT: Aunt Betty.

SECOND RACE: 1. Arathorn, 2. Moonwalker, 3. K P Creed. LONG SHOT: Forty Fathoms.

THIRD RACE: 1. Coral Legacy, 2. Delta Levy, 3. Professional. LONG SHOT: Tactical Quality.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Mungojerrie, 2. Championship Alley, 3. Lion Charmer. LONG SHOT: Fifty Over.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Madame Lilan (best bet), 2. Na Pail Spirit, 3. Dynatail. LONG SHOT: Steelin Magnolias.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Cultural Mandate, 2. Caseyyoudidn’tklnow, 3. They Call Me Lucky. LONG SHOT: Return the Favor.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Summer Assault, 2. My Eclair, 3. Very Replaceable. LONG SHOT: Now Is.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sunshines Out, 2. Brandt, 3. Striking Heir. LONG SHOT: Early Deligh.

NINTH RACE: 1. Sugar Fix, 2. Brittbstrong, 3. Bella Linda. LONG SHOT: Splendor Beach.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 5 (Doodle Hopper $4.40, first race; Bye Bye Melvin $3.20, second; J P’s Gia $5.40, fourth; On a Spree $5.20, seventh; Lili’s Turn $4.40, eighth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Free Dancer $3.60, third; Sundrenched $8, ninth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Lil Bull $16.60, sixth)

Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Jan. 8

Note: Sorry laid off Tampa Bay for a week. I don’t like when tracks take some races off the turf and leave others on. Don’t like to do the work and have it blown up. Either a course is ready or not. Beside, isn’t that what different turf settings are for? Just a thought.

FIRST RACE: 1. Doodle Hopper, 2. Native Hawk, 3. Josie’s Riddle. LONG SHOT: Thank You.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bye Bye Melvin, 2. Breckenridge, 3. Muchmorethanthis. LONG SHOT: Matty’s Express.

THIRD RACE: 1. Tithed, 2. Free Dancr, 3. Dohko. LONG SHOT: Speakerit.

FOURTH RACE: 1. J P’s Gia, 2. Luna Azteca, 3. Fergielicious. LONG SHOT: Sister Drama.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Relishment, 2. Souper Courage, 3. Lundqvist. LONG SHOT: Miami Smuggler.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Aspen Snow, 2. Awesome Romeo, 3. Erin Go Braugh. LONG SHOT: Lil Bull.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. On a Spree, 2. Paul Cane, 3. Drillomatic. LONG SHOT: Chief of Joy.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Lil’s Turn (best bet), 2. Juanandora, 3. Pleasant Buffy. LONG SHOT: Aunt Betty.

NINTH RACE: 1. Feeling Good, 2. Sundrenched, 3. Josy Sayin. LONG SHOT: Field Letters.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Monday, Jan. 6


Top choice winners: 3 (Fast as Cass $5.40, first race; I Belong to Becky $4.60, second; Buyback $5.80, eighth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Bellazano $6.80, fourth; Rookie Mistake $4, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (Point Hope $6.80, fifth; Gingham $3.40, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 3 (Krkistocracy $4, fourth; Authentic $4.40, fifth; An Eddie Surprise $10.60, 10th)

Second choice winners: 2 (Phast Phariah $4, second; Mike Operator $3.80, third)

Third choice winners: 3 (Bluegrass Sky $15.20, third; Scarley Heat $5.60, sixth; Bold Endeavor $23, seventh)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 1 (Bast $3.20, seventh race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Afternoon Heat $8.80, second)

Third choice winners: 1 (Storie Blue $6.80, fourth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Desmond Doss $17.80, third; Hootie $9.40, eighth)

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Commanding Chief, 2. Border Town, 3. Muralist. LONG SHOT: Go Daddy Go.

SECOND RACE: 1. Grandpa Louie, 2. After Heat, 3. A Man’s Man. LONG SHOT: Brace for Impact.

THIRD RACE: 1. Foster Boi, 2. General Interest, 3. Hit the Seam. LONG SHOT: Desmond Doss.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Classy Ruler, 2. Cosmic Cowgirl, 3. Storie Blue. LONG SHOT: Crazy Speighty.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hypersonic, 2. Cross Town, 3. Moana Luna. LONG SHOT: Fort Dodge.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Holly Hundy, 2. Kim K, 3. Storming Lady. LONG SHOT: Creative Instinct.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bast 2. Auberge, 3. Golden Princuipal. LONG SHOT: Orquidias Biz.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Factorial (best bet), 2. Go for a Ride, 3. Canadian Game. LONG SHOT: Hootie.
FACTORIAL has been away since the summer Del Mar meet but trainer Richard Baltas can get them ready off this type of layoff. The 6-year-old has been gelded and is coming out of a key race that has produced three winners.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Elgofranco, 2. Lucky Long Legs, 3. Bluegrass Sky. LONG SHOT: Oui Say No.

SECOND RACE: 1. Port Saint Joe (best bet), 2. Phast Pharoah, 3. Absolute Unit. LONG SHOT: Restoring Dreams.
Trainer Doug O’Neill has three horses in this 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint. O’Neill is 5% with debuting horses on the grass so I’ve eliminated Keno’d and Liam’s Pride. However, O’Neill is 15% first time turf when the horse has had at least one race and that’s why I like Port Saint Joe. Plus the 3-year-old’s sire gets 26% winners first time on the grass.

THIRD RACE: 1. My Journey, 2. Miker Operator, 3. Royal Ranger. LONG SHOT: Wild Cat Canyon.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Kakistocracy, 2. Jetovator, 3. Fravel. LONG SHOT: Big City Bane.

FIFth RACE: 1. Authentic, 2. Taishan, 3. Azul Coast. LONG SHOT: Uncaptured Hero.

SIXTH RACE : 1. Sothalis, 2. Oh Pretty Woman, 3. Scarlet Heat. LONG SHOT: Lovely Finish.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Proverb, 2. Street Class, 3. Bold Endeavor. LONG SHOT: Mongoalin Hero.

EIGHTH RACE : 1. Acker, 2. North County Guy, 3. Cleopatra’s Strike. LONG SHOT: Overdue.

NINTH RACE: 1. Soldier Boy, 2. Truck Salesman, 3. Sigalert. LONG SHOT: Order and Law.

10TH RACE: 1. An Eddie Surprise, 2. Queen of the Track, 3. Anonymously. LONG SHOT: Mariah Girl.