Aqueduct, Horse racing, Keeneland, Santa Anita

Santa Anita stakes opinions for Saturday, April 6 (Plus Wood Memorial and Blue Grass)

SANTA ANITA

SECOND RACE (Evening Jewel): 1. Sneaking Out, 2. Tim for Kisses, 3. Ruby Bradley. LONG SHOT: Violette Szabo.

THIRD RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Oaks): 1. Flor de La Mar, 2. Bellafina, 3. Chasing Yesterday. LONG SHOT: Slewgoodtobetrue.
Obviously Bellafina is the filly to beat as the 2-5 favorite and trainer Bob Baffert tries to do it with Flor de La Mar and Chasing Yesterday. Flor de La Mar makes her first start around two turns and Baffert is 28 percent with this move and she’s bred to do so. Chasing Yesterday is coming back a little soon after a win in the March 24 Sunland Park Oaks and that’s not a normal Baffert move.

FIFTH RACE (Grade II Royal Heroine): 1. Space Talk, 2. Vasilika, 3. Meal Ticket. LONG SHOT: Ms Bad Behavior.
Vasilika is 3-5 on the morning-line favorite and deservedly so with nine wins over the course. Space Talk is making her second start in the U.S. and is bred to run all day. Her last looks like a prep to me and huge jockey change to Rafael Bejarano.

SIXTH RACE (Echo Eddie): 1. Tap the Wire, 2. Foster Boi, 3. Lieutenant Dan. LONG SHOT: Midnight Special.

EIGHTH RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Derby): 1. Roadster, 2. Game Winner, 3. Instagrand. LONG SHOT: Nolo Contesto.
If any of these four won the race, it wouldn’t surprise me. Roadster needs the points the most to get into the Kentucky Derby and maybe Baffert has him cranked up more than stablemate Game Winner, who is in the Derby and appears to be racing himself into shape after that huge second in a division of the Rebel. Instagrand also needs a first or second to get into the Derby and he figures to improve off that third in the Gotham.

NINTH RACE (Grade III Providencia): 1. Hostess, 2. Miss Flawless, 3. Lady Prancealot. LONG SHOT: Truffalino.
Hostess (12-1) and Miss Flawless (6-1) are both making their first starts in the U.S. after European campaigns and they are bred to run all day. Trainer Simon Callaghan is 24 percent first time in the U.S. so I lean to her. Miss Flawless is trained by Peter Miller, who is 21 percent with a horse off a 90-plus day layoff.

10TH RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Handicap): 1. Gift Box, 2. McKinzie, 3. Campaign. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Groom.
It certain looks like a two-horse race and the odds suggest that: 4-5 on McKinzie and 6-5 on Gift Box. Loved Gift Box when he beat the ill-fated Battle of Midway in the San Antonio and he has been training well for John Sadler in this spot.

AQUEDUCT

RACE 10 (Grade II Wood Memorial): 1. Haikal, 2. Final Jeopardy, 3. Tax. LONG SHOT: Hoffa’s Union.

KEENELAND

RACE 11 (Blue Grass): 1. Market King, 2. Dream Maker, 3. Signalman. LONG SHOT: So Alive.

Good luck.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS (Santa Anita races 2-7)

Top choice winners: 1 (Monydontspenitself $13.60, second race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Railman $2.80, third; Lomu $5.40, fourth; Cinnamon Twist $6.40, fifth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

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Stakes opinions for Aqueduct and Keeneland for Saturday, April 8

AQUEDUCT

Race 6 (Grade III Bay Shore): 1. #1 Miggsy (5-1), 2. #5 Theory (7-5), 3. #4 Long Haul Bay (5-2). LONG SHOT: #3 Caledonian (12-1).
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez has been sitting on this one since his maiden win over the inner. The son of Hard Spun comes out of a key race and Rodirguez is 20% off a 46 to 90-day layoff.

Race 8 (Grade III Excelsior): 1. #2 Send It In (2-1), 2. #4 Hereditary (3-1), 3. #5 Tu Brutus (4-1). LONG SHOT: #1 Bellamy Way (12-1).
Send It In has a rec ord of 3-1-1-1 over this track and Todd Pletcher is 25% with shipps.

Race 9 (Grade I Carter Handicap): 1. #2 Tommy Macho (7-2), 2. #8 Unified (7-5), 3. #6 Spartiatis (10-1). LONG SHOT: #4 Awesome Banner (8-1).
Tommy Macho is coming back from Gulfstream Park for Todd Pletcher and has the edge over comebacker Unified.

Race 10 (Grade II Wood Memorial): 1. #2 Mo Town (6-1), 2. #7 Cloud Computing (5-2), 3. #3 Battalion Runner. LONG SHOT: Glennrichment.
Throw out Mo Town’s race at the Fair Grounds. He’s a New York kind of horse so look for a rebound.

Race 11 (Grade II Gazelle): 1. #9 Stay Fond (8-1), 2. #4 Lockdown, 3. #5 Miss Sky Warrior (9-5). LONG SHOT: Yorkiepoo Princess.
You don’t often gets this price on Pletcher, but this filly just broke her maiden at Gulfstream and there’s no telling how good she is.

KEENELAND

Race 6 (Grade III Commonwealth): 1. #4 Yockey’s Warrior (8-1), 2. #2 Fish Traappe Road (8-1), 3. #8 A. P. Indian (8-5). LONG SHOT: #1 Tale of S’avall.
A. P. Indian will take some beating but Yockey’s Warrrior is coming off three straight wins and is 2-1-1-0 here.

Race 7 (Grade II Shakertown): 1. #4 Justin Squared, 2. #6 Mongolian Saturday, 3. #7 Hogy (4-1). LONG SHOT: #5 Element (30-1).
No doubt trainer Wesley Ward is trying to find out if this colt is possible for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar. Ward got this horses from Bob baffert. Mongolian is a perfect 2-for-2 on this course.

Race 8 (Grade I Madison): 1. #5 High Ridge Road (7-2), 2. #4 Constellation (4-1), 3. #3 Kathballu (12-1). LONG SHOT: #9 Mines and Magic (20-1).
This mare won at Laurel and now steps up in class for trainer Linda Rice. Constellation comes from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn.

Race 9 (Grade I Ashland): 1. #8 Tapped (4-1), 2. #6 Daddys Lil Darling (5-2), 3. #2 Elate (7-2). LONG SHOT: #7 Sailor’s Valentine (12-1).
Tapped is Plan B for Hollendorfer after Unique Bella went down with an injury, but he wouldn’t ship unless he thought Tapped could get the job done.

Race 10 (Grade II Blue Grass): 1. #4 Tapwrit (5-2), 2. #2 McCracken (7-5), 3. #7 Practical Joke (7-2). LONG SHOT: #1 It’s Your Nickel (20-1).
McCracken is a perfect 4-for-4 and it will take some beating. Tapwrit finished second to him in the SF Davis at Tampa Bay Downs while encountering some traffic.

Good luck

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Opinions around the country, Saturday, Feb. 18

Since I’m unsure if soggy Santa Anita will even run on Saturday, and if it does there certainly won’t be any turf races even though three are carded, I will look at some stakes races around the country.

Aqueduct (Broadway Stakes): It’s going to be tough to beat #6 Hot City Girl (6-5). If you are looking for an exacta partner, you might try the 15-1 Splendid Gold (#7).

Gulfstream Park (Grade II Royal Delta): It was a shame the mare this race was named after died recently. She was a great one. Again the favorites #5 Eskenformoney (8-5) and #2 Curlin’s Approval (7-5) will be tough to beat. A long shot to check out is #3 Mo’ Green (6-1) with Johnny Velazquez aboard.

Gulfstream Park (White Pearl): #2 Mines and Magic (4-1) will be tough with Joe Rosario. A real bomber to consider is #3 Savingtime (20-1). The GP main track has been deeper this week while the turf course has been playing to speed because of … a lack of rain. They certainly can have ours if they want it.

Laurel Park (Grade II Barbara Fritchie): Laurel will offer six stakes on the card, starting with the fifth race, but highlights are the last two, including this one for fillies and mares.These are tough races because the local horses would appear to have an edge but then you have shippers from other parts and jockeys coming in to ride and they don’t want to waste time or money. #3 By the Moon (2-1) and #1 High Ridge Road (5-2) are the pair to beat, but look out for the likes of #2 Rowd E Allie (20-1), #6 Takrees (6-1) and #7 Clothes Fall Off (8-1).

Laurel Park (Grade III General George): Ortiz has the horse to watch here in #6 Stallwalkin’ Dude (5-2) but #5 Imperial Hint (3-1) and local favorite #3 Page McKenney (7-2) can’t be ignored. Look for a price? Try #9 Heaven’s Runaway (6-1).

Oaklawn Park (Grade III Bayakoa): Boy, did I enjoy watching Bayakoa run back in the day. She was something to behold. In this race I think #1 Steel Cut (8-1) has a big shot from the inside. She will have to beat the likes of #2 Terra Promessa (6-5), #5 Streamline (4-1) and #7 Ready to Confess (9-2).

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