Arlington Park, Horse racing

Arlington Park opinions for Arlington Million Day, Saturday, Aug. 10

NINTH RACE Grade I Beverly D): 1. Fleeting, 2. Sistercharlie, 3. Awesometank, 4. Competitionofideas. LONG SHOT: Thais.
I didn’t include Magic Wand in this race. Everything I’ve read is that she will opt to run the Million.

10TH RACE (Grade I Secretariart): 1. Never No More, 2. Fog of War, 3. Valid Point, 4. The Last Zip. LONG SHOT: Crafty Daddy.

11TH RACE (Grade I Arlington Million): 1. Bricks and Mortar, 2. Intellogent, 3. Robert Bruce, 4. Magic Wand. LONG SHOT: Pivoine.

12TH RACE (Grade III Pucker Up): 1. Indigo Gin, 2. Cafe Americano, 3. Art of Almost, 4. Mercilla. LONG SHOT: Gamblin Train.

Good luck

Arlington Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Arlington Park) opinions for Saturday, July 9

Preview: Interesting card just because there are a pair of 2-year-old stakes. Looking for that Pick 6 and late Pick 4 single? Looking no further than Navy Hymn (4-5) in the sixth race. Don’t see him beaten, but that might be the kiss of death. And don’t forget that 2015 Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line (also 4-5) makes his return to the races in the fourth and trainer Simon Callaghan has admitted he isn’t fully cranked up.

Race 5 – SA: #2 Tap It All (8-1): This filly cost $800K at auction in March and she has finished second in all three of her maiden races this year for trainer Doug O’Neill. By Tapizar, I think this 2-year-old has been wanting more ground and she gets an extra half-furlong here. Sure, she’s a maiden but O’Neill is 23% with beaten favorites and new rider Santiago Gonzalez takes over.

Race 7 – SA: #1 Big Break (4-1): I’m not the biggest fan of trainer Steve Knapp and in fact in most cases if Knapp wins, I lose, but here is the one category Knapp excels in: beaten favorites. He is 41% with those kind of horses. This mare is moving up in class, but her early speed will be a weapon from the inside post.


Race 4 (Modesty Handicap): 1. Faufiler, 2. No Fault of Mine, 3. Al’s Gal, 4. Marypop.

Race 6 (The Stars and Stripes): 1. Roman Approval, 2. Quiet Force, 3. The Pizza Man, 4. Bullards Alley.

Race 7 (Arlington Handicap): 1. Kasaqui, 2. Messi, 3. Roman Approval, 4. Only in America.
Be careful because ROMAN APPROVAL and QUIET FORCE are cross-entered in the Stars and Stripes plus the Arlington Handicap.

Race 8 (American Derby): 1. Oscar Nominated, 2. Two Step Time, 3. J R’s Holiday, 4. The Rouge Diesel.

Good luck.

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