Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park West opinions for Nov. 25-26

Gulfstream Park West for Wednesday, Nov. 25

Race 3: #1 My Corinthian (10-1)

This 4-year-old is making his first start in nearly two years, but he has been first or second in his two grass races previously going this distance so trainer Dane Kobiskie should have him plenty ready. J.C. Caraballo has already ridden a winner for Kobiskie at the meet.

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Race 5: #5 Holy Highway (10-1)

Trainer Herman Wilensky is 27% first off the claim so he must have a plan for this 6-year-old. Jockey J.C. Caraballo has ridden previously for Wilensky. Exacta box 1-5-11.

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Gulfstream Park West for Thursday, Nov. 26

Race 3: #1 Class and Cash (turf only) (5-2)

This 3-year-old takes a drop in class from racing at Parx and Belmont. Trainer Edward Plesa Jr. is 21% with horses off a 46-90 day layoff.

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Race 5:  #6 How You (turf only) (6-1)

This 3-year-old came to South Florida and finally broke his maiden. Now trainer Jorge Navarro tries him with winners and Navarro is 38% with horses second off the layoff. Jockey Eddie Castro is 30% with Navarro this year on 33 mounts.

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Del Mar, Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 22 (Plus Gulfstream Park West) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Sunday Rules, 2. My Year Is a Day, 3. Home Journey. LONG SHOT: Velvet Mesquite.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #2 Formally Wild (6-1), 2. Ultimate Luck, 3. Monument. LONG SHOT: Half Dome Dude.

Doug O’Neill has been the hottest trainer on the grounds the last week and he drops this gelding down to the $8K level. O’Neill is 35% when he moves a horse down two or more class levels. This 4-year-old was favored last time out but encountered all kinds of trouble coming out of the gate.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Can Can Babe, 2. Golds Venice, 3. Chia Love. LONG SHOT: Ms. K J.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Unforgettable U, 2. Not too Shiny, 3. Minks Aprise. LONG SHOT: More Complexity.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. #1 Mountain Hero (5-1), 2. Classico, 3. Bullish On Steve. LONG SHOT: Gone With It.

This 2-year-old showed speed against tougher in his debut at Santa Anita. Trainer Mike Puype puts blinkers on and the gelding has been working well likely with the new equipment. On top of that Puype is 71% when dropping a horse two or more levels.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. West Coast Storm, 2. Handfull, 3. Kristinite. LONG SHOT: Individual Design.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #8 Stormy Liberal (8-1), 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. Perfectly Majestic. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.

Here’s that man again, trainer Doug O’Neill. This gelding won last time going down the hill at Santa Anita and he finished second on this turf course last year in a graded stakes. O’Neill is 23% second off a layoff of 180 days or more and he gets a top turf jockey in Corey Nakatani to ride.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. BIG MACHER (best bet), 2. Red Outlaw SCRATCHED, 3. Avanti Bello SCRATCHED. LONG SHOT: Forest Chatter. New picks: 1. BIG MACHER (BEST BET), 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Forest Chatter. LONG SHOT: Raised a Secret.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Nikki’s Fine Time, 2. Taffeta, 3. Lottie. LONG SHOT: Nodiac.

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Race 5 : #11 Takeoff Your Hat (6-1)

Trainer Phil Serpe ships this filly down from New Jersey off a two-race winning streak. She comes out of a key race and Serpe is 50% (4-for-8) with horses looking to repeat a claiming victory.

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Race 7: #10 Havermeyer Street (4-1)

Trainer Michael Petro is 20% on the turf and this 3-year-old just missed last time out and that race has proven to be a key race. Jockey Edgard Zayas takes over and he’s 32% with Petro.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park West opinions for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21

Gulfstream Park West for Friday, Nov. 20

Race 4: #2 Duffle Bag (5-1) 

This 2-year-old showed speed in his debut at Pimlico and now drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and tries turf. Trainer Dane Kobiskie is 22% with horses trying grass for the first time.

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Race 9:  #1 Karlyrae’swarrior (5-1)

Trainer Robert Dibona claimed this 3-year-old out of a race at Keeneland, which has produced two winners from the first three horses to run back. Dibona is 20% going sprint to route and 38% with horses in the allowance ranks.

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Gulfstream Park West for Saturday, Nov. 21

Race 7: #4 Little Caton (7-2)

This 2-year-old ran like a horse that needs Lasix as she showed speed and faded in her debut. Trainer Carlo Vaccarezza, who has won 5 of his last 10 starters, does add Lasix in this spot and drops her in class.

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Race 8:  #10 Media Kid (8-1)

Trainer Joe Sharp has shipped to South Florida this year and he wins wherever he goes. This gelding gets some class relief on the drop from racing in New York. The gelding is 2-for-3 at this distance and good turf rider Tyler Gaffalione gets aboard. I would protect myself with the 7-5 favorite, Treasury Devil, trained by Jorge Navarro with an exacta box.

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Del Mar, Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 14 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. #8 Mal Verde (7-2), 2. Unusual Taste, 3. Home School. LONG SHOT: Buymeabond.

 Trainer Blaine Wright claimed this one off John Sadler and appears to be co-owner. Wright is 38% first off the claim and he’s 45% with jockey Tyler Baze.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Move, 2. Desert Thief, 3. Rockin Dorita. LONG SHOT: Q’Viva.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Take It Easyplease, 2. Geistreter, 3. Kiss My Face. LONG SHOT: City Beach.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lily Pod, 2. Perdona, 3. Miss Gifted. LONG SHOT: Codacious.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Devil Rising, 2. No Ez Money, 3. Market Notes. LONG SHOT: Love de Car.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #9 Twosome (12-1), 2. Ya Ya Girl, 3. Art of War. LONG SHOT: Socialized.

Jockey Corey Nakatani, who is a whiz on this turf course, decides to ride this filly back after a sixth-place effort. He must think she has some talent the Nakatani is 21% at Del Mar with trainer Eric Kruljac, who is 47% with second-time turfers.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Big Tire (12-1), 2. Brimstoned, 3. Rockport Kat. LONG SHOT: The Gomper.
 “Eikleberry off” has become a play recently as the jockey isn’t riding locally anymore and a couple of bombs have come in over the last week with new jockeys aboard. Such is the case here as Santiago Gonzalez jumps back on for trainer Mark Glatt and they are a 23% combination.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Mac Daddy Mac, 2. On Fire, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Jury.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #13 BASINCA (5-2) (BEST BET), 2.Drefong, 3. Eric the Trojan. LONG SHOT: Blue Navy Blue.

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Race 4 – GPW

#5 Never Give In (8-1): This gelding faced winners for the first time in his last race and finished third. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is 20% with sprinters and she stretches this one out to 7 furlongs.

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Race 6 – GPW               

#5 Expect Some Dreams (20-1): This 2-year-old filly finished third at this level at 7-1 for trainer Jane Cibelli, cuts back in distance and gains services of Antonio Gallardo, the Tampa riding champ. I just don’t get this morning-line.

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Race 9 – GPW

#6 Paddy O’Wagon (turf only) (7-2): The son of Paddy O’Prado, this 2-year-old makes his South Florida debut off a couple of decent races at Laurel and Monmouth Park. Trainer Jane Cibelli and jockey Antonio Gallardo team up again and they are 30% together.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Athens $3.60, first race; Juansagain $3.80, second; Blue Anchor $5.40, third)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (My Silver Cat $12, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sturdy One $6.40, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park West opinions for Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 11-12

Race 3 – GPW

#5 It’s My Pleasure (3-1)

Trainer Edward Plesa Jr. ships this filly in from Monmouth Park where she finished fourth in the Sorority stakes. Pleasa is 21% on layoffs of 46-90 days and he puts speed jockey Paco Lopez aboard.

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Race 5 – GPW

#6 Depeche Cat (6-1) ***

Our Eyes: Trainer Jorge Navarro has hit the ground winning at this meet with 47% winners, mostly from shippers like this 7-year-old. The gelding finished fourth in a race at Saratoga that has proven to be a key race.

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Race 8 – GPW

#4 Robert Rocket (8-1) ***

Our Eyes: Trainer Gustavo Delgado is 26% with horses in their second start for him. This 4-year-old finished third in his comeback race so he should be tighter here.

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Gulfstream Park West for Thursday, Nov. 12

Race 1 – GPW

#7 Too Clever by Half (6-1)

Trainer Jorge Navarro is off to a blazing start at the meet (8-for-17) and this mare will be running for the second time for him. She is coming out a key race at Monmoth Park. Jockey Eddie Castro 32% on the year with Navarro.

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Race 4 – GPW               

#6 Scotland Bay (3-1)

This 2-year-old filly take a class drop but more importantly trainer Jose Pinchin is 3-for-3 with horses making their second start on Lasix. Jockey Edgard Zayas takes over and he is 31% with Pinchin.

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Race 7 – GPW

#1 At the Ready (turf only) (3-1)

This colt broke his maiden on the Gulfstream Park turf and then finished fifth in a tough Kentucky Downs stakes race. Trainer Joseph Hennessy is 20% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff.

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Del Mar, Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 8 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. It Is Living Water, 2. Crucero, 3. China Girl Love. LONG SHOT: Image of Joplin.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Moonie (7-2), 2. Lucy De, 3. Slew’s Charm. LONG SHOT: Heres Geegees Girl.

This filly threw in a clunker last time but she’s back on a surface which she finished second on at this level during the summer. Trainer Edward Freeman is 36% with beaten favorites and he puts his main man Mario Gutierrez up.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Exactamente, 2. Knightwithputnam, 3. Tanager. LONG SHOT: Chalking It Up.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Great Lou, 2. Wake Up Nick, 3. Mr. Jay D. LONG SHOT: Fooled Again.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Heavenly Haze, 2. Formally Wild, 3. I’m Zonin. LONG SHOT: Slight Edge.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #4 ARABIAN LEOPARD (8-1) BEST BET, 2. Tusk, 3. Osceola Pond. LONG SHOT: Papa Gulf.

This 2-year-old cost $575K at auction and has proven a bust on turf so Bob Baffert moves him to the turf. His sire, Scat Daddy, is 16% first time turf and Baffert is 33% with horses making their second appearance going around two turns.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Power Jam, 2. Logan’s Moon, 3. Oligarch. LONG SHOT: Golden Atlantic.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #6 Yana (8-1), 2. My Monet, 3. Wild in the Saddle. LONG SHOT: Kiss At Midnight.

Trainer Bill Spawr is 35% on the cut back back a route to a sprint. This filly just missed going 7 furlongs earlier this year so the distance shouldn’t be an issue and she had a good work over the track.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Archaeo, 2. Tristan’s Trilogy, 3. Trust Your Gut. LONG SHOT: Silent Lovies.

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Race 3: #3 Thinking of Mom (turf only) (6-1)

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. has two entries in the race and we’ll go with the longer price. This filly is coming out of a key Monmouth Park race that has produced three next out winners. Plesa is 21% with horses coming off a 46-90-day layoff.

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Race 8: #3 Zo Zo Striking (10-1)

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. wins at 20% rate with first-timer starters. Smart Strike is a good first out sire and speed jockey Paco Lopez jumps on. 

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Glory $5.40, sixth race; All Run $3.60, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Esposito $8.20, first)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Tough But Nice $13.80, third)

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Gulfstream Park West opinions for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7

Race 3: #6 American Phantom (12-1)

This 2-year-old drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and comes out of a MSW race that has produced 4 next out winners. He tries two turns and the turf for the first time. Sire Cowtown Cat is 12% first time turf.

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Race 5: #6 Born to Be Winner (turf) (3-1)

Drops into a maiden claimer for the first time for a fifth-place finish on the grass. Paco Lopez takes over so look for this one to go straight to the front.

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Race 8: #7 Subcontractor (5-1)

Trainer David Jacobson ships this 3-year-old down from New York. He is 26% with shippers and this horse come out of a key race that was produced 3 next out winners.

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Saturday, Nov. 7

Race 4: #3 Imperial Robyn (turf only) (10-1)

This mare returns to South Florida, where she has won twice in the past. Trainer Kerry Zavash is 24% with shippers and the 6-year-old is coming out of a key race. Jockey Joe Bravo jumps on .

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Race 10: #4 Big Boy Bruno (10-1)

This 2-year-old broke his maiden with ease at first asking. Trainer Larry Pilotti is 29% with horses coming off a layoff of 90 or more days and the son of Seeking Beauty has been training lights out for his turf debut. Speed jockey Paco Lopez jumps on.

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