Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 24

Race 4: #7 City of Vengeance (15-1)

Has been a disappointment since coming West, but trainer John Sadler is 22% second off the claim as the gelding tries the downhill for the first time. Jockey Victor Espinoza jumps off another contender to ride this son of City Zip and is 21% with Sadler.

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Race 6: #8 Oppidum (5-1)

If it’s a 2-year-old race trainer Bob Baffert usually has it surrounded and such is the case here with three horses. The barn’s main rider, Martin Garcia, chooses this son of Speightstown who showed good speed at Del Mar before stopping. He goes shorter here and should be on the engine.

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Race 9: #7 Canada (4-1)

Is bred to be a good one, but has had problems in both starts, especially last time, but Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has seen enough to stay aboard and he is 26% with trainer Simon Callaghan.

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Race 1: #2 Drama Club (5-2)

This colt makes his debut on turf, but the bigger thing is that he drops from the straight maiden ranks to a maiden claimer. Trained by David Fawkes, he exits a race that has produced three winners. Jockey Edgard Zayas takes over.

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Race 7: #10 Awesome Sunrize (turf only) (6-1)

This filly returns to South Florida after running at Arlington Park. She comes out of a key race and trainer Kerry Zavash is 24% with shippers. Zavash has a winner already at the meet with jockey Eddie Castro, who jumps on.

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Race 9: #1 Samus (turf only) (5-1)

Trainer Marcus Vitali has been on fire at the meet with 6 winners from 20 starters. Vitali is 25% with horses second time in his care like this 3-year-old. He is also 30% on the year with jockey Matthew Rispoli.

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Santa Anita early opinions for Friday, Oct. 23 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

Well, 4 out of 5 isn’t bad on yesterday’s selections. Let’s try to stay on a roll.

Race 3: #1 Intoxicating Move (3-1)

Jockey Corey Nakatani has his choice of three horses in this race and chooses this tough mare. She has a 7-2-3-1 down the hill and had to be one of the reasons trainer Jack Carava claimed her two back. Carava and Nakatani are a 23% combination.

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Race 5: #7 With a Twist (9-2)

Trainer Phil D’Amato claimed this mare last time at Del Mar and he moves her up, which is a good sign. D’Amato is 24% first off the claim and the trainer decides to keep jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard her, someone D’Amato doesn’t use him much.

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Race 7: #6 Megeve (5-1)

This colt showed some interest in the stretch last time an now moves up a class level. The 2-year-old comes out of a race that has produced three next out winners. Trainer Phil Gleaves and jockey J C Caraballo are a 24% combination.

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Race 10: #2 Farleys Mandate (turf only) (10-1)

This gelding loves this GPW turf layout with an 8-3-2-1 record. Trainer Christos Gatis is 25% with layoffs of 46-90 days and it’s safe to say he’s been saving this one for this track. Jockey Manoel Cruz stays aboard.

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Santa Anita early opinions for Thursday, Oct. 22 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

Race 4: #8 Easy Grader (6-1)

Apprentice Tyler Kennedy has four wins at the meet and is starting to get notice by other horsemen. This filly pressed the pace in her debut and finished fourth. Trainer Eddie Truman is 33% with beaten favorites and he’s 20% off a 31-60-day layoff.

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Race 5: #4 Madikwe (6-1)

Our Eyes: Not sure why trainer John Sadler ran him against winners but drops back into the maiden claiming ranks where he belongs. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez keeps the mount after having trouble at the start last time.

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Race 8: #6 Alpine Luck (6-1)

Our Eyes: This gelding gives his all and showed nice improvement last time over his favorite dirt track. He also has been popular at the claim box as Keith Desormeaux reclaims this 4-year-old.

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Race 6: #1 Cowtown Jane (4-1)

This filly is taking a class drop off a fifth-place finish in her debut. Trainer Jose Pinchin is 21% with horses making their second career starts. Apprentice jockey Harry Hernandez jumps on.

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Race 8: #1 Jakob’s Way (turf only) (4-1)

Trainer Efren Loza Jr. is 35% when bringing a horse back off a 46- to 90-day layoff like this 3-year-old. The gelding has won over this course in the past and there is a pair off good works coming into the race.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, Oct. 18

Race 4: #3 Ferocious (5-1)

Our Eyes: Trainer Ron Ellis doesn’t start many on the grass but when he does they usually do well which explains is 29% record with horses second time on the turf. Ellis is 23% off a long layoff of 180 days or more and he’s 26% with jockey Tyler Baze.

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Race 9: #9 Perdona (8-1)

This filly has improved each time out and now comes off a 2-month layoff and trainer Peter Eurton is 23% off this type of layoff. She likes to show speed and jockey Mario Gutierrez, who won five races on Friday, should be able to get over and he’s 20% at Santa Anita with Eurton.

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Race 4: #6 Claiming Victory (3-1)

This mare drops off a second-place finish in a minor stakes event across town. This is her second start with trainer Marcus Vitali, who is 25% with this move. Barn rider Mattew Rispoli (28%) stays aboard.

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Race 9: #7 Pax Orbis (10-1)

Our Eyes: It isn’t often you see jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Ralph Nicks (27% together) at this price on the morning-line. This 4-year-old comes out of key race that has produced three next out winners. The gelding likes to stay close up.

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Santa Anita early opinions for Saturday, Oct. 17

Race 3: #1 Sutton’s Smile (9-5)

This filly has no luck when it comes to post position draws until today. She drew 9, 9 and 11. Finally, here she draws inside for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Rafael Bejarano, who are a 35% proposition together.

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Race 6: #7 The Gomper (7-2)

Tough to explain this colt’s last effort but trainer Jerry Hollendorfer probably has him ready to go here. Jockey Mike Smith jumps on and he is 30% with Hollendorfer.

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Race 9: #9 Of Course It Is (9-2)

It appears to be a safe bet that jockey Tiago Pereira had his choice of horses trained by Phil D’Amato and he chooses this daughter of Yes It’s True. D’Amato is putting blinkers on the 2-year-old and he is 27% with that move.

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Race 5: #6 Pursuing Fate (4-1)

This filly has been facing tougher horses in stakes races. She takes a drop in class for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Rafael Hernandez takes over.

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Race 10: #3 El Kracken (4-1)

Trainer Ramon Moya is 47% when he takes a horse from sprint-route-sprint. He claimed this 3-year-old for $10,000 and keeps him at the same level. He showed speed last time out and should do so here again.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 16 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

Race 3: #1 Tribal Zen (12-1)

Trainer John Sadler makes it a habit to claim maidens dropping from MSW ranks and he did again with this son of Tribal Rule. Sadler likes to change things up and he puts this 2-year-old on the grass where his sire is 17% first time turf. Sadler is 24% first off the claim.

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Race 5: #7 El Gran Turismo (5-1)

This colt is out of the mare Cambioscorsa, who was a monster going down the hill as was her full brother California Flag. The colt is trained by Mike Puype and ridden by Joe Talamo in his first start. Breeding wins out here over all other factors.

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 Race 3: #3 Dreams Cut Short (8-1)

This gelding was claimed out of a winning effort at Saratoga and then shipped to Florida, where he finished third in a minor stakes. Now he drops into a high-priced claimer for trainer Marcus Vitali, who is 25% with horse making their second start for him. Barn rider Matthew Rispoli (26%) jumps on.

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Race 6: #8 Friendswith K Mill (5-2)

This gelding has been facing tougher in Southern California and it looks like he was a private purchase by trainer Kristin Mulhull, who has split her stable between SoCal and Florida. This 4-year-old has no early speed so he will be closing down the lane with jockey Jesus Rios.

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Santa Anita early opinions for Thursday, Oct. 15 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

Race 5: #3 Bijoux (9-2)

Trainer John Sadler is 7-for-12 when dropping a horse from the MSW ranks to a maiden claimer for the first time. This 4-year-old has been away for more than a year but Sadler wouldn’t run her here if she wasn’t ready.

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Race 8: #12 Kiana’s Dream (6-1)

Trainer Ricky Agarie drops this 3-year-old to her lowest level ever and if she runs back to her September race at Del Mar, she will win this race. Good gate rider Edwin Maldonado takes over so look for better speed than her last.

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Race 7: #7 Street Rage (5-1)

This 3-year-old moved up in class and fell flat on his face, but trainer Michael Petro brings him back at the same level looking for improvement. Petro is 37% with beaten favorites and jockey Edgard Zayas stays aboard and he is 18% with Petro.

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Race 9: #3 Bon Accord (4-1)

This 4-year-old is moving up in class off a wire-to-wire victory at GP. In his one try at GPW, he was a winner and trainer Gilberto Zerpa is 41% with horses off a win in the claiming ranks.

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Santa Anita opinions for Monday, Oct. 12 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

Race 5: #5 Desert Thief (7-2)

This filly has done her best running at Santa Anita with a 9-2-2-3 record so that no doubt was a reason trainer Bill Spawr claimed her. Spawr is 32% first off the claim and the filly has some real good works coming into the race.

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Race 7: #6 Zackos My Man (12-1)

Trainer Sam Scolamieri doesn’t start many but when he does his horses are live. This 4-year-old has won over the track before and Scolamieri is 3-for-9 off a 31-60-day layoff. Tiago Pereira is this barn’s main rider and he’s 27% with the trainer.

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Race 4: #4 Hatattack (turf only) (12-1)

This 2-year-old colt was claimed out of his debut by trainer Jena Antonucci, no doubt with turf in mind. The sire Hat Trick is 19% with first-time turfers. Jockey Edgrd Zayas keeps the mount, which is a good sign.

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Race 9: #3 Will Be Magical (9-2)

Trainer Bill Kaplan turns this filly back from a route race. He is 18% with a big ROI when going sprint-route-sprint. This daughter of Wilburn doesn’t have a lot of early speed but she had a good work recently and maybe ready to roll.

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Sunday’s results

Santa Anita

Race 2: Aloha ke Akua winner $7.60

Race 3: Devoted One second

Race 7: Why Two off the board

Race 8: Surfside Tiara winner $7.60

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 1: Storm Swept winner $10.60

Race 7: Super Surfer second

Race 9: The Silver Sniper $9.80

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 11 (plus Gulfstream West)

Sorry Saturday nights are the worst for me since I am on the desk at the San Diego Union-Tribune and just no time to fully handicap so this is the best I can do on Sundays. Thanks for reading.

Race 2: #7 Aloha Ke Akua (4-1)

Trainer Bill Spawr claimed this filly at Del Mar and he is 32% first off the claim. Spawr is also 33% when dropping a horse off the claim. The 3-year-old has won three times at this distance will show more speed with jockey Santiago Gonzalez.

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Race 3: #2 Devoted One (5-2)

First off, we’ll never get this morning-line on this 2-year-old. The filly was all the rage at Del Mar before she was scratched at the gate at even money, if my memory serves me. Again she is working lights out for trainer Phil D’Amato and will be a short price in here.

 

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Race 7: #3 Why Two (10-1)

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Race 8: #4 Surfside Tiara (4-1)

Turned in a clunker in a Grade I so trainer Jerry Hollendorfer regroups and cuts back in distance. Jockey Rafael Bejarano decides to stay aboard.

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 1: #2 Storm Swept (4-1)

This 4-year-old filly drops into a claimer for the first time as trainer Ralph Nicks searches for a winning spot. She is coming out of a key races and jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who is 27% with Nicks, jumps back on today.

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Race 7: #7 Super Surfer (4-1)

Trainer Ralph Nicks and jockey Tyler Gaffalione team up here again. This won of Super Saver has been away since March, but he comes out of a race that has produced four next out winners.

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Race 9: #3 The Silver Sniper (8-1)

This 2-year-old has been away since August when he finished fifth in a MSW race. Trainer Walter Woodard now drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and gets the services of leading jockey Tyler Gaffalione.

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Santa Anita results

Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Family Code $4.60, sixth race; Stays in Vegas $17.40, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 4 (Illuminant $3.60, second; All Star Parade $10, third; Dr. Dorr $4.20, eighth; Brimstoned $5.40, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Dressed in Hermes $5.20, fifth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 10 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. Send Me a Sign, 2. Entebbe, 3. My Rose. LONG SHOT: Almost Guilty.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Wheatfield (12-1), 2. Illuminant, 3. Luminary. LONG SHOT: Redheads Rule.

This filly passed a lot of horses in her debut at Los Alamitos and now trainer Marty Jones puts her on the turf. The sire Lone Star Special is 33% first time turf from a small sample and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE:1. Financial (BEST BET), 2. All Star Parade, 3. Pipedreams. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Daddy’s Duo (4-1), 2. Call to Congrats, 3. Radiant Journey. LONG SHOT: Pleasant as Pie.

This filly is a perfect 2-for-2 on dirt which maybe why trainer John Sadler claimed her for $80,000 at Del Mar. Sadler is 23% first off the claim and 21% going sprint-route-sprint.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Freedom Hill, 2. I’malreadythere, 3. Dressed in Hermes. LONG SHOT: Getoffmyback.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Carlos Dangerous, 3. Courageous Dave. LONG SHOT: Ready Cat.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Stays in Vegas (8-1), 2. I’mflatoutsweet, 3. One Last Shot. LONG SHOT: Jakaby Jade.

This filly finished fifth in the Del Mar Debutante behind the ultra-impressive Songbird. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% first time routing and the sire City Zip is 13% first time turf. Jockey Alex Solis takes over for the injured Flavien Prat.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Miner’s Light, 2. Iron Rob, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Let’s Meet in Rio.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Storm Comin Thru, 2. Brimstoned, 3. Prince Charmant. LONG SHOT: Roman Tizzy.

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10TH RACE: 1. Turnover, 2. Eddie’s First, 3. Saint Prdo. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

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Race 2: #1 Deciding Moment (3-1)

Trainer Rasharn Creque is 57% with horses running second time off a layoff. This 3-year-old came back running from a long layoff and Creque jumped in to claim him. JC Gomez keeps the mount in this likely speedster from the rail.

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Race 9: #1 Little Nick V (turf only) (9-2)

Lots of first-time runners in this race, but we’ll stick with this son of Colonel John that finished third in his debut for trainer Carlos Vaccarezza. This colt is coming out of a race that has produced two winners so far. He pressed the pace early and tired late. Jeffrey Sanchez takes the mount.

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Santa Anita results

Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Never Ends $5.40, second race; Stellata $9.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (No Tricks for Jack $9.80, first; Evo Campo $8.80, third; A Colt Following $9.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ossetra $13.40, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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