Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Gulfstream Park Pegasus opinions for Saturday, Jan. 26

11TH RACE (Pegasus World Cup Turf): 1. #4 Aerolithe, 2. #7 Bricks and Mortar, 3. #1 Magic Wand, 4. #2 Yoshida. LONG SHOT: #5 Next Shares.
Aerolithe is a 5-year-old mare running against the boys and she has earned more than $3 million in Japan. She gets in light at 112 pounds and great turf jockey Flourent Geroux sees fit to ride her and at 8-1 she has a real shot.Bricks and Mortar has a race over the track and will be closing in the lane. Magic Wand is another female in the race and she was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf in her first U.S. start.

12TH RACE (Pegasus World Cup Invitational) : 1. #10 Audible, 2. #5 Accelerate, 3. #3 City of Light, 4. #8 Gunnevera. LONG SHOT: #12 Patternrecognition.
Audible finished third in the Kentucky Derby to Horse of the Year Justify last spring. He has never finished worse than second over this track in three tries. He finished second here in his first race against older last month but the prize was this spot. Obviously, Accelerate and City of Light are the horses to beat. Gunnevera is another horse for the course with a record of 9-4-2-2 here.

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 26

SIXTH RACE: #8 Salsa Jack (7-2)

EIGHTH RACE: #2 Wagon Boss (8-1)

10TH RACE: #9 Unflappable Max (8-1)

Good luck.

Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 28 (UPDATED)

Preview: Sorry no picks. Too much racing and work on Saturday.

Update: Found a little time to give you some horses to look at. Just look at them and make up your own minds.

FIRST RACE: #4 Sensible Myth and #7 Temple Princess

SECOND RACE: #6 Lucky Romano

THIRD RACE: #7 Gemini Journey

FOURTH RACE: #5 Perfectly Majestic

FIFTH RACE: #5 Allie’s Love

SIXTH RACE: #1 Diamond Proof

SEVENTH RACE: #6 Toinette (best bet), #9 Rockin Ready

EIGHTH RACE: #2, Bar Scene, #3 Yuvetsi

NINTH RACE: 1-3-5-6-7-8




Top choice winners: 3 (Texting $16.80, third race; Tommy Macho $6.20, seventh; Stormy Victoria $8.60, 11th, $2 cold exacta $30.20)

Second choice winners: 2 (Oscar Nominated $9.40, eighth; Gun Runner $4.20, 12th)

Third choice winners: 1 (Rainbow Heir $8.60, 10th)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 2 (How About Zero $6.40, third race; Black Site $3.80, fifth)

Second choice winners: 3 (Edwards Going Left $6.80, fourth; Heck Yah $6.40, sixth; George From Tahoe $8.20, 10th)

Third choice winners: 1 (Rye $6,eighth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Judicial $10, ninth)

Good Luck.

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park opinions for Saturday, Jan. 27 (Pegasus Day)

THIRD RACE (La Prevoyante): 1. Texting, 2. Apple Betty, 3. Daring Duchess. LONG SHOT: Summersault.

SIXTH RACE (Ladie’s Turf Sprint): 1. Code Warrior, 2. Brandy’s Girl, 3. Blue Bahia. LONG SHOT: Go Kart.

SEVENTH RACE (Fred W. Hooper): 1. Tommy Macho, 2. Game Over, 3. First Growth. LONG SHOT: Moves Like Ali.

EIGHTH RACE (W.L. McKnight Handicap): 1. Gold Shield, Oscar Nominated, 3. Bullards Alley. LONG SHOT: Nessy.

NINTH RACE (Hurricane Bertie): 1. Marley’s Freedom, 2. Curlin’s Approval, 3. Apologynotaccepted. LONG SHOT: Money Or Love.

10TH RACE (GP Turf Sprint): 1. Richard’s Boy (best bet), 2. Pay Any Price, 3. Rainbow Heir. LONG SHOW: Blind Ambition.

11TH RACE (South Beach): 1. Stormy Victoria, 2. Celestine, 3. Miss Hollywood. LONG SHOT: Ghostly Presence.

12TH RACE (Pegasus): 1. West Coast, 2. Gun Runner, 3. Gunnevera. LONG SHOT: Sharp Azteca.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Aqueduct, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park Majesticperfection

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).

Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park opinions for Saturday, Jan. 28

Race 3 (Hurricane Bertie): #1 Genre (7-2): Had a prep over the track in the Rampart and might get the job done cutting back to 7 furlongs.

Race 5 (Poseodon Handicap): #1 Mylute (10-1): Tough race. Three horses which were on the Pegasus also-eligible list set to go here. This 7-year-old is coming out of the Cigar Mile, which has produced three next out winners. Back him up with the favorites.

Race 7 (Ladies’ Turf Sprint): #10 Triple Chelsea (6-1): Coming down from Tampa Bay. She will be closing down the lane. Hope fractions are fast enough.

Race 9 (Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint): #11 Power Alert (4-1): This gelding is a perfect 4-for-4 on this course. Need we say more?

Race 10 (La Prevoyante Handicap): #7 Arles (7-2): Just missed winning a Grade III at Del Mar. Tries again here for Graham Motion.

Race 11 (W.L. McKnight Handicap): #6 Charming Kitten (9-2): Ran in Ireland twice last year. Has an 8-4-2-0 record over this course and Mike Smith rides.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Del Mar selections (plus GP and TBD) for Saturday, Dec. 3


Preview: Big weekend of racing to close out the final days of the fall meet. Lots of Eastern trainers and jockeys coming West looking for graded stakes wins. Don’t avoid these jockeys in other races because they are good. Turf rails at zero. By the way, when Autumn Twilight crossed the finish line first at 8-1 in Friday’s fourth race it meant I will show a flat-bet profit for the meet with my top selections.

Race 1: 1. Swiss Cheese, 2. Adair, 3. Templar. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

Race 2: 1. Ketos BEST BET, 2. Sunset Grill, 3. First Heir. LONG SHOT: Ral Rue.

Race 3: #7 Los Gatos (6-1), 2. Infinite Magic, 3. Buymeabond. LONG SHOT: Presidentsky.

Here’s one of those spots we were talking about as jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. takes this mount for trainer Kristin Mulhall. Ortiz is a 17% turf rider in New York. Mulhall is 19% first off the claim and this colt looks ready with the bullet work recently.

Race 4: #8 Hard Arch (12-1), 2. Datcatsa Gem, 3. Run Macho Run. LONG SHOT: Classic Ruler.

This colt made his debut at GPW (aka Calder) in October and was shipped west by owners Holly & David West. The colt comes out of a race that has produced at least one winner so far. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez is 42% with trainer Vladimir Cerin at Del Mar.

Race 5: 1. Entrechat, 2. Paquita Coqueta, 3. Home Journey. LONG SHOT: Dr. Fager’s Gal.

Race 6: 1. Vale Dori, 2. Desert Madam, 3. Gloryzpper. LONG SHOT: Barbara Beatrice.

Race 7: #9 Revved Up (20-1), 2. Camelot Kitten, 3. Free Rose. LONG SHOT: Diplodocus.

Trainer Shug McGaughey makes a rare Del Mar appearance with this colt. McGaughey is 22% second off the layoff and he gets jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won a couple of stakes last weekend. The last was a prep for this and the son of Candy Ride has the top Brisnet Late Pace Rating.

Race 8: 1. Sheer Flattery, 2. Iliad, 3. American Anthem. LONG SHOT: Caustic.

Race 9: #5 Champagne Charley (8-1), 2. Tribal Fighter, 3. American League. LONG SHOT: Fabozzi.

Trainer Simon Callaghan gets all-world jockey Javier Castellano to stick around for this allowance race. Callaghan is 17% second off the layoff.


Race 1: #5 Military Brat (15-1) SCRATCHED: I remember during the last winter/spring meet that trainer Horacio Barbaran and jockey Samy Camacho hit with some bombs and that’s what we have here. This 2-year-old has shown speed and drops into a claimer for the first time. Bombs away.

Race 4: #9 Cincy Belle (5-2) (turf only): Jockey Daniel Centeno and trainer Arnaud Delacour are one of the top combinations here. This filly had all kinds of issues in her debut at Laurel, but takes a drop in class and has been training decently.

Race 10: #6 Mama Trace (7-2) (turf only): This filly has been facing better and drops into a claimer for the first time for trainer Ignacio Correas and jockey Declan Cannon. A daughter of Temple City, she should enjoy the longer distance.


Race 3: #9 Summer Rae (6-1): This filly has turned into a 5-furlong specialist with a record of 5-2-2-1. Trainer Ralph Ziadie is 25% second off the layoff and 30% in nongraded stakes. He gets excellent turf rider Antonio Gallardo, who is 19% on the grass this year.

Race 4: #4 Shaft of Light (8-5), #9 It Behooves Me (15-1), #11 Prudhoe Bay (12-1)

Race 5: #11 Moonshine Promise (10-1), #14 Too Clever by Half (12-1)

Race 6: Defer Heaven (9-5), #14 Como Se Llama (15-1)

Race 7: #7 Chiseled (20-1), #14 Goodtimehadbyall (7-2)

Race 8: #2 All About Yasom (20-1)

Race 9: #1 Luckystrikedelcoco (15-1), #12 Daddy’s Boo (3-1)

Race 11: #2 Music Critik (15-1)

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 9 (plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. Midnight Lady, 2. No Tricks for Jack, 3. Charlotte R. LONG SHOT: Mudge.


SECOND RACE: 1. Never Ends, 2. Sarahline, 3. Yana. LONG SHOT: Blushing Angel.


THIRD RACE: 1. Revenue Virginius, 2. Evo Campo, 3. Abets Abet. LONG SHOT: Campionessa Dolce.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Two the Punch, 2. Classico, 3. Ossetra. LONG SHOT: Knight of Drama.


FIFTH RACE: 1. #4 An Unusual Group (5-1), 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Frandontjudge. LONG SHOT: Rock N Bunny.

This filly has something none of the others have in this race: a win over the downhill turf course. Trainer Mark Glatt, who is 26% first off the claim, no doubt knew that and he puts leading rider Rafael Bejarano, who is 34% with Glatt at Santa Anita, aboard.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Love de Car, 2. A Colt Following, 3. Ice Cream Truck. LONG SHOT: Indiana Kate.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Del Mar Ann, 2. Royal Temptress, 3. Bottle Blonde. LONG SHOT: Last Kiss.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. #1 Stellata (6-1) BEST BET, 2, Twisted, 3. Canadian Exchange. LONG SHOT: Just Bookin.

This 3-year-old had a nightmare debut and now drops from MSW to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks. However, that doesn’t deter jockey Rafael Bejarano from riding for Peter Eurton and they are a 27% combination.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Dive Down $4, first race; Be a Lady $8.60, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 0

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Solid Wager $16.80, third; Cadet Roni $10.60, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Poythress $8.20, fifth)

Gulfstream Park West

Race 1: #7 Turnout (4-1)

Trainer Marcial Navarro is 45% second off the claim and this mare seems to be on an every other race pattern. Today is the good race day. Navarro is 28% with claimers overall and apprentice Harry Hernandez takes the mount.


Race 2: #9 Soneofaderbywinner MTO (4-1)

There is rain in the forecast for Florida this week (when isn’t there?) so if this race gets move to the main track here is our choice. Showed speed going longer, but appears to like sprinting and is going out of a key race.

Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (plus a few others) opinions for Sunday, July 12

Race 4: #8 Relative Time (5-2)

This gelding drops to his lowest level ever in the maiden claiming ranks for trainer Clifford Sise, who is 2-for-4 with horses going tuf to dirt. Jockey Tyler Baze jumps on this 4-year-old.


Race 5: #3 Tester (7-2)

This gelding is on a two-race winning streak for trainer Phil D’Amato, who is 26% with horses off this kind of layoff. Jockey Tiago Pereira is 28% with D’Amato.


Race 7: #4 Dissension (3-1)

We’re sticking with the Phil D’Amato-Tiago Pereira train today. This mare was claimed last time out and D’Amato is 23% first off the claim. He is also 26% going sprint to route. Think the barn is ready to go on another hot streak.



Race 5: #2 Run to Mama (15-1)

Our Eyes:  This mare has three lifetime victories, all on the turf and two of them over this course. She returns to facing New York breds and drops in for a tag for the first time. Maybe that will wake her up.



Race 4: #1 Feelingbettertoday (turf only) (7-2)

Throw out that last race on the dirt as this mare wants turf only. Trainer Peter Walder is 38% second off the claim and 26% second off the layoff. This 6-year-old will be tighter today and apprentice jockey Tyler Gaffalione takes over.


Race 8: #3 Simplistic (6-1)

This mare is 1-for-1 over the course and is up in class over that victory. Trainer Rasharn Creque has the magic touch with turf horses as he is 35% from 26 starters on the green stuff. Jockey Arny Fontanez keeps the mount for this speedball.

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Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (plus a few other) opinions for Saturday, July 11


Race 3: #3 Caliente Cat (3-1): This gelding loves this track and moves from the nighttime programs to the daytime and a bigger purse. Jockey Gary Boag knows this speedball well and trainer Justin Clark is 44% with horses that won their last race.

Race 7: #8 Watdifrenzdzitmake (6-1):  Will have to navigate from an outside post going long, but trainer Phil D’Amato has been pushing a lot of right buttons this year. D’Amato is 29% third off the layoff, which is what this 3-year-old filly is.



Race 8: #8 Midnight Trace (12-1): This gelding broke his maiden first out on the turf and finished third on the grass in an allowance race, but then was tried on Polytrack, since he was an Ontario-bred. He returns to the grass today for trainer Graham Motion, who is 18% with shippers, and we love Scat Daddys on the grass.


Race 10: #10 Puparee (5-1):  This filly broke her maiden in her first time on the grass and comes right back against winners for trainer Dominick Schettino, who is 17% with maiden winners right back. Jockey Jose Ortiz rides right back after making a huge move on the turn.



Race 8: #4 Hear That Tune (4-1): Throw out this 3-year-old’s last race. He just doesn’t like off tracks. The race one back was sensational while just missing the win. Trainer Stanley Gold is 29% with beaten favorites and he is 3-for-8 with jockey Eddie Castro over the last 60 days.


Race 9: #11 Proper Empire (6-1): This 6-year-old moves up in class, but trainer Luis Ramirez is 48% with horses second off the layoff and 29% when a horse is second time in his care. Apprentice Harry Hernandez must work a trip from the outside but look for him to close down the lane.

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (plus Gulfstream) opinions for Friday, July 10

Race 5: #5 Lazy Daisy May (12-1)

Trainer Molly Pearson Usually puts her horses in the right spots. This filly is dropping to her lowest level ever on this circuit and comes out of a Turf paradise race that has produced three winners. Jockey Scott Stevens (33% with Pearson) rides the 4-year-old back.


Race 7: #11 Cornbread Red (4-1)

This colt must draw into the race, but if he does watch out. The 3-year-old is coming out of a key race and trainer Phil D’Amato is having a great 2015. D’Amato is 35% with horses coming off a layoff of more than 180 days and this son of Grazen won over the track in December.



Race 6: #7 Bottle Walk (7-2)

Trainer Wesley Ward is a master with first-time starters (26% debuting maiden claimers) and this is a daughter of Tale of the Cat, who gets 16% first-time starters. Apprentice John Cruz has won 2 of his last 4 races for Ward.


Race 9: #9 Senshi (5-1)

This son of Pulpit is making his turf debut and the sire is 10% with those kind. Trainer Joe Catanese is 23% third off the layoff and this gelding looks to be on the improve and crying out for two turns. Apprentice Harry Hernandez rides and a five-pound weight break.

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