Del Mar, Horse racing, Los Alamitos, Santa Anita

Del Mar wrap-up

NOTE: I will be taking Los Alamitos off and get back at it with start of Santa Anita, although I might stick to weekends, due to some medical issues.
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MONDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Tiger Mom $7.60, second race; Summering $2.60, fourth; Miss Sunset $3.20, fifth)

Second choice winners: 4 (Jump the Tracks $6, third; Secreto Primero $5, sixth; Rayana $8, eighth; Game Winner $5.20, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Feeling Strong $5, first)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Sunday, Dec. 18 (closing day)

The final day of the short meet and then Southern California will take a break until Santa Anita on Dec. 26. Both the jockey and trainer titles are up for grabs heading into the weekend. I’ve stunk up the joint the last few days. Here’s hoping for a few winners.

Race 4: #6 Johann’s Command (3-1)
This gelding has been knocking on the door and has a third over this track. Has plenty of early speed and this might be graduation day.

Race 5: #3 Reinahermosa (10-1)
This filly has a 8-0-2-2 record over this service and she gets the king of the long shots at this meet in jockey Agapito Delgadillo, who scored with a pair of 30-1 long shots this week. This filly is taking a class drop.

Race 9: #12 Kimbear (8-1)
This colt seems to hold a class edge, but he is running for the first time on the dirt after three runs on the grass. Trainer Eric Kruljac is 22% going from route to sprint and Joe Talamo takes over.

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Los Alamitos (plus Tampa) opinions for Saturday, Dec. 17

Tampa Bay Downs for Saturday

Race 5: #3 Moonshinegin (8-1): It’s no secret trainer Gerald Bennett has been on fire (13-for-27) and he has a 2-year-old here getting Lasix for the first time and he’s 36% with that move. Jockey Albin Jimenez rides and he’s 2ofr-3 at the meet for Bennett.

Race 7: #4 Schaddel (6-1): Trainer Jason DaCosta is off to a slow start at the meet (0 for 6) but he has won here in the past. This gelding gets his second start over the surface and DaCosta is 43% with horses going sprint-route-sprint.

Race 8: #12 Firsthand Report (8-1) (turf only): Super trainer Todd Pletcher ships this 3-year-old in to run against older. She seems to run well fresh and Pletcher is 43% with jockey Eddie Castro.

Race 10: #10 Zouzou (9-2) (turf only): Leading jockey Daniel Centeno takes this mount for trainer Kathleen O’Connell and he’s the best turf rider in this colony. He will need it here from the outside, but he can work out a trip.

Los Alamitos for Saturday

Race 1: #6 In Control (7-2): Trainer Justin Clark hasn’t had as big a year in 2016 as in 2016 but he hasn’t forgotten how to train. He is 41% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. He has run second three times over this track. Maybe today is the winning day.

Race 3: #7 Forthe Loveof Patty (6-1): This filly finished third over this track in her debut and went to the sidelines for trainer Mike Harrington. Obviously she had an issue, but she probably has grown in the meantime as she drops into a maiden claimer for the first itme. This is her home track and should relish it.

Race 4: #6 Princess Tiznow (5-2): This filly comes out of a key race that has produced two winners in the first two to run back and she finished second in that race. She has early speed and Joe Talamo should take advantage of that.

Race 8: #4 Indygo Holiday (9-2): This gelding has a 2-1-0-1 record going around two turns on this track and trainer gets Norberto Arroyo Jr. to ride.

Good luck.

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Los Alamitos RC (plus Tampa) opinions for Friday, Dec. 16

Race 3: #5 Lovely Raquel (6-1)
Trainer Victor Garcia is 38% the first time he sends a horse around two turns. This filly has a bullet work coming in and jockey Agapito Delgadillo is 2-for-3 at LRC with Garcia.

Race 4: #3 Avicii (2-1) BEST BET
This mare finished second over this track in Septemeber and no doubt that was the reason trainer Robertino Diodoro (25% first off the claim) claimed her last time out. Diodoro is 27% second off the layoff and Joe Talamo rides.

Race 5: #6 Private Terrace (12-1)
This filly is 2-for-3 over this track and drops into a claimer. Jockey Tiago Pereira keeps the mount. Throw out the last race and look for a big rebound.

Race 7: #3 Atascaderan (7-2)
This gelding as always enjoyed this track with a 13-3-0-2 record, which is probably the reason trainer Mark Glatt claimed at Del Mar. Glatt is 26% first off the claim.

Tampa Bay Downs

Preview: There were nine races on Wednesday and nine different winning trainers, including the red-hot Gerald Bennett. On the riding side, leader Daniel Centeno got two at short prices and Orlando Bocachica also scored twice.

Race 4: #8 Outside In (20-1) (turf only)
The agent for jockey Daniel Centeno must have been sold a story on this long shot and you know we like big jockeys riding for small-time outfirts like trainer David Hinsley. This gelding had his prep on the grass and could be ready to go here.

Race 5: #12 Reverse Commute (9-2)
Don’t see a whole lot that scares me from taking this first-timer from the Kathleen O’Connell barn. O’Connell is 17% with first-timers and 17% with debuting maiden claimers. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. is 20% with O’Connell.

Race 6: #9 Mach Trial (10-1) (turf only)
Horses shipping in from Delaware have done well at the meet. This gelding almost won at this condition and on the grass here in April. Joe Arboritanza is 12% with turf horses and 10% with horses off a 46- to 90-day layoffs. Jockey Willie Martinez is 30% with the trainer.

Race 9: #10 Abruzzi’s Star (6-1) (turf only)
This 2-year-old broke his maiden going long on the turf at The Meadowlands. Trainer Anthony Pecoraro is 42% horses using Lasix a second time. Up and coming jockey Angel Cruz must carve out a win from the outside post.

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Los Alamitos Race Course for Thursday, Dec. 15

Preview: Not the best of cards with three maiden claiming events but that’s what you get this time of the year with no grass racing. New jockey alert: Luis Contreras, who once upon a time rode in Southern California, is back from Woodbine, where he finished second in the riding standings to Patrick Husbands. Don’t know if he’s staying for the winter or on a busman’s holiday. The bombs have been flying the first week of the meet so we will see what happens this week.

Race 1: #4 Holidayincambodia (6-1)
I know friend Terry Turrell had this horse down last week before he was scratched (the horse not Terry). This filly won at this distance over the track in September and gets similar conditions here.

Race 5: #10 Love Winning (20-1)
We’ve all seen the bombs going off in the first week of the meet so why not take a shot here? This filly is going two turns for the first time and is coming out of a key race that has produced three next out winners. Trainer Vann Belvoir puts blinkers on today.

Race 7: #6 Where Y’at Joe Joe (6-1)
Trainer Dean Pederson is 25% first off the claim and 23% with horses second off the layoff. There is a good work showing after the claim and Jamie Theriot keeps the mount.

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Los Alamitos RC opinions for Sunday, Sept. 25

Preview: Final day of the meet as Santa Anita returns next weekend and that means the return of grass racing on the new turf course. Look for big fields next week as jockeys like Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat return from freshenings.

Race 3: #2 Oleanderpolarbear (15-1)
Had all kinds of trouble in his last effort over this track. Throw it out. This filly has two wins over this oval and trainer Jose Moreno is 36% second off the layoff.

Race 5: #3 Holograeme (3-1)
This filly has been running of the turf for Phil D’Amato but her record on the dirt here are 2-1-1-0. D’Amato is 26% third off the layoff and Santiago Gonzalez rides.

Race 6: #4 Quorum of Joy (4-1)
This gelding just lost by a nose at a lower level in a huge effort. That effort has produced two winners next time out.

Race 9: #10 Silver Chrome (6-1)
Jockey Chantal Sutherland has had a big meet and has been a go-to rider for trainer Vann Belvoir. This gelding is cutting back from two turns and should be plenty fit. He has some tactical speed and will have to use that from the outside post.

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