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).

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Belmont Park, Bill Spawr, Candy Ride, Churchill Downs, David Fawkes, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Joe Talamo, Jose Ortiz, Los Alamitos, Michele Nevin, Oaklawn Park Majesticperfection, Ramon Guce, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus a few others) opinions for Friday, June 19

Race 5: #4 Crushin Candy (12-1)

This race is full of first-time starters so anything can happen. This 2-year-old colt by Candy Ride (14% first time out) has as good win-early pedigree as any other horse in here. She has been training well at Los Alamitos and trainer puts Los Al rider Ramon Guce aboard.

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Race 6: #10 Gab Power (7-2)

Trainer Bill Spawr has mediocre numbers with turf horses, but one area where he is strong is first off the claim (31%) and that’s what we get here with this 7-year-old gelding. Jockey Joe Talamo grabs the mount and he’s good on the turf.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 4: #7 Fear (3-1)

Trainer Michele Nevin is having a very good spring and just missed last time with this 3-year-old gelding. Jockey Jose Ortiz rides right back and should have him in the right spot to graduate.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS

Race 9: #8 Chanteline (5-1)

This 3-year-old filly makes her turf debut, coming out of an Oaklawn Park allowance race that has produced three next out winners. The sire Majesticperfection has done well with turfers so this may be a good spot.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 6: #2 El Kracken (9-2)

This 3-year-old debut at Santa Anita, showing speed but fading in the end. He now shows up here for trainer David Fawkes, who is 22% with horses making their second career start. Should be an easier spot than SoCal.

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