Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Discreet Diva, 2. Girl Can Partie, 3. Meso. LONG SHOT: Reds Sacred Appeal.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bodhicitta, 2. La Shrimp, 3. Unicorn. LONG SHOT: So Much Happy.
I might be wrong here, but Flavien Prat obviously had his choice of the two Richard Baltas filles (Bodhicitta and Unicorn) and he chose Bodhicitta but Unicorn is the 6-5 favorite. I’ll go with Prat and his agent on this one.

THIRD RACE: 1. Into a Hot Spot, 2. Shake N Fries, 3. Camby. LONG SHOT: Surprise Fashion.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Commanding Chief, 2. Ghost Street, 3. Never Easy. LONG SHOT: Friendly Outthedor.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Strongconstitution, 2. Mo Hawk, 3. Raging Whiskey. LONG SHOT: Fore Left.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Fantasy Game, 2. Much More Halo, 3. Goalie. LONG SHOT: Kiss Today Goodbye.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Proverb, 2. Curlin Rules, 3. Street Class. LONG SHOT: Soul Beam.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Canyon Crest, 2. Fly the Sky, 3. One Fast Bro. LONG SHOT: I Will Not.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Boogalute $4.20 (best bet), third race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Warrior’s Moon $4.60, first; Blue Sky Baby $9.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Conformation $8.40, second; Claim of Passion $4, fifth; Castle $12, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Shuster $18.40, seventh)

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 19

FIRST RACE: 1. Sassyserb, 2. Warrior’s Moon, 3. Lofty. LONG SHOT: Lakaya.

The top two come out of a key Del Mar maiden grass that has produced twi next out winner so far. SASSYSERB got bumped in that race and might have lost all chance. LOFTY is trying turf for the first time, moving up in class and also got off to a slow start in her debut.

SECOND RACE: 1. Shanghai Barbie, 2. Tequila Sunrise, 3. Conformation. LONG SHOT; Tengs Rhythm.

THIRD RACE: 1. Boogalute, (best bet), 2. Broke Away Grey, 3. Fast as Cass. LONG SHOT: Lagoon Macaroon.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Big Time Grammy, 2. Wicked Fresh, 3. Measureofdevotion. LONG SHOT: Slew’s Screen Star.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Brace for Impact, 2. Satchel Paige, 3. Claim of Passion. LONG SHOT: Conte Cavour.

SIXTH RACE: 1. King Abner, 2. Tribalist, 3. Castle. LONG SHOT: Grinning Tiger.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Papster, 2. Totally Tiger, 3. Zero Down. LONG SHOT: Shuster.

EIGHTH RACE: . Ni Pi Lambda, 2. Blue Sky Baby, 3. Danceformummy. LONG SHOT: Golden Chrome.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Drift Away $7.80 (best bet), eighth race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Gorky Park $4, second; Carnivorous $4.80, sixth; Cyrielle $13.20, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Union Ride $12, third)

Long shot winners: 1 (Jefe $17.20, first)

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Mongolian Legend, 2. Noble Pursuit, 3. Music to My Ears. LONG SHOT: Jefe.

SECOND RACE: 1. Color War, 2. Gorky Park, 3. K P Backtothewall. LONG SHOT: Golden Victory.

THIRD RACE: 1. Posterize, 2. Principe Carlo, 3. Union Ride. LONG SHOT: Toothless Wonder.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Fun Coupons, 2. Itsthattime, 3. Shootin Money. LONG SHOT: Promise Nothing.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Secret Square, 2. Nikkileaks, 3. Chieftess. LONG SHOT: For My Brother.

SIXTH RACE: 1. City Rage, 2. Carnivorous, 3. Tiger Dad. LONG SHOT: Seven Scents.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Eternal Endeavour, 2. Catoca, 3. Cyrielle. LONG SHOT: Super Klaus.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Drift Away (best bet), 2. No Wine Untasted, 3. Swirling. LONG SHOT: Miss Flawless.

good luck.

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Santa Anita opinion for Monday. Oct. 15

Notable: Not going to pull any punches here: This is not a good card so I would pass it. Hope cards get better this coming weekend.

FIRST RACE: 1. Thought I’dmissyou, 2. Morning Cyn, 3. Gotta Be Lucky. LONG SHOT: Chirp.
The top two picks come out of a Los Alamitos key race that has produced two next out winners from three starters. GOTTA BE LUCKY hits the bottom of the claiming ranks for the first time.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Honor A.P. $3, third; Grinningear $4.80, sixth)

Second choice winners: 2 (High Velocity $3.40, first; Absolutely Perfect $3.40, fourth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Big Runnuer $18.80, second; Princess Dorian $4, fifth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Call Me Daddy, 2. High Velocity, 3. Malibu Star. LONG SHOT: Jeffnjohn’sthundr.
Anyone notice Bob Baffert has been going to apprentice jockeys Diaz and Velez plus Roman lately on 2-year-olds? What’s up with that?

SECOND RACE: 1. Stable Genius, 2. Shandling, 3. Big Runner. LONG SHOT: Awesome Score.

THIRD RACE: 1. Honor A.P. (best bet), 2. Eddy Forever, 3. Special Day. LONG SHOT: Include the Tax.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Magnificent Q T, 2. Absolutely Perfect, 3. Rose Dunn. LONG SHOT: Whoa Nessie.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Brookes All Mine, 2. Majestic Diva, 3. Princess Dorian. LONG SHOT: Buttie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Grinningeartoear, 2. Remember to Smile, 3. Apache Pass. LONG SHOT: Goddess Aphrodite.

SMILING TIGER is one of the hot sire first time on the turf right now (Clubhouse Ride is the other) with a 19% first out winners and both of the top two horses are by that sire. GRINNINGEARTOEAR has a bit more turf on the bottom side and trainer Brian Koriner knows his way around a turf sprinter. GODDESS APHRODITE is moving up in class but trainer Peter Miller knows a lot about turf sprinters (21% winners) so she is worth a couple bucks.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Buyer’s Remorse, 2. Pure Xena, 3. Shedaresthedevil. LONG SHOT: Eclair.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kichiro, 2. Tartini, 3. South West Bay. LONG SHOT: Mongoalian Hero.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Vegan $5.20, second race; Rineshaft $7.40, fourth; Heather’s Grey $5.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Moonlight Drive $10.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 3 (Coast of Roan $48.20, third; Leroy $25.40, fifth; Rick’s Dream $17.20, seventh)


Top choice winners: 3 (Just Grazed Me $7.40, seventh race; Shear Class $3.80, eighth; Moody Jim $6.40, ninth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Top of the Game $5.20, second; Claudelle $2.80, fourth)

Third choice winners: 4 (Square Peggy $12.60, first; Go for a Ride $5.40, third; Roadrunner’s Honor $10, fifth; Matera $9.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Coilette, 2. Marrazano, 3. Square Peggy. LONG SHOT: Time for Kisses.

SECOND RACE: 1. Twirling Tiger, 2. Top of the Game, 3. Sunset Seven. LONG SHOT: Smokin B.

THIRD RACE: 1. Muskoka, 2. Fay Dan, 3. Go for a Ride. LONG SHOT: Camps Bay.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Miss Lady Ann, 2. Claudelle, 3. Jaccat. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Majestic Gigi, 2. Miss Kitness, 3. Roadrunner’s Honor. LONG SHOT: Crazy Speighty.

This is a tough maiden race and a win by almost any 2-year-old would surprise me. This might end up being a key race so keep track.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Overjoyed, 2. Gingham, 3. Matera, 4. Rare Find. LONG SHOT: Dolci.

Like the fifth race, this is a tough MSW race for 2-year-olds and they are fillies here going two turns. To me jockey Mike Smith and his agent hold the key to this race. Smith rode all three of the fillies in our top three, but he opts for OVERJOYED, trained by Neil Drysdale over GINGHAM (Bob Baffert) and MATERA (Dan Ward/Jerry Hollendorfer). OVERJOYED debuted on the turf the last day at Del Mar and took money at the windows. She broke poorly but came running in the stretch and has the best late pace rating from Brisnet. Baffert puts apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr. abaord GINGHAM from the rail so that means to me Baffert wants the filly sent out of there. MATERA cost $1.4 million at auction and will be trying two turns for the first time. She’s bed by Tapit so distance should be no problem. DOLCI gets hot-riding Abel Cedillo for the Mike McCarthy barn, which has to break out of its slump sooner or later. Finally, RARE FIND comes from the team of jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Richard Mandella. The filly may be ready to go in her debut.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Just Grazed Me, 2. S Y Sky, 3. Don’t Sell. LONG SHOT: Gypsy Blu.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Shear Class, 2. Unicorn, 3. Cover Version. LONG SHOT: Surreptitious.

NINTH RACE: 1. Moody Jim (best bet), 2. Wound Tight, 3. M Town Gem. LONG SHOT: North County Guy.

God luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 11 (Updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Sweet Boy, 2.Carnelian Hero, 3. Brickyard Ride. LONG SHOT: Govenor Cinch.

SECOND RACE: 1. Freedom Ride, 2. Vegan, 3. Smiling to Excess. LONG SHOT: Roses for Laura.

THIRD RACE: 1. Summer Fun, 2. Jetovator, 3. Fravel. LONG SHOT: Coast of Roan.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Truest Reward, 2. Rineshaft, 3. Harliss. LONG SHOT: U S Hero.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Getaloadofthis, 2. Shane Zain, 3, Rocko’s Wheel. LONG SHOT: Leroy.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Fabozzi, 2. Offhore, 3. Moonlight Drive. LONG SHOT: Kylemore.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Satanta, 2. Clem Labine, 3. Ishi (SCratched) NEW PICK: Minoso. LONG SHOT: Rick’s Dream.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kittyhawk Lass (best bet), 2. Heathers Grey, 3. Posh Holly. LONG SHOT: Red Bunting.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 2 (Howbeit $6, fifth race; Doc Yco Cheeks $7.60, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (Billy K $15, third; Mo See Cal $5.20, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Alicia’s Pride, 2. Lucky Brite Eye, 3. Ancona. LONG SHOT: My S V R.

SECOND RACE: 1. Just Hit Play, 2. Verynsky, 3. I Belong to Becky. LONG SHOT: Concord Jet.

THIRD RACE: 1. Text Dont Call, 2. Circleofcolor, 3. Billy K. LONG SHOT: Vannavanna Bo Bana.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Too Late, 2. Connection, 3. Lighthouse. LONG SHOT: Vodka Twist.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Riding With Dino, 2. Howbeit, 3. Mainframe Judy. LONG SHOT: Clear to Close.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Starr Quality, 2. Flor de la Mar, 3. Mo See Cal. LONG SHOT: Querida Dubai.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Too Hot for Curlin (best bet), 2. Doc Yco Cheeks, 3. Y Not Sizzle. LONG SHOT: Twirling Diamond.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Orquidias Biz $5 (BEST BET), second race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Mutineer $5.60, first; Darpa $2.60, fifth; Anuket $7, seventh)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Der Lu $6.80, third)

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Single Me Out, 2. Mutineer, 3. Takeo. LONG SHOT: Peytons Path.

SECOND RACE: 1. Orquidias Biz (best bet), 2. Officious, 3. M Is for Magic. LONG SHOT: Beautiful Thunder.

THIRD RACE: 1. Carressa, 2. Mongolian Empire, 3. Scarlet. LONG SHOT: Der Lu.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Encoder, 2. Hariboux, 3. Billy Batts. LONG SHOT: Club Aspen.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Lily Con, 2. Darpa, 3. Info’s Treasure. LONG SHOT: Destiny’s Storm.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Ginobili, 2. Square Deal, 3. Greg’s Diva. LONG SHOT: Mr. Tip.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Stirred, 2. Anuket, 3. Miss Ava’s Union. LONG SHOT: So Gucci.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Mind Out, 2. Yesterdayoncemore, 3. Croughavouke. LONG SHOT: Applecross.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Overdue $6.60, sixth race; Toinette $3.40, 10th)

Second choice winners: 2 (Time for Suzzie $24.40, third; Lil Milo $7.40, fourth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Lady Ninja $7.40, fifth; Omaha Beach $7.20, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Stretford End, 2. One Nation, 3. Silenced. LONH SHOT: Hudson River Park.

SECOND RACE: 1. Moon Mischief, 2. Convex, 3. Fun Coupons. LONG SHOT: Smooth Like a Strait.

THIRD RACE: 1. Portal Creek, 2. Time for Suzzie, 3. Shes All Woman. LONG SHOT: Busy Paynter.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Musawaat, 2. Lil Milo, 3. Order and Law. LONG SHOT: Tiger Dad.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Selcourt, 2. Anonymity, 3. Lady Ninja. LONG SHOT: Streak of Luck.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Overdue, 2. Foray, 3. The Hunted. LONG SHOT: Unapologetic.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lightning Fast (best bet), 2. Cleveland Cat, 3. Wilder Than Most. LONG SHOT: Chipper.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Prince Earl, 2. Catapult, 3. Big Score. LONG SHOT: Synchrony.

NINTH RACE: 1. Flagstaff, 2. Shancelot, 3. Omaha Beach. LONG SHOT: Horse Greedy.

10TH RACE: 1. Toinette, 2. Lady Suebee, 3. La Sardane. LONG SHOT: Tiny Tina.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 2 (Rattle $6.20, second race; Bella Figura $5.80, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Sheza Factor $5.20, fourth)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 4 (Papa Turf $3, first race; Buckstopper Kit $6.60, second; Super Classic $13.60, fifth; War Chest $14.80, eighth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Perfect Rush $5, third; Platinum Equity $4.60, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (G Q Covergirl $4.20, fourth; Raymundos Secret $2.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0