Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Commanding Chief, 2. Border Town, 3. Muralist. LONG SHOT: Go Daddy Go.

SECOND RACE: 1. Grandpa Louie, 2. After Heat, 3. A Man’s Man. LONG SHOT: Brace for Impact.

THIRD RACE: 1. Foster Boi, 2. General Interest, 3. Hit the Seam. LONG SHOT: Desmond Doss.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Classy Ruler, 2. Cosmic Cowgirl, 3. Storie Blue. LONG SHOT: Crazy Speighty.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hypersonic, 2. Cross Town, 3. Moana Luna. LONG SHOT: Fort Dodge.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Holly Hundy, 2. Kim K, 3. Storming Lady. LONG SHOT: Creative Instinct.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bast 2. Auberge, 3. Golden Princuipal. LONG SHOT: Orquidias Biz.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Factorial (best bet), 2. Go for a Ride, 3. Canadian Game. LONG SHOT: Hootie.
FACTORIAL has been away since the summer Del Mar meet but trainer Richard Baltas can get them ready off this type of layoff. The 6-year-old has been gelded and is coming out of a key race that has produced three winners.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Elgofranco, 2. Lucky Long Legs, 3. Bluegrass Sky. LONG SHOT: Oui Say No.

SECOND RACE: 1. Port Saint Joe (best bet), 2. Phast Pharoah, 3. Absolute Unit. LONG SHOT: Restoring Dreams.
Trainer Doug O’Neill has three horses in this 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint. O’Neill is 5% with debuting horses on the grass so I’ve eliminated Keno’d and Liam’s Pride. However, O’Neill is 15% first time turf when the horse has had at least one race and that’s why I like Port Saint Joe. Plus the 3-year-old’s sire gets 26% winners first time on the grass.

THIRD RACE: 1. My Journey, 2. Miker Operator, 3. Royal Ranger. LONG SHOT: Wild Cat Canyon.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Kakistocracy, 2. Jetovator, 3. Fravel. LONG SHOT: Big City Bane.

FIFth RACE: 1. Authentic, 2. Taishan, 3. Azul Coast. LONG SHOT: Uncaptured Hero.

SIXTH RACE : 1. Sothalis, 2. Oh Pretty Woman, 3. Scarlet Heat. LONG SHOT: Lovely Finish.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Proverb, 2. Street Class, 3. Bold Endeavor. LONG SHOT: Mongoalin Hero.

EIGHTH RACE : 1. Acker, 2. North County Guy, 3. Cleopatra’s Strike. LONG SHOT: Overdue.

NINTH RACE: 1. Soldier Boy, 2. Truck Salesman, 3. Sigalert. LONG SHOT: Order and Law.

10TH RACE: 1. An Eddie Surprise, 2. Queen of the Track, 3. Anonymously. LONG SHOT: Mariah Girl.

GOOD LUCK.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Fast as Cass, 2. Union Station, 3. Norski. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Slayer.

SECOND RACE: 1. I Belong to Becky, 2. Roaring Fork, 3. Toothless Wonder. LONG SHOT: Imagineiamfastest.

THIRD RACE: 1. Rose Dunn, 2. Moonless Sky, 3. Quinnie. LONG SHOT: Avalon Ride.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Diosa, 2. Bellazano, 3. Laker Jet. LONG SHOT: Jabber Now.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Diamond of Value, 2. Invincibella, 3. Point Hope. LONG SHOT: Daddy’s Melody.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Shanghai Keely, 2. Savvy Gal, 3. Gingham. LONG SHOT: Rare Find.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Coalinga Road (best bet), 2. Rookie Mistake, 3. Luvluv. LONG SHOT: El Diablo Rojo.
Lots of first-timers in this race but I’m going two of the experienced hands in the top two. Trainer Carla Gaines is 24% with horses first time on the grass and the sire Quality Road gets 11% winners first time on the green stuff.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Buyback, 2. Katsaros, 3. Root Beer Rag. LONG SHOT: Osteria.

NINTH RACE: 1. Dulverton Darling, 2. Querelle, 3. Persephone. LONG SHOT: Red Bunting.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Love a Honeybadger $6.40, fifth race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Opus Won $12, sixth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Justinian $6.80, third; Rip City $9.80, fourth; Texas Wedge $6.20, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Wednesday, Jan. 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Jurgen, 2. Goalie, 3. Frasard. LONG SHOT: Spanish Count.

SECOND RACE: 1. Taco Waco, 2. Handsome Micale, 3. Lizzario. LONG SHOT: Affirmracer.

THIRD RACE: Instagrand, 2. California Street, 3. Justinian. LONG SHOT: Federal Case.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Drasario, 2. Mr. Unusual, 3. Rip City. LONG SHOT: Extremely Wicked.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Love a Honeybadger, 2. Drift Away, 3. Nomizar. LONG SHOT: No Wine Untasted.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Peter’s Kitten, 2. Opus Won, 3. Doc Yco Cheeks. LONG SHOT: Mulhima.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Kenzou’s Rhythm 2. Boogalute, 3. Full of Luck. LONG SHOT: Cabin John.

EIGHTH RACE: True Valour (best bet), 2. Captain Scotty, 3. Texas Wedge. LONG SHOT: Tribalist.

NINTH RACE: 1. Divine Armor, 2. Much More Halo, 3. Snap Chap. LONG SHOT: Don V.

10TH RACE: 1. Southern King, 2. M Town Gem, 3. Shining Through. LONG SHOT: Golden Birthday.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Ava’s Charm $4, third race; Saddle Bar $6.80, fifth; Encoder $19.40, sixth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Venetian Harbor $4, seventh)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Ghoul $10.40, second)

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Dec. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Burn Me Twice, 2. Boy Howdy, 3. Conquest Cobra. LONG SHOT: Seahawk Wave.

SECOND RACE: 1. Accountability, 2. What’sontheagenda, 3. Castle. LONG SHOT: Ghoul.

THIRD RACE: 1. Ava’s Charm, 2. Sunny Dale, 3. She’s So Pretty. LONG SHOT: Kelani Kim.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Reducta, 2. Broadbeachb, 3. Lookingtogeteven. LONG SHOT: Noble Hearted.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Saddle Bar, 2. Temple Knights, 3. Concord Jet. LONG SHOT: Big Badc Gary.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Encoder, 2. Kanderel, 3. Goliad. LONG SHOT: Liar Liar.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Nora’s Joy, 2. Venetian Harbor, 3. Bristol Bayou. LONG SHOT: Eyes Open.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. gUITTY, 2. pARKOUR, 3. cROUGHAVOUKE. long shot: Overjoyed.

NINTH RACE: 1. Miss Stormy D (best bet), 2. Rather Noisy, 3. Shear Class. LONG SHOT: Claudelle.

10TH RACE: 1. Shandling, 2. Torosay, 3. Big Runnuer. LONG SHOT: Mountain Spirit.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Lady Prancealot $5.20, sixth race; Include the Tax $7, 11TH)

Second choice winners: 5 (Devil Made Me Doit $5, first; Gift Box $4.40, fifth; Mirth $4.80, eighth; Omaha Beach $2.80, ninth; Mo Forza $4.40, 10th

Third choice winners: 1 (Brill $9, second)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Dec. 28 (opening day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Garth, 2. Devil Made Me Doit, 3. Provost. LONG SHOT: Candy Fury.

SECOND RACE: 1. Angel Alessandra, 2. Keeper Ofthe Stars, 3. Brill. LONG SHOT: Sold It.

THIRD RACE: 1. La Rosa Drive, 2. Rickie Nine Toe’s, 3. It’s a Riddle. LONG SHOT: Swift Socks.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Fivestar Lynch, 2. Tromador, 3. Camps Bay. LONG SHOT: No Parking Here.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Midcourt, 2. Gift Box, 3. Draft Pick. LONG SHOT: King Abner.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Lady Pracealot, 2. Giza Goddess, 3. Mucho Unusual. LONG SHOT: Apache Princess.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bellafina, 2. Mother Mother, 3. Bell’s the One. LONG SHOT: Del Mar May.

EIGHTH RACE: 1.Excellent Sunset, 2. Mirth, 3. Tiny Tina. LONG SHOT: Harmless.

NINTH RACE: 1. Complexity, 2. Omaha Beach, 3. Roadster. LONG SHOT: Much Better.

10TH RACE: 1. Kingly, 2. Mo Forza, 3. Neptune’s Storm. LONG SHOT: Ocean Fury.

11TH RACE: 1. Include the Tax, 2. Champs Success, 3. Totally Tiger. LONG SHOT: Tiger the Man.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Nov. 3

Note: Sorry no picks for Sunday. I think the day after the Breeders’ Cup should be a break but since it doesn’t want to do that, I will.

As for the Breeders’ Cup. I hope some of you won some money off my selections. I won some money, but not as much as a friend at work who won over $500 using my picks. Like I say all the time, I’m a good handicapper and poor bettor. I should have played a lot more trifecta and superfecta boxes because in most of the races I had all of the horses, just not in the right order.

See you Friday with the opening of the Bing Crosby season at Del Mar.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Spun to Run $20.20, sixth race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Flagstaff $4. second)

Third choice winners: 7 (Covfefe $5, fourth; Belvoir Bay $31.60, fifth; Iridessa $28.40, seventh; Mitole $5.60, eighth; Uni $9.20, ninth; Blue Prize $19.80, 10th; Bricks and Mortar $4, 11th)

Fourth choice winners: x (Just Grazed Me $7.40, first)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Nov. 2 (Breeders’ Cup Day II)

Note: The main track on Friday favored speed. You needed to be forwardly placed to win, like I thought. That doesn’t mean closers can’t finish out exactas, trifectas and superfectas but it’s tough on win end. I told you Flavien Prat would nail a big one and I think he will again today as he has a mount in all nine BC races.

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 Apache Princess, 2. #8 Girls Know Best, 3. #9 Escapade, 4. #4 Just Grazed Me. LONG SHOT: #7 Gypsy Blu.

SECOND RACE: 1. #2 Extra Hope, 2. #4 Flagstaff, 3. #3 Roadster. LONG SHOT: #1 Horse Greedy.

THIRD RACE: 1. #6 Jais’s Solitude, 2. #3 Nolde, 3. #8 Neptune’s Storm, 4. #11 Henley’s Joy. LONG SHOT: #2 Hackberry.

FOURTH RACE (Filly and Mare Sprint): 1. #7 Selcourt, 2. #9 Spiced Perfection, 3. #1 Covfefe, 4. #6 Bellafina. LONG SHOT: #8 Dawn the Destroyer.

FIFTH RACE (Turf Sprint): 1. #11 Om, 2. #4 Shekky Shebaz, 3. #12 Belvoir Bay, 4. #10 Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: #5 Stubbins.

SIXTH RACE (Dirt Mile): 1. #3 Spun to Run, 2. #5 Omaha Beach, 3. #2 Improbable, 4. #8 Blue Chipper. LONG SHOT: #1 Giant Expectations.

SEVENTH RACE (Filly and Mare Turf): 1. #10 Mrs. Sippy, 2. #2 Sistercharlie, 3. #1 Iridessa, 4. #8 Castle Lady. LONG SHOT: #7 Vasilika.

EIGHTH RACE (Sprint): 1. #6 Shancelot (BEST BET), 2. #7 Whitmore, 3. #4 Mitole, 4. #1 Catalina Cruiser. LONG SHOT: #2 Hog Creek Hustle.

NINTH RACE (Mile): 1. #10 Without Parole, 2. #6 Got Stormy, 3. #11 Uni, 4. #12 Lord Glitters. LONG SHOT: #14 Bowies Hero.

10TH RACE (Distaff): 1. #4 Midnight Bisou, 2. #2 Ollie’s Candy, 3. #11 Blue Prize, 4. #9 Serengeti Empress. LONG SHOT: #6 Wow Cat.

11TH RACE (Turf): 1. #10 Old Persian, 2. #5 Anthony Van Dyck, 3. #9 Bricks and Mortar, 4. #4 Mount Everest. LONG SHOT: #3 United.

12TH RACE (Classic): 1. #7 Higher Power, 2. #4 War of Will, 3. #9 Mongolian Groom,, 4. #8 McKenzie. LONG SHOT: #6 Elate.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Rayana $9.60, second race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Itsinthepost $8.80, first; Tap Back $30, fourth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Four Wheel Drive $5, fifth; British Idiom $7.40, seventh; Threefiveindia $8.20, 10th)

Fourth choice winners: 1 (Storm the Court $93.80, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Nov. 1 (Breeders’ Cup Friday)

Note: Jockey Flavien Prat has mounts in all 14 Breeders’ Cup races and he knows this track as well as anyone, especially the turf course. I know I will have a $5 win bet on all of his horses. Swing for the fences because there will be prices the next two days.

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 Campaign, 2. #1 Itsinthepost WINNER $8.80, 3. #2 American Tattoo. LONG SHOT: #4 Zestful.

SECOND RACE: 1. #1 Rayana WINNER $9.60, 2. #4 Opus Won, 3. #9 Heathers Grey, 4. #11 Tiger Silk. LONG SHOT: #7 Arctic Roll.

THIRD RACE: 1. #12 Smiling Shirlee, 2. #9 Cholula Lips, 3. #8 Bulletproof One, 4. #4 Warren’s Showtime. LONG SHOT: #7 Mandy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Chipper, 2. #3 Tap Back, 3. #13 Shady Empire, 4. #9 Pas de Panique. LONG SHOT: #5 Doc Tommy.

FIFTH RACE (Juvenile Turf Sprint): 1. #6 Alligator Alley, 2. #7 Kimari, 3. #9 Four Wheel Drive, 4. #10 A’Ali. LONG SHOT: #5 Encoder.

SIXTH RACE (Juvenile Turf): 1. #1 Our Country, 2. #12 Arizona, 3. #4 Decorated Invader, 4. #14 Hit the Road. LONG SHOT: #8 Billy Batts.

SEVENTH RACE (Juvenile Fillies): 1. #6 Bast, 2. #1 Donna Veloce, 3. #4 British Idiom, 4. #3 Perfect Alibi. LONG SHOT: #5 Lazy Daisy.

EIGHTH RACE (Juveile Fillies Turf): 1. #5 Daahyeh (best bet), 2. #3 Shadn, 3. #9 Albigna, 4. #7 Crystalle. LONG SHOT: #2 Croughavouke.

NINTH RACE (Juvenile): 1. #5 Scabbard, 2. #1 Dennis’ Moment, 3. #6 Eight Rings, 4. #4 Storm the Court. LONG SHOT: #3 Shoplifted.

On the surface this looks like a two-horse race between DENNIS’ MOMENT and EIGHT RINGS and it very could end up that way but for the price SCABBARD finished second to Dennis last time less than 2 lengths with a little bit of trouble. Don’t leave out the West Coast horses like STORM THE COURT and WRECKING CREW because they are familiar with the track surface.

10TH RACE: 1. #7 Secret Courier, 2. #11 Justinian, 3. #8 Threefiveindia, 4. #10 Comedian. LONG SHOT: #1 Rogallo.

Good luck.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Absolute Weapon $4.40, fourth race (plus cold exacta $20.60, cold trifecta $24.30 for $1)

Second choice winners: 4 (Gingham $3.20, third; Govenor Cinch $4.20, third; Amatara $4, seventh; Ronald R $29.40, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Busy Paynter $3.40, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 31

FIRST RACE: 1, Phast Pharoah, 2. Nineeleventurbo, 3. Dean Martini. LONG SHOT: Impossible Task.

SECOND RACE: 1. Saralin, 2. Gingham, 3. Antigone. LONG SHOT: I;m the Hero.

THIRD RACE: 1. Include the Tax, 2. Govenor Cinch, 3. Successful Command. LONG SHOT: Papa Tony.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Absolute Weapon, 2. Old Trafford, 3. Delp. LONG SHOT: Billy K.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Wind Tartare, 2. Tig Tog, 3. Candy Swirls. LONG SHOT: South Boot Shirley.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Calese, 2. K P Cats Wild, 3. Circleofcolor. LONG SHOT: Kuda Huraa.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mucho Macho Woman, 2. Amarara, 3. Saving Sophie. LONG SHOT: Paige Runner.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Andesh, 2. Ronald R, 3. Ritzy A,P. LONG SHOT: Declarationofpeace.

NINTH RACE: 1. Tribal Dance, 2. Coilette, 3. Busy Paynter. LONG SHOT: Secret Maneuver.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Auberge $3.40, third; Flower Point $11, eighth) (Also gave out cold exacta in Race 8 $45.60 for $2, cold trifecta $30.95 for 50 cents and cold superfecta $23.68 for 10 cents)

Second choice winners: 2 (Incredibly Lucky $4.20, first; Dulverton Darling $6.80, second)

Third choice winners: 1 (Liar Liar $6.60, fourth)

Long shot winners: 0

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