Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Field Bet

SECOND RACE: 1. Spokane Eagle  WINNER $5.80

THIRD RACE: 1. Shady Empire  WINNER $9.80

FOURTH RACE: 1. Sweetner

FIFTH RACE: 1, Teacher’s Treasure

SIXTH RACE: 1. Honeymoonz Over

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cavernndchipmunks  2ND

EIGHTH RACE: 1. A Dime for Me.  WINNER $4

Good luck.


NOTE: Sorry, guys, someone very close to me has been in ICU since Thursday so no time to do Saturday stuff. Good luck on Preakness Day.

In the Preakness I like: Anothertwistafate-War of Will-Improbable-Anothermining

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Big Shanty, 2. Baby Bear’s Sou, 3. Best Two Minutes WINNER $3.80. LONG SHOT: For the Hustle

SECOND RACE: 1. Kristi’s Copilot, 2. Conquest Sabre Cat, 3. Crown the Kitten. LONG SHOT: Silver Summer WINNER $39.40

THIRD RACE: 1. Go Big Blue Nation, 2. A Thousand Dreams, 3. Acai WINNER $12.60. LONG SHOT: Billy K.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Dannie Joe, 2. Sturdy One WINNER $3.80, 3. Scathing. LONG SHOT: Road Test.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Christy Jackson, 2. Shylock Eddie, 3. Wishful. LONG SHOT: Don’t Sell WINNER $8.20.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Mr Classical, 2. Drink, 3. Bouncing Around WINNER $21. LONG SHOT: Mavericks.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cordiality WINNER $7, 2. Gypsy Blu, 3. Algorhythmic. LONG SHOT: Halo Darlin.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Purdue, 2. Heloise, 3. Songofthedesert. LONG SHOT: Chay Up and Away WINNER $7.80.

NINTH RACE: 1. Opus Won WINNER $8.60, 2. Lucky Lately, 3. Gootingscominpink. LONG SHOT: Unusual Stuff.

Good luck.

Golden Gate, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 27 (Plus Golden Gate Fields stakes races)

Preview: Golden Gate didn’t put up changes until 10:34 a.m. Less than two hours before first post. Is that any way to run a track and day you have been promoting for a month?


FIFTH RACE: 1. Hardboot, 2, The Hunted WIN $7, 3. Soi Phet. LONG SHOT: Accountability.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. La Force SECOND REVERSE EXACTA $9.20, 2. Paradise Woods WIN $3.20, 3. Starr of Quality. LONG SHOT: Just a Smidge.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Oh My Oh, 2. Sold It WIN $2.80, 3. Respect My Candor. LONG SHOT: Creative Romance.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Simply Breathless WIN $6.60, 2. Zaffinah 2ND EXACTA $13, 3. Consolida. LONG SHOT: Bella Luma.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Touched by Autism, 2. Anyportinastorm WIN $4.20, 3. Summersimage. LONG SHOT: Tough Sunday.

NINTH RACE: 1. More Ice, 2. Kingly WIN $5.40, 3. Erlich. LONG SHOT: Angelo’s Pride.

10TH RACE: 1. Wentwood, 2. Grecian Fire, 3. Bowies Hero. LONG SHOT: Blitzkreig WIN $8.

12TH RACE: 1. S Y Sky WIN $3.40, 2. Ima Happy Cat 2ND EXACTA $22, 3. Alliford Bay. LONG SHOT: I Love Romance.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, April 12

PREVIEW: Some of you may have caught my Tweet last week saying I wouldn’t handicap today’s card because the jockeys weren’t going to use their whips. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed, but I had too much to do this week. I’ll provide some horses to look at on the card but not full picks.
As for rest of weekend, it’s a pair of weak cards and not worth my time. I think I heard 59 horses entered on Sunday. California racing is in trouble folks and it’s one track’s problem because no one would take responsibility.
I might have some picks around the country for Saturday. We’ll see.
Hope some of you had that cold Pick 3 I gave out last Saturday at Santa Anita.

Friday horses to check out:

FIRST: Acadia Fleet
SECOND: Night At the Opera
FOURTH: Gryffindor and Sunset Seven
FIFTH: Honeyfromthesouth
SIXTH: Chosen Vessel and Soul Beam
EIGHTH: Scattering Mink

Good luck

Aqueduct, Horse racing, Keeneland, Santa Anita

Santa Anita stakes opinions for Saturday, April 6 (Plus Wood Memorial and Blue Grass)


SECOND RACE (Evening Jewel): 1. Sneaking Out, 2. Tim for Kisses, 3. Ruby Bradley. LONG SHOT: Violette Szabo.

THIRD RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Oaks): 1. Flor de La Mar, 2. Bellafina, 3. Chasing Yesterday. LONG SHOT: Slewgoodtobetrue.
Obviously Bellafina is the filly to beat as the 2-5 favorite and trainer Bob Baffert tries to do it with Flor de La Mar and Chasing Yesterday. Flor de La Mar makes her first start around two turns and Baffert is 28 percent with this move and she’s bred to do so. Chasing Yesterday is coming back a little soon after a win in the March 24 Sunland Park Oaks and that’s not a normal Baffert move.

FIFTH RACE (Grade II Royal Heroine): 1. Space Talk, 2. Vasilika, 3. Meal Ticket. LONG SHOT: Ms Bad Behavior.
Vasilika is 3-5 on the morning-line favorite and deservedly so with nine wins over the course. Space Talk is making her second start in the U.S. and is bred to run all day. Her last looks like a prep to me and huge jockey change to Rafael Bejarano.

SIXTH RACE (Echo Eddie): 1. Tap the Wire, 2. Foster Boi, 3. Lieutenant Dan. LONG SHOT: Midnight Special.

EIGHTH RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Derby): 1. Roadster, 2. Game Winner, 3. Instagrand. LONG SHOT: Nolo Contesto.
If any of these four won the race, it wouldn’t surprise me. Roadster needs the points the most to get into the Kentucky Derby and maybe Baffert has him cranked up more than stablemate Game Winner, who is in the Derby and appears to be racing himself into shape after that huge second in a division of the Rebel. Instagrand also needs a first or second to get into the Derby and he figures to improve off that third in the Gotham.

NINTH RACE (Grade III Providencia): 1. Hostess, 2. Miss Flawless, 3. Lady Prancealot. LONG SHOT: Truffalino.
Hostess (12-1) and Miss Flawless (6-1) are both making their first starts in the U.S. after European campaigns and they are bred to run all day. Trainer Simon Callaghan is 24 percent first time in the U.S. so I lean to her. Miss Flawless is trained by Peter Miller, who is 21 percent with a horse off a 90-plus day layoff.

10TH RACE (Grade I Santa Anita Handicap): 1. Gift Box, 2. McKinzie, 3. Campaign. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Groom.
It certain looks like a two-horse race and the odds suggest that: 4-5 on McKinzie and 6-5 on Gift Box. Loved Gift Box when he beat the ill-fated Battle of Midway in the San Antonio and he has been training well for John Sadler in this spot.


RACE 10 (Grade II Wood Memorial): 1. Haikal, 2. Final Jeopardy, 3. Tax. LONG SHOT: Hoffa’s Union.


RACE 11 (Blue Grass): 1. Market King, 2. Dream Maker, 3. Signalman. LONG SHOT: So Alive.

Good luck.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS (Santa Anita races 2-7)

Top choice winners: 1 (Monydontspenitself $13.60, second race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Railman $2.80, third; Lomu $5.40, fourth; Cinnamon Twist $6.40, fifth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0