Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Dec. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. My Sweet Baboo, 2. Fashion Island, 3. Speedette. LONG SHOT: Mercy Mercy.

SECOND RACE; 1. Facts Matter, 2. blame Joe, 3. Optimum. LONG SHOT: Celebrate Life.

THIRD RACE: 1. Naomi Fraley, 2. Sierra Sunrise, 3. Twirling Diamond. LONG SHOT: Miss Boisterous.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Excellent Sunset, 2. Quebec, 3. Escape Clause. LONG SHOT: Sweet Charity.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Tomasino, 2. Papa Turf, 3. Boy Howdy. LONG SHOT: Will Tell.

SIXTH RACE: 1.J T’s A. T. M., 2. Treasure Hunter, 3. Madarnas. LONG SHOT: C R Bullitt.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Redrock trail, 2. Shake N Fries, 3. Violent Behavior. LONG SHOT: Gleyber.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Competitionofideas, 2. Colonia, 3. Californiagodlrush. LONG SHOT: Princess Warrior.

NINTH RACE: 1. Runningwscissors, 2. Oracle of Omaha, 3. Damiano. LONG SHOT: Mayan Warrior.

10TH RACE: 1. beyond Pleasure (best bet), 2. Storming Lady, 3. Breezy Bee. LONG SHOT: Coldwwater.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Bob and Jackie $7.80, eighth race)
Second choice winners: 2 (Dont’s Stalk Me $3.20, third; One Upper $4, fifth)
Third choice winners: 4 (Magnificent McCool $7.60, first; Knight’s Cross $6, second; Shut It Up $16.20, fourth; Aristocratic $5, seventh)
Long shot winners: 0
Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Dec. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Shining Through (best bet), 2. Mystical Moon, 3. Magnificent McCool. LONG SHOT: Seven Oxen.

SECOND RACE: 1. Frozen Money, 2. Sooner Better, 3. Knight’s Cross. LONG SHOT: Rockandahardplace.

THIRD RACE: 1. Older Brother, 2. Don’t Stalk Me, 3. Quad. LONG SHOT: Our Tiger’s Boy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. To the Morning, 2. Objective, 3. Shut It Up. LONG SHOT: Rather Nosy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Peachy, 2. One Upper, 3. Desired Edge. LONG SHOT: Copper Cowgirl.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Starting Bloc, 2. Ya Gotta Wanna, 3. Kazan. LONG SHOT: Arms Runner.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Zippy Groom, 2. Short of Ez, 3. Aristocratic. LONG SHOT: Seau.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bob and Jackie, 2. Flying Scotsman, 3. Rijeka. LONG SHOT: More Ice.

NINTH RACE: 1. Dukes Up, 2. Trapalanda, 3. Kenzou’s Rhythm. LONG SHOT: Gio’s Calling.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 3 (Twentytwentyvision $8.60, first race; I Am the Danger $5.80, third; Gift Box $15, eighth, cold $1 exacta $23.50, cold $1 trifecta $56.20)

Second choice winners: 2 (Amandine $5.60, fourth; River Boyne $2.80, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (McKinzie $4.40, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Wednesday, Dec. 26 (Opening day)

Preview: Remember jockey Joel Rosario is coming West to ride until the spring so look for him to get plenty of live mounts. Also, a lot of out-of-town jockeys are in Arcadia today for the stakes-filled card. These guys can ride and you will get some great prices on great jockeys. If you like one of them, bet them. I’m not sure how the turf course will play after rain on Tuesday night so make sure you check changes.

FIRST RACE: 1. Twentytwentyvision, 2. Orchestral, 3. Taelyns Prince. LONG SHOT: Comes the Dream.

SECOND RACE: 1. Naughty Sophie, 2. Chatty, 3. Come On Kat. LONG SHOT: Easter Dream.

THIRD RACE: 1. I Am the Danger, 2. According to Buddy, 3. Shane Zain. LONG SHOT: Lil Milo.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Ms Bad Behavior, 2. Amandine, 3. Love and Peace. LONG SHOT: X S Gold.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Jumpin Thru Hoops, 2. Scalper, 3. All Good. LONG SHOT: Mo Mississippi.

SIXTH RACE (Grade I La Brea): 1. Emboldened, 2. Dream Tree, 3. Happy Like a Fool. LONG SHOT: Hot Autumn.
DREAM TREE is the rightful 8-5 morning-line favorite and is the most likely winner of this race for trainer Bob Baffert, but I have to go with the “other Baffert.” EMBOLDENED has never been worse than third over this track and has been training well for her comeback. I’m a big believer that horses either like or hate 7-furlong races and both of these Bafferts have won in their only tries at this elongated sprint distance.

SEVENTH RACE (Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile) 1. Choo Choo, 2. River Boyne, 3. Sejo. LONG SHOT: Desert Stone.
Again RIVER BOYNE is the deserving 8-5 morning-line favorite and will be tough to beat as jockey Flavien Prat stays on the 3-year-old rather than ride my choice, CHOO CHOO. This son of English Channel just missed at Del Mar and Joel Rosario takes over. SEJO is an import from France and gets Irad Ortiz Jr. in the saddle for trainer John Sadler, who got shut out at Del Mar.

EIGHTH RACE (Grade II San Antonio): 1. Gift Box, 2. Battle of Midway, 3. Dabster. LONG SHOT: Tatter to Riches.
The older horses finally take to the track and the thought is that BATTLE OF MIDWAY will be singled in a lot of wagers. Not here. GIFT BOX has been purchased privately by Hronis Racing LLC for Sadler. The 5-year-old comes out of the Chad Brown barn and has a couple of great works over the track. He has never been worse than second in three tries at the distance and that man Rosario rides back. One to watch is TATTER TO RICHES for trainer Jeff Mullins. The 3-year-old will be facing older and Mullins puts blinkers on. Plus Gift Box is coming out of a key race that has produced two winners already.

NINTH RACE (Grade I Malibu): 1. Ax Man (best bet), 2. Seven Trumpets, 3. McKinzie. LONG SHOT: Copper Bullet.
The big race of the day and it drew a field of 16 (only 14 can run). Baffert has five 3-year-olds in this race and at least one (or more) will scratch. AX MAN has been seen since July, but has been gelded since that race. He has been training lights out and Baffert’s layoff stats are huge. SEVEN TRUMPETS ships in from the East Coast for trainer Dale Romans. Throw out that eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He’s back with has own age group and finished second at this distance in the Jerkens at Saratoga.

10TH RACE: 1. Souter, 2. Avalance, 3. Cupid’s Claws. LONG SHOT: Trojan Spirit.

Good luck.

Del Mar, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita update

Just a personal note. As some know and others don’t, I have been battling an illness for months and started treatments during Del Mar. I completed those treatments 10 days ago, but I have been left very tired while working my regular job through the process. I just don’t have the energy to handicap on a daily basis. I hope to be ready for the Breeders’ Cup, which is in less than 2 weeks, and then be ready to go full bore for the fall Del Mar meet. Thanks for your understanding. See you soon.

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.
Thanks for reading.


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.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita results, June 24


Top choice winners: 3 (Haylord $3.20, second race; Flagstaff $4.80, third; Desert Law $9.60, 10th)

Second choice winners: 2 (Ladybug $6, fifth; Vasilika $3.40, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (Honcho $10, first; Tina’s Exchange $4.80, third)

Long shot winners: 1 (Storm the Hill $21, ninth)

Note: Remember I’m not handicapping the next two weeks for Los Alamitos. See you on opening day at Del Mar.

Good luck

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, June 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Nice Haircut, 2. Zip’s Secret, 3. Honcho. LONG SHOT: Baby Frankie.

SECOND RACE: 1. Haylord, 2. Captain N. Barron, 3. Thefourfortyfourth. LONG SHOT: Royal Sekker.

THIRD RACE: 1. Radio Silence, 2. Vending Machine, 3. Tins’a Exchange. LONG SHOT: Skelton Pass.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Flagstaff, 2. Deputy Bernardini, 3. Calabasas. LONG SHOT: Lord Guinness.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Untouched Elegance, 2. Ladybug, 3. Strengthinnumbers. LONG SHOT: Storming Lady.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Devil’s Beauty, 2. Herunbridledpower, 3. Princess Ashlyn. LONG SHOT: Todos Santos.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quebec, 2. Vasilika, 3. Beautiful Becca. LONG SHOT: Lob City.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Whoa Nessie, 2. Coco Kisses, 3. Chasin Lucas. LONG SHOT: Sunrise Royale.

NINTH RACE: 1. Sassy Little Lila, 2. Ancient Secret, 3. Miss Julia Star. LONG SHOT: Storm the Hill.

10TH RACE: 1. Desert Law, 2. River Echo, 3. Best Two Minutes. LONG SHOT: Adens Dream.

11TH RACE: 1. Acker, 2. Ann Arbor Eddie, 3. Ya Gotta Wanna. LONG SHOT: Play Hard to Get.


Top choice winners: 2 (Classy Atlantic $5.60, first race; Studly Perfection $3.60, second)

Second choice winners: 1 (Naughty Sophie $6, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

Note: Going to take Los Alamitos off to gear up for Del Mar. See you on opening day where the turf meets the surf.