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Jeff Nahill’s Churchill Downs opinions (Kentucky Derby day, Races 6-12)

SIXTH RACE: 1. Blowout, 2. Got Stormy, 3. Zofelle, 4. She’s Got You. LONG SHOT: Abscond.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gamine, 2. Unique Factor, 3. Bell’s the One, 4. Sconsin. LONG SHOT: Estillo Talentoso.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dream Shake, 2. Defunded, 3. Jackie’s Warrior, 4. Ultimate Badger. LONG SHOT: Dreamer’s Disease.

NINTH RACE: 1. Du Jour, 2. Excellent Timing, 3. Next, 4. Annex. LONG SHOT: Chess’s Dream.

10TH RACE: 1. Flagstaff, 2. Endorsed, 3. Whitmore, 4. Shashashakemeup. LONG SHOT: Hog Creek Hustle.

11TH RACE: 1. Domestic Spending, 2. Ivar, 3. Smooth Like Strait, 4. Colonel Liam. LONG SHOT: Masteroffoxhounds.

12TH RACE: 1. #15 Rock Your World, 2. #8 Medina Spirit, 3. #9 Hot Rod Charlie, 4. #14 Essential Quality. LONG SHOT: #7 Mandaloun.In most years, there is a horse I love in this race, come hell or high water, but that’s not the case this time. Despite Essential Quality (2-1) being a pretty big favorite, I just think this is a wide open race. I’m sticking to the motto of #bestiswest. Rock Your World (5-1) freaked in the Santa Anita Derby first time on the dirt and wired the field. There isn’t a lot of speed in today’s race and I think new jockey Joel Rosario will try to go to the front again. Medina Spirit (15-1) is trained by Bob Baffert, need we say more? This colt has been Baffert’s “B” horse this spring and he runs hard every time. I think this one also might try to go to the front. Hot Rod Charlie (8-1) is from the Doug O’Neill barn and was spectacular in the Louisiana Derby. Rosario jumps off and Flavien Prat takes over. Essential Quality is undefeated but I’m worried that last win might have taken something out of him. We’ll see. 

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita opinions for Friday, April 30

Note: Remember top jocks like Prat and Rispoli (and Smith) are out of town this weekend. Keep it in mind, especially on the turf.

FIRST RACE: 1. Tallemark, 2. Rocks and Salt, 3. Atomic Drop. LONG SHOT: Funkenstein.

SECOND RACE: 1. Swanning, 2. Drizella, 3. Big Treat. LONG SHOT: Precious Insight.

THIRD RACE: 1. Curious Inji, 2. Circle of Honor, 3. Flag Salute. LONG SHOT: Sugar Kisses.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Cassie Belle (best bet), 2. Kleen Karma, 3. A New Peace. LONG SHOT: Colombian Gold.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Exalted Joy, 2. Sir Flatter, 3. Papale. LONG SHOT: Theultimatepraise.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Big Flint, 2. Beaudacious, 3. Big Coupe. LONG SHOT: Circleofchampions.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Midnight Jamboree, 2. Diva in Charge, 3. Paige Runner. LONG SHOT: True Mischief.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Armour Plate, 2. Midnight Mystery, 3. Hartel. LONG SHOT: Juggles.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Churchill Downs opinions for Friday, April 30 (Kentucky Oaks day, Races 6-11)

Note: Louisville has had plenty of rain on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be moisture in the track and the turf course will have some give in it. Keep it in mind.

RACE 6: 1. Roadster, 2. Maxfield, 3. Sonneman, 4. Chess Chief. LONG SHOT: Visitant.

RACE 7: 1. Gift List, 2. Aunt Pearl, 3. Barista, 4. Zaajel. LONG SHOT: Line Dancing.

RACE 8: 1. Shedaresthedevil, 2. Dunbar Road, 3. Finite, 4. Paris Lights. LONG SHOT: Envoutante.

RACE 9: 1. Li’l Tootsie, 2. Souper Sensational, 3. Obligatory, 4. Carmel Swirl. LONG SHOT: Make Mischief.

RACE 10: Diamond Oops (best bet), 2. Carotari, 3. Sombeyay, 4. Fast Boat. LONG SHOT: Guildsman.

RACE 11 (Grade I Kentucky Oaks): 1. #14 Millefeuille, 2. #10 Malathaat, 3.# 6 Travel Column, 4. #3 Clairiere. LONG SHOT: #8 Moraz.

Millefeuille (20-1) has the hottest stakes winning jockey in the country in Joel Rosario (20 for 54) this year. The only drawback is the outside draw but hoping Rosario can work a trip. The sire Curlin gets dirt distance winners. Millefeuille did lose to Malathaat (5-2) last year, but is third off the layoff. Travel Column (3-1) and Clairiere (5-1) were 1-2 in the Fair Grounds Oaks, which has been a productive race in the past here. Moraz (30-1) gets jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Michael McCarthy has been on the money the last few years in big races.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita results

Top choice winners: 3 (Tiz Toffee $11, fourth race, exacta box $35.80; Agamemnon $12.80, sixth, exacta box $50.40, trifecta box $52.50; Sword Zorro $7, ninth, exacta box $20.40)
Second choice winners: 3 (Foothill $8.20, first; Shezaghost $4.20, second, exacta box $16.20, trifecta box $24.60; Gregorian Chant $3.80, fifth, reverse exacta $9.60, trifecta box $11.80)
Third choice winners: 2 (Storm Seeker $9.40, seventh, exacta box $31.40; El Diablo Rojo $5.60, eighth)
Long shot winners: 1 (Midnight Diva $16.40, third, exacta box $52.20, trifecta box $106.70, superfecta box $302.20)

Top choice winners: 5 (Brandothebartender $12, first race, exacta box $28.80, trifecta box $23.50; Steele Road $2.80, third, exacta box $14, trifecta box $15; Race Judicata $14.40, fifth, cold exacta $40; Flightline $3.80, seventh, cold exacta $19.40; As Time Goes $3.20, eighth, cold daily double $5.20)
Second choice winners: 2 (Crooked Finger Ray $8.80, second, reverse exacta $43.80, trifecta box $57.40; Kristi’s Tiger $10.40, reverse exacta $25.20)
Third choice winners: 0
Long shot winners: 1 (Snazzy Dresser $21.20, sixth, exacta box $40, trifecta box $75.50)

Top choice winners: 1 (For the Good Times $10, ninth)
Second choice winners: 4 (Scary Fast Smile $4.60, second, reverse exacta $4.60; Black Storm $6.80, fourth; Cowboys Daughter $6.60, sixth, reverse exacta $16.20; Fratelli $5.20, seventh)
Third choice winners: 4 (Kittyhawk Lass $5.20, first, exacta box $17; Another Eddie $6.40, third; Constitutionaffair $4.40, fifth, exacta $13.20, trifecta box $31.80; Alice Marble $12, eighth)
Long shot winners: 0

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, April 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Dr. Hoffman, 2. Foothill, 3. Hopop Dream. LONG SHOT: Brazilian Summer.

SECOND RACE: 1. Eyes Open, 2. Shezaghost, 3. Lady Crocker. LONG SHOT: Whistler’s Style.

THIRD RACE: 1. Rhythm and Grace, 2. Witch Moon, 3. Miss Bella Ciao. LONG SHOT: Midnight Diva.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Tiz Toffee, 2. Uno Trouble Maker, 3. Lady On Ice, LONG SHOT: Gemma Royal.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Bombard, 2. Gregorian Chant, 3. Chaos Theory. LONG SHOT: Chasin Munny.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Agamemnon (best bet), 2. Bench Judge, 3. Coalinga Road. LONG SHOT: Shady Empire.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Minister Shane, 2. Auspicious Style, 3. Storm Seeker. LONG SHOT: Head for Business.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ingest, 2. Caerulean, 3. El Diablo Rojo. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Speed Bomb.

NINTH RACE: 1. Sword Benny, 2. Gator Shining, 3. Petruchio. LONG SHOT: Coastal Kid.

10TH RACE: 1. Traffic Stopper, 2. Commas Save Lives, 3. Run Like Kona. LONG SHOT: Miss Lady Ann.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Brandothebartender, 2. Acclimate, 3. North County Guy. LONG SHOT: Irish Heatwave.

SECOND RACE: 1. Press Briefing, 2. Crooked Finger Ray, 3. Threearchbaymafia. LONG SHOT: Western Rule.

THIRD RACE: 1. Steele Road, 2. Stir the Pot, 3. Nazene. LONG SHOT: Very Irish.

FOURTH RACE: 1. George Herman Ruth, 2. Table for Ten, 3. Mr. Brownstone. LONG SHOT: Sabuda.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Race Judicata, 2. Smoothlikebuttah, 3. Plum Sexy. LONG SHOT: Our Little Tiger.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Cajun Treasure, 2. Fly to Mars, 3. French Getaway. LONG SHOT: Snazzy Dresser.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Flightline, 2. Brutto, 3. Money Mike. LONG SHOT: Secret Weapon.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Time Goes By, 2. Pharoah’s Heart, 3. Harvest Moon. LONG SHOT: Clockstrikestwelve.

NINTH RACE: 1. Prance, 2. Unbreakable, 3. Ole Silver. LONG SHOT: Let’s Go Now.

10TH RACE: 1. Fashionably Fast, 2. Tigre Di Slugo, 3. Leading Score. LONG SHOT: Justinian.

11TH RACE: 1. That’s Amare (best bet), 2. Kristi’s Tiger, 3. Rockie Causeway. LONG SHOT: Peace Pipe.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita opinions for Friday, April 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Little Bird, 2. Clearly Gone, 3. Kittyhawk Lass. LONG SHOT: Quinnie.

SECOND RACE: 1. Thrive, 2. Scary Fast.

THIRD RACE: 1. Michalska, 2. Big Stretch, 3. Another Eddie. LONG SHOT: Mucha Woman.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Reedley, 2. Black Storm, 3. Facts Matter. LONG SHOT: An Ocala Ten.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Sea of Liberty, 2. Liar Liar, 3. Constitutionaffair. LONG SHOT: Itsthattime.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Lucky Long Legs, 2. Cowboys Daughter, 3. Our Bonnie Lass. LONG SHOT: Tippy Top.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Luvluv (best bet), 2. Fratelli, 3. First Prez. LONG SHOT: Bang for Your Buck.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Omg It’s Jessica, 2. Fi Fi Pharoah, 3. Alice Marble. LONG SHOT: Mining Crypto.

NINTH RACE: 1. For Good Times, 2. Golden Journey, 3. Hyland Haven. LONG SHOT: Alot of Magic.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita results


Top choice winners: 3 (Soothsay $10.40, sixth race, exacta box $22.20, trifecta box $19.30; Charmaine’s Mia $3.20, ninth, cold exacta $15.80; Becca Taylor $5, cold daily double $7.60, exacta box $41.80, trifecta box $126) 

Second choice winners: 4 (Laurel River $10.40, fourth, exacta box $58.80, trifecta box $154.30; Going Global $3.40, reverse exacta $10.20; Rip City $3.40, seventh, reverse exacta $9.20, trifecta box $18.20; The Chosen Vron $3.20, 12th)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (King Abner $14, second, exacta box $45.40, trifecta box $67)


Top choice winners: 2 (Betito $5.80, second race; McWherter $2.80, eighth, exacta box $11.80)

Second choice winners: 3 (Bella Renella $9.40, fifth, exacta box $26.40, trifecta box $33; Equal Measure $4.80, sixth; Crystal Ball $4.20, seventh, reverse exacta $7.40)

Third choice winners: 2 (So Much Happy $5.40, first, exacta box $9.20; Ian Glass $10, fourth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Reedley $21.60, third)

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 3 (first post noon)

FIRST RACE: 1.Cinnte Winnie, 2. Lookintogetaway, 3. Shezaghost. LONG SHOT: Lady Crocker.

SECOND RACE: 1. Gray Magician, 2. Kershaw, 3. Zestful. LONG SHOT: King Abner.

THIRD RACE: 1. City Rage, 2. Best Chance, 3. I Will Not. LONG SHOT: Absolute Unit.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Bobby Bo, 2. Laurel River, 3. Today’s Flavor. LONG SHOT: Patron d’Oro.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Closing Remarks, 2. Going Global, 3. Quattroelle. LONG SHOT: rOYAL aDDRESS.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Soothsay, 2. Moraz, 3. Beautiful Gift. LONG SHOT: Brilliant Cut.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Coast of Roan (best bet), 2. Rip City, 3. Motown Music. LONG SHOT: Unilateral.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Parnelli, 2. Dream Shake, 3. Medina Spirit. LONG SHOT: The Great One.

NINTH RACE: 1. Charmaine’s Mia, 2. Dogtag, 3. Raymundos Secret. LONG SHOT: Rideforthecause.

10TH RACE: 1. Becca Taylor, 2. I’m So Anna, 3. Pray for My Owner. LONG SHOT: Fi Fi Pharoah.

11TH RACE: 1. Lavender, 2. Noble Hearted, 3. Applecross. LONG SHOT: Cassie Belle.

12TH RACE: 1. Letsgetlucky, 2. The Chosen Vron, 3. None Above the Law. LONG SHOT: Cargo

Good luck. Stay safe.