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.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

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.


Horse racing, Santa Anita

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.


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

Horse racing, Santa Anita

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.


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)

Horse racing, Santa Anita

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.


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

Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Dec. 29

Note: Sorry no picks. No time.


Top choice winners: 3 (Not Rocket Science $8, second race; All Good Times $4.40, fourth; Paul Cane $6.80, seventh)

Second choice winners: 1 (Pretendent $23.80, ninth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Tegla $15.40, fifth)


Top choice winners: 5 (Wild Wigglin Jack $4.40, third race; Diamond News $6.80, fifth; Kau $4.40, seventh; Tomcat Black $3.20, ninth; Assidously $4.40, 10TH)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (R Sweet Exchange $4.60, first; Tapit Today $4.40, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Dec. 28 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. R Lucky Dice, 2. Southern ‘n Sassy, 3. R Sweet Exchange. LONG SHOT: Mystique Artiste.

SECOND RACE; 1. Just Shoot Already, 2. Molokai Night, 3. Level Seventeen. LONG SHOT: Tommy Tuesday.

THIRD RACE: 1. Wild Wiggin Jack, 2. Wild Winter, 3. Wing and Wheel. LONG SHOT: Mr Joshua.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Front Line Paige, 2. Shanqa Tova, 3. Total Tap. LONG SHOT: Payday Too.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Diamond News, 2. Poseidons Heir, 3. Risen Change. LONG SHOT: Flugel Binder.

SIXTH: 1. Gardenista, 2. Fizzy Friday, 3. Tapit Today. LONG SHOT: Distinctive Flower.

SEVENTH: 1. Kau, 2. Jophiel, 3. Lena Home. LONG SHOT: Cultural Mandate.

EIGHTH: 1. Don’t Charge It, 2. She’s Freamin, 3. Tiltingatwindmills. LONG SHOT: Strella’s War.

NINTH: 1. Tomcat Black, 2. Artic Rose, 3. Tiny Danza. LONG SHOT: McCain.

10th: 1. aSSIDUOUSLY, 2. cOMMENCE, 3. iNDY RIDE. long shot: Astroturf.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

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.

Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Dec. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Mobeatyabad, 2. Bumpa, 3. Flaming Hot. LONG SHOT: Mamaigotthis.

SECOND RACE: 1. Not Rocket Science, 2. Zieg, 3. Palimpsest. LONG SHOT: Hex.

THIRD RACE: 1. King Daddio, 2. Ox Trot, 3. Call Me Handsome. LONG SHOT: J’s Flashy Halo.

FOURTH RACE: 1. All Good Times, 2. Expect Indy, 3. Haynesfest. LONG SHOT: Monkey Mind.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Tropical Drive, 2. Florida Rust, 3. Centsless Drama. LONG SHOT: Tegla.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Native Hawk, 2. Cave Run, 3. Mr Lightning Boy. LONG SHOT: Tudox Expectations.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Paul Crane (best bet), 2. Snow Lion, 3. Luncheon. LONG SHOT: Mr. Maurice.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Young American, 2. Talk to the Media, 3. Unspoiled Moments. LONG SHOT: Sum Overture.

NINTH RACE: 1. Lord Byron, 2. Pretendant, 3. Can Do Too. LONG SHOT: Danceronthebeach.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Steady Earner $4, second race)

Second choice winners: 6 (Sweet Blossom $5.60, third; Tale of V K $6.40, fourth; Tactical Quality $5.20, fifth; Shakem N Breakem $17.20, sixth; Speedy Vanessa $3.80, eighth; Day Trip $5.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Bourbon Extension $13.60, seventh)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Thursday, Dec. 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Flash Man, 2. Elvis Cole, 3. Zechariah. LONG SHOT: Foot in the Door.

SECOND RACE: 1. Steady Earner, 2. Wapiti Way, 3. Striking Heir. LONG SHOT: Nicole Munnings.

THIRD RACE : 1. Lil Brown Sparrow, 2. Sweet Blossom, 3. Abilify. LONG SHOT: More Than Gracious.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Elusive Ryder, 2. Tale of V K, 3. Brewedtobeperfect. LONG SHOT: Dating.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Travel Agent, 2. Tactical Quality, 3. Participation Cup. LONG SHOT: Hay Bo.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Commander’s Intent, 2. Shakem N Breakem. 3. Acaseaday. LONG SHOT: Mighty Pete.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. And Won, 2. Namarunu., 3. Boubon Extension. LONG SHOT: Coltrane.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Fashion Rules (best bet), 2. Speedy Vanessa, 3. Flashing Red. LONG SHOT: My Girl Sweet.

NINTH RACE: 1. Nobodyknowsnothin, 2. Day Trip, 3. Kholstomer. LONG SHOT: Blame the Makers.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Lil’s Turn $4.40, first race; Dream Liner $7.80, second)

Second choice winners: 1 (Strong Gem $10.80, third)

Third choice winners: 2 (Simple Great $4.60 eighth; Slick as Ice $8.20, 10th)

Long shot winners: 1 (Caspian Tale $13.40, seventh)