Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Cabin John, 2. Dukes Up, 3. Kylemore. LONG SHOT: Original Intent.

SECOND RACE: 1. Sofi’s Gold (best bet), 2. Via Alpina, 3. Katia. LONG SHOT: Graceful Amelia.

SOFI’S GOLD hits the turf for the first time for trainer Carla Gaines, who is 22% first time turf, and she gets leading turf rider Flavien Prat to take the mount. VIA ALPINA should love the turf in her debut for Craig Dollase, who has been known over the years to get a runner ready first time out. KATLA is also from the Gaines but Carla is 0-for-31 first time out so only play underneath.

THIRD RACE: 1. Golden Melodie, 2. White Velvet, 3. Tacocat. LONG SHOT: Miss Kitness.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Appeeciated, 2. First in Show, 3. I Belong to Becky. LONG SHOT: Joe Jackson.

FIFTH RACE: 1. I Dub Thee, 2. Nietzsche, 3. Master Recovery. LONG SHOT: Code Gary.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Harmon, 2. Of Good Report, 3. Swamp Souffle. LONG SHOT: Blame It On Kitty.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Love a Honeybadger, 2. Anuket, 3. Hard Not to Love. LONG SHOT: Madame Vestal.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dubnation, 2. Norski, 3. Git On Your Pulpit. LONG SHOT: Harliss.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Velvet Queen $2.40, third race; Sybil’s Kitty $11, sixth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Da Wood $6, eighth)

Third choice winners: 2 (I Can Do This $5, first; Awesome Heights $6, fifth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Too Much Heaven $11, second; Ultimate Bango $6, seventh)

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Jamminwithbrandon, 2. Royal Insider, 3. I Can Do This. LONG SHOT: Black Storm.

SECOND RACE: 1. Trouville, 2. Lady Sunset, 3. Billy’sgotasingle. LONG SHOT: Too Much Heaven.

THIRD RACE: 1. Velvet Queen, 2. So Gucci, 3. Khairiya. LONG SHOT: Super Bunny.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Puriano, 2. Short of Ez, 3. Desert General. LONG SHOT: Boy Howdy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Getaloadofthis (best bet), 2. Conquest Cobra, 3. Awesome Heights. LONG SHOT: Grab the Munny.
Flavien Prat jumps on GETALOADOFTHIS for John Sadler.The gelding has speed and expect Prat to use it from the outside.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Sybil’s Kitty, 2. Colonel Power, 3. My S V R. LONG SHOT: Pasito.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Stop the Violence, 2. Blackout, 3. Boa Nova. LONG SHOT: Ultimate Bango.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dr. Bagley, 2. Dawood, 3. Big Barrel. LONG SHOT: Gryffindor.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Discreet Diva $3.40, first race; Bodhicitta $4.20, second)

Second choice winners: 2 (Curlin Rules $6.60, seventh; Fky the Sky $11.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Never Easy $4.80, fourth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Fore Left $6.20, fifth)

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Discreet Diva, 2. Girl Can Partie, 3. Meso. LONG SHOT: Reds Sacred Appeal.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bodhicitta, 2. La Shrimp, 3. Unicorn. LONG SHOT: So Much Happy.
I might be wrong here, but Flavien Prat obviously had his choice of the two Richard Baltas filles (Bodhicitta and Unicorn) and he chose Bodhicitta but Unicorn is the 6-5 favorite. I’ll go with Prat and his agent on this one.

THIRD RACE: 1. Into a Hot Spot, 2. Shake N Fries, 3. Camby. LONG SHOT: Surprise Fashion.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Commanding Chief, 2. Ghost Street, 3. Never Easy. LONG SHOT: Friendly Outthedor.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Strongconstitution, 2. Mo Hawk, 3. Raging Whiskey. LONG SHOT: Fore Left.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Fantasy Game, 2. Much More Halo, 3. Goalie. LONG SHOT: Kiss Today Goodbye.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Proverb, 2. Curlin Rules, 3. Street Class. LONG SHOT: Soul Beam.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Canyon Crest, 2. Fly the Sky, 3. One Fast Bro. LONG SHOT: I Will Not.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Boogalute $4.20 (best bet), third race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Warrior’s Moon $4.60, first; Blue Sky Baby $9.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Conformation $8.40, second; Claim of Passion $4, fifth; Castle $12, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Shuster $18.40, seventh)

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 19

FIRST RACE: 1. Sassyserb, 2. Warrior’s Moon, 3. Lofty. LONG SHOT: Lakaya.

The top two come out of a key Del Mar maiden grass that has produced twi next out winner so far. SASSYSERB got bumped in that race and might have lost all chance. LOFTY is trying turf for the first time, moving up in class and also got off to a slow start in her debut.

SECOND RACE: 1. Shanghai Barbie, 2. Tequila Sunrise, 3. Conformation. LONG SHOT; Tengs Rhythm.

THIRD RACE: 1. Boogalute, (best bet), 2. Broke Away Grey, 3. Fast as Cass. LONG SHOT: Lagoon Macaroon.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Big Time Grammy, 2. Wicked Fresh, 3. Measureofdevotion. LONG SHOT: Slew’s Screen Star.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Brace for Impact, 2. Satchel Paige, 3. Claim of Passion. LONG SHOT: Conte Cavour.

SIXTH RACE: 1. King Abner, 2. Tribalist, 3. Castle. LONG SHOT: Grinning Tiger.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Papster, 2. Totally Tiger, 3. Zero Down. LONG SHOT: Shuster.

EIGHTH RACE: . Ni Pi Lambda, 2. Blue Sky Baby, 3. Danceformummy. LONG SHOT: Golden Chrome.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Drift Away $7.80 (best bet), eighth race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Gorky Park $4, second; Carnivorous $4.80, sixth; Cyrielle $13.20, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Union Ride $12, third)

Long shot winners: 1 (Jefe $17.20, first)

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Mongolian Legend, 2. Noble Pursuit, 3. Music to My Ears. LONG SHOT: Jefe.

SECOND RACE: 1. Color War, 2. Gorky Park, 3. K P Backtothewall. LONG SHOT: Golden Victory.

THIRD RACE: 1. Posterize, 2. Principe Carlo, 3. Union Ride. LONG SHOT: Toothless Wonder.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Fun Coupons, 2. Itsthattime, 3. Shootin Money. LONG SHOT: Promise Nothing.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Secret Square, 2. Nikkileaks, 3. Chieftess. LONG SHOT: For My Brother.

SIXTH RACE: 1. City Rage, 2. Carnivorous, 3. Tiger Dad. LONG SHOT: Seven Scents.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Eternal Endeavour, 2. Catoca, 3. Cyrielle. LONG SHOT: Super Klaus.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Drift Away (best bet), 2. No Wine Untasted, 3. Swirling. LONG SHOT: Miss Flawless.

good luck.

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Santa Anita opinion for Monday. Oct. 15

Notable: Not going to pull any punches here: This is not a good card so I would pass it. Hope cards get better this coming weekend.

FIRST RACE: 1. Thought I’dmissyou, 2. Morning Cyn, 3. Gotta Be Lucky. LONG SHOT: Chirp.
The top two picks come out of a Los Alamitos key race that has produced two next out winners from three starters. GOTTA BE LUCKY hits the bottom of the claiming ranks for the first time.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Honor A.P. $3, third; Grinningear $4.80, sixth)

Second choice winners: 2 (High Velocity $3.40, first; Absolutely Perfect $3.40, fourth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Big Runnuer $18.80, second; Princess Dorian $4, fifth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Call Me Daddy, 2. High Velocity, 3. Malibu Star. LONG SHOT: Jeffnjohn’sthundr.
Anyone notice Bob Baffert has been going to apprentice jockeys Diaz and Velez plus Roman lately on 2-year-olds? What’s up with that?

SECOND RACE: 1. Stable Genius, 2. Shandling, 3. Big Runner. LONG SHOT: Awesome Score.

THIRD RACE: 1. Honor A.P. (best bet), 2. Eddy Forever, 3. Special Day. LONG SHOT: Include the Tax.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Magnificent Q T, 2. Absolutely Perfect, 3. Rose Dunn. LONG SHOT: Whoa Nessie.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Brookes All Mine, 2. Majestic Diva, 3. Princess Dorian. LONG SHOT: Buttie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Grinningeartoear, 2. Remember to Smile, 3. Apache Pass. LONG SHOT: Goddess Aphrodite.

SMILING TIGER is one of the hot sire first time on the turf right now (Clubhouse Ride is the other) with a 19% first out winners and both of the top two horses are by that sire. GRINNINGEARTOEAR has a bit more turf on the bottom side and trainer Brian Koriner knows his way around a turf sprinter. GODDESS APHRODITE is moving up in class but trainer Peter Miller knows a lot about turf sprinters (21% winners) so she is worth a couple bucks.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Buyer’s Remorse, 2. Pure Xena, 3. Shedaresthedevil. LONG SHOT: Eclair.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kichiro, 2. Tartini, 3. South West Bay. LONG SHOT: Mongoalian Hero.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Vegan $5.20, second race; Rineshaft $7.40, fourth; Heather’s Grey $5.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Moonlight Drive $10.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 3 (Coast of Roan $48.20, third; Leroy $25.40, fifth; Rick’s Dream $17.20, seventh)


Top choice winners: 3 (Just Grazed Me $7.40, seventh race; Shear Class $3.80, eighth; Moody Jim $6.40, ninth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Top of the Game $5.20, second; Claudelle $2.80, fourth)

Third choice winners: 4 (Square Peggy $12.60, first; Go for a Ride $5.40, third; Roadrunner’s Honor $10, fifth; Matera $9.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Coilette, 2. Marrazano, 3. Square Peggy. LONG SHOT: Time for Kisses.

SECOND RACE: 1. Twirling Tiger, 2. Top of the Game, 3. Sunset Seven. LONG SHOT: Smokin B.

THIRD RACE: 1. Muskoka, 2. Fay Dan, 3. Go for a Ride. LONG SHOT: Camps Bay.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Miss Lady Ann, 2. Claudelle, 3. Jaccat. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Majestic Gigi, 2. Miss Kitness, 3. Roadrunner’s Honor. LONG SHOT: Crazy Speighty.

This is a tough maiden race and a win by almost any 2-year-old would surprise me. This might end up being a key race so keep track.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Overjoyed, 2. Gingham, 3. Matera, 4. Rare Find. LONG SHOT: Dolci.

Like the fifth race, this is a tough MSW race for 2-year-olds and they are fillies here going two turns. To me jockey Mike Smith and his agent hold the key to this race. Smith rode all three of the fillies in our top three, but he opts for OVERJOYED, trained by Neil Drysdale over GINGHAM (Bob Baffert) and MATERA (Dan Ward/Jerry Hollendorfer). OVERJOYED debuted on the turf the last day at Del Mar and took money at the windows. She broke poorly but came running in the stretch and has the best late pace rating from Brisnet. Baffert puts apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr. abaord GINGHAM from the rail so that means to me Baffert wants the filly sent out of there. MATERA cost $1.4 million at auction and will be trying two turns for the first time. She’s bed by Tapit so distance should be no problem. DOLCI gets hot-riding Abel Cedillo for the Mike McCarthy barn, which has to break out of its slump sooner or later. Finally, RARE FIND comes from the team of jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Richard Mandella. The filly may be ready to go in her debut.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Just Grazed Me, 2. S Y Sky, 3. Don’t Sell. LONG SHOT: Gypsy Blu.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Shear Class, 2. Unicorn, 3. Cover Version. LONG SHOT: Surreptitious.

NINTH RACE: 1. Moody Jim (best bet), 2. Wound Tight, 3. M Town Gem. LONG SHOT: North County Guy.

God luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 11 (Updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Sweet Boy, 2.Carnelian Hero, 3. Brickyard Ride. LONG SHOT: Govenor Cinch.

SECOND RACE: 1. Freedom Ride, 2. Vegan, 3. Smiling to Excess. LONG SHOT: Roses for Laura.

THIRD RACE: 1. Summer Fun, 2. Jetovator, 3. Fravel. LONG SHOT: Coast of Roan.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Truest Reward, 2. Rineshaft, 3. Harliss. LONG SHOT: U S Hero.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Getaloadofthis, 2. Shane Zain, 3, Rocko’s Wheel. LONG SHOT: Leroy.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Fabozzi, 2. Offhore, 3. Moonlight Drive. LONG SHOT: Kylemore.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Satanta, 2. Clem Labine, 3. Ishi (SCratched) NEW PICK: Minoso. LONG SHOT: Rick’s Dream.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kittyhawk Lass (best bet), 2. Heathers Grey, 3. Posh Holly. LONG SHOT: Red Bunting.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 2 (Howbeit $6, fifth race; Doc Yco Cheeks $7.60, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (Billy K $15, third; Mo See Cal $5.20, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Alicia’s Pride, 2. Lucky Brite Eye, 3. Ancona. LONG SHOT: My S V R.

SECOND RACE: 1. Just Hit Play, 2. Verynsky, 3. I Belong to Becky. LONG SHOT: Concord Jet.

THIRD RACE: 1. Text Dont Call, 2. Circleofcolor, 3. Billy K. LONG SHOT: Vannavanna Bo Bana.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Too Late, 2. Connection, 3. Lighthouse. LONG SHOT: Vodka Twist.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Riding With Dino, 2. Howbeit, 3. Mainframe Judy. LONG SHOT: Clear to Close.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Starr Quality, 2. Flor de la Mar, 3. Mo See Cal. LONG SHOT: Querida Dubai.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Too Hot for Curlin (best bet), 2. Doc Yco Cheeks, 3. Y Not Sizzle. LONG SHOT: Twirling Diamond.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Orquidias Biz $5 (BEST BET), second race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Mutineer $5.60, first; Darpa $2.60, fifth; Anuket $7, seventh)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Der Lu $6.80, third)