Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Saturday, Sept. 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Cunnings Munnings, 2. Dubnation, 3. Endless Tale. LONG SHOT: Corrana En Limen.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bachchan, 2. Temple Knights, 3. Severin. LONG SHOT: Brazilian Summer.

THIRD RACE: 1. SATRAPA (best bet), 2. Black Storm, 3. I Belong ot Becky. LONG SHOT: Big Barrel.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Passing, 2. Frankie Machine, 3. Buck Duane. LONG SHOT: I’m Amore.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Old Trafford, 2. Jammers Justice, 3. Gorky Park. LONG SHOT: Way Cool.

SIXTH RACE: 1. D’s Lovely Sophia, 2. Tribal Dance, 3. Hotitude. LONG SHOT: Silk From Heaven.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mo Reserve, 2. Go for a Ride, 3. Fay Dean. LONG SHOT: Mutineer.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Heart of the Nile, 2. Rizzi’s Honors, 3. Fracas. LONG SHOT: Erebuni.

NINTH RACE: 1. Emtech, 2. Platinum Nights, 3. Railman. LONG SHOT: Union Ride.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Claudelle $7, second race; High Five $9.20, fifth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Eclair $3, fourth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Artistic Diva $5.20, sixth; Restless Rambler $4.60, seventh; Time for Kisses $3.80, eighth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Laker Jet $10.20, first; Plum Dandy $21.40, third)

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Los Alamitos opinions for Friday, Sept. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Lucky Brite Eye, 2. Cat’s Desire, 3. Gallantlystreaming. LONG SHOT: Laker Jet.

SECOND RACE: 1. CLAUDELLE (best bet), 2. Morning Cynn, 3. Busy Paynter. LONG SHOT: Buyback.

THIRD RACE: 1. Implicity, 2. Cabin John, 3. Platinum Equity. LONG SHOT: Plum Dandy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Charging Home, 2. Eclair, 3.Go Big Blue Nation. LONG SHOT: She Loves Karaoke.

FIFTH RACE: 1. High Five, 2. Norski, 3. Alvaaro. LONG SHOT: Zorich.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Kim K, 2.Devils Dance, 3. Artistic Diva. LONG SHOT: Smiling Tigress.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heartfullofstars, 2. Aced, 3. Restless Rambler. LONG SHOT: Annie’s Candy.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Scott’s Best Beth, 2. California Appeal, 3. Time for Kisses. LONG SHOT: Xerneas.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 5 (Mo Dinero $10.60, first race; Bronn $2.80, second; Appolina $2.80, fourth; Market Sentiment $8.60, fifth; Bella Renella $4.60, sixth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Burn Me Twice $2.80, third; Empress of Lov $6, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (According to Buddy $4.60, seventh)

Long shot winners: 1 (Rattle $9, ninth)

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Los Alamitos opinions for Sunday, Sept. 8

FIRST RACE: 1. Mo Dinero, 2. Verynsky, 3. San Giorgio. LONG SHOT: All About Trump.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bronn, 2. Ragtime Blues, 3. Special Day. LONG SHOT: Bean and the Bug.

THIRD RACE: 1. Steven Decatur, 2. Burn Me Twice, 3. Papa Caballero. LONG SHOT: Reign On.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Appolina, 2. Petronilla, 3. Colonel Power. LONG SHOT: Dairy Kid.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Market Sentiment, 2. Frankie Machine, 3. Capes Hot Rocket. LONG SHOT: Four Gaels.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Navy Queen, 2. Bella Renella, 3. Miss Johnnie. LONG SHOT: Katia.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. SHAKE N FRIES (best bet), 2. Bea’s Boy, 3. According to Buddy. LONG SHOT: Golden Image.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Wicked Sunset, 2. Empress of Lov, 3. Bragging Rights. LONG SHOT: Just Be Held.

NINTH RACE: 1. Tengs Rhythm, 2. Champagne Honey, 3. Coilette. LONG SHOT: Rattle.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Eternal Endeavour $3.40, first race; Flor de La Mar $7.20, fifth; Meistermind $3, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Top of the Game $3.80, second)

Long shot winners: 1 (Mama’s Kid $26.20, fourth)

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos opinions for Saturday, Sept. 7

Note: So much for no long shots or no winning from the No. 1 post in sprints. Both of those things happened on Friday’s opening day card. Hopefully, a few of you used a couple of our long shot picks that came in and in the maiden 2-year-old race we gave out a cold exacta, trifecta and superfecta.

FIRST RACE: 1. Sheza Facor, 2. Eternal Endeavour, 3. A Dime for Me. LONG SHO: And Counting.

SECOND RACE: 1. Taste’s Legend, 2. Gray Admiral, 3. Top of the Game. LONG SHOT: Harrovian.

THIRD RACE: 1. Musically, 2. Totally Normal, 3. Small Surprise. LONG SHOT: Destiny’s Journey.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Discrete Stevie B, 2. Lady Krishna, 3. Amers. LONG SHOT: Mama’s Kid.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Motion Emotion, 2. Flor de La Mar, 3. Message. LONG SHOT: Nomizar.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Rounding for Home, 2. White Russian, 3. U S Hero. LONG SHOT: Free Ricky.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Nileist, 2. Meistermind, 3. Fortune of War. LONG SHOT: King Charlie.

EIGHTH RACE: 2. Queen Bee to You, 2. Cruel Intention, 3. Fire When Ready. LONG SHOT: Shades of Victory.

NINTH RACE: 1. PAPA JOE (best bet), 2. Lorelei’s Warrior, 3. Cross Town. LONG SHOT: Sharpshootingeorge.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Mo Hawk $2.40, fifth race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Love Your Life $8.40, sixth; Royal Seeker $16.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 3 (Screen Gossip $28.20, first; Vastly Deep $45, third; Koa $44.40, seventh)

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Los Alamitos opinions for Friday, Sept. 6

Note: Don’t expect big prices at this meet because of field size. Always look for the horse-for-course and the No. 1 post is death in sprint races at this track due to the configuration. I will be throwing the No. 1 post in almost all sprints. That doesn’t mean the horse can’t finish in the money but I’m going to try and avoid unless there is a change in the track profile.

FIRST RACE: 1. Awesome Alessandra, 2. Phoenix Tears, 3. Billy’sotasingle. LONG SHOT: Screen Gossip.
This is just a brutal 2-year-old filly maiden claiming race.

SECOND RACE: 1. Topaz Time, 2. Ipray, 3. Cee Sam’s Girl. LONG SHOT: Party Hostess.

THIRD RACE: 1. Nver Think Twice, 2. Heraclitus, 3. Mountain Vie. LONG SHOT: Vastly Deep.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Short of Ez, 2. Young Hendrick, 3. Clem Labine. LONG SHOT: Policy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Mo Hawk, Moon Mischief, 3. Enemy Runner. LONG SHOT: Prince Magician.
This race is so perplexing because trainers like Bob Baffert and John Sadler both have two 2-year-old first-time starters in here. Why would you run here for $20,000 in purse money than run the final week at Del Mar. I don’t get it. MO HAWK is a $925,000 baby debuting here. MOON MISCHIEF is a homebred from owner Herry Moss. ENEMY RUNNER is from Hronis Racing. My only thought is the trainers didn’t think these juveniles were good enough to beat a maiden field at Del Mar. We’ll see.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Boy Howdy, 2. Love Your Life, 3. Tiz Love. LONG SHOT: Ps Bettin On You.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Spokane Eagle, 2. McKale, 3. Seven Scnts. LONG SHOT: Koa.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. An Ocala Ten (best bet), 2. Royal Seeker, 3. Sokudo. LONG SHOT: Kenny Benny.

Good luck.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar recap for 2019 summer season

In a recap of the Del Mar, I really wasn’t happy with my handicapping. Too many favorites won at the meet and as a friend told me, “If favorites are winning you and I aren’t doing well because we don’t pick favorites.”

The last two days of the meet were sort of indictative of how things went for me. I had five horse I picked second on Sunday win. On Monday, I had six horses I picked second or third win. So maybe my handicapping wasn’t all that bad, but maybe my picking was.
I just don’t think people want you to pick horses that, are going to be even money or less. They can find those horses all day long and if I picked favorites I would have a higher win percentage but my average per winner would be lower.
As many of you know I handicap for the San Diego Union-Tribune and my average winner was higher than Mike Superstein (who never met a favorite he didn’t like) and Jon Lindo, but they both picked way more winners.
Of course, I didn’t have one of my tools this meet, a computer program I use because my computer was stolen before the meet and I haven’t been able to buy a new one. Hopefully, have a new one shortly.
I think the thing that disappointed me the most was I didn’t identify enough long shots. I did a poor job of that this meet. Live and learn.
Jockey’s race
Flavien Prat won the title easily (42-32 over Drayden Van Dyke) but the top two didn’t give an inch the final week of the meet. Prat was 32-8-2-3 and Van Dyke was 30-8-9-4. Van Dyke ended up with the most runner-up finishes at the meet with 29 so maybe the race was closer than we thought.
Rafael Bejarano didn’t win a race the final three weeks of the meet and was 0 for 29 the last six days.
Training title
Doug O’Neill was 6 for 27 the final week and beat Peter Miller by three, 24-21. Some thought Miller might tank the final week but he was 20-5-5-2.
Bob Hess Jr. had a bad finaly six days with a 12-1-4-1 mark as did Brian Koriner 8-0-0-1.
MONDAY’S RESULTS
Top choice winners: 1 (Zee Drop $7.60, 10th race)
Second choice winners: 2 (Magic at Midnight $2.40, first; Ronald R $11.60, fourth)
Third choice winners: 4 (Miss Megan $5.40, third; Senditlikechilly $4.60, fifth; Mandy $5, seventh; Guitty $5.60, eighth)
Long shot winners: 1 (Yesterdayoncemore $24, sixth)
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Del Mar opinions for Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day, closing day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Shanghai Truffles, 2. Magic At Midnight, 3. Tequila Sunrise, 4. Smiling Rose. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Be a Shero, 2. La Shirimp, 3. Cellar Door, 4. Mucho Macho Woman. LONG SHOT: Apples Arch.
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THIRD RACE: 1.Sothalis, 2. Remember to Smile, 3. Miss Megan. LONG SHOT: Twirling Diamond.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. The Hunted, 2. Ronald R, 3. Starting Bloc. LONG SHOT: Ultimate Bango.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Saddle Bar, 2. Passing, 3. Senditlikechilly. LONG SHOT: Gobsmack.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Applecross, 2. Shedaresthedevil, 3. Croughavouke. LONG SHOT: Yesterdayoncemore.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Big Time Grammy, 2. Traffic Stopper, 3. Mandy, 4. Sofi’s Gold. LONG SHOT: Wicked Fresh.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Convincingly, 2. Antigone, 3. Guitty. LONG SHOT: Lookintogeteven.
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NINTH RACE: 1. GARTH (best bet), 2. Eight Rings, 3. Wrecking Crew, 4. Storm the Court. LONG SHOT: Fore Left.
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10TH RACE: 1. Zee Drop, 2. Pakhet, 3. Der Lu, 4. Khairiya. LONG SHOT: Italia.

Good luck and thanks for reading.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 5 (Encoder $3.20, third race; Kylemore $5, fourth; Quality Response $12, eighth; Nolde $15.20, ninth; Mainframe $3.20)

Third choice winners: 2 (El Tigre Terrible $6.60, first; Foray $8.60, seventh)

Long shot winners: 1 (War Beast $19.40, fifth)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Top choice winners: 2 (American Theorem $6.40, eighth race; Bast $7.60, ninth)
Second choice winners: 1 (Vasilika $4, seventh)
Third choice winners: 3 (Spokane Eagle $5.80, first; Outlaw $3.80, fourth; Jamming Eddy $8.40, 10th)
Long shot winners: 0
FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Top choice winners: 1 (Incredily Lucky $4.60, second race)
Second choice winners: 0
Third choice winners: 2 (Chosen Vessel $9, first; Georgian Road $5.20, seventh)
Long shot winners: 1 (Super Patriot $21.60, fifth)
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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Sept. 1 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Little Cents, 2. I Want One, 3. El Tigre Terrible. LONG SHOT: Eye on Tiger (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Roses for Laura.
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SECOND RACE: 1. My Way Out, 2. Peedie (SCRATCHED) new horse: Blue Skye Jade, 3. Mad At Money. LONG SHOT: Midnight Bandit.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Ardenlee Star, 2. Encoder, 3. Billy Batts. LONG SHOT: Croughavouke (SCATCHED) new long shot: Raging Whiskey.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Arch Anthem, 3. Kylemore, 3. Vintage Hollywood, 4. Wilshire Dude. LONG SHOT: Satori.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Drasario, 2. K P Indy, 3. Cool Runnings, 4. Eddy Forever, LONG SHOT: War Beast.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Time for Suzzie, 2. Shes All Woman, 3. Super Klaus (SCRATCHED) new horse: Nomizar. LONG SHOT: Marrazano.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. DOUBLE TOUCH (best bet), 2. Offshore, 3. Foray, 4. Wound Tight. LONG SHOT: Tizzarunner.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Scarlet Lips, 2. Quality Response, 3. A G Indy, 4. Matera. LONG SHOT: I’m the Hero.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Neptune’s Storm, 2. Nolde, 3. Nolo Contesto. LONG SHOT: Moody Jim.
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10TH RACE: 1. Temple Bar, 2. Mainframe Judy, 3. Absolute Weapon, 4. Itsthattime. LONG SHOT: Matson.

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 31

FIRST RACE: 1. Restless Rambles, 2. Distinctive B, 3. Spokane Eagle. LONG SHOT: Pure Comedy.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Justinian, 2. Da Kine, 3. Peytons Path. LONG SHOT: Lord Adare.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Velvet Queen, 2. Miss Hot Legs, 3. Mischiffie. LONG SHOT: Encanta.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lagoon Macaroon, 2. I Belong to Becky, 3. Outlaw. LONG SHOT: Suances Secret.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Eagle Song, 2. Gum Tree Lane, 3. Red Island, 4. Crystal Tribe. LONG SHOT: Soberano.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Severin, 2. An American Jet, 3. Suite Alonso. LONG SHOT: Midnight in Maui.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Juliet Foxtrot, 2. Vasilika, 3. Toinette, 4. Ahimsa. LONG SHOT: Meal Ticket.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. American Theorem, 2. Backshot, 3. Honor Among Men, 4. Hydrogen. LONG SHOT: Thunder Code.
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NINTH RACE: 1. BAST (best bet), 2. Inspiressa, 3. Stellar Sound, 4. Leucothea. LONG SHOT: Powerfulattraction.
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10th RACE: 1. Fredrikstad, 2. Play Money, 3. Jamming Eddy. LONG SHOT: Cool Your Jets.

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 30

FIRST RACE: 1. He’s Like Violence, 2. Aussie Fox, 3. Chosen Vessel. LONG SHOT: Trojan Spirit.
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SECOND RACE: 1. INCREDIBLY LUCKY (best bet), 2. Sassy Kitty, 3. Alicia’s Pride. LONG SHOT: Evening Sonnet.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Ismelucky, 2. Absolutely Perfect, 3. Rose Dunn. LONG SHOT: Violette Szabo.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lightning Fast, 2. Summer Fire, 3. Mysterious Stones, 4. Rebel Fire. LONG SHOT: If Id Told You.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ficanas, 2. Great Return, 3. Foxtail, 4. Excellent Sunset. LONG SHOT: Super Patriot.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tap Back, 2. Drippin Sauce, 3. El Tigre Terrible, 4. Square Deal. LONG SHOT: Bluegrass Faith.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1, Jammers Justice, 2. Test the Water, 3. Georgian Road. LONG SHOT: Color War.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Of Good Report $4.80, first race; Queen of the Track $8.60, fifth; Express Train $3.40, sixth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 3 (Tiz Toffee $4.60, second; Been Studying Her $19.20, seventh; Tandalicious $5.60, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Biddy Duke $2.40, fifth race; Quit Kvetching $7.60, seventh)

Second choice winners: 2 (Top Brass $14, first; K P Dreamin $11, second)

Third choice winners: 2 (Forever Juanito $16, fourth; Swing Thought $11.20, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Volubile $12.20, eighth)

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