Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 7

FIRST RACE: 1. #7 Mighty Moses (6-1), 2. Let’s Meet in Rio, 3. Esposito. LONG SHOT: Sorryaboutnothing.

This 2-year-old is trained by Bob Baffert, ridden by Vicor Espinoza and owned by Zayat Stables LLC. Does this sound familiar? Can you say American Pharaoh. One Baffert’s best moves is the route to sprint, which he is 37%.

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SECOND RACE: 1. With a Twist, 2. Priviledged One, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Thundering Gale.
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THIRD RACE: 1. H R Express, 2. Loyalist, 3. Mike’s Benchmark. LONG SHOT: Tough But Nice.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. What a View, 2. Somethings Unusual, 3. Unusual Fleet. LONG SHOT: Grachus the Hunter.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Antinanco, 2. Alpine Luck, 3. The Gold Monkey. LONG SHOT: Dive Down.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #3 INTOXICATING MOVE (8-1) BEST BET, 2. Glory, 3. Spirit of Ten. LONG SHOT: Journey On.

Jockey Corey Nakatani rides this Del Mar turf course to perfection. This 5-year-old mare won over this course during the summer and coming off a good work. Nakatani is 20% with trainer Jack Carava.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. All Run, 2. Kafister, 3. Story to Tell. LONG SHOT: Melatonin.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Three Hearts, 2. Energia Fribby, 3. Nashoba’s Gold.; LONG SHOT: Chaulk O Lattey.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Blue Copper, 2. Unbirdled Rocket, 3. Twisted Earl. LONG SHOT: Small Town Shuffle.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Lucky Reality $3, sixth race; Poshsky $7, seventh)
Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Riri $3.20, first; Zuzu’s Petals $5.80, second)
Friday’s third choice winners: 0
Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (A New Trend $10.40, third; Avanti Bello $3.20, fourth)
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Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Keeneland, Keeneland Race Course, Kentucky, Lexington

Breeders’ Cup selections for Friday, Oct. 30

In case you don’t know it, Beholder has been scratched from Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic due to bleeding in her lungs after a gallop on Thursday.

It’s a shame because I really wanted to see her face American Pharoah, but the show much go on so here are my thoughts for Friday.

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Sixth Race: JUVENILE TURF

7-Ray’s The Bar

2-Azar

11-Hollywood Don

4-Shogun

If we get this morning-line, I’ll be stunned as trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano just don’t go off at 20-1. RAY’S THE BAR had traffic trouble in U.S. debut so here’s hoping for a clean trip.

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Race 7: DIRT MILE

5-Lea

3-Liam’s Map

1-Red Vine

7-War Envoy

LIAM’S MAP will be everyone’s single here. Not me. This Bill Mot runner LEA is a perfect 3-for-3 at the distance and finished third in the Dubai World Cup. Mott put a good work into over the track recently signaling all systems are go.

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Race 8: JUVENILE FILLIES TURF

3-Alice Springs

10-Illuminate

14-Last Waltz

8-Harmonize

Sticking with the Euros in this race. They just seem to do well here. The condition of the turf course will be a concern to some after rain most of the week but reports are that the inside is harder than the inside so you might see horses all over the place depending on what type of turf they prefer.

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Race 9: DISTAFF

1-I’m a Chatterbox

14-Sheer Drama

7-Wedding Toast

6-My Sweet Addiction

Boy, if Beholder was healthy and running in this race she would be 1-9. She’s not so let’s go with an up and coming 3-year-old filly facing older for the first time in I’M A CHATTERBOX. Larry Jones is a great trainer and will have her ready.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, August 9 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Jade With Envy, 2. Majestic Minister, 3. Thundering Gale. LONG SHOT: Loveintheshadows.

Jockey James Graham is a very good rider on the turf, but hasn’t had a chance to shot it yet at Del Mar. He gets aboard this 5-year-old mare taking a drop in class for trainer Richard Baltas, who is a 20% conditioner on the green stuff.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Zendai, 2. Chasing Kings( SCRATCHED) new pick: Homer Matt, 3. New Summit. LONG SHOT: Papa de Gatto.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Unforgettable U, 2. Ben’s Duchess, 3. Dr. Fager’s Gal. LONG SHOT: Ramona’s Wildcat.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Unusual Taste, 3. China Prince. LONG SHOT: Atomic Rule.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tribal Roar, 2. Counterplay, 3. Rickles. LONG SHOT: If You Dream.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Holograeme, 2. Miss Gifted, 3. Colour Party. LONG SHOT: Majestic Heat.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dreamarcher, 2. Dreamy Art, 3. Jade Princess. LONG SHOT: Treasuring (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Surfside Tiara.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. OM (7-2) (BEST BET), 2. Papacoolpapacool, 3. Cross the Line. LONG SHOT: Tried and True.

Always been a big fan of this son of Munnings ever since beating American Pharoah last year. The grass is really where he wants to run and he gets a class test here after winning an allowance race on the green two races back for trainer Dan Hendricks and jockey Fernando Perez.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Peppy Bolly, 2. It’s Aine, 3. Rosewhitenblue. LONG SHOT: Lazy Daisy May.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Nyquist $4, fifth race; Ultimate Holiday $15, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Sayitright Kat $6.60, second; Nextdoorneighbor $4.60, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Young Brian $4.40, third; Dallas Skyline $13, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions (plus a couple at Gulfstream) for Monday, May 25

Race 5: #2 Nob Hill (6-1)

This son of Curlin was a good third at the end of February but went to the sidelines. Trainer Bob Baffert puts the blinkers back on (34%) and jockey Victor Espinoza, of American Pharoah fame, retains the mount.

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Race 8: #8 Danza Cavallo (4-1)

Trainer Chad Brown ships West looking for a graded stakes win for this 4-year-old filly. Brown is 28% with shippers and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. keeps the mount, choosing this filly over another shipper, Hard Not to Like.

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Race 9: #12 Ladies Man (4-1)

This gelding ran an OK fourth in his career debut and now trainer Mike Puype drops him two levels, a move he is 4-for-5 with (80%). There are two big works since that start and jockey Tyler Baze stays aboard.

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Gulfstream Park

Race 1: #5 Gone as Wind (9-2)

Trainer Efren Loza Jr. is 38% the first time he puts a horse in a claiming race. On top of that, this horse comes out of a key at Tampa Bay Downs that has produced three winners already.

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Race 4: #1 Don’t Tell Vanessa (5-1)

Shippers from Tampa Bay Downs have done well across the country since the closing of the meet and this filly comes out of a race that has produced three winners so far and she drops from MSW to a maiden claiming while getting hot apprentice rider Tyler Gaffalione.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 14

Race 3: #6 Faith Pacer (3-1)

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with first-time starters in MSW races and the sire Lucky Pulpit is 12% first time out while the dam’s sire (Meadowlake) is 18% with first-timers. This 2-year-old filly showed her readiness with a good work on April 29.

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Race 6: #7 Henry’s Holiday (5-1)

When last seen, this 3-year-old was finishing fifth to American Pharoah in the Del Mar Futurity. That’s all you need to know about his class. He tries turf for the first time (sire is 13%) and he won his career debut last year so he can come out running after the layoff. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 30% from 20 starters with first-time geldings.

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Race 8: #7 Archie Bunker (8-1)

Trainer Paddy Gallagher is 31% with first-time horses in a maiden claimer. This son of Arch (13% turf sire) gets a jockey change to the red-hot Flavian Prat.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, April 12

Race 8: #7 Om (9-5)

This 3-year-old comes out of one of the highest rated 2-year-old races last summer at Del Mar and he won by more than 7 lengths and beat American Pharoah (does that name ring a bell?). Trainer Dan Hendricks doesn’t have great numbers off the layoff but this son of Munnings might be so talented that he can overcome that.

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Race 9: #10 Pammy Whammy (6-1)

This 3-year-old filly didn’t get a lot out of her debut, but trainer Peter Miller is 22% second time out and 22% dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time. On top of that the sire, War Front, is 19% with his turf horses.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, April 10

Race 4: #4 Hard Night’s Day (NL)

This 4-year-old has proven she can go two turns, but that was on grass. Now she needs to do it on dirt. Her works have been great and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 29% second off the layoff.

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Race 7: #2 Sky Preacher (NL)

Not sure winning in this comeback race is the top priority for trainer Doug O’Neill, but it’s tough to ignore who this son of Sky Mesa lost to last time he was in the these days: American Pharoah, Calculator and Texas Red. Now that is the definition of a KEY race. This 3-year-old has a win over the course and jockey Tyler Baze knows him well.

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