Golden Gate, Horse racing

Golden Gate opinions for Sunday, June 12

Preview: It’s closing day of the long meet and the 20-cent Pick 6 must be given away today. The jackpot is more than $1.4 million so you count on it at least doubling or tripling today.

Race 9 – GG
#5 Freddies Dream (4-1): This gelding makes his NoCal debut after running for trainer Mike Puype down south. He ends up in the high percentage Andy Mathis barn and he gets perennial riding champ Russell Baze to ride. Baze is 35% with Mathis.

Race 10 – GG
#10 A Little Luckier (6-1): Jockey JJ Hernandez had his choice of four horses in this race and he sticks with this mare. She’s taking a drop in class for trainer John Martin, who hits with 32% of his claimers and 35% with Hernandez.

Race 12 – GG
#9 Call My Bluff (4-1): This filly is dropping from a straight maiden affair to the maiden claiming ranks. She gave an even effort in a sprint and now tries two turns on the grass. Being by Temple City, a son of Dynaformer, she should like the turf and the distance. Trainer Tim McCanna is 2-for-9 dropping into a maiden claimer and he’s 22% with jockey Frank Alvarado. Also consider using the 7 and 12.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Feb. 11

Preview: Not a great card so tread carefully. As we said previously apprentice David Lopez is riding great and loses his bug at the end of March so look for him to ride as many horses as possible.

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Race 2: #6 Bistro Lights (4-1)

Trainer Dean Pederson is 25% (2-for-8) first off the claim and he puts veteran Santiago Gonzalez aboard. Pederson is also 30% with maiden claimers.

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 Race 8: #8 Saint Dermot (6-1)

Trainer Andy Mathis ships down from Northern California and he is 32% going from an All-Weather track to the dirt. This gelding has won twice on this dirt track so the surface should be no problem.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, August 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Triple Vanilla, 2. Canadian Exchange, 3. Alyeska. LONG SHOT: Twosome.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Chia Love, 2. Luvuryan, 3. Little Emma. LONG SHOT: Summer Veil.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Sheeza Milky Way, 2. Joan of Arch, 3. Imflatoutsweet. LONG SHOT: Straight N Strong.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #2 No Ez Money (8-1), 2. Mighty Brown, 3. Alpine Luck. LONG SHOT: Johns Journey.

This gelding is making his second start off a long layoff and trainer Andy Mathis is an expert at that with a 33% (15-for-45) mark in this situation. The 6-year-old showed speed in his first try over the track and should be fitter here for jockey Santiago Gonzalez.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Intoxicating Move, 2. Soresca, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Agustina de Aragon.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tumbleweekprincess, 2. Sooner Time, 3. Swiss Affair. LONG SHOT: Gypsy’s Rule.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 TIZ FUTURITY (5-1) best bet, 2. Unusually Green, 3. Rainbow North. LONG SHOT: Temple Keys.

Trainer Mike Pender is still looking for his first win of the meet but he has done well on the turf in allowance races in the past at Del Mar. We would like to see new jockey Kent Desormeaux show more speed with this 5-year-old because there doesn’t appear to me much gas in this race and inside speed does well when the rails are at 24 feet.

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EIGHT RACE: 1. Royal Gambler, 2. Relative Time, 3. Swiss Cheese. LONG SHOT: Brownhawk.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 3 (Wish I Understood $2.60, first race; Desert Steel $4.20, second; Pretty N Cool $2.80, seventh)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Rush of Day $8, fourth; Yiannis $3.60, sixth; Arcature $12.20, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sweetrayofsunshine $12.80, third)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Hollywood Don $9.80, fifth)

 

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Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (plus a few others) opinions for Friday, July 3

Race 2: #1 Just Google Me (8-1)

Trainer Scott Rollins, who mainly plies his trade in Arizona, brings this Cal-bred over from the desert. The daughter of Stormin Fever has some good works and Rollins is 3-for-6 with first-time starters plus he puts speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard. Watch out for the two outside horses of OCTOFY (training lights out for Doug O’Neill) and MALIBU RUM RUN (trained by Jerry Hollendorfer). An exacta box of 1-7-8 might be a good idea.

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Race 7: #5 Marynetta (6-1)

Trainer Andy Mathis doesn’t come down to SoCal all that much so when he does you need to take notice. Mathis is 39% second off a layoff and 32% taking horses from an all-weather track to dirt. This 7-year-old mare has three lifetime wins on dirt.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 9: #1 Midnightatmarions (20-1)

Has been away for more than a year, but comes out of a maiden race that has produced five next out winners. Was mid-pack in debut until tried to jump inner rail. Trainer Jim Ryerson is 10% with horses coming off a 90-plus-day layoff. Worth a shot.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 9: #5 Platinum Prince (turf only) (15-1)

Been away since November, but trainer Harry Benson is 2-for-6 with layoffs greater than 90 days. This one broke its maiden at this distance on the grass and red-hot jockey Edgard Zayas takes the mount.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Rosie Brown, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Awe Gee. LONG SHOT: Fortune’s Daughter.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Theatre Star, 2. Bunairgead, 3. Spring Bloom. LONG SHOT: Biorhythm.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Monument (best bet), 2. Got Even, 3. Pepnic. LONG SHOT: Kate’s Event.

MONUMENT (8-1), a 4-year-old colt, is a perfect 2-for-2 on the Del Mar Polytrack. Still above his claimed level and pressed the pace last time on the turf before tiring. Jockey Agapito Delgadillo stays aboard for trainer Alfredo Marquez.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mosso, 2. Boom Boys, 3. Rainbow North. LONG SHOT: Tasha’s Courage.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tiz Zoe Cee, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Contessa B. LONG SHOT: Sheza Eyeopener.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Williams Bay, 2. Sweet as a Rose, 3. Penny Sixpence. LONG SHOT: Freethinker.

WILLIAMS BAY (3-1), a daughter of Kitten’s Joy, is bred to run all day long. She turned in an even effort coming down the hill at Santa Anita for trainer Tom Proctor, who is 25% with second time maiden starters. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps aboard. PENNY SIXPENCE is the likely favorite, but a horse has yet to win from the No. 1 post on the turf at the meet and the Neil Drysdale trainee got moved in by a scratch.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. New Nature, 2. Fable, 3. Hugh Knew. LONG SHOT: La Casadora.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hope ‘n Pray, 2. Cuneo, 3. Zippingaroundtown. LONG SHOT: Valentine Boy.

Trainer Andy Mathis claimed HOPE ‘ N PRAY (6-1), a son of Old Topper, out of a third-place effort last time. The gelding was closing down the lane and gets an extra half-furlong at the same class level. Long shot jockey Tiago Pereira jumps aboard in a definite jockey upgrade.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Ontology $5.40, first race; Perfect Set $5.20, fourth; Merit Man $7.20, seventh)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Majestic Presence $7.80, fifth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Watch It Buster $13.60, eighth)

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