Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Tuesday, July 4

Race 2: #5 Miss Remembering (6-1) ****
Play: 4 units to win, 5 units to place, 6 units to show. EXBX 5-6 (All-Baffert exacta)

Race 3: #9 California Breeze (12-1) ***
Play: 3 units to win, 5 units to place, 6 units to show.

Race 5: #1 Atomic Action (4-1)****
Play: 4 units to win, 5 units to place, 6 units to show.

Race 6: #1 Hunt (5-1) ****
Play: 4 units to win, 5 units to place, 6 units to show.

Race 9: #5 Mining Diamonds (5-1) ****
Play: 4 units to win, 5 units to place, 6 units to show.

Race 10: #6 Union Rebel (6-1) ****
Play: 4 units to win, 5 units to place, 6 units to show. EX 5-8-10-11-12 w 6

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, June 18

Note: Still under the weather but aat least got these up earlier. Hope you had the 2 winners Saturday and should have had another one in Mopotism. Don’t know about that ride by Mario Gutierrez.

Race 1: #3 Lethal Legacy (6-1) EXBX 3-2-1

Race 7: #10 Oh Jerry (20-1) EX All with 10

Race 8: #2 An Unusual Group (6-1)

Race 9: #1 Show Me Da Lute (5-1)

Race 10: #3 Mag the Mighty (8-1)

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, June 17

Note: Sorry these are late. I’m under the weather. No write-ups, just a few picks.

Race 1: #4 Gentrified (4-1)

Race 3: #5 Six Cider (3-1)

Race 4: #6 Holidayincambodia (10-1)

Race 5: #9 Supreme Venture (10-1) EXBX 9-2-7-8

Race 7: #4 My Farmer (10-1) EXBX 4-13-5

Race 8: #5 Hay Dude (7-2)

Race 9: #9 Mopotism (6-1)

Race 10: #3 Awesome Heights (12-1)

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, June 16

Race 1 – SA
#5 Tastemaker (15-1) TURF ONLY ****
This colt is definitely the best bred in this race, sired by Candy Ride out of Sweet Catomine, a really good race mare for the Wygods. He had kinds of trouble in the last race at the start and now Norberto Arroyo Jr. rides him again for Cliff Sise Jr.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 5 – SA
#7 Miz Strawberry Dee (3-1) ****
This mare drops into the Cal-bred ranks for the first time in recent memory. She almost won coming down the hill. Now trainer Mike Chambers tries her on the dirt and at 7 furlongs. Chambers is 28% second off the layoff and Gary Stevens rides back.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 7 – SA
#8 Belisarius (9-2) TURF ONLY ****
Trainer Peter Miller has been on fire and he drops this gelding into a claimer for the first time. Miller is 20% in that situation. Jockey Arroyo is really underrated on the turf.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 10 – SA
#7 Tap on a Star (5-1) ****
This filly drops to her lowest level and trainer Molly Pearson is 40% when dropping a horse two or more levels. The 3-year-old has speed and that should show more in this spot.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, June 9

Preview: Sorry no picks last Sunday. Card wasn’t good and was tried of handicapping bad cards. As you know, Thursday’s card was cancelled due to a lack of entries. The rest of the weekend looks decent so let’s hope for some wins and prices.

Race 1 – SA
#5 Mr. Hinx (7-2) TURF ONLY ****
This gelding has a win down the hill and trainer Steve Miyadi is 22% going sprint-route-sprint. He gets red hot apprentice Evin Roman to ride.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 4 – SA
#8 Unnamed Source (6-1) TURF ONLY ***
Trainer Dan Blacker is 3-for-5 with horses making their second start on the turf. This colt is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time and doing likewise going two turns. Joe Talamo jumps on.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 7 – SA
#4 Doc Curlin (7-2) TURF ONLY ****
Trainer Richard Baltas takes over from Kristin Mulhall for this colt and he is 24% with new stock. This 5-year-old has a late kick and a win down the hill.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, June 3

Preview: Want to know what a joke racing in Southern California has become? Just take one look at today’s Grade I $400,000 Beholder Mile. A total of five fillies and mares were entered, but only three will run (Vale Dori, Stellar Wind and Finest City). Trainers Bob Baffert (Faithfully) and Art Sherman (Show Stealer) scratched on Friday. A Grade I and there is just three horses. What a sad state of affairs. I really don’t understand Baffert scratching Faithfully. Yes, Baffert has Vale Dori in the race, but he could have used the race as a workout for Faithfully. She would have earned $24,000 for finishing fourth and gotten black type in her pedigree. Horses received black type if they finish in the top four of a stakes. Instead, Baffert scratched. Guess he didn’t need the $2,400 for his time or his clients didn’t need $19,000.

Race 1 – SA
#1 Squared Squared (4-1) ****
Trainer John Sadler is starting to come around and I think this gelding might just take to the turf.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EX 5-6 with 1.

Race 3 – SA
#4 Mr. Twinery (9-5) *****
This looks like a single to me in the Pick 5. He is dropping from a MSW to a maiden claimer for the first time. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 22% in the second career start of a horse and he’s 26% with apprentice Evin Roman.
Jeff’s Playbook: 5 units to win, 10 units to place and 15 units to show.

Race 7 – SA
#4 Farhaan (12-1) TURF ONLY ***
This 8-year-old scored a nice win in the Thunder Road and trainer Phil D’Amato sees fit to come back in this Grade I. Flavien Prat keeps the mount and there is a good work last time out showing.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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