Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Play Money, 2. Jet Set Ruler, 3. Uncontainable. LONG SHOT: Coast of Roan.

SECOND RACE: 1. Takethediamondlane, 2. D’s Lovely Sophia, 3. Time for Suzzie. LONG SHOT: Silk From Heaven.

THIRD RACE: 1. Apache Princess, 2. Just Grazed Me, 3. Stealthediamonds. LONG SHOT: Lakerball.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Alibi for Mischief, 2. Nonno’s Polaris, 3. Papa Tony. LONG SHOT: Royally Big.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Lieutennant Dan, 2. Heck Yeah, 3. Fashionably Fast. LONG SHOT: Oliver.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Wound Tight, 2. The Hunted, 3. Ward ‘n Jerry. LONG SHOT: Desmond Doss.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Big Returns, 2. Club Aspen, 3. Bettor Trip Nick. LONG SHOT: Fast Enough.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Smiling Shirlee, 2. Almost at Factor, 3. Been Studying Her. LONG SHOT: California Kook.

NINTH RACE: 1. Loafers Boy (best bet), 2. Tigre Di Slugo, 3. Principe Carlo. LONG SHOT: Perfect Wager.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Commanding Chief, 2. Border Town, 3. Muralist. LONG SHOT: Go Daddy Go.

SECOND RACE: 1. Grandpa Louie, 2. After Heat, 3. A Man’s Man. LONG SHOT: Brace for Impact.

THIRD RACE: 1. Foster Boi, 2. General Interest, 3. Hit the Seam. LONG SHOT: Desmond Doss.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Classy Ruler, 2. Cosmic Cowgirl, 3. Storie Blue. LONG SHOT: Crazy Speighty.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hypersonic, 2. Cross Town, 3. Moana Luna. LONG SHOT: Fort Dodge.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Holly Hundy, 2. Kim K, 3. Storming Lady. LONG SHOT: Creative Instinct.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bast 2. Auberge, 3. Golden Princuipal. LONG SHOT: Orquidias Biz.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Factorial (best bet), 2. Go for a Ride, 3. Canadian Game. LONG SHOT: Hootie.
FACTORIAL has been away since the summer Del Mar meet but trainer Richard Baltas can get them ready off this type of layoff. The 6-year-old has been gelded and is coming out of a key race that has produced three winners.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Fast as Cass, 2. Union Station, 3. Norski. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Slayer.

SECOND RACE: 1. I Belong to Becky, 2. Roaring Fork, 3. Toothless Wonder. LONG SHOT: Imagineiamfastest.

THIRD RACE: 1. Rose Dunn, 2. Moonless Sky, 3. Quinnie. LONG SHOT: Avalon Ride.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Diosa, 2. Bellazano, 3. Laker Jet. LONG SHOT: Jabber Now.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Diamond of Value, 2. Invincibella, 3. Point Hope. LONG SHOT: Daddy’s Melody.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Shanghai Keely, 2. Savvy Gal, 3. Gingham. LONG SHOT: Rare Find.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Coalinga Road (best bet), 2. Rookie Mistake, 3. Luvluv. LONG SHOT: El Diablo Rojo.
Lots of first-timers in this race but I’m going two of the experienced hands in the top two. Trainer Carla Gaines is 24% with horses first time on the grass and the sire Quality Road gets 11% winners first time on the green stuff.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Buyback, 2. Katsaros, 3. Root Beer Rag. LONG SHOT: Osteria.

NINTH RACE: 1. Dulverton Darling, 2. Querelle, 3. Persephone. LONG SHOT: Red Bunting.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Love a Honeybadger $6.40, fifth race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Opus Won $12, sixth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Justinian $6.80, third; Rip City $9.80, fourth; Texas Wedge $6.20, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Dec. 28 (opening day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Garth, 2. Devil Made Me Doit, 3. Provost. LONG SHOT: Candy Fury.

SECOND RACE: 1. Angel Alessandra, 2. Keeper Ofthe Stars, 3. Brill. LONG SHOT: Sold It.

THIRD RACE: 1. La Rosa Drive, 2. Rickie Nine Toe’s, 3. It’s a Riddle. LONG SHOT: Swift Socks.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Fivestar Lynch, 2. Tromador, 3. Camps Bay. LONG SHOT: No Parking Here.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Midcourt, 2. Gift Box, 3. Draft Pick. LONG SHOT: King Abner.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Lady Pracealot, 2. Giza Goddess, 3. Mucho Unusual. LONG SHOT: Apache Princess.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bellafina, 2. Mother Mother, 3. Bell’s the One. LONG SHOT: Del Mar May.

EIGHTH RACE: 1.Excellent Sunset, 2. Mirth, 3. Tiny Tina. LONG SHOT: Harmless.

NINTH RACE: 1. Complexity, 2. Omaha Beach, 3. Roadster. LONG SHOT: Much Better.

10TH RACE: 1. Kingly, 2. Mo Forza, 3. Neptune’s Storm. LONG SHOT: Ocean Fury.

11TH RACE: 1. Include the Tax, 2. Champs Success, 3. Totally Tiger. LONG SHOT: Tiger the Man.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Nov. 2 (Breeders’ Cup Day II)

Note: The main track on Friday favored speed. You needed to be forwardly placed to win, like I thought. That doesn’t mean closers can’t finish out exactas, trifectas and superfectas but it’s tough on win end. I told you Flavien Prat would nail a big one and I think he will again today as he has a mount in all nine BC races.

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 Apache Princess, 2. #8 Girls Know Best, 3. #9 Escapade, 4. #4 Just Grazed Me. LONG SHOT: #7 Gypsy Blu.

SECOND RACE: 1. #2 Extra Hope, 2. #4 Flagstaff, 3. #3 Roadster. LONG SHOT: #1 Horse Greedy.

THIRD RACE: 1. #6 Jais’s Solitude, 2. #3 Nolde, 3. #8 Neptune’s Storm, 4. #11 Henley’s Joy. LONG SHOT: #2 Hackberry.

FOURTH RACE (Filly and Mare Sprint): 1. #7 Selcourt, 2. #9 Spiced Perfection, 3. #1 Covfefe, 4. #6 Bellafina. LONG SHOT: #8 Dawn the Destroyer.

FIFTH RACE (Turf Sprint): 1. #11 Om, 2. #4 Shekky Shebaz, 3. #12 Belvoir Bay, 4. #10 Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: #5 Stubbins.

SIXTH RACE (Dirt Mile): 1. #3 Spun to Run, 2. #5 Omaha Beach, 3. #2 Improbable, 4. #8 Blue Chipper. LONG SHOT: #1 Giant Expectations.

SEVENTH RACE (Filly and Mare Turf): 1. #10 Mrs. Sippy, 2. #2 Sistercharlie, 3. #1 Iridessa, 4. #8 Castle Lady. LONG SHOT: #7 Vasilika.

EIGHTH RACE (Sprint): 1. #6 Shancelot (BEST BET), 2. #7 Whitmore, 3. #4 Mitole, 4. #1 Catalina Cruiser. LONG SHOT: #2 Hog Creek Hustle.

NINTH RACE (Mile): 1. #10 Without Parole, 2. #6 Got Stormy, 3. #11 Uni, 4. #12 Lord Glitters. LONG SHOT: #14 Bowies Hero.

10TH RACE (Distaff): 1. #4 Midnight Bisou, 2. #2 Ollie’s Candy, 3. #11 Blue Prize, 4. #9 Serengeti Empress. LONG SHOT: #6 Wow Cat.

11TH RACE (Turf): 1. #10 Old Persian, 2. #5 Anthony Van Dyck, 3. #9 Bricks and Mortar, 4. #4 Mount Everest. LONG SHOT: #3 United.

12TH RACE (Classic): 1. #7 Higher Power, 2. #4 War of Will, 3. #9 Mongolian Groom,, 4. #8 McKenzie. LONG SHOT: #6 Elate.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Rayana $9.60, second race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Itsinthepost $8.80, first; Tap Back $30, fourth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Four Wheel Drive $5, fifth; British Idiom $7.40, seventh; Threefiveindia $8.20, 10th)

Fourth choice winners: 1 (Storm the Court $93.80, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Nov. 1 (Breeders’ Cup Friday)

Note: Jockey Flavien Prat has mounts in all 14 Breeders’ Cup races and he knows this track as well as anyone, especially the turf course. I know I will have a $5 win bet on all of his horses. Swing for the fences because there will be prices the next two days.

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 Campaign, 2. #1 Itsinthepost WINNER $8.80, 3. #2 American Tattoo. LONG SHOT: #4 Zestful.

SECOND RACE: 1. #1 Rayana WINNER $9.60, 2. #4 Opus Won, 3. #9 Heathers Grey, 4. #11 Tiger Silk. LONG SHOT: #7 Arctic Roll.

THIRD RACE: 1. #12 Smiling Shirlee, 2. #9 Cholula Lips, 3. #8 Bulletproof One, 4. #4 Warren’s Showtime. LONG SHOT: #7 Mandy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Chipper, 2. #3 Tap Back, 3. #13 Shady Empire, 4. #9 Pas de Panique. LONG SHOT: #5 Doc Tommy.

FIFTH RACE (Juvenile Turf Sprint): 1. #6 Alligator Alley, 2. #7 Kimari, 3. #9 Four Wheel Drive, 4. #10 A’Ali. LONG SHOT: #5 Encoder.

SIXTH RACE (Juvenile Turf): 1. #1 Our Country, 2. #12 Arizona, 3. #4 Decorated Invader, 4. #14 Hit the Road. LONG SHOT: #8 Billy Batts.

SEVENTH RACE (Juvenile Fillies): 1. #6 Bast, 2. #1 Donna Veloce, 3. #4 British Idiom, 4. #3 Perfect Alibi. LONG SHOT: #5 Lazy Daisy.

EIGHTH RACE (Juveile Fillies Turf): 1. #5 Daahyeh (best bet), 2. #3 Shadn, 3. #9 Albigna, 4. #7 Crystalle. LONG SHOT: #2 Croughavouke.

NINTH RACE (Juvenile): 1. #5 Scabbard, 2. #1 Dennis’ Moment, 3. #6 Eight Rings, 4. #4 Storm the Court. LONG SHOT: #3 Shoplifted.

On the surface this looks like a two-horse race between DENNIS’ MOMENT and EIGHT RINGS and it very could end up that way but for the price SCABBARD finished second to Dennis last time less than 2 lengths with a little bit of trouble. Don’t leave out the West Coast horses like STORM THE COURT and WRECKING CREW because they are familiar with the track surface.

10TH RACE: 1. #7 Secret Courier, 2. #11 Justinian, 3. #8 Threefiveindia, 4. #10 Comedian. LONG SHOT: #1 Rogallo.

Good luck.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Absolute Weapon $4.40, fourth race (plus cold exacta $20.60, cold trifecta $24.30 for $1)

Second choice winners: 4 (Gingham $3.20, third; Govenor Cinch $4.20, third; Amatara $4, seventh; Ronald R $29.40, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Busy Paynter $3.40, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 26 (Races 1-5)

Note: Had family emergency so didn’t get to handicap all of the races.

FIRST RACE: 1. Meistermind, 2. Platinum Equity, 3. Implicitly. LONG SHOT: For Him.

SECOND RACE: 1. Moana Luna, 2. Zorich, 3. Malibu Magic. LONG SHOT: Starship Chewy.

THIRD RACE: 1. M Is for Magic, 2. A G Indy, 3. Undisturbed. LONG SHOT: Christmas Diamond.

This maiden turf race is very wide open and contention runs deep. It wouldn’t surprise if a plus $20 horse won the race, but we’ll stick with M IS FOR MAGIC and jockey Flavien Prat. This filly was wide in her debut and she wants to run long. Prat is 20% with trainer Neil Drysdale. Nothing wrong with A G INDY’s turf debut and tough ride back. I left out 5-2 morning-line favorite CONVINCINGLY because I don’t like the post draw (No. 9) and the change to apprentice Velez.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Thunder Code, 2. Friar’s Road, 3. Dvine Armor. LONG SHOT: Ra’ad.

THUNDER CODE is the only horse to have run before in this maiden race and he come out of a race over the track where the third-place finisher came back to win so it could be a key race. Lots of high-priced babies in here and this could end up being a key race. I left out Bob Baffert’s 2-year-old million-dollar baby THOUSAND WORDS even though Prat is on. The dam is 0-for-2 with foals and I see sprinter on bottom side but just can’t take 2-1. I’m probably all wrong.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Canadian Game, 2. Blue Skye Jade, 3. Colosi. LONG SHOT: Big Sky Logan.

Good luck.

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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.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

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.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

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 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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