Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Feb. 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Access Granted, 2. Dubnation, 3. Atonarun. LONG SHOT: Hit the Seam.

SECOND RACE: 1. High Five, 2. Salah, 3. Palinum Night. LONG SHOT: Bullion.

THIRD RACE: 1. Fracas, 2. Come On Kat, 3. Rizz’s Honors. LONG SHOT: Pied N True.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Castle, 2. Acclimate, 3. Passionate Reward. LONG SHOT: Extrordinary Jerry.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Gran Martillo, 2. Jack’s Diva, 3. Lu Cat. LONG SHOT: Blue Skye Jade.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Whitehouse Road, 2. Caecilius, 3. Mountain Spirit. LONG SHOT: Taos.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tough But Nice, 2. Papa Turf, 3. Burn Me Twice. LONG SHOT: Croissant.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Take These Chains, 2. Elysea’s World, 3. Vasilika. LONG SHOT: Ms Bad Behavior.

NINTH RACE: 1. Kenzou’s Rhythm, 2. Pioneerof the West, 3. Impression. LONG SHOT: Little Scotty.

10TH RACE: 1. Tammy’s Window, 2. Stradella Road, 3. K P Pergoliscious. LONG SHOT: Sutro.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Lady Ninja $3, second race; Ostini $5.40, seventh)

Second choice winners: 3 (Eddie Haskell $10.40, first; Samandah $5.20, sixth; Camino de Estrella $7.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Mad Mike $22, third; Dannie Joe $19.40, fourth)

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Feb. 22 (Updated with turf)

PREVIEW: Sorry not doing the turf races. Not sure they will run on it after this week’s rains.  UPDATE: The turf is firm, according to Santa Anita. I don’t see how after the rain this week but it is what it is.

FIRST RACE: 1. Stormy Liberal, 2. Eddie Haskell, 3. Cistron. LONG SHOT: Calculator.

SECOND RACE: 1. Lady Ninja, 2. Toreno, 3. Li’l Grazen (SCRATCHED), New No. 3 Time for Ebby.. LONG SHOT: Convince.

THIRD RACE: 1. Cooney, 2. Two Fifty Coup (SCRATCHED), 3. Lead Star. LONG SHOT: Stay In Yo Lane. New picks: 1. Cooney, 2. L:ead Star, 3. Stay in Yo Lane. LONG SHOT: Mad Mike.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Chay Up and Away, 2. Tiz Toffee, 3. Lovely Raquel. LONG SHOT: Dannie Joe.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Special Purpose, 2. Space Talk, 3. Animosity. LONG SHOT: Team Hollywood.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Tick Tock, 2. Samandah, 3. Thanks. LONG SHOT: Discrete Stevie B.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ostini, 2. Cool Green, 3. Jet Set Ruler. LONG SHOT: Continental Divide.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Super Duper Cooper, 2. Ferguson, 3. Hey Sequoia. LONG SHOT: Liberty Park.

NINTH RACE: 1. Mr. Magico, 2. Camino de Estrella, 3. Hot American. LONG SHOT: Friendly Steve.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Blitzkreig $6.80, first race; Nice Work $4, fourth; Bitter Ring Home $6.80, eighth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Angel Alessandra $5.40, third; Wild Bean $3.20, sixth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Anatolian Heat $3.40, fifth; Rinse and Repeat $4.20, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Feb. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Blitzkrieg, 2. More Honor, 3. Jimmy Chila. LONG SHOT: Chill.

SECOND RACE: 1. Cinnamon Twist, 2. Conquest Flatterme, 3. Princess Kendra. LONG SHOT: Lady Krisha.

THIRD RACE: 1. Gallovie, 2. Angel Alessandra, 3. Devils Dance. LONG SHOT: Lady Lucy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Nice Work, 2. Oracle of Omaha, 3. Owning. LONG SHOT: I Belong to Becky.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Rocky Rogue, 2. Executive Cat, 3. Anatolian Heat. LONG SHOT: St. Reno.

SIXTH RACE: 1. He Be Mojo Risin, 2. Wild Bean, 3. John’s Intution. LONG SHOT: Translucent.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Keep Quiet, 2. Fight On, 3. Kazan. LONG SHOT: Dreams of Valor.

EIGHT RACE: 1. Bitter Ring Home, 2. Causeididitmyway, 3. Normandy Beach. LONG SHOT: Bartlett Hall.

NINTH RACE: 1. Foray, 2. Kris’ Wild Kat, 3. Rinse and Repeat. LONG SHOT: Vintage Hollywood.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Dirt races only)

Top choice winners: 3 (Prodigal Son $5.20, fifth race; Whirling $4.60, seventh; Marley’s Freedom $3.40, ninth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (Swamp Souffle $7, third)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Feb. 16 (Plus Fair Grounds stakes races)

Preview: Again not doing turf races.

FIRST RACE: 1. Over Emphasize, 2. Flat Out Joy, 3. Chocolate Speights. LONG SHOT: Morning Cynn.

THIRD RACE: 1. Vangilder, 2. Palladium, 3. Swamp Souffle. LONG SHOT: Ack.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Prodigal Son, 2. Play Money, 3. Don’tteasethetiger. LONG SHOT: Curry.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Whirling, 2. Heloise, 3. Gia Lula. LONG SHOT: Lucky Val.

NINTH RACE: 1. Marley’s Freedom, 2. Paradise Woods, 3. Dream Tree. LONG SHOT: Escape Clause.

Good Luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS (Dirt races only)

Top choice winners: 2 (Conquest Cobra $11.20, sixth race; Zestful $6.40, eighth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Contagion $4.40, second)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

Fair Grounds stakes opinions for Saturday, Feb. 16
Preview: Big day in New Orleans so I looked at the stakes races only. It rained a little on Friday so check the track conditions, especially on the turf.
SECOND RACE: 1. Adonis Creed, 2. Hogy, 3. Wings Locked Up. LONG SHOT: Chaos Theory.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Pretty Lady, 2. Beau Recall, 3. Mitchell Road. LONG SHOT: Promise of Spring.
NINTH RACE: 1. Krewe Chief, 2. Lone Sailor, 3. Flameaway. LONG SHOT: Long On Luck.
10TH RACE: 1. Big Changes, 2. Synchrony, 3. Markitoff. LONG SHOT: Combatant.
11TH RACE: 1. Serengeti Empress, 2. Positive Spirit, 3. Bell’s the One. LONG SHOT: Oxy Lady.
12TH RACE: 1. Henley’s Joy, 2. Will of Will, 3. Mr. Money. LONG SHOT: Country House.
In the interest of honesty, I am friends with HENLEY’S JOY’s owner, Jeff Bloom. This 3-year-old has been running on the grass, but they are taking a shot here. The colt has trained well on the dirt and now is the time to see if he belongs on the Kentucky Derby trail. At 10-1, I think he’s worth a shot. I know he can get the distance.
Good luck.
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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Feb. 15

Preview: Didn’t even look at the turf races.

FIRST RACE: 1. Scattering mink, 2. Gold Arrow, 3. Wae Ready. LONG SHOT: Mongoalian Empire.

SECOND RACE: 1. Hard to Come Home, 2. Friday’s at Shady, 3. Contagion. LONG SHOT: Calder Vale.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Factorize, 2. Crackling Bread, 3. Sweetener. LONG SHOT: Secret Offer.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Conquest Cobra, 2. Beantown Boys, 3. R Cha Cha. LONG SHOT: Graycaster.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Zestful, 2. Lindante, 3. Banze No Oeste. LONG SHOT: Crystal Dome.

Good luck.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Big Base $6.20, second race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Platinum Equity $3.60, third; Midnight Lilly $7.40, fourth; Miss Fia $6.80, seventh)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Distinctive B $6.40, sixth)

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Feb. 14

PREVIEW: I’m not going to handicap the first race on the grass because it ain’t going to happen with the weather report.

SECOND RACE: 1. Big Base, 2. Awesome Amanda, 3. Whata Flirt. LONG SHOT: Perfect Portrait.

THIRD RACE: 1. Twirling Tiger, 2. Platinum Equity, 3. Little Scotty. LONG SHOT: Elwood J.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Duranga, 2. Midnight Lilly, 3. Sharp Holiday. LONG SHOT: Sea Glass.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Twirling Diamond, 2. Goodtingscominpink, 3. Meritocracy. LONG SHOT: Bluegrass Getty.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Annie’s Candy, 2. Jan’s reserve, 3. Adens Dream LONG SHOT: Distinctive B.

SEVENTH RACE: Twirling Devon, 2. Miss Fia, 3. Diosa. LONG SHOT: Rather Nosy.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bowl of Spaghetti, 2. Stretford End, 3. Charmer John. LONG SHOT: High Five.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita and Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 9

PREVIEW: Had some family issues on Friday so didn’t get to handicap the full Santa Anita card. Beside, it was suppose to rain overnight leaving the condition of the main track and turf course in question. I will be surprised if anything other than the stakes races are run on the grass. I have handicapped only the stakes races in Arcadia today.
I have also included the four stakes races being run at Tampa Bay Downs today.

SANTA ANITA

RACE 5 (Grade Ii Las Virgenes): 1. Bellafina, 2. Enaya Alrabb, 3. Mother Mother. LONG SHOT: Tomlin.

RACE 7 (Grade III Thunder Road): 1. Blackjackcat, 2. Le Ken, 3. River Boyne. LONG SHOT: True Valour.

RACE 9 (Grade II San Marcos): 1. Chicago Style, 2. Beach View, 3. Epical. LONG SHOT: Sejo.
First off, let me say I handicapped this race thinking trainer Bob Baffert will scratch Roman Rosso and Dabster if this race stays on the grass. Both horses have never run on the green stuff and I don’t Baffert intends to do it here. I also don’t think Prince of Arabia will run if it’s not on the main track. Love Chicago Style here. He can handle a softer turf course and others in here have proven they can’t.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

EIGHTH RACE (Grade III Tampa Bay) 1. Qurbaan, 2. Heart to Heart, 3. Inspector Lynley. LONG SHOT: Irish Strait.

NINTH RACE (Suncoast): 1. Her Royal Highness, 2. Sweet Diane, 3. Lady Kate. LONG SHOT: Point of Honor.

10TH RACE (Grade III Endeavour): 1. Get Explicit, 2. Bombshell, 3. Hawksmoor. LONG SHOT: Viva Vegas.
Note: Trainer Chad Brown intends to scratch Rymska and run her at Gulfstream Park.

11TH RACE (Grade III Sam F. Davis): 1. Well Defind, 2. Knicks Go, 3. Cave Run. LONG SHOT: Still Dreaming.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 4 (Runningwscissors $5, first race; Award It $4.20, third; Red King $7.40, sixth; Mobou $4.40, eighth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Mongolian Window $6.80, second; Ax Man $6.20, seventh)

Long shot winners: 0

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