Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 26 (first post 11:30 a.m.)

FIRST RACE: 1. Arch Anthem, 2. Aussie Fox, 3. Mo Bob. LONG SHOT: Ready Say Go.

SECOND RACE: 1. Just Hit Play, 2. Runningwscissors, 3. Two Fifty Coup. LONG SHOT: Mad Mike.

THIRD RACE: 1. Irish Heatwave, 2. Listing, 3. Our Silver Oak. LONG SHOT: Offshore Affair.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Heck Yeah, 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Edwards Going Left. LONG SHOT: Touching Rainbows.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Oozle, 2. Spend Spend Spend, 3. Lady Ninja. LONG SHOT: Family Girl.

SIXTH RACE: 1, Vevina, 2. Tooreen Dancer, 3. Tonahutu. LONG SHOT: Gratzie.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Littlebitamedal, 2. It Makes Sense, 3. Exultation. LONG SHOT: Bear Chum.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Christy Jackson, 2. Smitten Kitten, 3. Don’teatmycookies. LONG SHOT: Pulpitinthesky.

NINTH RACE: 1. Cordiality, 2. S Y Sky, 3. Pulpit Rider. LONG SHOT: Bella Luma.

10TH RACE: 1. Builder, 2. Roaring Fork, 3. Union Rebel. LONG SHOT: Buck Duane.

11TH RACE: 1. King Abner, 2. Accountability, 3. Camino Del Paraiso. LONG SHOT: Unusually Green.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Heloise $6.60, fifth race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Silk From Heaven $5, second; Ostini $8, fourth; Souter $6.40, ninth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 25

Preview: Found a little free time to handicap so here we go.

FIRST RACE: 1. Love and Peace, 2. Luminoso, 3. Travieza. LONG SHOT: Kelly’s Humor.

SECOND RACE: 1. Don’t Sell, 2. Silk From Heaven, 3. Kitty Boom Boom. LONG SHOT: Bluegrass Betty.

THIRD RACE: 1. Sought More Pep, 2. Resky Business, 3. Smart Rachel. LONG SHOT: Blooming Hannah.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Palermo Style, 2. Ostini, 3. Cool Your Jets. LONG SHOT: Single Me Out.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Heloise, 2. Sweetner, 3. Crackling Bread. LONG SHOT: She’s No Fool.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Grazeninamerica, 2. Paul’s Diva, 3. Salutelute. LONG SHOT: Defense Minister.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Drop the Mic, 2. Judicial, 3. Moonshine Annie. LONG SHOT: Scathing.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Mr Paytience, 2. Scouted, 3. Rickey B. LONG SHOT: Daddy Jones.

NINTH RACE: 1.Via Egnatia, 2. Souter, 3. War Chest. LONG SHOT: Cupid’s Claws.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Chosen Vessel, 2. Exultation, 3. What’sontheagenda. LONG SHOT: Bellerin.

SECOND RACE: 1. Majestic Design, 2. Smart Rachel, 3. Kennedie Sky. LONG SHOT: Miz Tianjin.

THIRD RACE: 1. Aggressivity, 2. Seahawk Wave, 3. Stonegate. LONG SHOT: Paladar.
Watch the betting on No. 7 Paladar. He’s 10-1 on the morning-line and had some great works after his last race, but there are no listed works since Dec. 8. Kind of strange. He’s dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time and he’s owned by Keith Brackpool, who use to run Santa Anita. Is he trying to get one over?

FOURTH RACE: 1. Untouched Elegance, 2. Sugary, 3. Take a Leap. LONG SHOT: Drift Away.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Denman’s Call, 2. Stone Hands, 3. Junior Gilliam. LONG SHOT: Big League.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Nolo Contesto, 2. Istanbul, 3. Omaha Beach. LONG SHOT: Railman.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. A Little Bit Me, 2. Tonahutu, 3. Okinawa. LONG SHOT: Suspicious Spouse.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tanners Pride, 2. Clyde’s Pride, 3. Raul Rosas. LONG SHOT: Leroy.

NINTH RACE: 1. Unusual Rider (best bet), 2. Unusual Angel, 3. Tank Team. LONG SHOT: Nice Haircut.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Sheer Flattery $8.80, sixth race; Irish Heatwave $16.40, 10th)

Second choice winners: 3 (Rumpus Cat $7.20, first; Road Test $13.20, third; Lucky Student $4.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Smitten Kitten $8.40, second)

Long shot winners: 1 (Red Lightning $50.60, seventh).

Note: Some advance warning the printer at my work is out of commission to the malware attack and I’m old school in that I print out my PPs so it’s entirely possible I may not have picks for the weekend.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Tuesday, Jan. 1

PREVIEW: I hope some of you followed my picks on Twitter @Jeff_Nahill and won a couple of bucks on Monday. I decent opinions on most of the races except the fourth when I was driving to work and the last race, which I had no clue on as a first-timer won. Happy New Year.

FIRST RACE: 1. Hard Fought, 2. Rumpus Cat, 3. Jimmy Chila. LONG SHOT: Tigerbeach.

SECOND RACE: 1. Kindred, 2. Jeweled, 3. Smitten Kitten. LONG SHOT: Dannie Joe.

THIRD RACE: 1. Midnight Lilly, 2. Road Test, 3. Carrie’s Success. LONG SHOT: Lea’s Reward.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Coil to Strike, 2. Goldie’s Hills, 3. Dubnation. LONG SHOT: Sea’s Journey.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Surprise Fashion, 2. Hard to Come Home, 3. Zorch. LONG SHOT: Montana Moon.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Sheer Flattery, 2. Very Very Stella, 3. Arch Prince. LONG SHOT: Upper Room.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Captain Scotty, 2. Solid Wager, 3. Threefiveindia. LONG SHOT: Red Lightning.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Calculator, 2. Stormy Liberal, 3. Law Abidin Citizen. LONG SHOT: Cistron.

NINTH RACE: 1. Sought More Pep, 2. Lucky Student, 3. Princess Kendra. LONG SHOT: Eskenforadrink.

10TH RACE: 1. Irish Heatwave, 2. Principe Carlo, 3. Scouted. LONG SHOT: Listing.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Dec. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. My Sweet Baboo, 2. Fashion Island, 3. Speedette. LONG SHOT: Mercy Mercy.

SECOND RACE; 1. Facts Matter, 2. blame Joe, 3. Optimum. LONG SHOT: Celebrate Life.

THIRD RACE: 1. Naomi Fraley, 2. Sierra Sunrise, 3. Twirling Diamond. LONG SHOT: Miss Boisterous.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Excellent Sunset, 2. Quebec, 3. Escape Clause. LONG SHOT: Sweet Charity.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Tomasino, 2. Papa Turf, 3. Boy Howdy. LONG SHOT: Will Tell.

SIXTH RACE: 1.J T’s A. T. M., 2. Treasure Hunter, 3. Madarnas. LONG SHOT: C R Bullitt.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Redrock trail, 2. Shake N Fries, 3. Violent Behavior. LONG SHOT: Gleyber.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Competitionofideas, 2. Colonia, 3. Californiagodlrush. LONG SHOT: Princess Warrior.

NINTH RACE: 1. Runningwscissors, 2. Oracle of Omaha, 3. Damiano. LONG SHOT: Mayan Warrior.

10TH RACE: 1. beyond Pleasure (best bet), 2. Storming Lady, 3. Breezy Bee. LONG SHOT: Coldwwater.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Bob and Jackie $7.80, eighth race)
Second choice winners: 2 (Dont’s Stalk Me $3.20, third; One Upper $4, fifth)
Third choice winners: 4 (Magnificent McCool $7.60, first; Knight’s Cross $6, second; Shut It Up $16.20, fourth; Aristocratic $5, seventh)
Long shot winners: 0
Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Dec. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Shining Through (best bet), 2. Mystical Moon, 3. Magnificent McCool. LONG SHOT: Seven Oxen.

SECOND RACE: 1. Frozen Money, 2. Sooner Better, 3. Knight’s Cross. LONG SHOT: Rockandahardplace.

THIRD RACE: 1. Older Brother, 2. Don’t Stalk Me, 3. Quad. LONG SHOT: Our Tiger’s Boy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. To the Morning, 2. Objective, 3. Shut It Up. LONG SHOT: Rather Nosy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Peachy, 2. One Upper, 3. Desired Edge. LONG SHOT: Copper Cowgirl.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Starting Bloc, 2. Ya Gotta Wanna, 3. Kazan. LONG SHOT: Arms Runner.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Zippy Groom, 2. Short of Ez, 3. Aristocratic. LONG SHOT: Seau.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bob and Jackie, 2. Flying Scotsman, 3. Rijeka. LONG SHOT: More Ice.

NINTH RACE: 1. Dukes Up, 2. Trapalanda, 3. Kenzou’s Rhythm. LONG SHOT: Gio’s Calling.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 3 (Twentytwentyvision $8.60, first race; I Am the Danger $5.80, third; Gift Box $15, eighth, cold $1 exacta $23.50, cold $1 trifecta $56.20)

Second choice winners: 2 (Amandine $5.60, fourth; River Boyne $2.80, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (McKinzie $4.40, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Wednesday, Dec. 26 (Opening day)

Preview: Remember jockey Joel Rosario is coming West to ride until the spring so look for him to get plenty of live mounts. Also, a lot of out-of-town jockeys are in Arcadia today for the stakes-filled card. These guys can ride and you will get some great prices on great jockeys. If you like one of them, bet them. I’m not sure how the turf course will play after rain on Tuesday night so make sure you check changes.

FIRST RACE: 1. Twentytwentyvision, 2. Orchestral, 3. Taelyns Prince. LONG SHOT: Comes the Dream.

SECOND RACE: 1. Naughty Sophie, 2. Chatty, 3. Come On Kat. LONG SHOT: Easter Dream.

THIRD RACE: 1. I Am the Danger, 2. According to Buddy, 3. Shane Zain. LONG SHOT: Lil Milo.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Ms Bad Behavior, 2. Amandine, 3. Love and Peace. LONG SHOT: X S Gold.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Jumpin Thru Hoops, 2. Scalper, 3. All Good. LONG SHOT: Mo Mississippi.

SIXTH RACE (Grade I La Brea): 1. Emboldened, 2. Dream Tree, 3. Happy Like a Fool. LONG SHOT: Hot Autumn.
DREAM TREE is the rightful 8-5 morning-line favorite and is the most likely winner of this race for trainer Bob Baffert, but I have to go with the “other Baffert.” EMBOLDENED has never been worse than third over this track and has been training well for her comeback. I’m a big believer that horses either like or hate 7-furlong races and both of these Bafferts have won in their only tries at this elongated sprint distance.

SEVENTH RACE (Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile) 1. Choo Choo, 2. River Boyne, 3. Sejo. LONG SHOT: Desert Stone.
Again RIVER BOYNE is the deserving 8-5 morning-line favorite and will be tough to beat as jockey Flavien Prat stays on the 3-year-old rather than ride my choice, CHOO CHOO. This son of English Channel just missed at Del Mar and Joel Rosario takes over. SEJO is an import from France and gets Irad Ortiz Jr. in the saddle for trainer John Sadler, who got shut out at Del Mar.

EIGHTH RACE (Grade II San Antonio): 1. Gift Box, 2. Battle of Midway, 3. Dabster. LONG SHOT: Tatter to Riches.
The older horses finally take to the track and the thought is that BATTLE OF MIDWAY will be singled in a lot of wagers. Not here. GIFT BOX has been purchased privately by Hronis Racing LLC for Sadler. The 5-year-old comes out of the Chad Brown barn and has a couple of great works over the track. He has never been worse than second in three tries at the distance and that man Rosario rides back. One to watch is TATTER TO RICHES for trainer Jeff Mullins. The 3-year-old will be facing older and Mullins puts blinkers on. Plus Gift Box is coming out of a key race that has produced two winners already.

NINTH RACE (Grade I Malibu): 1. Ax Man (best bet), 2. Seven Trumpets, 3. McKinzie. LONG SHOT: Copper Bullet.
The big race of the day and it drew a field of 16 (only 14 can run). Baffert has five 3-year-olds in this race and at least one (or more) will scratch. AX MAN has been seen since July, but has been gelded since that race. He has been training lights out and Baffert’s layoff stats are huge. SEVEN TRUMPETS ships in from the East Coast for trainer Dale Romans. Throw out that eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He’s back with has own age group and finished second at this distance in the Jerkens at Saratoga.

10TH RACE: 1. Souter, 2. Avalance, 3. Cupid’s Claws. LONG SHOT: Trojan Spirit.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Cool Your Jets, 2. Rule Number Eight, 3. Clem Dela Cle. LONG SHOT: Older Brother.

SECOND RACE: 1. Junior Gilliam, 2. Carville, 3. Madelyn’s Wild Max. LONG SHOT: Gentrified.

THIRD RACE: 1. Sir Eddie, 2. Fly First Class, 3. Captain Buzzkill. LONG SHOT: Hit the Seam.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Lambo Luxx, 2. Blaze’n Prospector, 3. Omburman. LONG SHOT: Pundy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Our Tiger’s Boy, 2. Eleazar Warrior, 3. Captain N. Barron. LONG SHOT: Gryffindor.

SIXTH RACE: 1. General Mach Four, 2. Cool Green, 3. Closing Time. LONG SHOT: Souter.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Baby Brown, 2. Naughty Sophie, 3. Tengs Rhythm. LONG SHOT: Copper Cowgirl.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Libby’s Tail, 2. Conquest Flatterme, 3. Smiling Tigress. LONG SHOT: Life of Illusion.

NINTH RACE: 1. B Squared, 2. Rye, 3. Ashleyluvssugar. LONG SHOT: Accountability.


Top choice winners: 4 (Carnivorous $3.40, second race; Catfish Hunter $3.60, third; Catalina Cruiser $4.80, sixth; Kochees $10.20, eighth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Cordiality $11.20, ninth; Nova $6.60, 10th; Ky. Colonel $22.80, 12th)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Lori’s Attitude $12.40, first; Two Thirty Five $14.80, 11th)

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Pioneer Lad, 2. Fashion Business, 3. Avalanche. LONG SHOT: Malibu Music.

SECOND RACE: 1. Irish Dame, 2. Foxy Fresh, 3. Coronado Cool. LONG SHOT: Candy Pink.

THIRD RACE: 1. Blaze of Glory, 2. Victory Element, 3. Draft Pick. LONG SHOT: Holly Blame.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Alsatian, 2. Six Point Rack, 3. Calvert Street. LONG SHOT: Shaymin.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Zulfikhar, 2. McKale, 3. Kanthaka. LONG SHOT: Beautiful Shot.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Ronald R, 2. Deal With It Dude, 3. Conquest Typhoon. LONG SHOT: Hawks Peak.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sierra Echo, 2. Awesome E K, 3. Trojan Time. LONG SHOT: Contento.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Thirteen Squared, 2. Uppercut, 3. Moonshine Memories. LONG SHOT: Emboldened.

NINTH RACE: 1. Token Vow, 2. Camino Song, 3. Unchaining Melody. LONG SHOT: Thalia.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 4 (Tijori $6, second race; Kona Coast $3.40, third; Majestic Eagle $3.80, fourth; Ashley’s Big Guy $4.60, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Desert Stone $10.60, first; Dark Vader $23.60, seventh)

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Soltero, 2. Frankincense, 3. Cajun Treasure. LONG SHOT: Desert Stone.

SECOND RACE: 1. Over Emphasize, 2. Tijori, 3. Sparky Ville. LONG SHOT: Toothless Wonder.

THIRD RACE: 1. Street to Indy, 2. Kona Coast, 3. Momma’s Baby Boy. LONG SHOT: Nate’s Attack.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Canadian Game, 2. Majestic Eagle, 3. Sellwood. LONG SHOT: Scat Big Dad.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Mesa Sky, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. Atomic Action. LONG SHOT: Private Prospect.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Southern Warlord, 2. Candy Crew, 3. Joejoe’s Kingdom. LONG SHOT: American All Star.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Peace, 2. Take the One O One, 3. Longden. LONG SHOT: Dark Vader.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Call Ended, 2. Ashley’s Big Guy, 3. Perfect Tale. LONG SHOT: Buddy Bear.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 3 (Briartic Gal $9.40, first race; Whirling $13.80, second; Dreamy Gal $4.80, fifth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Well Measured $4.80, fourth; The All Button $12.60, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (Winner’s Dream $4.60, third; Misty Slew $3.40, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0