Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar late selections for Thursday, Aug. 25

Preview: Plenty of variety on this card so should be interesting. The trainer’s race is coming down to the usual suspects. Heading into the week Phil D’Amato led with 16 winners followed by Richard Baltas and Bob Baffert at 12 wins each and Peter Miller with 10. Disappointing meet for the Doug O’Neill barn so maybe that barn will get hot in the last two weeks.

Sorry late again.

Race 1: 1. Tryst, 2. Pearl de Vere, 3. Cuyathy. LONG SHOT: Spicy Blonde.

Race 2: 1. #4 Handsome Hank (5-2), 2. Unbridled Rocket, 3. Suavemente. LONG SHOT: Proud Zoning.
Trainer Art Sherman does claim many but he must have seen some here. Maybe it’s the 5-2-1-2 record at this distance or 2-1-0-1 record on the dirt. This colt is bred to run all day and has the best Brisnet Late Pace Rating.

Race 3: 1. Lil Miss Sapphire, 2. Woot Woot, 3. Goseecal. LONG SHOT: My Mel Mar.

Race 4: 1. #3 Patron (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Silent Movies, 3. What’s Up Gus. LONG SHOT: Magik Pepper.
This is strictly a breeding play as trainer Bob Baffert is 4% with first-time turfers. This colt was training good enough going into debut but that was on the dirt. This 3-year-old is bred to run on the turf (13% first time grass) and bred to run all day (7.5 average furlongs for sire and 9.4 for the broodmare sire). This colt is also coming out of a key race. Baffert is 32% with jockey Stewart Elliott. I’m all in.

Race 5: 1. Enduring Erin, 2. Mrs. Norris, 3. Dis Smart Cat. LONG SHOT: Stylish in Black.

Race 6: 1. #8 Vibe (6-1), 2. Plum Dandy, 3. Term of Act. LONG SHOT: Thirty Pepperonis.
Think this colt’s debut was just a training race as the Desormeaux brothers team up here on this son of Astrology. Trainer Keith Desormeaux is 17% with horses the first time they go a route of ground.

Race 7: 1. #5 Instant Drama (15-1), 2. Easy Grader, 3. Madame Mousse. LONG SHOT: Cover Song.
This filly tries turf for the first time as she returns from a short freshening. The sire Big Drama gets 10% winners first time turf. Trainer Gary Mandella is 2-for-8 in turf sprints and this 3-year-old has a couple of big works coming into the race.

Race 8: 1. Clude, 2. Big Discovery, 3. Motoring Around. LONG SHOT: Tough Emblem.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 22 (First post 4 p.m.)

Preview: Speed again was king on the main track on Wednesday and winners continue to come off the rail from the two slot on in the stretch and then just pull away. Keep it in mind. Eight races on Wednesday and eight different jockeys won so no one is hot right now.

Race 1: 1. #5 Cherokee in Me(5-1), 2. Summer Veil, 3. Amberella. LONG SHOT: Midnight Lady.
Trainer Armando Lage brings a string down from Northern California, including this filly, who is 2-for-2 in dirt races. The 4-year-old has the top Brisnet Prime and Late Pace Ratings. Also jockey Abel Cedillo is 53% with Lage.

Race 2: 1. Blue Chat, 2. Too Much Drama, 3. Ask Me I Might. LONG SHOT: Jeoffie.

Race 3: 1. Tough Emblem, 2. Radio Silent, 3. All Star parade. LONG SHOT: Armored Car.

Race 4: 1. #9 Trust Ur Intuition (8-1), 2. Sharaun, 3. Silver Mojave. LONG SHOT: Run Like the Boss.
This Cal-bred has been running in claimers at Gulfstream Park and trainer Kristin Mulhall ships her back to face state breds. Mulhall is 20% with shippers and 20% off 31-60-day layoffs. Good gate jockey Martin Pedroza rides and is 18% with Mulhall.

Race 5: 1. Pray Hard, 2. Too Fast to Pass, 3. Distinctive B. LONG SHOT: Dadtaughtmewell.

Race 6: 1. El Super, 2. Little Scotty, 3. Willing to Travel. LONG SHOT: Malko.

Race 7: Enola Gray, 2. Allsquare, 3. Fantasy of Luck. LONG SHOT: Roo’s Valentine.

Race 8: 1. #1 Gio Mio (8-1), 2. The Big Train, 3. Lord of Chaos. LONG SHOT: Admiral’s Club.
Looks like this gelding’s last race was a prep for this spot. If you look over this 3-year-olds PPs you”ll notice his best career race was over this turf course for jockey Victor Espinoza. Trainer Art Sherman has the same conditions here and he’s 25% with Espinoza. The sire Gio Ponti gets 10% turf winners.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Gunslinger $4.80, first race; Warm Endowment $8.60, fifth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pico Chick $6.20, second; Five Star Jack $13.40, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Freddies Dream $26, third; Plastered $4, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Feb. 26

Preview: If it only takes 15 pages to print out the card, that means there aren’t a lot of entries and there aren’t. In looking at the main track, trainers Doug O’Neill (13-87) leads the way followed by Bob Baffert (12-62) and Jerry Hollendorfer (10-70). On the other end, trainers to avoid might be Jim Cassidy (1-26), Art Sherman (1-20), Mike Machowsky (1-19) and Javier Sierra (1-19).

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Race 3

#6 Desert Madam (6-1) 

Trainer Robertino Diodoro, who is 22% first off the claim, claimed this mare off two sub-par efforts. If she returns to form, she’s worth the price. The mare has three wins over the Santa Anita surface in her four lifetime dirt wins.

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Race 4 

#3 Cimpl Man (turf only) (3-1) 

Trainer Gary Mandella is 30% when a horse is making his third race off a layoff and this colt stretches out. Jockey Mike Smith and let’s hope he gets more speed out of this colt because the rails are set at 30 feet and speed will be important.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, July 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Lucky Reality, 2. Stormin Trick, 3. Brimstoned. LONG SHOT: Sibernation.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Ransom Canyon, 2. Becker’s Galaxy, 3. Hittheroadrunning. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Joe T.
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THIRD RACE: 1. SHEER PLEASURE (best bet), 2. Ashley’s Sassy, 3. Big Book. LONG SHOT: Kiss At Midnight.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Bandido Too, 2. Fight Thru, 3. Ike Walker. LONG SHOT: Henry’s Holiday.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Somethings Unusual, 2. It Is Living Water, 3. Unusual Taste. LONG SHOT: Luckbox Sam.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #7 Exaggerator (6-1), 2. American League, 3. Path of David. LONG SHOT: Nuke Laloosh.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux likes to have his 2-year-olds come from off the pace and this son of Curlin should like this extra furlong. Jockey Kent Desormeaux takes over and look for big improvement the colt’s second race.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #10 Show Stealer, 2. Chaulk O Lattey, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Taylor Lane.

Trainer Art Sherman and jockey Gary Stevens just scored with a long shot on the turf that owner George Krikorian acquired and they try again in this spot. This filly has been training well and Sherman is 20% in route races.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hoppertunity, 2. Catch a Flight, 3. Bayern. LONG SHOT: Majestic City.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Airfoil, 2. Micks Miracle, 3. Chasintheaces. LONG SHOT: K Thirty Eight.
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10TH RACE: 1. Perdona, 2. Place des Vosges, 3. Scandal. LONG SHOT: Half Past Midnight.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rides this 3-year-old filly for the third straight time, but first time going long on the turf. Bejarano is 26% with trainer Peter Eurton. This daughter of Blame should enjoy two turns and being out of a Storm Cat mare (18% first time turf) should help.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Family Code $9.20, third race; Matter of Luck $16.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Missing Groom $9, second; Tribal Tribute $6.40, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Big John B $8.40, sixth; Terrys Tom Cat $23.20, seventh)

 

 

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Belmont Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions (plus one from Belmont) for Friday, May 29

Race 1: #4 Where Is My Mind (7-2) 

Trainer A C Avila returned from a recent suspension and looks to get back in the win column. He is 57% with horses coming off a 61-180-day layoff like this 3-year-old filly.

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Race 3: #6 Baby Bea Scattin (7-2)

It’s possible this daughter of Scat Daddy wants further, but the sire has a 14% win percentage first time out and the dam’s sire is also 14% (Unbridled’s Song). Think maybe Art Sherman has a live one here.

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Race 8: #11 Silver Ride (6-1)

This colt turned in a clunker in his 2015 debut at Keeneland, but three horses have come out of that race to win. On top of that trainer Brian Lynch wanted to put this 3-year-old on the grass in his debut but it got rained off. Now they try turf today.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Jan. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Bad Ju Ju, 2. Easter Fever, 3. Exfanofsixties. LONG SHOT: Racing for Chasen.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Congrats Seattle, 2. Whiskey Wild, 3. Fabber. LONG SHOT: Whenudon’t Know.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rattataptap, 2. All Star Bub, 3. Tall and Sweet. LONG SHOT: Twister Ginger.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Spring Action, 2. Crane Lodge, 3. Couldashouldadid. LONG SHOT: Beach Fever.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Queen’s Balladier, 2. Scatfish, 3. Taylor Lane. LONG SHOT: Humoristica.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. When We Met, 2. Relentless Heat, 3. Dress Code. LONG SHOT: Juniper Pass.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Warren’s Nicholas, 2. Wicked Heat, 3. Silver Torch. LONG SHOT: Shackleford Banks.

WARREN’S NICHOLAS (9-2), a 6-year-old gelding, is making his second start off a nearly 2-year layoff. He got his legs back under him in a sprint and now trainer Jorge Gutierrez sends him long on the grass, where he broke his maiden. Jockey Joe Talamo had his choice of a few others in here and stays with this one.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Starzilla (best bet), 2. Dench, 3. Silent Ruler. LONG SHOT: Deep Digger.

Jockey Joe Talamo goes for the late daily double by sticking with STARZILLA (7-2), a son of Rock Hard Ten. The 5-year-old has been facing some toughies in the MSW ranks and drops into a maiden claimer for the first time for trainer Art Sherman. Plus STARZILLA is coming out of a key race.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 9

Sorry just too many things on the plate to do full selections today. Be back at it tomorrow. I wasn’t real enthused about the card. There is a carryover in the Pick 6, but believe it will be hit.

Race 3: #3 Perfect Set (4-1)

This 5-year-old gelding was favored at this level one race back at Del Mar. This son of Pleasantly Perfect hasn’t run much on dirt, but his sire liked it. Trainer Art Sherman is 26% on dirt and 24% with horses off a 31-60-day layoff. Jockey Alex Solis stays aboard.

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Race 8: #3 Kiss At Midnight (7-2)

Trainer Peter Miller is 27% with debuting maiden claimers and Decarchy is a good first out sire. Jockey Elvis Trujillo is 25% with Miller and have to believe this one is live.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Forest Chatter $3.60, fifth race; Bow Tie Belle $3.60, sixth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Broadway $11, fourth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Test Ride $6.20, first; Power Foot $6, second)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Puttybadhsark $11, third; Undrgroundrailroad $8.40, eighth)

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