Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Horse racing

Belmont, Churchill opinions for Friday, June 5

BELMONT PARK  

Race 2: #7 Joking (12-1)

Trainer Charlton Baker is 30% with beaten favorites. The gelding should enjoy the extra furlong and his runner-up effort last time.

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Race 4: #3 Swipe (12-1)

This colt is still a maiden, but had a nice runner-up effort at Santa Anita and trainer Keith Desormeaux puts him on a plane for New York. By Birdstone, this horse should enjoy the extra furlong and brother, Kent Desormeaux rides back.

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Race 7: #5 Boone Station (15-1)

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is 29% the second time he puts a horse on the turf and this son of Street Cry should going further.

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Race 10: #9 Manchurian High (8-1)

We liked this 7-year-old on the Preakness undercard, but we didn’t get the kick in the stretch we expected off slow front end fractions. Maybe that was a better than looked and he’ll like going the 2-mile distance here.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS                  

Race 8: #4 My Shout (NL)

Trainer Bret Calhoun may be trying to pull a fast one here as he drops this Louisiana-bred into a claimer for the first time, a move he is successful 26% of the time. Look back at this gelding’s best race ever because it came at this exact distance.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 30

FIRST RACE: 1. Lady Danger, 2. Crusingtheharbor, 3. Beach Premier. LONG SHOT: Bullwinkle Babe.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Alfa Bird, 2. Snuggley Bear, 3. He’s On His Toes. LONG SHOT: Z Z Thunder. 

Trainer Victor Garcia isn’t known for winning with first-timers, but ALFA BIRD (5-1), a son of Birdstone, has been tearing it up in the mornings and might just be ready to roll with jockey Corey Nakatani aboard. This is a very tough maiden race.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Big Bane Theory, 2. Blue Tone, 3. Safety Belt. LONG SHOT: Calm Pacific.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I’vegotafeeling, 2. Footstepsinbronze, 3. I’ll Wrap It Up. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Goodbye Roselina, 2. Rovenna, 3. Sam’s Sister. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Call to Congrats, 2. Bennett Jean, 3. Conquest Archangel. LONG SHOT: Moons Over Me.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hog’s Hollow, 2. Press Baron, 3. Little Jerry. LONG SHOT: Perfect Set.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tappingintherain, 2. Koukla, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Mahalo Princess.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Conquest Eclipse (best bet), 2. Manahatta, 3. Sunset Glow. LONG SHOT: Seduire.

CONQUEST ECLIPSE (6-1), a daughter of Malibu Moon, broke her maiden with ease at Churchill Downs and has been waiting for this spot. She has been working well for trainer Mark Casse. Distance and Polytrack should be no problem.

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10TH RACE: 1. Nakamoto, 2. Conquest Hiosilver, 3. Selection. LONG SHOT: Gem Twist.

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11TH RACE: 1. Brazilian Court, 2. Know More, 3. Goyan. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cliff S.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Missing Groom $5.80, first race; Intoxicating Move $9.80, fourth; Ashleyluvssugar $9.80, fifth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Nero’s Pleasure $7.80, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Pursuitofparadise $10.80, second; Red Outlaw $7.20, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, Nov. 22 (updated)

They will be off the turf again on Friday at Hollywood Park.

FIRST RACE: 1. Go Black Tie, 2. Hoppertunity (SCRATCHED), 3. Hold Everything. LONG SHOT: Candy Boy.

Trainer Craig Dollase knows how to get a first-time starter ready (42%) and he’s good with 2-year-olds (29%) like GO BLACK TIE. Here he sends the son of Borrego around two turns in his initial run and Dollase puts jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard and they have good numbers together.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Poshsky, 2. Quick Cielo, 3. Tommo. LONG SHOT: Ancient Stone.

Don’t forget this race is off the turf.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sidepocket Champ, 2. Wonderful Union, 3. Burlister. LONG SHOT: Second Proposal.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Blunderstone, 2. Fashion Plate, 3. Morning Star. LONG SHOT: Afsana.

Trainer Eoin Harty does pretty well with stretching horses out and this daughter of Birdstone named BLUNDERSTONE is bred to run all day. She showed a little bit of interest while finishing fourth at 7 furlongs. Going two turns should be right up her alley.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Rovenna, 2. Meinertzhageni, 3. Prayer Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Feature Attraction.

ACCOMMODATION would have been my pick in this race off his impressive maiden score, but he is “stuck” and likely to scratch Friday morning. Note: as of 10:42 a.m. Accommodation isn’t scratched. My new order: 1. Accommodation, 2. Rovenna, 3. Meinertzhageni, 4. Prayer Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Feature Attraction. NEVER MIND ACCOMMODATION IS SCRATCHED AS EXPECTED. BACK TO ORIGINAL PICKS. GEEZ.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Larocco, 2. Frandontjudge, 3. Golden Celestial. LONG SHOT: Diamonddusted.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mechaya, 2. Mum’s Truckee, 3. Spring Breeze. LONG SHOT: Tappingintherain.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tribal Rain, 2. Pure Blush, 3. Pawn Shop. LONG SHOT: English Puddin.

Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Midnight Casanova $4, fourth; Marino Mizer $4.80, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Key Vista $3, second; Tiz Zoe Cee $7.80, third)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Educated Guess $4.20, first; Money Clip $9.40, sixth; Master Chef $6.60, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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