Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 5

SECOND RACE: #5 Psycho Dar
This gelding broke his maiden at first asking at Del Mar. Has speed and jockey Evin Roman stays aboard for trainer Steve Miyadi and they are 25 percent together. Also comes out of a key race that has produced two winners so far.

FIFTH RACE: #9 Hawk’s Journey (10-1)
Trainer Ed Moger Jr. is having a good year and brings this filly down from NoCal. This is her first time in a claimer and hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke jumps on. In addition to a win bet I would back wheel her in the exacta.

SEVENTH RACE: #9 Cheekaboomboom (7-2)
This gelding is 2-1-1-0 on the dowhill turf course and jockey Flavien Prat stays aboard. Prat is 25% with trainer Peter Eurton. Play an exacta box with the speedy Mr Vargas (#6, 3-1).

EIGHTH RACE: #10 Decarchy Dawn (3-1)
Trainer Bob Hess Jr. is pulling out all the stop to get this 3-year-old to break his maiden. He is adding blinkers and gelded the horse since his last race. The son of Decarchy comes out of a key Del Mar race that has produced two winners so far and keeps jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 4

Preview: The middle of the meet woes have hit as there are less than 60 horses entered on this card. Some trainers off to slow starts are Mike Puype 1-for-22, Kristin Mulhall 1-for-18 plus Keith Desormeaux and Bob Hess Jr., both 1-for-16.

Race 1: 1. Celebrity Status, 2. Ain’t No Other, 3. Senator Bob. LONG SHOT: Tripski.

Race 2: 1. Arrogate, 2. Five Palms, 3. Teniente Coronel. LONG SHOT: Mystery Train.

Race 3: 1. Moose Skowron, 2. Handsome Hank, 3. Quorum of Joy. LONG SHOT: Proud Zoning.

Race 4: 1. #5 Tattooed Kitty (4-1) BEST BET, 2. Lil Miss Sapphire, 3. Holy Mosey. LONG SHOT: Zensational Dancer.
Trainer Peter Miller has a penchant for scoring with first-timers from San Luis Rey Downs, like this filly. We love the sire Wildcat Heir (15% first time out) and Miller puts Brayan Pena aboard.

Race 5: 1. #3 Hell On Wheels (12-1), 2. Lamontagne, 3. Discatsonthesquare. LONG SHOT: Lemon de Oro.
It isn’t often you get double-digits on a horse trained Phil D’Amato but that’s what we are getting here. D’Amato is 24% with horses coming off a 90-plus day layoff and she has plenty of early foot in this turf sprint. The sire Speightstown gets 12% winners first time turf.

Race 6: 1. Prime Issue, 2. Eight Spokes, 3. Signature Cat. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

Race 7: 1. #1 Dame Street (9-2), 2. How Unusual, 3. Mo Knows. LONG SHOT: Lunar Empress.
It’s that man Phil D’Amato again as he gets this filly off 2-for-2 efforts on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs. Top grass jockey Flavien Prat takes the mount for this improving 3-year-old and he’s 28% with D’Amato.

Race 8: 1. Soap Box, 2. Triple Clown, 3. Jimmy the Juice. LONG SHOT: Accordance.

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 21

Preview: For those keeping track, no pun intended, the main dirt track played to speed on Sunday, especially when the horse was in the two path or out further. How the track plays this week is anyone’s guess because there always seems to be a change after the two day break so check Wednesday’s results to see how the track played.
Seems like speed was again king on Wednesday, at least early on the card. Tried to beat Bob Baffert in the feature and he goes 1-2. One of those days: close but no cigar. Full picks up later.

Race 1: 1. Gunslinger, 2. Sweet Shop, 3. Far Out Kailee. LONG SHOT: Warren’s T. Baze.

Race 2 1. #3 Where’s the D (4-1), 2. Pico Chick, 3. Star of Munster. LONG SHOT: Dragon Flower.
This filly drops into a claiming race for the first time in her career, a move trainer Doug O’Neill is 20% with and she has speed, which we’ve already said is good on this track. She broke her maiden over this track and had a good work over it last week.

Race 3: 1. Te Rapa, 2. Mr T Bird, 3. Freddies Dream. LONG SHOT: Neveradoubt.

Race 4: 1. Reward of Roses, 2. Crown on Tap, 3. Kylie Informed. LONG SHOT: Broken Marriage.

Race 5: 1. #3 Warm Endowment (4-1), 2. Californiasunshine, 3. Shehastheritestuff. LONG SHOT: Malware.
Interesting move here by jockey Flavien Prat, who could have ridden another favorite in this race, but opts to ride this daughter of Unusual Heat. Trainer Dean Pederson is 21% with horses coming back in 31-60 days.

Race 6: 1. #5 Goliath’s Girl (6-1), 2. Trinitys Turn, 3. Plastered. LONG SHOT: Marell Street.
Trainer Phil D’Amato is already off to a fast start with multiple wins opening week. Here we have a fill who broke her maiden last time out and D’Amato sends her around two turns for the first time, a move he is 24% with. He also goes from an apprentice rider to Tyler Baze and they are 26% together.

Race 7: 1. #7 Mai Tai (6-1), 2. Almost Reality, 3. Summer Lady. LONG SHOT: Queenofthecastle.
This filly finished second to the talented Enola Gray first time out and then broke her maiden at second asking. Now she tries two turns on the grass for the first time. The sire Heatseeker gets 22% winners first time on the turf. Trainer Bob Hess and jockey Kent Desormeaux are a potent combination.

Race 8: 1. Star Express, 2. Five Star Jack, 3. Big Bad Jon. LONG SHOT: Squash.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Spicy Blonde $3.60, fourth race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 4 (Allthatnmore $6.60, second; Marriedtoaminister $5, third; Chao Chom $4.60, sixth; Pretty N Cool $8, seventh)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Aug. 23

FIRST RACE: 1. NEWFOUND GOLD (BEST BET), 2. Half Dome Dude, 3. Sunrise Legacy. LONG SHOT: Time to Go Robo.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Miss Big Stuff, 2. Shut the Box, 3. Too Much Chatter. LONG SHOT: Cape Nelo.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Super Majesty, 2. Clearly Confused, 3. Sky Mega. LONG SHOT: All Star Bub.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mothernaturespell (7-2), 2. Roianna, 3. Stealth Drone. LONG SHOT: Hi Fever.

Was beaten as the favorite, claimed by trainer Bob Hess Jr. and now moved up a class level. She should fit right in here with these and leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the mount.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Honor N Grace, 2. Ms. K J, 3. Quality Chimes. LONG SHOT: Designated Royalty.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #3 Mr T Bird (5-1), 2. It Is Living Water, 3. Tiz Dynamic. LONG SHOT: Home School.

The for sale sign is out on this 6-year-old making his second start off a year layoff. He ran OK in his return, passing some tired horses in the stretch at this level. Today, jockey Flavien Prat, who has had a good summer, decides not to ride the inside two horses for this gelding, now trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who is 3-for-10 at Del Mar with Prat.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ponder Lea, 2. Lily Pod, 3. Finest City. LONG SHOT: I’ll Show Me.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jimmy Bouncer, 2. Bai a Bali, 3. Talco. LONG SHOT: Kulik Lodge.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #1 Can Can Babe (12-1), 2. Gloryzapper, 3. Sweetrayofsunshine. LONG SHOT: Tatum’s Gold.

Trainer AC Avila claimed this 3-year-old filly out of a winning effort at Golden Gate and move her up in class. Avila is 36% first off the claim and 38% off a layoff of 61-180 days. He has been training this 3-year-old for this 7-furlong distance and he is 2-for-3 with jockey Fernando Perez. Upset special.

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10TH RACE: 1. Redressthebalance, 2. With a Twist, 3. Zuzu’s Petals. LONG SHOT: Toomanytomatoes.

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Saturday’s top choice winenrs: 1 (Skelton Pass $7.60, first race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Appealing Tale $4.40, fourth; Procurement $5, sixth; Big John B $6.20, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Perfect Set $5.40, fifth; Beholder $6, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Casino Call $14.60, seventh)

 

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 18 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Stored Attaq (best bet), 2. Mark of the Affair, 3. English Annie. LONG SHOT: Queen Mad.

Trainer Bob Hess Jr. entered STORED ATTAQ (4-1) earlier in the week, but elects to run here going 7 furlongs. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke takes over the mount.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Samurai Warrior, 2. Hadfunlastnight, 3. Heir of Storm. LONG SHOT: Apollo Ten.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Boozer, 2. Tamarando, 3. Ain’t No Other (SCRATCHED) new pick: Heat Flash. LONG SHOT: Super Ability.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Watdifrenzdzitmake, 2. Misty Warrior, 3. Seattle Music. LONG SHOT: Dana’s Delight.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Real Deal Appeal (SCRATCHED), 2. Salt Power, 3. Bourne Hot. LONG SHOT: Znelle. New picks: 1. Bourne Hot, 2. Znelle, 3. Salt Power. LONG SHOT: Red Man Run.

REAL DEAL APPEAL is coming out of a maiden claiming victory that produced five next out winners.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Flat Footed Mama, 2. Vow Me Over, 3. Backstreet Lisa. LONG SHOT: Educating.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cyrus Alexander, 2. Fame and Power, 3. Kantune. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Chilada, 2. Tangelo, 3. Frandontjudge. LONG SHOT: Winninginfashion.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Ferrero, 2. Sindys Luck, 3. Roper. LONG SHOT: Sonic Fever.

FERRERO (6-1), a son of Old Topper, makes his debut going 5 ½ furlongs. Old Toppers do well first time out, especially in Cal bred company. The 2-year-old had a good gate drill over the track last week for trainer Mike Machowsky.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (St. Joe Bay $7.80, first race; Mascato Girl $8.20, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pulmarack $9.40, fifth; Shysheisnot $6.40, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Nighttiming $6, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Monday, Oct. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Tuckers Point, 2. Diamondsdiplomat, 3. Harlington Night. LONG SHOT: Usbek Thunder.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Anxious Times (best bet), 2. Candy’s Shoes, 3. Spring Action. LONG SHOT: Burning.

ANXIOUS TIMES (6-1), a 3-year-old colt, drops into maiden claimer for the first time and trainer Richard Mandella is 33% with this move. Sired by Tiznow, the colt has been training well and jockey Elvis Trujillo takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Power Crazed, 2. Day of Fury, 3. Opsec. LONG SHOT: Tumbaga.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sam’s Sister, 2. Clearly Confused, 3. Wasted at Midnight. LONG SHOT: Proud Vixen.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Smoke ‘n’ Whiskey, 2. Ski’s Copper Penny, 3. Full of Spice. LONG SHOT: Chain Lightning.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Upbeat Mood, 2. Halljoy, 3. Miss Ellany. LONG SHOT: Lookinfor Mr Right.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. All Indians, 2. Lord Nelson, 3. Tizcano. LONG SHOT: Sebastian’s Heart.

ALL INDIANS (6-1), a 2-year-old colt, showed impressive speed at Del Mar while breaking his maiden. The son of Latent Heat should be able to handle the extra half-furlong and he seems to be enjoying training over the dirt. Rafael Bejarano rides for trainer Bob Hess Jr.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Too Fast to Pass, 2. Craving Carats, 3. Exotic Slew. LONG SHOT: Moonlit Meteor.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Diablo Caballero (SCRATCHED), 2. Forest Chatter, 3. Wade. LONG SHOT: Bitter Heat. NEW PICKS: 1. Forest Chatter, 2. Wade, 3. Bitter Heat. LONG SHOT: A Black Tie Crypto.

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, June 13 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Street Maven, 2. Timeless Indy, 3. Monastic. LONG SHOT: Apostle Paul (SCRATCHED). NEW LONG SHOT: Deep Play.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Baranof, 2. Image of Joplin, 3. Runaway Que. LONG SHOT: Midnight Mayhem (SCRATCHED). NEW LONG SHOT: New Order

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THIRD RACE: 1. Loveintheshadows, 2. Lindz Winz, 3. Silk in Silver. LONG SHOT: Acute.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Atta’ Boy Woody, 2. Full Bird Colonel, 3. Goyo. LONG SHOT: Tribal Echo.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Contessa B., 2. Hanserella, 3. Backintheacademy. LONG SHOT: A Girl Named Em.

CONTESSA b., a 3-year-old, ships in from Churchill Downs, where he finished third in an open $50,000 claimer and he drops into a starter allowance. Plus he goes for the dynamite team from yesterday of jockey Kent Desormeaux and trainer Bob Hess Jr., who have won 3-of-5 races this year at the meet.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Mary Contrary, 2. Chippette, 3. Eltoninadress. LONG SHOT: Ya Wanna Hug.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quotient (best bet), 2. Sheila’s Footsteps, 3. I’ll Wrap It Up. LONG SHOT: Brother Soldier.

QUOTIENT finished third in the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs and now drops into an allowance race. Jockey Victor Espinoza rides for trainer John Sadler and Espinoza figures to have this son of Stormy Atlantic forwardly placed early.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Editor’s Cut, 2. Coconut Cream Pie, 3. L X Sunrise. LONG SHOT: Chain Lightning.

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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS BONUS PICK

Race 3: #2 Drover Crazy

Has never been out of the money on a synthetic track. Has been training well for first start since January and barn is very high on 4-year-old gelding.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 0

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Line Leader $4.40, third race; Omar Little $4.40, fifth; My Slew $25.20, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Dekko $10, second; La Pequena GiGi $5.20, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Boyett $13.80, fourth; Love Rules All $16.20, eighth)

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