Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 27

Preview: Four races on this card were to be run on the rained out card last Sunday. Jockeys having a tough time at the meet are apprentice Austin Solis (1-25), Brayan Pena (0-21) and Edwin Maldonado (1-19).

Race 1 – SA
#6 Paradise (4-1) ****
Our Eyes: Apprentice rider Ruben Fuentes, who started the week 2-for-7, gets aboard this maiden for trainer Mike Harrington. Look for them to gun from the gate.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 3 – SA
#4 Drover Crazy (2-1) ****
Our Eyes: Trainer Richard Baltas had this gelding for owner Jeff Bloom back in the day. He was claimed twice and Baltas decided to claim him back for new connections. The 7-year-old takes a drop in class, but jockey Brice Blanc stays aboard.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 8 – SA
#3 Budokan (7-2) ****
Our Eyes: Speaking of Bloom Racing, this gelding just missed last time out and now tries a little longer. Gets a huge jockey switch to Rafael Bejarano, who is 24% with Jerry Hollandorfer at Santa Anita. Hollendorfer is 29% in maiden claiming races.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Good luck.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

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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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 27

Preview: The fields aren’t full and the card isn’t great. Hopefully we have better racing on the weekend.

Race 6 – SA
#2 Hennythelovepenny (5-2): This filly showed plenty of speed at Los Alamitos and now trainer Peter Miller cuts her back around one turn. Miller is 22% when going from a sprint to a route. Jockey Edwin Maldonado sticks around.

Race 8 – SA
#2 Spark Plug Katie (3-1): This filly drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and trainer Jeff Mullins is 35% with that move. Apprentice jockey Brayan Pena stays aboard.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 22

Preview: Pretty unusually to only see.two turf races on a weekend card, but that’s what we have today. Lots of dirt and smaller fields.

Race 2 – SA
#9 Dixie Dame (9-2): This filly has been favored in her last two and come up short. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 29% with beaten favorites and he’s 40% with jockey Edwin Maldonado at Santa Anita.

Race 8 – SA
#9 Alexita (5-2): I don’t see a lot of speed in this race, but this filly has plenty of speed. She bobbled at the start last time and rushed up. Apprentice Brayan Pena rides for trainer Peter Miller and they are 23% at Santa Anita.

Race 10 – SA
#8 Behest (3-1): This filly won over the downhill layout at the beginning of the year and then went to the sidelines for trainer Phil D’Amato, who is 26% with horses off a 90-plus-day layoff. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke rides and he’s 43% with D’Amato.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Friday, April 29

Preview: Surprisingly this might be the largest number of horses running on a card so a carryover is possible in the Pick Six. Jockeys Brayan Pena (1-for-16) and Alonso Quinonez (0-10) have had a hard time so far so keep it in mind.


Race 6 – LRC

#1 Berlusconi (6-1): This gelding is making his second start off a long layoff and trainer Kristin Mulhall sends him around two turns and she’s 22% going route to sprint. The 7-year-old has a third over the track in the past.


Race 7 – LRC

#4 Take It Easyplease (9-2): This filly likes to finish second a lot and has two runner-up efforts over this track, but trainer Richard Baltas takes the blinkers off (22% move) and puts jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard (29% combination).


Race 8 – LRC

#2 Patience Lady (6-1): This filly broke her maiden over this track and was disqualified. She had two disappointing efforts and has been away since February, but trainer Jaime Gomez brings her back here off a couple of good works.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, March 17

Preview: The weather looks good for the week so we won’t have any issues with the track like we did last week. There’s a HUGE Pick Six carryover on the Thursday card and that’s all you need to say in Southern California.

 Race 3: #1 Oh Great Idea (9-5)

This 3-year-old drops into a claimer for the first time and gets a huge jockey switch from Eikleberry to apprentice David Lopez. Trainer Peter Miller takes blinkers off (22%) and he’s 22% in maiden claimers. Look for a send job from the rail


Race 4: #7 Algorrhythmic (3-1)

Just throw out that last race on the dirt and go back to that first race down the hill. If this filly does that she will win for jockey Brice Blanc, who jumps back on.


Race 8: #3 Turf Club Queen (4-1)

This mare ran a pretty good race off a more than three-year layoff. She should be tighter for this race and trainer Lloyd Wicker, who is 26% with maiden claimers, switches from an apprentice (Pena) to a journeyman jockey (Hernandez).

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