Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Opinions for Sunday, April 19

Sorry no picks for Saturday, Felled by a stomach virus for the last 36 hours. Sunday is closing day of the winter-spring meet. Mandatory payouts in all pools.

Race 6: #2 Heavenly Candy (8-1)

Over the years, trainer Jack Carava hasn’t done his best work with first-out maidens, but there must be something to this offspring on Candy Ride and jockey Tyler Baze, the hottest rider on the planet takes the mount. Candy Ride is a 14% first time out sire so we’ll give it a shot .

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Race 9: #8 Scuti de Patuti (4-1)

This 3-year-old filly has show improvement each time out and her best yet was a third last time down the hill. Red-hot Tyler Baze got to know her last time and she could be coming up to her best effort here.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 7

Race 1: #2 Handy Candy (8-1)

Trainer Ian Wilkes sends this 3-year-old out for his 2015 debut off a three-month freshening. He comes out of an allowance race at Churchill Downs won by Dortmund and that race has produced three next out winners. This son of Candy Ride had three bullet works getting ready for this spot. Look for a big effort off the bench.

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Race 4: #3 Bird Prince (8-1)

Could be a big day for trainer Ian Wilkes, or he’s prepping horses for Kentucky in a month. We’re hoping for the former. This colt has been training lights out and Wilkes puts blinkers on plus Julien Leparoux takes the mount.

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Race 10: #12 Sparkling Review (turf only) (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly makes her 2015 debut, too, and she runs against older fillies and mares for the first time. She didn’t get the best of draws but she likes to come from behind so it should makes a difference for jockey Julien Leparoux.

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There is no doubt that this will be a big Saturday around the nation with graded stakes sprinkled all over the place so it’s time to put out handicapper hats on. We’ll stick mainly to the 3-year-old preps, but won’t forget the big races at Santa Anita, too.

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Grade II Swale Stakes, 7 furlongs, Gulfstream Park: 1. Bluegrass Singer, 2. Ready for Rye, 3. Daredevil. LONG SHOT: X Y Jet. Comment: This race was postponed following last week’s monsoon in Florida. DAREDEVIL might be a slam dunk as he comes out of the Breeders/ Cup Juvenile, which has proven to be an ultra-key race with many winners returning. And the biggest stat I heard was that no horse has returned from that race to win a two-turn race so that fits right in with the Todd Pletcher-trainee. However, I’m going with BLUEGRASS SINGER, who is cutting back from two turns to 7 furlongs for trainer Marcus Vitali. READY FOR RYE is stretching out from 6 furlongs and figures to be tough. Just an added note: Super Colossal has scratched out of the Swale and the Tampa Bay Derby due to a spiked fever, according to trainer Edward Plesa Jr.

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Grade III Gotham Stakes, 1 1/16th mile, Aqueduct: 1. Lieutenant Colonel, 2. El Kabeir, 3. Classy Class. LONG SHOT: Tiz Shea. Comment: This race didn’t come up that tough, especially when Withers winner Far From Over decided to pass. LIEUTENANT COLONEL broke his maiden at first asking at Gulfstream Park for trainer Chad Brown. Personally, I love offspring of Colonel John that stretch out and that’s what we have here. TIZ SHEA is another horse in here off a maiden-breaking win at first asking and has been transferred to the barn of Bill Mott. Interesting.

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Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, 1 1/16th mile, Tampa Bay Downs: 1. Moonlight Bandit, 2. Ocean Knight, 3. Carpe Diem, 4. Divining Rod. LONG SHOT: Great Stuff. Comment: I’ll be honest I didn’t pick BC Juvenile runner-up CARPE DIEM due to that previous stat I mentioned and this is his first start of the year. Trainer Mark Casse has two horses in here, MOONLIGHT BANDIT and DANZIG MOON, and I’m probably picking the wrong won. MOONLIGHT BANDIT had a ton of trouble in his 2015 debut in a Gulfstream allowance and figures to improve off that effort. OCEAN KNIGHT is undefeated and tough to ignore for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

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Grade II San Felipe, 1 1/16th mile, Santa Anita: 1. Bolo, 2. Dortmund, 3. Ocho Ocho Ocho, 4. Prospect Park. LONG SHOT: The Gomper. Comment: BOLO has been a monster on the grass and now is the time to find out if he is the same on the dirt. By the sire Temple City, offspring have had no problems going two turns and have excelled going two turns. Now is the time to see how they do on the dirt. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes over for mike Smith, who is on OCHO OCHO OCHO. DORTMUND is a perfect 4-for-4, but he wasn’t supposed to run here as trainer Bob Baffert called an audible. THE GOMPER was all the talk after his maiden win, but has falter since. It’s put up or shut up time for the son of Sky Mesa here.

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Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 1¼ mile, Santa Anita: 1. Shared Belief, 2. Hard Aces, 3. Bronzo, 4. Sr. Quisqueyano. LONG SHOT: Catch a Flight. Comment: Sorry, I’m a big SHARED BELIEF fan. Just think he is the best horse in America and don’t see him losing. BRONZO finished fourth to him in the San Antonio and should show improvement. Like the two shippers HARD ACES and SR. QUISQUEYANO but only for the minor awards. Heck, second place pays $200,000.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar picks for Sunday, Nov. 23 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Dudley Studley, 2. Guy Code, 3. Guyfromtheskyfive. LONG SHOT: Nellie Fox.

Trainer Dan Hendricks is 21% with 2-year-olds and maiden claimers. DUDLEY STUDLEY (6-1), a 2-year-old by Benchmark, has a good work coming into the race and has good win-early breeding. Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke takes the mount.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Mon Petite, 2. Miss Ellany (SCRATCHED) new pick: Tanquerray, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Tebowing.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Hot Lightning, 2. Whoyougonnacall, 3. Slapshot Man. LONG SHOT: Sacred Temple.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nighttiming, 2. Cacica Dulima, 3. Stole a Kiss. LONG SHOT: Lethal Story.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Candy Anniversary (best bet), 2. Mind the Master, 3. Blackford. LONG SHOT: Grandstand.

CANDY ANNIVERSARY (8-1), a 3-year-old, drops into an opener claimer for the first time and stretches out around two turns for the first time. By Candy Ride out of a Deputy Minister mare, the stretch out should be no problem for this John Sadler trainee.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. El Nino Terrible, 2. Whine for Wine, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Celtic Moon.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dancnthenightaway, 2. Backwoods Belle, 3. Cal Gal. LONG SHOT: Copperopolis.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Red Outlaw, 2. Big Macher, 3. Soi Phet (SCRATCHED) new pick: Rousing Sermon. LONG SHOT: Magic Mark.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Jomelo, 2. Dysprosium, 3. Mambo Man. LONG SHOT: Ezio.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Grand Yodeler $5.20, first race; Secretsatmidnight $4.80, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Tiz Futurity $18.80, fifth; Persuasive Paul $12.40, sixth; Sayes So $7.40, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Shesheisnot $6, second)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park picks for Sunday, June 1

FIRST RACE: 1. American Pride, 2. Rusty Road, 3. Steep N Deep. LONG SHOT: Knuckle Curve.

I know Bloom Racing likes KNUCKLE CURVE, but inside post (No. 2) is a concern and so is trainer Ron Ellis’ 0-for-21 record with first-time starters.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Coo Cachoo, 2. Tuckers Point, 3. Unstopper Topper. LONG SHOT: Dr. Williams.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Moscato Girl, 2. L T Reckless, 3. Sensational Nikki. LONG SHOT: Lazy Daisy May.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Little Miss S (best bet), 2. Denotation, 3. Best Efforts. LONG SHOT: Southern Sunshine.

Trainer Bob Baffert scratched this 3-year-old LITTLE MISS S out of a race on Saturday to go here. The daughter of Candy Ride has been tearing up the track in the morning getting ready for her debut. Jockey Elvis Trujillo, who came from Gulfstream Park, jumps on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Pure Tactics, 2. County Lineman, 3. Artest. LONG SHOT: Zimmer.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Yodel Up a Storm, 2. More Stormyweather, 3. Pearl de Vere. LONG SHOT: Our Glitter Ball.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sunny Kat, 2. J Kat, 3. Storm the Channel. LONG SHOT: A Red Tie Day.

Again Bloom Racing has thought about running A RED TIE DAY on the turf, but this is the first time. He has run into some real tough maiden heats and unfortunately draws the outside post here (No. 9) going a mile, which isn’t a good draw.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Peacenik, 2. Chasintheaces, 3. Parliamentarian. LONG SHOT: Syndicated.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Super Reagan, 2. Stealth Fighter, 3. Triunfo. LONG SHOT: Aftermarketslam.

SUPER REAGAN, a 3-year-old gelding,  finished a close up fourth in this career debut at Hollywood Park. Now, after a layoff, comes back against bottom level maiden claimers. Look for jockey Elvis Trujillo to put him in the race early for train Doug O’Neill.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Screamin Earlierine #9.60, third race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Whine for Wine $7.20, second; Schoolofhardrocks $6.20, fourth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Hog’s Hollow $17.60, first; Scene Queen $10.20, sixth; Clubhouse Ride $15, seventh)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Room Service $6.40, eighth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Sunday, Feb. 9

FIRST RACE: 1. Limited Response, 2. Ranulf, 3. Great Friends Rule. LONG SHOT: Just Win Baby.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Graeme Crackjack, 2. Shadow Runner, 3. Admission. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sweet Profit, 2. Empress of Midway, 3. Faith Hope Love. LONG SHOT: Dirty Blonde.

SWEET PROFIT, a 3-year-old filly, has been working well for her career debut. The daughter of Candy Ride should be ready to go under trainer John Sadler, who wins at a 21% clip with first-timers, and jockey Kent Desormeaux is named to ride.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Smart N Dreamy, 2. Bas, 3. Heat Du Jour. LONG SHOT: Mom Nana Petrie.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ruff Proof, 2. E Equalsmcsquared, 3. South Sound. LONG SHOT: Time for Angie.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Clear Pearl, 2. Tap the Magic, 3. Keldy. LONG SHOT: Moulin de Mougin.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Road Ready, 2. Chief Lion, 3. Omega Star. LONG SHOT: Wine Stock.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Purim’s Dancer, 2. Oscillator, 3. Sjy High Gal. LONG SHOT: Birdlover.

This 5-year-old mare PURIM’S DANCER loves this downhill turf course with four wins and two thirds from seven starts. She has tactical speed and drops from graded company plus she doesn’t have to face Pontchatrain. Gary Stevens takes the mount for trainer Tom Proctor.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Rapit, 2. Old Pueblo, 3. Blue Cherokee. LONG SHOT: Atascaderan.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Yankee Rebel $3.20, first race; Beautiful Spirit $3.60, sixth; Trelawny $4.80, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Candy Boy $6.60, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 4 (She Digs Me $10.80, third; Nashoba’s Gold $8.60, fourth; Blingo $33.80, fifth; Vagabond Shoes $7.40, seventh)

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Sunday, Nov. 24

There is a $226,598 Pick 6 carryover heading into the final day of the race week.

FIRST RACE: 1. Dunmore East, 2. Macias, 3. Afleet Cowboy. LONG SHOT: Da Ruler.

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SECOND RACE: 1. No Tricks for Jack, 2. Addendum, 3. Rossi Reserve. LONG SHOT: Firendesire.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Need You Now, 2. Include the Aussie, 3. Judy In Disquise. LONG SHOT: Joeandbetty’sbaby.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Indianapolis, 2. Ian Street, 3. Cherubim. LONG SHOT: Frosted Boss.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Swiss Bliss, 2. Jeanne Marini, 3. Wink and Wish. LONG SHOT: Gabbiano.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Kozani, 2. Nooten, 3. My Secret Affair. LONG SHOT: Bullwhip.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rousing Sermon, 2. Maybe Tuesday, 3. Cyclometer. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Luxuriance, 2. Always a Chance, 3. Promiscuoussuances. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Rosebud.

LUXURIANCE, a 4-year-old filly, is coming off her best finish (second over this course) in a long time. She ran that against open claimers and now drops into a Cal-bred allowance race. She has never been worse than third sprinting on this turf course.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sugar High Kaylin, 2. Winninginfashion, 3. Secret Memo. LONG SHOT: Amanda.

We’re at the bottom of the barrel here with $20,000 maiden claiming fillies and SUGAR HIGH KAYLIN, a 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, cost $100,000 at auction so she must have shown something. Her works aren’t half bad for this level and her first time out. Plus appears to be owned by trainer Doug O’Neill and his brother, Dennis. The rest of this field hasn’t shown much so either this one will win for fun or run way up the track. Let’s hope for the former.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Poshsky $4.20, second race; Sidepocket Champ $21.20, third; Larocco $8.40, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Meinertzhageni $14.80, fifth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Candy Boy $3, first)

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Jonny’s Choice $9.40, second; Rhodium $6.40, third; Depreciable $6.40, fifth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Lieutenant Seany O $9.60, first; Famous Alice $5.20, seventh)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Tamarando $7.40, eighth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Saturday, Nov. 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Being There, 2. Lieutenant Seany O., 3. Coolington. LONG SHOT: Shoemeister.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Jonny’s Choice, 2. Bro’s Bro, 3. Field Report. LONG SHOT: Full Instinct.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rhodium, 2. Roust ‘Em Bertie, 3. Pretzel Logic. LONG SHOT: Two Blue Hens.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mini Candy, 2. Another Victoria, 3. Tiz Bliss. LONG SHOT: She’s Flush.

There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of horses who can run in this 2-year-old filly maiden claimer so why not go with the fresh face like Mini Candy? This daughter of Candy Ride doesn’t have any flashy works but it does have leading trainer John Sadler and leading rider Rafael Bejarano in her corner.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Depreciable, 2. Mr. Candy Bar, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Tama County.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Browsing, 2. A P Pepper, 3. Fashionably Rich. LONG SHOT: Pretty Storm.

Jockey Edwin Maldonado and his agent could have had their choice of three horses in here, two of which showed speed and fade last time out. Instead, they stick with BROWSING, a 2-year-old daughter of Dixie Chatter, which got off to a slow start but closes like an express train last time to get second against slightly easier. She has a couple of good works over the track since and looks ready to go for Sadler.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Salsita, 2. Famous Alice, 3. Sweet as a Rose. LONG SHOT: Birthday Surprise.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Life Is a Joy, 2. Green Mask, 3. Tamarando. LONG SHOT: Beach Hut.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Moment of Weakness, 2. Affliction, 3. Red Sharp Humor. LONG SHOT: Tour Ireland.

 

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