Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Feb. 28

Preview: Mediocre card due to the five-day racing weeks. Jockeys Dean Butler and Daniel Centeno won twice on Friday’s card and might be hitting a hot spell. Centeno came back to win twice on Saturday, but leading rider Antonio Gallardo at the natural hat trick.

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Race 1 – Tam

#4 Vita Desiderata (7-2) 

This old boy might have gotten fit over the Turfway Park oval and shipped down to cash. He has two big works over the Tampa track for trainer Joe Woodard, who employs Daniel Centeno. They are a 20% combination at the meet.

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Race 5: #1 Swagbag (8-1)

This gelding is shipping up from Gulfstream Park after showing a bit of speed in his last race. Since that race two of the next three horses to run have come back winners so looks like a key race.

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Race 10 – Tam

#5 Pidgeon (2-1) BEST BET

Trainer Larry Rivelli is 30% with horses going a route of ground for the first time. On top of that this is a daughter of City Zip, which produces plenty of turf winners. Jockey Daniel Centeno, who is 38% with Rivelli, stays aboard.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 24

Race 4: #7 City of Vengeance (15-1)

Has been a disappointment since coming West, but trainer John Sadler is 22% second off the claim as the gelding tries the downhill for the first time. Jockey Victor Espinoza jumps off another contender to ride this son of City Zip and is 21% with Sadler.

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Race 6: #8 Oppidum (5-1)

If it’s a 2-year-old race trainer Bob Baffert usually has it surrounded and such is the case here with three horses. The barn’s main rider, Martin Garcia, chooses this son of Speightstown who showed good speed at Del Mar before stopping. He goes shorter here and should be on the engine.

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Race 9: #7 Canada (4-1)

Is bred to be a good one, but has had problems in both starts, especially last time, but Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has seen enough to stay aboard and he is 26% with trainer Simon Callaghan.

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 1: #2 Drama Club (5-2)

This colt makes his debut on turf, but the bigger thing is that he drops from the straight maiden ranks to a maiden claimer. Trained by David Fawkes, he exits a race that has produced three winners. Jockey Edgard Zayas takes over.

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Race 7: #10 Awesome Sunrize (turf only) (6-1)

This filly returns to South Florida after running at Arlington Park. She comes out of a key race and trainer Kerry Zavash is 24% with shippers. Zavash has a winner already at the meet with jockey Eddie Castro, who jumps on.

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Race 9: #1 Samus (turf only) (5-1)

Trainer Marcus Vitali has been on fire at the meet with 6 winners from 20 starters. Vitali is 25% with horses second time in his care like this 3-year-old. He is also 30% on the year with jockey Matthew Rispoli.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 10 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. Send Me a Sign, 2. Entebbe, 3. My Rose. LONG SHOT: Almost Guilty.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Wheatfield (12-1), 2. Illuminant, 3. Luminary. LONG SHOT: Redheads Rule.

This filly passed a lot of horses in her debut at Los Alamitos and now trainer Marty Jones puts her on the turf. The sire Lone Star Special is 33% first time turf from a small sample and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE:1. Financial (BEST BET), 2. All Star Parade, 3. Pipedreams. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Daddy’s Duo (4-1), 2. Call to Congrats, 3. Radiant Journey. LONG SHOT: Pleasant as Pie.

This filly is a perfect 2-for-2 on dirt which maybe why trainer John Sadler claimed her for $80,000 at Del Mar. Sadler is 23% first off the claim and 21% going sprint-route-sprint.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Freedom Hill, 2. I’malreadythere, 3. Dressed in Hermes. LONG SHOT: Getoffmyback.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Carlos Dangerous, 3. Courageous Dave. LONG SHOT: Ready Cat.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Stays in Vegas (8-1), 2. I’mflatoutsweet, 3. One Last Shot. LONG SHOT: Jakaby Jade.

This filly finished fifth in the Del Mar Debutante behind the ultra-impressive Songbird. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% first time routing and the sire City Zip is 13% first time turf. Jockey Alex Solis takes over for the injured Flavien Prat.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Miner’s Light, 2. Iron Rob, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Let’s Meet in Rio.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Storm Comin Thru, 2. Brimstoned, 3. Prince Charmant. LONG SHOT: Roman Tizzy.

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10TH RACE: 1. Turnover, 2. Eddie’s First, 3. Saint Prdo. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

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Gulfstream Park West                   

Race 2: #1 Deciding Moment (3-1)

Trainer Rasharn Creque is 57% with horses running second time off a layoff. This 3-year-old came back running from a long layoff and Creque jumped in to claim him. JC Gomez keeps the mount in this likely speedster from the rail.

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Race 9: #1 Little Nick V (turf only) (9-2)

Lots of first-time runners in this race, but we’ll stick with this son of Colonel John that finished third in his debut for trainer Carlos Vaccarezza. This colt is coming out of a race that has produced two winners so far. He pressed the pace early and tired late. Jeffrey Sanchez takes the mount.

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Santa Anita results

Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Never Ends $5.40, second race; Stellata $9.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (No Tricks for Jack $9.80, first; Evo Campo $8.80, third; A Colt Following $9.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ossetra $13.40, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Belmont and Gulfstream) opinions for Thursday, June 25

Race 3: #6 Gomo (4-5)

This daughter of Uncle Mo showed speed in her debut and faded a little. Owner Paul Reddam has been on fire with his 2-year-olds and trainer Doug O’Neill is 19% with 2-year-olds. Being a first-year sire, Uncle Mo doesn’t have any grass winners yet, but he enjoyed two turns and so should his daughter. Yes, I know she is 4-5, but just single her in all horizontal wagers.

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Race 7: #10 Midnight Transfer (6-1)

Trainer Ron Ellis is 42% from a sample of 12 horses making their second start off the claim and the outside post is no bargain, but the price should be right. Joe Talamo rides.

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Race 8: #2 Yaffe (6-1)

Trainer Craig Dollase has stronger first-time starter stats (29%) than you may see in the DRF. This daughter of City Zip out of a Dixieland Band mare is bred to win early, sprint and run on the grass. She had a good last work as jockey Tyler Baze takes the mount.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 9: #8 Sweet Lew (turf only) (6-1)

Trainer George Weaver is 25% with horses going from a sprint to a route. This gelding takes a drop in class and has run some of his best races around two turns. On top of that, jockey Jose Ortiz takes over.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 1: #5 Dads Little Girl (6-1)

Trainer Gustavo Delgado is 6-for-18 in horses make their first start off the claim. He claimed this filly with an idea to put her on the turf as she has never been tried on that surface in 16 starts. Apprentice Tyler Gaffalione, who is 22% with Delgado in their last 23 mounts, takes over.

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Race 3: #7 Grand Bargain (4-1)

Trainer Jason DaCosta takes over the training of this 3-year-old colt and pulls out all the stops as he adds Lasix and gets jockey Edgard Zayas to ride. DaCosta is 20% with horses in their second career start and 39% with horses off a 46-90-day layoff.

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Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Belmont Park, Churchill Downs) opinions for Friday, June 12

Race 2: #7 Later My Love

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with maiden debuters. This filly has been training well and is bred to win early being out of Lucky Pulpit (13%) and a Mr. Prospector (22%) mare. Fernando Perez (22% with Bonde) rides.

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Race 3: #3 Grand Yodeler (turf only)

Trainer Eddie Truman has been on fire (47% at the meet) and really hot with horses going down the hill. Truman is 21% with horses going from dirt to turf and jockey Kent Desormeaux rides back.

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Race 8: #8 Native City

Trainer Peter Miller is 27% first-time starters in a maiden claiming race and the sire City Zip is 15% first out. Jockey Tyler Baze, who is 25% with Miller, rides.

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BELMONT PARK

           

Race 6: #2 Courageisamajority (turf only)

This 3-year-old filly came with a furious kick down the lane to just miss in her last start at Aqueduct. Jockey John Velazquez stays on for trainer Graham Motion (2-for-7 in the last 60 days) and she has the best late pace ratings.

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Race 9: #5 Jackson N Leonard (turf only)

Trainer Dominick Schettino hit with a bomb on Wednesday, but this gelding won’t be that price. Sire by Colonel John, this 3-year-old woke up on the grass and should love the added distance in this spot. Look for him to come from off the pace.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS

                  

Race 8: #6 Teniente Coronel (6-1)

Trainer Tom Amoss has huge numbers in a lot of categories so if we get this morning-line it will be a miracle. Amoss is 38% second off the claim and 40% with horses second time in his barn. Another sired by Colonel John, should like the added distance and jockey James Graham sticks.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Thursday, Feb. 19

Race 5: #8 Harumi (5-2)

Trainer Efren Loza. Jr. has hit with 48% of his first-time starters and we’ll continue to ride that trend with leading jockey Antonio Gallardo in the saddle. The sire Ashoka wins with 14% of his first-timers.

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Race 6: #4 Ruffolo (7-2)

Strictly a pedigree play here as City Zip is 15% with his first-timers. Trainer Michele Boyce isn’t great with first starts but this one does have a bullet work recently. Might be real deal.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Jan. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Call It Good, 2. My Charlie Boy, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Increase.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Rocket Heat, 2. The Man, 3. New Summit. LONG SHOT: Blue Law.

ROCKET HEAT (10-1), a first-time starter from the Jeff Bonde barn, is bred to sprint, sired by Latent Heat. Bonde puts good speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard so this looks like a send job in a tough maiden event.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Endless Cruise, 2. Intermix, 3. Tiz Futurity. LONG SHOT: Presiding Justice.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Zip N Bayou (best bet), 2. Lakwani, 3. Miz Penelope. LONG SHOT: Makena.

Love horses by City Zip, both in their debuts and on the grass, and we have both here in ZIP N BAYOU (6-1). Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer puts good gate jockey Martin Pedroza aboard this 3-year-old filly.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Kafister, 2. Pulling G’s, 3. Knock Em Flat. LONG SHOT: Papa Turf.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’Viva, 2. Cacica Dulima, 3. Susan B Good. LONG SHOT: Denotion.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Seduire, 2. Callback, 3. Lady Lake. LONG SHOT: Conquest Harlanate.

SEDUIRE (4-1), a filly, returns from Northern California, where she won a minor stakes at Golden Gate. Now she returns to graded company. The third-place finisher in that race won a stakes at Santa Anita on Thursday. This daughter has speed and from the inside look for Rafael Bejarano to gun from the gate for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dynamic Sky, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Big Bane Theory. LONG SHOT: Skyring.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Lyla Della, 2. Bernier, 3. Ski’s Copper Penny. LONG SHOT: Ruby N Diamonds.

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