Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Jan. 2

FIRST RACE: 1. Electric Eddie (best bet), 2. Oh Billy Billy, 3. Bodrum. LONG SHOTS: Pyrotechnics.

It’s about time this son of Square Eddie, ELECTRIC EDDIE, got back to the maiden ranks after running three straight in stakes company. Granted, he’s run well, but’s time to hit the finish line first. This newly turned 3-year-old just finished fifth, 10 lengths behind Shared Belief, who some believe is the best 2-year-old in the country. Mario Gutierrez jumps back on.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Socialbug, 2. Sallyana, 3. Caraquista. LONG SHOT: Zia Zia Zia.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tasha’s Courage, 2. Senor Pegasus, 3. Soul Saver. LONG SHOT: Perfectly Legal.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Elvies Lane, 3. Secret Genius. LONG SHOT: Eltoninadress.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. One Time Only, 2. Shrilanka, 3. Laria. LONG SHOT: Kid Rollins.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. In Dad’s Honor, 2. A P Pepper, 3. E Equalsmcsquared. LONG SHOT: Senza Fina.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Regally Ready, 2. My Best Brother, 3. No Silent. LONG SHOT: Bio Pro.

REGALLY READY, a 7-year-old gelding, loves this Santa Anita turf course with three wins and two thirds in five tries on it. I’m not sure this is his best distance, but he has won here at a mile before. Little surprised normal barn jockey Corey Nakatani isn’t riding here for trainer Steve Asmussen, but it’s tough to complain with the choice of Mike Smith.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1.  Sidebar, 2. Tres Oros, 3. Teacher Teacher. LONG SHOT: Silk in Silver.

Did you expect a journalist not to pick this horse? Seriously, this 4-year-old filly SIDEBAR ran a good race against straight maidens at Del Mar and now drops back in with maiden claimers. Trainer Bill Spawr puts blinkers on and he’s 50% first-time blinkers and 43% with blinkers on and 38% with maiden claimers. That’s good enough for me.

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park opinions for Thursday, Dec. 5

Race 6: #11 California Jade

This 2-year-old gelding drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and trainer Bob Hess Jr. is 30% (3-for-10) with that move. Corey Nakatani takes over to ride and should show speed from the gate.

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Race 8: #9 Rambling House

This looks like a tough $30,000 maiden claimer for 2-year-olds and we’ll try to get a price with this first-timer by Bertrando. Trainer Dean Pederson has won 27% of his first starts and 40% with debuting maiden claimers. He has teamed up with jockey Martin Pedroza before and Pedroza likes to send them from the gate.

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Note: No full selections the rest of the week. Carpal tunnel surgery Thursday morning. See ya next week.

Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Street Car $8.80, fifth race; Seek Again $12.40, sixth; Wild Dude $6.80, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Magestic Stinger $4.40, second; Dress Code $14.80, third)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Secretsatmidnight $7.20, seventh)

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Hollywood Park picks for Thursday, Nov. 21 (updated, OFF THE TURF))

Hollywood Park is off the turf today and tomorrow due to rain. Handicap accordingly.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Cinco de Mario, 2. Dragon Dance, 3. Educated Guess. LONG SHOT: Friends With Macy.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Another Flashback, 2. Key Vista, 3. J and S Express. LONG SHOT: Oscillator.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Peggy Sue’s Loose, 2. Tiz Zoe Cee, 3. Little Unusual. LONG SHOT: Hot and Pleasing.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Full’s Kris S. (SCRATCHED), 2. Midnight Casanova, 3. Chocolatier. LONG SHOT: Anzeau.

We’re taking a bomber here in this 5-year-old gelding FULL’S KRIS S. Trainer Richard Baltas is 39% with the sprint-to-route move and that’s what we have here. He’s also 24% with maiden claimers and 20% with routes. This horse is bred to get a distance of ground and didn’t run all that bad in his one time around two turns. FULL’S KRIS S. has been scratched.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sacred Ovation, 2. Afternoon Sun, 3. Talk the Walk. LONG SHOT: Zippingaroundtown.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Handsome Dennis, 2. Magic Daddy, 3. Money Clip. LONG SHOT: I Buy Gold.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gutshot Straight, 2. Motown Men, 3. Master Chef. LONG SHOT: Newfound Gold.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Marino Mizer (best bet), 2. Angel Charge, 3. Attempt. LONG SHOT: Bringon the Wain.

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo could have ridden a maiden special weight dropper (ANGEL CHARGE) in this race, but decides to stick with this 3-year-old gelding MARINO MIZER, who is dropping from a maiden claiming $40,000 to MC $20,000. That’s quite a drop and this one showed plenty of speed last time. Might have been facing a lot better. Look for a winning run here.

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Enjoy Hollywood Park’s break

With special Veterans Day racing on Monday, Hollywood Park won’t return to racing until Friday afternoon and it’s probably a good idea.

In case you haven’t noticed, the fields at the final Hollywood Park fall meet has been less than sensational. Many days the feature race can’t be run late on the card due to a lack of entries and track officials want to put the largest fields in the Pick Six (and rightly so).

Heck, the biggest fields are usually those $20,000 maiden claimers run as the last race on the card so it be part of the super high five bet (sorry never have bet that one. I have a hard enough time picking first place.)

So Wednesday and Thursday enjoy betting Aqueduct and Churchill Downs as Hollywood Park sticks to its four-day week.

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Monday’s top choices winners: 2 (Cook Inlet $7.40, first race; Burns Turn $4.80, third)

Monday’s second choice winners: 0

Monday’s third choice winners: 4 (Cervaro $4,20, fifth; Ranulf $7.40, sixth; Keldy $7.80, seventh; Proud Boss $7.80, eighth).

Monday’s lone shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Sunday, Oct. 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Proud Boss, 2. Crucero, 3. Cuneo. LONG SHOT: Mikey T

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SECOND RACE: 1. I See Back, 2. Public Policy, 3. Friendswith K Mill. LONG SHOT: I’ll Wrap It Up.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Java Man, 2. Truelee Scrappin, 3. Joe Carl. LONG SHOT: Smokin’ Cat.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Capers N Wine, 2. U R Lucky, 3. Diamonddusted. LONG SHOT: Silver N Sassy.

Jockey Edwin Maldonado is the key to this race. He could have had his choice of three other horses in this race and he chooses to ride a first-time starter for trainer A C Avila named CAPERS N WINE. The 2-year-old filly had a good work over the dirt on Sept. 19 and Avila wins with 27 percent of his maiden claimers, granted he is 0-for-3 with first-time starting maiden claimers, but Maldonado trumps all.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Taste Like Candy, 2. Midnight Dream, 3. Abide in Me. LONG SHOT: Star Act.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Akiss Forarose, 2. Flashy Dream, 3. Smart N Dreamy. LONG SHOT: Midnight Maggie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. She’s a Go Girl, 2. Tribal Peace, 3. Friendesire. LONG SHOT: Gabbiano.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Procurement, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Appealing Tale. LONG SHOT: Salutos Amigos.

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NINTH RACE: 1. ANGEL’S MOON (BEST BET), 2. Sophie’s Secret, 3. Amanda. LONG SHOT: That’s a Bingo.

Saturday’s top choice winners: 5 (Sergeant O’Rourke $4.80, first race; Corinthian’s Song $6.40, second; Private Bounty $6.20, third; Olympic Blue $3.40, fourth; Field Report $3.40, sixth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Summer Exclusive $4.80, seventh)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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