Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Sept. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Central Casting, 2. Aiming Straight, 3. Marquee Cat. LONG SHOT: Tumbleweedprincess.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #4 She’s Flush (6-1), 2. Zanbo, 3. Fantastic Mizz. LONG SHOT: Jade With Envy.

This filly has been overmatched in a pair of Cal-bred stakes. She now returns to the claiming ranks for trained Ed Moger Jr. and gets the services of jockey Corey Nakatani, who has been knocking them dead on the turf this meeting.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Scarlet Emerald, 2. Blue Chat, 3. Of Course It Is. LONG SHOT: Brookes All Mine.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sir Cal, 2. Heat, 3. At Ease. LONG SHOT: Sundar Drums.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Harbaugh, 2. Moonlight Meeting, 3. Karma King. LONG SHOT: Love de Car.
Come one, have you a better hunch on the opening day of the college football season?
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #8 MERLE (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Pipappy, 3. Dirt in Your Face. LONG SHOT: Pleasure Point.

Trainer Neil Drysdale is giving up on this 3-year-old gelding as he drops him from an MSW to the maiden claiming ranks. Drysdale is 58% when he puts a horse in a maiden claimer for the first time. This horse showed a little talent last time until he got steadied on the turf and now runs on the dirt for the first time. Look for big improvement here.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Turnover (6-1), 2. Boozer, 3. City of Vengeance. LONG SHOT: Seeking the Sherif.

Trainer Bob Baffert isn’t known for turf sprinters but he might have one here in this 4-year-old. The gelding was sired by Big Brown (12% first time turf) out of a Lemon Drop Kid (12%) mare. That screams turf. There some decent works and he might surprise.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tizmatic, 2. Alltheleavesrbrown, 3. Vartan. LONG SHOT: Pyrotechnics.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Forthenineteen $5, second race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Sugar Spice $7.40, fifth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 3 (Downtown C.T. $13.40, third; Halo Darlin $25.60, fourth; Wild in the Saddle $40.40, eighth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Temperature Runnin $28.40, first)

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar: Time to get caught up

OK, a little slow on the results this weekend with work and sickness in the family so the last three days are listed below.

But let’s take a look at some trainer and jockey stats heading into the final six days of the meet before we get into that.

Rafael Bejarano is the top jockey on turf or dirt and since he’s the leading rider at the meet that shouldn’t come as any surprise. Bejarano is 12-for-73 on the grass (16%) and 21-112 (19%) on the dirt.

On the grass, Joe Talamo is 10-53 (19%) followed by Santaigo Gonzalez (9-49, 18%), Flavien Prat (8-62, 13%), Corey Nakatani (8-31, 26%) and Mario Gutierrez (7-33, 21%).

The surprising thing to me is that Nakatani doesn’t get more mounts on the grass considering his winning percentage and maybe Prat is overrated because of his background of riding for trainer Andre Fabre in France.

I’m also surprised that Gutierrez is so good on turf and he’s fifth in the dirt standings (14-81, 17%). Never been a big fan of his, but he is riding most of Paul Reddam’s horses and Reddam is having a great meet.

On the training side, I was shocked to see Doug O’Neill leads with 7 wins from 31 starters on the green. There was a time a few years back when O’Neill was a throw out on the grass. Mike Puype is second with six wins from 29 starters (21%) followed by Peter Miller (5-41, 12%) and Phil D’Amato (5-33, 15%).

On the dirt, trainer is running away with top honors with 16 wins from 53 starters (30%). Bob Baffert, Miller, Richard Baltas and John Sadler all have 10 wins on the new dirt main track. Sadler has hit at a 34% clip (29 starters).

As one would suspect, Baffert leads all trainers in 2-year-old wins with seven from 23 starts. O’Neill and Hollendorfer both have four wins each from 2-year-olds.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Midnight Belle $6, second race; Scatchmeifyoucan, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Desert Steel $6.20, third; Minster’sadventure $4.60, fifth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Patriotic Diamond $5.80, sixth)

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 4 (Gimme Da Lute $2.40, third race; Justonemorething $18.20, sixth; Del MarAnn $19.40, ninth; Soul Flyer $8.40, 10th)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Oil $6.20, fifth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Stellar Wind $3, third; Sunbeamsfromheaven $4, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Professor Berns $7.80, fifth; Always a Chance $8.20, sixth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Pepnic $14.20, second; Chiropractor $6.40, seventh)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (No Contingency $6.20, fourth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Microburst, 2. Ya Ya Girl, 3. Carnival Lights. LONG SHOT: Dad’s Princess.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #1 Ready Cat (4-1), 2. Panther Creek, 3. Bully Pulpit. LONG SHOT: Family Code.

There are two weeks left in the meet and this is where Peter Miller makes a big push for the training title. This shipper from PID showed he likes to come from behind. He has a good work over the track and Miller is 20% first time in his barn plus Victor Espinoza (19% with Miller) rides.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Gavin Streetsense, 2. On Fire, 3. Bistraya. LONG SHOT: Coach Q.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #3 Buymearound (5-1) BEST BET, 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. Persuasive Paul. LONG SHOT: Anythingscookin.

Speed does well when the rails are out to 30 feet on the turf course like they are here. Trainer Kristin Mulhall claimed this 8-time grass winner and stays at the same level. Outstanding turf jockey Corey Nakatani keeps the mount.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sunset Skies, 2. Sadie Clare, 3. Kiss At Midnight. LONG SHOT: Q’ Viva.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Worldwide, 2. Diablo Caballero, 3. One Smooth Indian. LONG SHOT: Sindys Luck.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Motown Men, 2. Smooth Roller, 3. Big Cazanova. LONG SHOT: Point Piper.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ballplayer, 2. Mister Exchange, 3. Pop Pop’s Pizza. LONG SHOT: Papa Frank.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Newfound Gold $3.40, first race; Miss Big Stuff $4, second)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Ms. K J $5.20, fifth; Gloryzapper $3.80, ninth; With a Twist $8.60, 10th)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Stealth Drone $6.40, fourth; Finest City $3.40, seventh)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, August 8

FIRST RACE: 1. Navy Hymn, 2. Trust Your Gut, 3. Midnight Edition. LONG SHOT: Knight of Drama.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Fab Four Ever, 2. Warren’s Dixi Bell, 3. Mudge. LONG SHOT: Sheza Lucky Strike.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Archaeo, 2. Toews On Ice, 3. Young Brian. LONG SHOT: Kelly With a Twist.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #6 Classy Chick (8-1), 2. Sayitright Kat, 3. Sidepocket Bet. LONG SHOT: Catalina Bonita.

This filly had a ton of trouble in her last at Los Alamitos and resurfaces here. Trainer Eric Kruljac is 29% when going sprint-route-sprint. Plus Kruljac and jockey Corey Natatani have already won a couple of races this week.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Byquist, 2. Annie’s Candy, 3. Paynes Prairie. LONG SHOT: Found Money.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #9 The Gomper (9-2), 2. Forest Blue, 3. Dallas Skyline. LONG SHOT: Seve’s Road.

This 3-year-old has been getting better and may have found a home on the turf off his second place finish last time. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% with jockey Rafael Bejarano, who must navigate a course from the outside.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ultimate Holiday, 2. French Press, 3. Black Betsy. LONG SHOT: Pearl de Vere.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #3 FANTICOLA (5-2) BEST BET, 2. Emotional Kitten, 3. Personal Diary. LONG SHOT: Gusto Dolce.

This 5-year-old has hit her stride this year for trainer Phil D’Amato and once again she finds a race devoid of speed. Look for her to take the lead out of the gate and go wire-to-wire for jockey Joe Talamo.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Expo and Fig, 2. Nextdoorneighbor, 3. Secret Command. LONG SHOT: Biltmore Boogie.
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10TH RACE: 1. Chicago Angel, 2. Crystal Harbor, 3. Lady Juliet. LONG SHOT: Unwarranted.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Daddy’s Duo $4.40, sixth race;  Shrinking Violer $5.80, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Sadie Clare $5.40, fourth; Hobbits Hero $9.80, fifth; Mydancingshadow $14, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Panther Creek $14.60, first

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, July 19

It appears Del Mar will be on the turf today, but @Jonlindodrf reported this morning workouts on the main track were on the slow side but the sun is out.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Keezheekoni, 2. Gucci Brown, 3. Little Emma. LONG SHOT: Sweet Profit.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Summer Wine, 2. Codacious, 3. Fast Magoo. LONG SHOT: Desert Steel.

Golden Gate horses have done well at the meet so far and this one broke its maiden at first asking on the turf so there’s no telling how good she is. Good turf jockey Corey Nakatani takes the mount for trainer Bill Morey, who is 24% with horses hat won their last race.

THIRD RACE: 1. Light Striker, 2. Dublin Dancer, 3. Toomanytomatoes. LONG SHOT: Sheza Eyeopener.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. War Destiny, 2. Inexcess Again, 3. Disco Boy. LONG SHOT: Juansagain.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Native Treasure, 2. Dead Easy, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Unusual Taste.

Jockey James Graham is trying his hand at Del Mar this summer after riding in the Midwest. He’s good on the turf and jumps on this North California shipper for trainer Ed Moger Jr. This son of Tribal Rule likes to be forwardly place so should be in from the bell.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. DREAMY (best bet), 2. Pretty n Cool, 3. C. C. Zipp. LONG SHOT: Albeit.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Top Fortitude, 2. Cherubim, 3. Yiannis. LONG SHOT: Snuggley Bear.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sunset Glow, 2. Pammy Whammy, 3. Her Emmynency. LONG SHOT: Paulina’s Love.

This 3-year-old filly was chasing Lady Eli, the undefeated turfer, two races in a row and then lost to Celestine in her last race, which has proven to be a key race. Trainer Wesley Ward ships West and jockey Gary Stevens is more than happy to take the ride on the speedster.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Ultimate Luck, 2. Superboot, 3. Big Hat Charlie. LONG SHOT: Rebel Rebel.
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10TH RACE: 1. Poythress, 2. Second Summer, 3. Air Pocket. LONG SHOT: Box Score.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Rockin Bayou $8.20, third race; Sweet Mz. Poppet $7.80, fifth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Go Long $7.20, seventh)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (Gas Total $4.20, eighth; Dr. Fager’s Gal $5.60, ninth)

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Gulfstream) opinions for Sunday, June 21

Race 1: #2 Jaded With Envy (7-2)

Trainer Richard Baltas is 36% with horses returning as a beaten favorite. He is also 21% on the turf and 22% in route races. Good turf jockey Corey Nakatani takes over the reins.

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Race 8: #6 Right There (6-1)

There is a ton of speed in this stakes for 2-year-old fillies and while this daughter of Eskendereya is still maiden she rates a big shot. She should enjoy the added distance and she’s only filly who came from off the pace in her last race. I look for jockey Kent Desormeaux to use similar tactics in this spot.

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Race 8: #4 Native Gold (5-1)

Trainer Kirk Ziadie is 42% with horses third off the layoff. Additionally, this horse comes out of race that has already produced two winners plus this horse has won 4-of-7 at today’s distance and has won four times over this racetrack.

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, March 7 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1, Sheer Talent, 2. Mosso, 3. Tiz Futurity. LONG SHOT: Presiding Justice.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Alfiero, 2. Matty’s Tribal, 3. Tizapalooza. LONG SHOT: Cat From Iraq.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mighty Souper, 2. Emyvale Court, 3. Whisk. LONG SHOT: Dad’s Princess.

Love the sire War Front, who wins with 16% of his first-time turfers. Trainer Mark Casse is 16% with first-time starters and he put the screws to this 3-year-old filly MIHTY SOUPER (8-1) with two big works two weeks ago. Barn jockey Corey Nakatani takes the mount and he is 20% with Casse at Santa Anita.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Miss Centerfold, 2. Never Ends, 3. Black Betsy. LONG SHOT: Miss Bliss.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Pulling G’s, 2. Cautious Giant, 3. Kill Shot. LONG SHOT: Chasintheaces.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Arethusa, 2. Zanbo, 3. Dakota Kid. LONG SHOT: Jade With Envy.

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SEVENTH RACE: Grade II San Felipe, 1 1/16th mile: 1. Bolo, 2. Dortmund, 3. Ocho Ocho Ocho, 4. Prospect Park. LONG SHOT: The Gomper.

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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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Maybellene, 2. Curlin’s Fox, 3. Spirit of Xian, 4. She’s a Big Winner. LONG SHOT: Lookin for Money.

Trainer Bob Baffert scratched out of another spot to make this 3-year-old filly’s turf debut to go here. MAYBELLENE (6-1) was favored in the Grade I Las Virgines but finished eighth. He sire, Lookin At Lucky is 23% with first-time turfers. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Chitu (BEST BET) SCRATCHED, 2. Conquest Two Step, 3. Wild Dude, 4. Midnight Hawk SCRATCHED. LONG SHOT: Majestic City. New picks: 1. Conquest Two Step (best bet), 2. Wild Dude, 3. Majestic City, 4. El Nino Terrible. LONG SHOT: Outside Nashville.

This 4-year-old CHITU (2-1) comes out of the Grade I Malibu, which has produced four next out winners, including Conquest Two Step who is in this race, too. However, barn jockey Martin Garcia takes over for Bob Baffert and we think he will find the magic formula with this speedster to win at 7 furlongs.

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10TH RACE: 1. Silentio, 2. Summer Front, 3. Za Approval, 4. Winning Prize. LONG SHOT: Ring Weekend.

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11TH RACE: Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 1¼ mile: 1. Shared Belief, 2. Hard Aces, 3. Bronzo, 4. Sr. Quisqueyano. LONG SHOT: Catch a Flight.

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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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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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, March 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Larry Birdstone (best bet), 2. Saint Dermot, 3. Village Kitten. LONG SHOT: Bula Bula.

This 4-year-old LARRY BIRDSTONE (5-2) showed some improvement when he finally got on the dirt in his 2015 debut. Now he takes the huge drop from MSW to maiden claiming, a move trainer Phil D’Amato is 46% with.D’Amato also adds blinkers (36%) and jockey Joe Talamo (23%).

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SECOND RACE: 1. Flat Gone, 2. Public Policy, 3. Maximinus. LONG SHOT: Cinematic Cat.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Thermodynamics, 2. Lirica Heat, 3. Charming Starlet. LONG SHOT: Wandering Heart.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Moonlight Meeting, 2. Preordained, 3. El Monterey. LONG SHOT: Steel Dragon.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Twentyfive to Life, 2. Unusually Fancy, 3. Warren’s Purrfect. LONG SHOT: Spanish Queen.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Run Like a Million, 2. Grazen Sky, 3. Kluszewski. LONG SHOT: Not Enough Eddie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Black Bird Rock, 2. Grazenette, 3. Heavens Stairway. LONG SHOT: Emerald Star.

BLACK BIRD ROCK (8-1), a 6-year-old mare, finished fourth, less than a length behind the winner at this level one race back. Jockey Corey Nakatani sticks for trainer Mark Casse, who is 21% going route to sprint.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Time for Angie, 2. Kerrilynn, 3. Twelve Folds. LONG SHOT: In Dad’s Honor.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Bobby Z Man $8.60, first race; Mr. Jay D $3.20, fifth; Faith Proof $3.40, sixth; Frensham $8.40, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Frosty Friday $8.80, seventh; Knock Em Flat $7.40, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sky Heart $6.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Jenna’s Faith $20.60, fourth)

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Santa Anita early opinions for Saturday, Jan. 31

Might not get to do a full handicap this weekend as a family member is back in the hospital. Thanks for reading.

Race 3: #7 Commute (8-1)

Interesting that this 3-year-old colt was tearing up the track in the mornings at Oaklawn Park and all of a sudden trainer Mark Casse decides to ship him West and the son of Hold Me Back turns in another good work. Looking for regular barn rider Corey Nakatani to put this one on the lead from the outside.

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Race 8: #7 Callback (4-1)

This 3-year-old filly has shown improvement every time out and now she gets to do what she was bred for —- going around two turns (sired by Street Sense). She has a good work since her last start and trainer Bob Baffert is due to get hot any day.

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Jan. 2

FIRST RACE: 1. I’m No Patsy, 2. Marla Hooch, 3. Acute. LONG SHOT: Cayanna.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Prospector Alley, 2. Beach Fever, 3. Thesheetsguy. LONG SHOT: Silent Ruler.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Believe Too, 2. Sky Heart, 3. Townminister. LONG SHOT: Sterling Wager.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Salsita, 2. Nothing to Hide, 3. Pariotic Brother. LONG SHOT: Best in Class.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Danette, 2. Popover, 3. Cool Moves. LONG SHOT: Larking.

This maiden DANETTE (3-1) has run in three straight Grade I races so now she is back with her friends and would appear to hold a clear class advantage for trainer Keith Desormeaux and his brother, jockey Kent Desormeaux.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Mega Heat (best bet), 2. Horizontalyspeakin, 3. Boozer. LONG SHOT: Hay Dude.

MEGA HEAT (4-1), an 8-year-old, has won four times in nine tries on this turf course and he is 6-of-8 at this distance. Jockey Corey Nakatani knows him well and trainer Peter Eurton is 26% with allowance horses.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cautious Giant, 2. Day of Fury, 3. Got Even. LONG SHOT: Sammy Mandeville.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Cravin’ the Heat, 2. Loan Savant, 3. Tanquerray. LONG SHOT: Tebowing.

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