Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 21

Preview: For those keeping track, no pun intended, the main dirt track played to speed on Sunday, especially when the horse was in the two path or out further. How the track plays this week is anyone’s guess because there always seems to be a change after the two day break so check Wednesday’s results to see how the track played.
Seems like speed was again king on Wednesday, at least early on the card. Tried to beat Bob Baffert in the feature and he goes 1-2. One of those days: close but no cigar. Full picks up later.

Race 1: 1. Gunslinger, 2. Sweet Shop, 3. Far Out Kailee. LONG SHOT: Warren’s T. Baze.

Race 2 1. #3 Where’s the D (4-1), 2. Pico Chick, 3. Star of Munster. LONG SHOT: Dragon Flower.
This filly drops into a claiming race for the first time in her career, a move trainer Doug O’Neill is 20% with and she has speed, which we’ve already said is good on this track. She broke her maiden over this track and had a good work over it last week.

Race 3: 1. Te Rapa, 2. Mr T Bird, 3. Freddies Dream. LONG SHOT: Neveradoubt.

Race 4: 1. Reward of Roses, 2. Crown on Tap, 3. Kylie Informed. LONG SHOT: Broken Marriage.

Race 5: 1. #3 Warm Endowment (4-1), 2. Californiasunshine, 3. Shehastheritestuff. LONG SHOT: Malware.
Interesting move here by jockey Flavien Prat, who could have ridden another favorite in this race, but opts to ride this daughter of Unusual Heat. Trainer Dean Pederson is 21% with horses coming back in 31-60 days.

Race 6: 1. #5 Goliath’s Girl (6-1), 2. Trinitys Turn, 3. Plastered. LONG SHOT: Marell Street.
Trainer Phil D’Amato is already off to a fast start with multiple wins opening week. Here we have a fill who broke her maiden last time out and D’Amato sends her around two turns for the first time, a move he is 24% with. He also goes from an apprentice rider to Tyler Baze and they are 26% together.

Race 7: 1. #7 Mai Tai (6-1), 2. Almost Reality, 3. Summer Lady. LONG SHOT: Queenofthecastle.
This filly finished second to the talented Enola Gray first time out and then broke her maiden at second asking. Now she tries two turns on the grass for the first time. The sire Heatseeker gets 22% winners first time on the turf. Trainer Bob Hess and jockey Kent Desormeaux are a potent combination.

Race 8: 1. Star Express, 2. Five Star Jack, 3. Big Bad Jon. LONG SHOT: Squash.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Spicy Blonde $3.60, fourth race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 4 (Allthatnmore $6.60, second; Marriedtoaminister $5, third; Chao Chom $4.60, sixth; Pretty N Cool $8, seventh)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Feb. 11

Preview: Not a great card so tread carefully. As we said previously apprentice David Lopez is riding great and loses his bug at the end of March so look for him to ride as many horses as possible.

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Race 2: #6 Bistro Lights (4-1)

Trainer Dean Pederson is 25% (2-for-8) first off the claim and he puts veteran Santiago Gonzalez aboard. Pederson is also 30% with maiden claimers.

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 Race 8: #8 Saint Dermot (6-1)

Trainer Andy Mathis ships down from Northern California and he is 32% going from an All-Weather track to the dirt. This gelding has won twice on this dirt track so the surface should be no problem.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, July 29

FIRST RACE: 1. He Will, 2. Oil, 3. Prodigious. LONG SHOT: Hye I’m Jack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Worldwide, 2. Where Was Eddie, 3. Chromium. LONG SHOT: Mr. Zippers.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Tizcano, 2. Well Maybe, 3. Jimmy Bouncer. LONG SHOT: Clever Royal.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #8 Lov Fool (12-1), 2. Rich Girl, 3. Tequila Mary, LONG SHOT:  Tumbleweedprincess.

Trainer Tim Yakteen is 18% in maiden claiming events. Here he adds blinkers to a filly that showed speed last time and he puts the red-hot Flavien Prat aboard.

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Race 5: #7 Warm Endowment (5-2) STUCK IN RACE AND LIKELY TO SCRATCH

This filly is sired by Unusual Heat (12% first time turf) and is out of a Lemon Drop Kid (13%) mare. That screams turf and two turns. The 2-year-old got her prep at Los Alamitos and today is graduation day for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 43% with first-time turfers. If she runs, she’s our best bet, but it sounds like she will scratch.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Land Over Sea, 2. Asian Moonlady, 3. She’s On the Line. LONG SHOT: Red Stitch.

 

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Temperature Runnin, 2. Bonus Spin, 3. Anita Marie. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Kyankes, 2. Belle Et Bete, 3. Housemaker. LONG SHOT: Sound City.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #8 MIGHTY BROWN (6-1), 2. No Ez Money, 3. Shakahari. LONG SHOT: Saint Adalbert.

Midwest-based trainer Michael Stidham already has a couple wins at the meet and he puts 19% barn rider James Graham up here for this Arlington Park invader. The son of Big Brown has two wins on dirt and a good work over the track. Stidham is 28% going route to sprint.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Hide My Heart $3.20, first race; Far Out Kailee $22.20, third; Spirit of Ten $10.80, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Newfound Gold $4.20, fourth; Songbird $6.40, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Rare Candy $6.60, fifth; Wild Dude $24.60, sixth)

 

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Belmont Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (and Belmont) opinions for Thursday, July 2

Race 1: #1 Zees Chris (10-1)

Our Eyes:  Jockey Drayden Van Dyke was the king of Los Alamitos last year, granted he had a 5-pound weight allowance, but he hasn’t forgotten how to ride. Van Dyke jumps on this long shot for trainer Mike Harrington and we’ll take a flyer. I’m kind of stunned Van Dyke only has three mounts on the card. Why would trainers put no name jockeys on their mounts instead of a jockey who dominated this track last year? Just plain stupid. 

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Race 3: #1 Warm Endowment (7-2)

Van Dyke jumps on this first-timer starter for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 23% with firsters. This daughter of Unusual Heat (9% with first timers) has been training well at Los Alamitos and should be ready to go.

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Race 7: #4 Magic Mark (15-1)

This gelding had a third over the track last year and now trainer Ron Ellis has him third off the layoff (31%). Van Dyke jumps on and he is 32% with Ellis.

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Race 6: #3 Messi (4-1)

Trainer Graham Motion is 32% with horses making their U.S. debuts. This one was suppose to run last week, but it was rained off the turf. Motion adds Lasix and has gelded the horse since its last race.

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Race 8: #5 Can’thelpbelieving (8-1)

Trainer Graham Motion gave this colt a confidence builder with a win at Parx. Top jockey Javier Castellano takes the mount.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 9 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. No Tricks for Jack, 2. Incredible Journey, 3. Thermal Nermal (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Rosewhitenblue. NEW PICKS: 1. No Tricks for Jack, Incredible Journey, 3. Fiesta Express. LONG SHOT: Rosewhitenblue.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Anxious Times, 2. Sunny Kat, 3. Spring Action. LONG SHOT: Snuggley Bear.

Del Mar returns to racing on the turf after 8 days off. Supposedly the course is softer so horses that like it that way might do better. Also remember that the No. 1 post is 0-for-25 at the meet so far on the grass.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Red Man Run, 2. World Famous Sam T, 3. Pressure Time. LONG SHOT: Loop Current Eddie.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. American Pharoah (best bet), 2. Daddy D T, 3. Calculator. LONG SHOT: One Lucky Dane.

Trainer Bob Baffert brings out another strong-working 2-year-old here in AMERICAN PHAROAH (5-2). The son of Pioneerof the Nile is break to win early and been working like it.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Enterprising, 2. Tonito M., 3. Schoolofhardrocks. LONG SHOT: Argyle Cut.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Definitely Not, 2. Really a Princess, 3. Long Hot Summer. LONG SHOT: Ticaboo.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Taste Like Candy, 2. Sweet Marini, 3. Sweet Profit. LONG SHOT: Crissy Field.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kulik Lodge, 2. Husband’s Folly, 3. Play It Loud. LONG SHOT: Toledo Eddie.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sir Barclay, 2. Navarre, 3. Mistaken Identity. LONG SHOT: Wholly Hughes.

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10TH RACE: 1. Asparagus, 2. Madame Forbes, 3. Yur Teasing Me. LONG SHOT: Ryleigh Ruler.

ASPARAGUS (5-1), a 3-year-old filly, takes the biggest drop in racing from straight maidens to the lowest level of maiden claiming ($20,000). She got off to a slow start last time, but trainer Dean Pederson takes off the blinkers for this try. She is sired by Kitten’s Joy, whose offspring enjoy the Polytrack.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Seeking Shamrocks $10.80, third race; Super Reagan $4.60, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Stormin Wild $8.20, first; Master the Blues $6.60, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Fashioned Lady $7.80, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Sunday, March 16

FIRST RACE: 1. Misdeed, 2. Supreme Commander, 3. Aqua Revelation. LONG SHOT: Next Right.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Seattle Charlie, 2. Katerrific, 3. Wasted at Midnight. LONG SHOT: Courageous Call.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Miss American Pie (best bet), 2. Awe’ Some Kitten, 3. Tempe. LONG SHOT: Valarta.

Trainer Mark Glatt has been on fire lately, hitting on all cylinders. He claimed this lightly raced 4-year-old filly MISS AMERICAN PIE out of an even effort, going shorter last time. She goes longer and moves up in class plus Glatt is 32% first off the claim. Jockey Tyler Baze takes the mount and he has been riding well lately, too.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Holiday N Newport, 2. Magic Number, 3. Thermal Nermal (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: She’s a Go Girl. New order: 1. Holiday N Newport, 2. Magic Number, 3. She’s a Go Girl. LONG SHOT: Sky Angel.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lil Swiss Echo, 2. Mark of a Gem, 3. Noise of the Crowd. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Dixi Bell.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Warrens Puppy Love, 2. Warrens Lil Margie, 3. Marla Hooch. LONG SHOT: Pay the Debt.

There’s a first time for everything and that’s what we’re hoping for here. Trainer Dean Pederson is 0-for-7 first off the claim, but jockey Joe Talamo sees fit to ride this 3-year-old filly WARRENS PUPPY LOVE despite the fact he also rode two others in this race last time. The daughter of Mongol Warrior has tactical speed and should relish the 7 furlongs.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Emollient, 2. Topic, 3. Floral Romance. LONG SHOT: Stormy Lucy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Cool Samurai (SCRATCHED), 2. El Nino Terrible, 3. Papa Turf. LONG SHOT: Friendswith K Mill. New order: 1. The Admiral, 2. El Nino Terrible, 3. Papa Turf. LONG SHOT: True Ten.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Koast, 2. Mr. Bossy Pants (SCRATCHED), 3. Kilat. LONG SHOT: Candy’s Sunrise. New order: 1. Koast, 2. Kilat, 3. Candy’s Sunrise. LONG SHOT: Carbonite.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Harlington’s Rose $2.60, second race; Yana $4, fifth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Love Forever $16.20, first; Bosque Angel $7.20, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Spiced Latte $8.20, third; Boozer $42.20, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 4 (Tribal Spy $10.40, fourth race; Wonderful Union $10.40, fifth; Let Faith Arise $10.60, seventh; Whine for Wine $3.80, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Morning Line Wiz $11.80, second)

Saturday’s third choice and long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, Feb. 28 (OFF THE TURF)

Races off the turf. Saturday’s lone race is off the turf too. The question for Santa Anita management is why were these scheduled? The 10-day forecast said there was a major storm coming this week. Like I said before welcome to Los Alamitos (aka no turf racing).

However, bad news, Los Alamitos cancelled racing this weekend. Hope dirt track is OK.

FIRST RACE: 1. Clouds Clearing, 2. Runaway Que, 3. Still Broken. LONG SHOT: Cajun Hippie.

Depending on the weather, this name, CLOUDS CLEARING, could prove appros or the opposite as rai is suppose to hit this week. There looks to be a ton of speed in this race and this gelding has no speed whatsoever. His only win came from way off the pace and that’s the way new rider Martin Garcia needs to ride him for trainer Dean Pederson.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Volkonsky, 2. Deep Play, 3. Husband’s Folly.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Empress of Midway, 2. Zensational Beauty, 3. Passing Shower. LONG SHOT: Not a Love Song.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gospel Music, 2. Tavern Law, 3. Tricky Journey. LONG SHOT: Bettys Bambino.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Giannonatti, 2. Smil’n From Above, 3. j Louie. LONG SHOT: Senjen.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Belle of the Fleet, 2. Midnight Dream, 3. D’ya Knowwhatimean. LONG SHOT: Find Your Spot.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Surf Cat, 2. A Little Luckier, 3. Winninginfashion. LONG SHOT: Little Unusual.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Amina Perfect, 2. Classic Candy, 3. Rich in Tradition. LONG SHOT: Exemplary.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Belonging $5.20, first race; Pray Hard $3.40, second; Onna Bugeisha $15, sixth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Zackos My Man $7.80, third; Lily’s Perfect $5.20, fifth; Divine Way $3, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (County Lineman $12.40, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Tuckers Point $7.60, fourth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 22

Wednesday’s action saw eight races with eight different jockeys and eight different trainers heading to the winner’s circle, but we probably should put an asterisk next to apprentice jockey Irving Orozco.

Orozcon crossed the wire first in the fourth race with 16-1 long shot Trelawny, but was disqualified by track stewards for costing Oak Kye Why a placing. The DQ was justified and will likely result in a three-day suspension.

Orozco then took the fifth race aboard first-time starter Clouds Clearing ($22.80) for trainer Dean Pederson and Harris Farms, Inc. You always have to give Harris Farm horses an extra look.

Trainer Ed Moger Jr. got off the duck when he won the seventh race with Qiaona ($7). Moger was 0-for-21 going into the race.

There was a possibility of a Pick Six carryover going into the last race with only three horses covered but when Oh My Enberg ($13.60) scored for first time out for trainer John Sadler, it was back to the drawing board. Oh My Enberg is co-owned by Halo Farms (aka Teddy Aroney) and another outfit to watch closely at Del Mar. It’s too bad the race wasn’t on Thursday, an off day for the Padres because Padres television play-by-play man Dick Enberg is a known lover of the sport of horse racing.

FIRST RACE: 1. Beast of Bourbon, 2. Hunger, 3. Shackbamalama. LONG SHOT: Hardliner.

We’ve been trying to get trainer Ron Ellis first off the claim all meet and we try again here with BEAT OF BOURBON. This 3-year-old moves up in class, but jockey Victor Espinoza stays aboard.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Toomanytomatoes, 2. Cotton’s Point, 3. Only Josie Knows. LONG SHOT: Hey Cowboy.

TOOMANYTOMATOES takes a drop into the Cal bred ranks for trainer Mike Mitchell. She was favored last time on the turf and Garrett Gomez takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Extensive, 2. Grandstand, 3. Irish Surf. LONG SHOT: Dreamcatcher.

Trainer Vladimir Cerin had a good Hollywood Park meet, but has yet to reach the winner’s circle at the seaside oval. That might end here with EXTENSIVE, who is dropping out of a third-place finish to Marketing Mix in the Grade III Sunset Handicap.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. MARKET NOTES (best bet), 2. Uptown Big Brown, 3. Tosheen. LONG SHOT: I’ll Wrap It Up.

MARKET NOTES moves down the Southern California circuit from the NoCal fair circuit for trainer Jeff Bonde. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the mount and that should be all you need to know.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Koko Loca, 2. Lanida, 3. Dilly’s Dancer. LONG SHOT: Full’s Figurehead.

KOCO LOCA takes a huge drop from a $32,000 claiming race to $8,000. She didn’t run bad last time with a fifth-place effort and apprentice Irving Orozco gets aboard for a 5-pound weight break for hot trainer Doug O’Neill.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Here’s to Rose, 2. Midnight Lady, 3. Lets Get Frisky. LONG SHOT: Gabbiano.

Trainer Adam Kitchingman claimed HERE’S TO ROSE from a win at the maiden claiming level. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over so look for a change of tactics.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Boat Trip, 2. Compari, 3. Chips All In. LONG SHOT: Winning Prize.

BOAT TRIP just missed going five furlongs on the turf course here and now stretches out to a mile. The 4-year-old colt has a win in a minor stakes at Hollywood Park so the trip should be fine.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tookmebysurprise, 2. Sweet Millicent, 3. Silver N Sassy. LONG SHOT: Jade and Sauci.

TOOKMEBYSURPRISE got bumped at the start and finished third. With a cleaner start, the 2-year-old filly might be right there.

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