Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Seattle Serenade, 2. Picasso’s Mandolin, 3. Power of Hope. LONG SHOT: Orion’s Belt.
SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Tell Her Yes (4-1), 2. Midnight Lady, 3. No Tricks for Jack. LONG SHOT: Mudge.

Jonathan Wong is a 36% trainer on the year and he ships down from Northern California. He is 47% on dirt and he gets leading rider Santiago Gonzalez. The 3-year-old finished third over this track during the summer at a level higher.


THIRD RACE: 1. Edge Girl, 2. Hell on Heels, 3. Straight N Strong. LONG SHOT: Sweet Invention.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Courageous Dave, 2. Ready Cat, 3. Dr. Crabby. LONG SHOT: Story of Her Life.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Gio Mio, 2. Tough It Out, 3. Speedin With Eddie. LONG SHOT: General Strelnikov.
SIXTH RACE: 1. My Dynamo, 2. One Last Shot, 3. Miss Big Stuff. LONG SHOT: Uptown Twirl.

This filly her maiden over this track and then ran into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird in the Del Mar Debutante. She’s been given some time off the Debutante has proven to be a key race.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Holy Lute, 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Bench Warrant. LONG SHOT: El Nino Terrible.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. JUJU’S MOJO (best bet), 2. Cordiality, 3. Tiz Pleasant. LONG SHOT: Betty’s Joy.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (It Is Living Water $9.80, first race; Great Lou $3.80, fourth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Tusk $3.40, sixth; My Monet $6.80, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Oligarch $18.40, seventh; Trust Your Gut $15.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Chalking It Up $5.20, third)


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Monday, Sept. 7

FIRST RACE: 1. Waymond Boyd, 2. Y’s Passion, 3. Statesman. LONG SHOT: Marvelous Max.
SECOND RACE: 1. Fancy Shoes, 2. Stenoa, 3. Aaron Again. LONG SHOT: Prodigious.
THIRD RACE: 1. Golden Atlantic, 2. George Zip, 3. One of the Greats. LONG SHOT: Random Joy.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Glacken Too, 2. Cherubim, 3. Big Macher. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Seeking the West, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. King of Jazz. LONG SHOT: Nahem.
SIXTH RACE: 1. C.C. Zipp, 2. Part of the Charm, 3. Swift Lady. LONG SHOT: Seaside Glory.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. #3 Sassy Ashley (7-2), 2. Always Dangerous, 3. Wishful Winking. LONG SHOT: Aguacate.

This daughter of English Channel has been tearing it up in the mornings and will likely show speed drawing inside on the turf course. Jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the ride for trainer Richard Baltas and they are 29% combination.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Nyquist, 2. Mt Veeder, 3. Blameitonthelaw. LONG SHOT: Nightly News.
NINTH RACE: 1. #1 Gomo (3-1) best bet, 2. Optimism And Hope, 3. Imflatoutsweet. LONG SHOT: Sutton’s Smile.

This daughter of Uncle Mo broke her maiden on the grass and then finished second in the Sorrento Stakes on the dirt. The winner of the Sorrento just finished second in the Del Mar Debutante. Jockey Mario Gutierrez knows her well and will likely have to use a little bit of speed from the inside post not to get buried in the first turn.


10TH RACE: 1. #11 Black Betsy (12-1), 2. Glory, 3. Sensitively. LONG SHOT: Unforgettable U.

This 3-year-old filly’s last race was just too bad to believe when she showed speed and then finished last. Trainer Richard Baltas puts blinkers on, a move he is 25% with, and he has put two bullet works in her. We’re expecting an improved effort and upset in the Del Mar finale for the summer season.

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Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 31 UPDATED (Breeders’ Cup Day 1)

FIRST RACE: Allowance/optional claiming

  1. #11 Intoxicating Move (8-1)
  2. #7 Night Song (3-1)
  3. #8 Hide My Heart (4-1)
  4. #5 Starry Skies (6-1) SCRATCHED New pick: #3 Blingismything

Intoxicating Move has been in the money 6-of-8 times on the downhill turf course with two wins. She just missed last time and gets a preferred outside post. Night Song makes her U.S. debut for trainer Simon Callaghan. She has been away from the races for a year, but Callaghan is 27% with long layoffs and Jamie Spencer, from across the pond, rides and she is coming out of a key race (three next out winners).


SECOND RACE: Grade II Las Vegas Marathon

  1. #7 Sky Kingdom (5-1)
  2. #9 Cary Street (10-1)
  3. #3 Irish Surf (4-1)
  4. #6 Mystery Train (4-1) SCRATCHED New pick: #8 Volkonsky

Sky Kingdom could just be the start of a big weekend for trainer Bob Baffert. This 5-year-old horse has been off form but he loves these marathon distances. He has three wins from six tries at Santa Anita and could be ready for a big effort. Mystery Train is the real mystery here after showing high speed in the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again. Maybe he wanted to go this far all along.


THIRD RACE: Golden State Juvenile Fillies

  1. #4 My Fiona (2-1)
  2. #6 Joylicious (12-1) SCRATCHED New pick: #9 Tatum’s Gold
  3. #7 Ashley’s Sassy (3-1)
  4. #1 Stormy Adieu (9-2)

My Fiona has done little wrong in Cal-bred company, having never been off the board in four lifetime starts. Southern California leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over for the daughter of Ghostzapper. We might get a clue how the Santa Anita oval is playing in this 7-furlong event. Joylicious just broke her maiden in Northern California and could be the upsetter.


FOURTH RACE: Grade II Twilight Derby

  1. #8 Flamboyant (6-1)
  2. #11 Ring Weekend (3-1)
  3. #10 Long On Value (6-1)
  4. #5 Patriots Rule (12-1)

This race is wide open and any of the 12 horses could win it, especially since the favorite, Ring Weekend, is parked in an outside post. Flamboyant didn’t like Del Mar’s grass, but showed an affinity for the Santa Anita course in winning his U.S. debut in April. Word on the street is that he has been training well for this spot and jockey Joel Rosario keeps the mount.


FIFTH RACE: Damascus Stakes

  1. #3 Chitu (4-1)
  2. #2 Midnight Hawk (7-2)
  3. #12 Unbridled’s Note (8-1)
  4. #11 Bahamian Squall (4-1)

Trainer Bob Baffert could legitimately hit the trifecta here as in addition to the top two horses he has Declassify (6-1) in the race, too. Chitu and Midnight Hawk were on the Kentucky Derby trail this spring but only Chitu got there (finishing ninth to California Chrome). Both horses have been training well for their return with Midnight Hawk slightly better, however, Chitu beat him twice this spring so we’ll stick with that.


SIXTH RACE: Juvenile Turf

1. #2 Daddy D T (15-1)

2. #14 Danny Boy (20-1)

3. #5 Hootenanny (3-1)

4. #7 War Envoy (9-2)

Trainer John Sadler experimented last time by putting this 2-year-old Daddy D T on the dirt. Big mistake. This ridgling is a turf horse, scoring a stakes win over the green stuff at Del Mar. Jockey Corey Nakatani is reunited with the horse, who should get a nice inside run from the No. 2 hole.



1. #8 Fed Biz (7-2)

2. #1 Goldencents (6-5)

3. #6 Golden Ticket (15-1)

4. #2 Carve (15-1)

Fed Biz just lost to Shared Belief, who will be the odds-on favorite in Saturday’s BC Classic. The Bob Baffert-trainee can either press the pace or come from off of it. Goldencents is the defending champ and will be tough in this spot.



1. #3 Sunset Glow (7-2)

2. #14 Qualify (5-1)

3. #4 Lady Eli (6-1)

4. #6 Sivoliere (12-1)

Sunset Glow has done well in Europe and then came over to win the Del Mar Debutante, but trainer Wesley Ward thinks she is best on turf and who are we to argue. Qualify, an import from Europe, has a tough post but is quality. Sivoliere is jockey Gary Stevens’ first start back from knee replacement surgery.



1. #10 Untapable (5-2)

2. #2 Tiz Midnight (10-1)

3. #11 Close Hatches (3-1)

4. #8 Valiant Emilia (20-1)

Untapable will be everyone’s Pick Six single and with good reason. She has been training lights out and with Beholder out of the race Untapable will be less than 2-1. Love the way Tiz Midnight is coming up to the race for Bob Baffert and it’s tough to figure out Close Hatches’ last race.


10TH RACE: Allowance optional claiming

  1. #11 Whine for Wine (8-1)
  2. #2 Day of Fury (6-1)
  3. #7 Jimmy Bouncer (9-2)
  4. #5 Test Ride (12-1)

How wide open is this race? Jimmy Bouncer is the morning-line favorite at 9-2. Whine for Win is one of our tophorses, coming out of a race with four next out winners. Day of Fury just broke his maiden for trainer Bob Baffert and has been training well for his initial try against winners. Jockey Gary Stevens, he of the knee replacements, takes the mount.

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