Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 5

SECOND RACE: #5 Psycho Dar
This gelding broke his maiden at first asking at Del Mar. Has speed and jockey Evin Roman stays aboard for trainer Steve Miyadi and they are 25 percent together. Also comes out of a key race that has produced two winners so far.

FIFTH RACE: #9 Hawk’s Journey (10-1)
Trainer Ed Moger Jr. is having a good year and brings this filly down from NoCal. This is her first time in a claimer and hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke jumps on. In addition to a win bet I would back wheel her in the exacta.

SEVENTH RACE: #9 Cheekaboomboom (7-2)
This gelding is 2-1-1-0 on the dowhill turf course and jockey Flavien Prat stays aboard. Prat is 25% with trainer Peter Eurton. Play an exacta box with the speedy Mr Vargas (#6, 3-1).

EIGHTH RACE: #10 Decarchy Dawn (3-1)
Trainer Bob Hess Jr. is pulling out all the stop to get this 3-year-old to break his maiden. He is adding blinkers and gelded the horse since his last race. The son of Decarchy comes out of a key Del Mar race that has produced two winners so far and keeps jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard.

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Feb. 12

Sorry so late. Bad card, but what are you going to do with five-day racing weeks? Maybe Santa Anita should just run four-day weeks, period, even on holiday weeks.

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Race 4: #5 Roianna (6-1)

This filly makes her Santa Anita debut as trainer Ed Moger. Jr. ships her down from Golden Gate. Moger is 30% when he drops a horse two or more levels in class and he puts the red-hot apprentice David Lopez aboard.

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Race 6: #10 Juansagain (3-1) 

The claim on this gelding was voided last time so trainer Richard Baltas puts a work into him and drops him, daring someone to claim again. Baltas is 21% second time off the claim and he puts jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard and they are 35% together at Santa Anita.

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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 selections for Sunday, Aug. 2

FIRST RACE: 1. Nite Delite, 2. Kiss My Face, 3. Blue Cilantro. LONG SHOT: Lady of Winterfell.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #3 FRANDONTJUDGE (6-1) best bet, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Papslilprincess. LONG SHOT: Enduring Erin.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 28% with horses first time off the claim and that’s what he has with this filly. She had a ton of trouble in the last down the hill at Santa Anita and might relish a return to two turns.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Prince Charmant, 2. Roman Tizzy, 3. London Legacy. LONG SHOT: Tough Sunday.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Shanty Irish, 2. Gunlsinger, 3. Pyrotechnics. LONG SHOT: Bargaining.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Gimme Da Lute, 2. Rocko’s Wheel, 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Smack Talk.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #4 All Run (6-1), 2. Devil Rising, 3. Silver Torch. LONG SHOT: Cervaro.

This gelding finished third at this level at Golden Gate going long on the turf. Trainer Ed Moger Jr. some good past numbers at Del Mar and jockey Joe Talamo decides to stay aboard.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. South Detroit, 2. Semper Fortis, 3. Who’s Out. LONG SHOT: Blameitonthelaw.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Artistic Charm, 2. Maibaby, 3. Sayes So. LONG SHOT: All Star Bub.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #3 With the Breeze (6-1), 2. Big Hat Charlie, 3.  Flat Gone. LONG SHOT: Go First.

This gelding had trouble at the start last time and probably didn’t like the mud last time at Del Mar. Trainer Vann Belvoir is 25% second time with horses and hot jockey Flavien Prat staying aboard.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Beholder $2.60, eighth race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (One Last Shot $12.20, seventh race)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Smooth Roller $6.60, ninth race)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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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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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Aug. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. U S Citizen, 2. Jimmy’s Date, 3. Rum Point. LONG SHOT: Fighting On.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Justa Spalsh, 2. Burning, 3. Money Fan. LONG SHOT: Cotton Valley.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Forest Elf, 2. Zip Cat, 3. Xuang Feng. LONG SHOT: Los Bambinos.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Reneesgotzip (best bet), 2. Judy the Beauty, 3. Madame Cactus. LONG SHOT: Fashion Plate.

RENEESGOTZIP (8-5), a 5-year-old mare, makes her 2014 debut looking to defend her 2013 Rancho Bernardo Handicap win and she should. The Peter Miller-trainee is a perfect 3-for-3 at Del Mar and 6-for-6 on synthetic tracks. Corey Nakatani takes over and has ridden her in the past. JUDY THE BEAUTY doesn’t have anything to prove as she has won more than $1 million. Trainer Wesley Ward sends her all over to cash checks. She’s the one to beat, but Renee has home track advantage.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Den’s Legacy, 2. Ethnic Dance, 3. Sawyer’s Hill. LONG SHOT: Mega Heat.

ETHNIC DANCE might be the best horse in the race, but he has to overcome the obstacle of having drawn the No. 1 post, which has yet to win a race on the grass since the inception of the meet.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Noble Hawk, 2. Zinvor, 3. Tiz All That. LONG SHOT: Cardiac.

NOBLE HAWK (5-1), a 2-year-old colt, just missed third place in his Del Mar debut last month. He gets an extra furlong here, which he should appreciate, and apprentice jockey Drayden VanDyke stays aboard for trainer Ed Moger Jr.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. All Star Bub, 2. Conquest Misbehave, 3. Fateer. LONG SHOT: Partyin.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Star Field, 2. Kathleen Rose, 3. Warren’s Veneda. LONG SHOT: Heat du Jour.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Coastal Breeze, 2. Crusher, 3. Tenkiller Kid. LONG SHOT: Format V.

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10TH RACE: 1. Jennakins, 2. Mom’s Winner, 3. Desert Madam. LONG SHOT: Emeralds Miss.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Test Ride $9, first race; Yard Line $7.40, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Sistas Stroll $7.80, second; Presiding Justice $4.20, third; Adriatic Skye $10.40, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Timeless Indy $6.40, fourth

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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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