Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 3

Well at least I almost gave out the superfecta cold in the Kentucky Derby. I was rooting hard for Firing Line, but he never switched leads. Still great race. Hope all top three horses are healthy and on to Pimlico. Hope some of you out there made some money.

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Race 4: #7 Lindante (8-1)

This 4-year-old might have scored last time at 38-1 if not for some trouble like getting steadied at the quarter-pole. Jockey Tyler Baze stays aboard and the gelding has a good work coming into this race.

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Race 7: #5 Honey Ride (3-1)

Jockey Tyler Baze had his choice of three horses in this race and sticks with this 4-year-old filly. She has tactical speed and should be able to handle the class rise. Baze is 22% with trainer John Sadler.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, April 16

Sorry  to hear of the death of trainer Mike Mitchell after a long fight with brain cancer. Mitchell always answered my questions whether they were on the phone or in the grandstand area where he would hang out during the races, no doubt near the betting windows sometimes.  My prayers to his family.

On the racing front, I think Santa Anita has hit the wall as the cards for Thursday and Friday aren’t the best. There are only a few races that are even worth betting. Get ready for this until the start of Del Mar and look for a lot of shippers from Northern California and around the country as Santa Anita has adopted the Ship N Win program, too.

Race 3: #1 Rock Shandy (5-2)

Look who this 3-year-old has been losing races to: Dortmund, Firing Line, Calculator, Conquest Typhoon. He has faced some toughies, comes out of a key race and off the layoff. If he runs back to the Sham runner-up finish, this race is over.

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Race 6: #2 Global View (4-1)

The prep is out of the way so it’s time for this 4-year-old to get serious for trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Gary Stevens. The colt has been working well out of his last race and figure to only improve here.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, March 27

Race 1: #4 Believe Too

Trainer Brian Koriner won 22% of the time last year but is 0-for-17 this meet. He’s gotta break out and maybe this 4-year-old filly is the one. She needs to go back to her front-running ways in this spot. Koriner is 36% with horses off a 61-180-day layoff.

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Race 8 – SA

#2 Vicious

Look who this 3-year-old has been losing to in the maiden ranks: Firing Line and Prospect Park. Do they ring a bell? Trainer Eoin Harty has gelded this son of Indian Charlie, drops him into a maiden claimer for the first time and tries turf for the first time with jockey Joe Talamo.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Dec. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Red Man Run, 2. Mahalo Arturo, 3. Warren’s Wesley. LONG SHOT: Kozani.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Holy Ascension, 2. Where Is My Mind, 3. Ill Tell You What. LONG SHOT: Ju Ju Bella.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Longstocking, 2. Fantastic Style, 3. Ben’s Duchess. LONG SHOT: Street Reflection.

Trainer Michael McCarthy, a Todd Pletcher protégé, has shown a penchant for getting horses ready in their second start as he is 2-for-4 with those like LONGSTOCKING. He is also 25% with 2-year-olds and 5-for-15 sprinting. Jockey Mike Smith stays aboard. FANTASTIC STYLE has been training lights out for trainer Bob Baffert.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tigah, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. Buymeabond. LONG SHOT: Greeley Awesome.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Seeking the Sherif, 2. Secret Circle, 3. Bahamian Squall. LONG SHOT: Bolita Boyz.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Soul Driver (BEST BET), 2. Daddy D T, 3. Bolo. LONG SHOT: Stormy Liberal.

SOUL DRIVER (12-1), a son of Street Boss, received an absolutely brutal ride last time from Tyler Baze. Full of run on the rail, Baze was stuck behind horses, finishing fifth, but past the wire he powerfully galloped out in front. Not in love with the post, but love the horse.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dancinthenightaway, 2. Sayes So, 3. Swiss Lake Yodeler. LONG SHOT: Big Break.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Winning Rhythm, 2. Scooter Bird, 3. Diversy Harbor. LONG SHOT: Kathleen Rose.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Vicious, 2. Cyrus Alexander, 3. Nob Hill. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.

VICIOUS, a son of Indian Charlie, gave an even effort while sprinting last time and should enjoy the run around two turns for trainer Eoin Harty. Comes out of the Firing Line maiden race at Del Mar and that one just lost to Dortmund.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Sunday, Dec. 21

Race 2 – LRC

#3 Changing Karma (6-1)

This 4-year-old gelding has been running on the night-time programs at Los Alamitos and now tries the big boys. Trainer Tom Bazley is 39% on dirt, in sprints and in claimers. Jockey Charlton knows him well and they should enjoy the extra distance.

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Race 5 – LRC

#1 Radiant Journey (5-2)

Our Eyes: Trainer Philip D’Amato came loaded for this meet as he won four of his first eight races and didn’t finish off the board. This 3-year-old filly just missed in her debut and draws the No. 1 post, which has won more than half of the sprints at this fall meet.

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Race 7 – LRC

#10 Big Hat Charlie (5-1)

Our Eyes: Look at whom this 2-year-old has been losing to in his maiden races: Dortmund and Firing Line. Do they ring a bell? Trainer Jeff Bonde makes big jockey change to speed jockey Edwin Maldonado and this ridgling has a big work coming into this race.

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