Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 25

Preview: Rain is expected to hit the Del Mar area this afternoon so make sure you check the track conditions. Trainer Peter Miller continued his rampage on Thursday with three more wins, giving him eight in the last three racing days. On the riding front, there are five jockeys within three wins at the top as Flavien Prat and Santiago Gonzalez were tied with eight wins each through Thursday.

Race 1: 1. #6 Look Twice (3-1), 2. L’s Choice, 3. Bluegrass Bronco. LONG SHOT: What We Doing.

Peter Miller claimed this gelding last time out and leaves him at the same level. Like we said Miller has been hot and spotting his horses well. Apprentice Austin Solis gets the mount and has won of 3-of-8 with Miller.

Race 2: 1. Glacken Too, 2. Alabama Tide, 3. Malibu Mogul. LONG SHOT: Louden’s Gray.

Race 3: 1. Midnight Candy, 2. Margie’s Minute, 3. Sharp Holiday. LONG SHOT: Trinitys Turn.

Race 4: 1. #2 Horse Laugh (6-1) (turf only), 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: War Envoy.

There is a ton of speed in this race so we are going with the closer of the bunch in this 5-year-old gelding. The son of Stormello finished third on this course against tougher this summer. Jockey Jamie Theriot takes the mount.

Race 5: 1. #2 Vexatious (4-1), 2. Bernina Star, 3. Mistressofthenight. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.

This is a tough maiden race, but we think trainer Neil Drysdale just put this one in for the experience last time and today is what the son of Giant’s Causeway really wants to do (go long on the dirt). Kent Desormeaux keeps the mount over one for his trainer/brother. Drysdale is 19% with maiden second time starters.

Race 6: 1. Journey Home, 2. Defiant Honor, 3. With Honors. LONG SHOT: La Force.

Race 7: 1. Unique Bella, 2. Mannerly, 3. Top Quality. LONG SHOT: Princess Nile.

Race 8: 1. Vyjack, 2. Om, 3. Ring Weekend. LONG SHOT: A Red Tie Day.

Race 9: 1. General Info, 2. Majestic Journey, 3. One I’m Running To. LONG SHOT: Pamper n’ Boots.

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Feb. 21

Preview: Not a bad card. The smallest field is in the first with just seven horses. Trainer Tom Proctor has won 3 of his last 9 starters while his usual jockey Brian Pedroza is 3 for his last 10 starts. Big long shots on Friday’s card. Let’s hope it continues.

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Race 1: #6 Misty Steps (15-1)

 Trainer Anthony Granitz has done well here in the last in dirt route races. This filly is trying two turns for the first time in a long time, but Granitz is 14% going sprint to route. This 4-year-old has Brisnet’s best late pace rating.

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Race 6: #2 Glencoe Girl (turf only) (12-1) 

Trainer Graham Motion tried to get this filly on the turf first time out but it was taken off and she still finished third on the dirt. The race is under her belt and now Motion adds Lasix and he’s 23% first time Lasix. The sire Giant’s Causeway is 9% first time turf.

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Race 7: #4 Jersey Blue Giant (6-1) 

This gelding has won 5 of 7 on the main tack here. Trainer Joe Woodard is 25% third off the layoff and jockey Angel Serpa keeps the mount.

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Race 8: #6 Captain Kitten (turf only) (12-1)

This 3-year-old broke his maiden at first asking on the turf at Delaware Park. Trainer Steve Epley Jr. brings him down for his first start of 2016 and he is 27% with horses off a 90-plus day layoff and he gets good turf jockey Daniel Centeno.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 31

Preview: The forecast is for 100% chance of rain and has been for days so I don’t understand why Santa Anita carded so many turf races. I didn’t even look at the grass races because I know they will be decimated by scratches so I just stuck to the dirt/slop races.

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Race 2: #6 Armoured Car (3-1) 

When trainer Richard Mandella drops into the maiden claiming ranks for the first time he is 35%. This son of Giant’s Causeway has a good mud Tomlinson and jockey Alex Solis keeps the mount.

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Race 7: #4 Eighty Three (3-1) 

As of Friday morning, trainer David Jacobson was winless this winter after shipping a string West from New York. Normally, Jacobson is 25% with shippers and this gelding is 2-for-2 on a wet track and that’s what we are hoping for here as Gary Stevens picks up the ride.

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Race 9: #7 George’s Main Man (15-1)

This gelding has won twice over this track but his last two are tough to explain. Trainer Mike Puype drops him and Puype is 71% when he drops more than two class levels. Journeyman Joe Talamo takes over for apprentice Ty Kennedy.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, April 19

FIRST RACE: 1. Timeless Indy, 2. Valley Cat, 3. Half Strike. LONG SHOT: Harlington Night.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Valdirone (best bet), 2. Boozer, 3. Back to Bako. LONG SHOT: Love Rules All.

VALDIRONE tired in his return to the races last month, but was hardly disgraced, finishing fourth at this level. Jockey Joe Talamo will have him forwardly placed early and that style has been working down the hill.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Yahilwa, 2. Fleet of Gold, 3. Sagebrush. LONG SHOT: Melasistic.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Born Lucky, 2. Fiesta Express, 3. Ronda Rocks. LONG SHOT: Quinnette.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ruff Proof, 2. Mia’s Storm, 3. Silk in Silver. LONG SHOT: Among the Stars.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. King of Jazz, 2. Powerful, 3. Aqua Revelation. LONG SHOT: Lord Lochinvar.

KING OF JAZZ, a son of Giant’s Causeway, must overcome a couple of obstacles in his career debut: running long on the turf. Still, we think trainer Hector Palma will have this 4-year-old ready to go, especially off the last two works showing. On top of that, Palma owns a piece of the colt.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Midnight Storm, 2. Sooner Born, 3. Doctor Dempsey. LONG SHOT: Shakahari.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Home Run Kitten, 2. Enterprising, 3. Flamboyant. LONG SHOT: Excessive Kid.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Glitter of Silver, 2. Gospel Music, 3. Bart the Barrister. LONG SHOT: Tavern Law.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, March 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Roman Wild, 2. Lady Regina, 3. Screamin Earlienne. LONG SHOT: Big Break.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Pillow, 2. Loan Savant, 3. Sushi Empire. LONG SHOT: Papa’s Flashy Girl.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Abide in Me, 2. Indian Safari, 3. Zensational Beauty. LONG SHOT: Always an Angel.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tribal Smoke, 2. Clubhouse Rock, 3. Mary Helen’s Storm. LONG SHOT: Luckbox Sam.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Love Tale, 2. Highly Rated, 3. Mom Nana Petrie. LONG SHOT: Lilly’s Perfect.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Honduran, 2. Seeking the West, 3. Mel’s Game. LONG SHOT: Midnite View.

HONDURAN, a 4-year-old, returns after an 11-month layoff following a second-place finish on Woodbine’s synthetic track. However, this son of Macho Uno broke his maiden on the dirt at Gulfstream Park so he should have no trouble with the surface switch. He has been training well while jockey Corey Nakatani and trainer Vladimir Cerin are a 27% combo.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. One Time Only, 2. Moone’s My Name, 3. Oscar Party. LONG SHOT: Fanticola.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Segway (best bet), 2. Blueskiesnrainbows, 3. American Blend. LONG SHOT: Niagara Falls.

SEGWAY, a son of Giant’s Causeway, has never run on the dirt in seven lifetime races, but he has trained on it and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella knows this 5-year-old can get the distance. Having jockey Gary Stevens aboard doesn’t hurt either.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Seraphic Slew, 2. Turn On, 3. Ay Ay Ay. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cracker.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Cousin Ricky $5.60, second race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Seeking Asylum $4, fourth; My Jealous $4.80, second)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Scarly Charly $4.60, first; Swift Eagle $9.60, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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