Golden Gate, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields stakes opinions for Sunday, April 28

SANTA ANITA

FIFTH RACE: 1. Shining Through, 2. Neptune’s Storm, 3. Rijeka. LONG SHOT: Urban Light.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

NINTH RACE: 1. Lakerball, 2. Apache Princess, 3. Dr Wysong. LONG SHOT: Blue Diva.

10TH RACE: 1. Wild Bean 2. Lieutenant Dan, 3. Listing. LONG SHOT: Our Silver Oak.

Good luck.

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Golden Gate, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 27 (Plus Golden Gate Fields stakes races)

Preview: Golden Gate didn’t put up changes until 10:34 a.m. Less than two hours before first post. Is that any way to run a track and day you have been promoting for a month?

SANTA ANITA

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hardboot, 2, The Hunted WIN $7, 3. Soi Phet. LONG SHOT: Accountability.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. La Force SECOND REVERSE EXACTA $9.20, 2. Paradise Woods WIN $3.20, 3. Starr of Quality. LONG SHOT: Just a Smidge.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

FOURTH RACE: 1. Oh My Oh, 2. Sold It WIN $2.80, 3. Respect My Candor. LONG SHOT: Creative Romance.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Simply Breathless WIN $6.60, 2. Zaffinah 2ND EXACTA $13, 3. Consolida. LONG SHOT: Bella Luma.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Touched by Autism, 2. Anyportinastorm WIN $4.20, 3. Summersimage. LONG SHOT: Tough Sunday.

NINTH RACE: 1. More Ice, 2. Kingly WIN $5.40, 3. Erlich. LONG SHOT: Angelo’s Pride.

10TH RACE: 1. Wentwood, 2. Grecian Fire, 3. Bowies Hero. LONG SHOT: Blitzkreig WIN $8.

12TH RACE: 1. S Y Sky WIN $3.40, 2. Ima Happy Cat 2ND EXACTA $22, 3. Alliford Bay. LONG SHOT: I Love Romance.

Good luck.

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Golden Gate, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 23

Preview: Some jockeys are up to rough starts on the main track. Here are a few jockeys to give second thoughts to until they get hot: Mario Gutierrez 0-for-18, Tiago Periera 0-18, Martin Garcia 0-17, Santiago Gonzalez 1-29, Stewart Elliott 1-24 and Chad Lindsay 1-21. Sorry this is late and let’s hope to break out of a slump today

Race 1: #3 Tourny (5-1)
Drops out of a nongraded stakes where she started from the dreaded No. 1 post down the hill. Barring a scratch, she starts from the No. 3 here. She also had trouble at the start last time. Trainer John Sadler is 19% with horses third off the layoff.

Race 4: #4 Student Body Left (5-1)
Scratched out of race going down the hill to try two turns on the turf for the first time. Trainer Scott Hansen is 44% with horses first time on the grass. The sire Tizway gets 13% first time of the turf. Red hot jockey Tyler Baze picks up the mount.

Race 6: #5 Adler (10-1)
Liked this filly last month in her turf debut at Golden Gate, but she didn’t get the best ride. Today Norberto Arroyo takes over and he rode the grass like amad man at Del Mar. Trainer Eddie Truman is 22% with horses off a 31- to 60-day layoff.

Race 9: #7 Forest Blue (7-2)
This gelding gets a key jockey switch to turf maven Flavien Prat. He has the best late pace rating from Brisnet and trainer Peter Miller is 22% with beaten favorites.

GOLDEN GATE

Race 9: #3 Telepathy (10-1) (turf only)
It’s tough to pass up a double-digit horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Juan Hernandez, especially on the turf. Hernandez is a 23% rider on the turf and he’s 45% with Hollendorfer the last 60 days. This gelding hasn’t raced in more than a year but The Dorf is 15% off long layoffs.

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Golden Gate, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Thursday, Sept. 15 (Plus Golden Gate)

LRC Preview: Second week of racing in the afternoons at Los Alamitos finds jockey Stewart Elliott on a tear. He won 9 of 17 mounts the first four days in his first time at the track. Four of those wins were for trainer Bob Baffert, who also came out firing after Del Mar.

Race 3: #4 Uninvented (9-5)
Here are Stewart Elliott and Bob Baffert teamming up on this 3-year-old, which has been gelded since his last race. Baffert rarely leaves them short off the layoff and this new gelding is coming out of a key race at Santa Anita.

Race 5: #1 Our Trooper (15-1)
This 6-year-old lost all chance in his his last race at 870 yards at night. Once upon a time, he broke his maiden at this distance and track. Trainer Nicolas Acuna takes the blinkers off to get him to relax.

Race 7: #5 Far Out Kailee (5-2)
That man Stewart Elliott jumps on this Chris Hartman trainee. This is Hartman’s first starter here and she looks live. Hartman is 30% when running a horse second off the claim.

Race 8: #6 Wild Cause (7-2)
Our Eyes: Mike Harrington trains his horses at this track and points for these mini-meets. He cuts this filly back from a turf route so she should be plenty fit and coming in the lane. She also has a good work over the track coming into this race.

GG Preview: There is no turf racing in Southern California for another two weeks so any turf horses have to head to Northern California to run. You will see some Del Mar shippers there over that time.

Race 7: #4 Stole a Kiss (4-1)
Trainer John Martin claimed this mare for $10K at Del Mar and now drops her into a Cal bred ranks. She was facing much tougher until her last race and Martin must have a plan because he is 44% first off the claim and 38% going from dirt to turf. He gets top NoCal turf rider J.J. Hernandez to ride.

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Golden Gate, Horse racing

Golden Gate opinions for Sunday, June 12

Preview: It’s closing day of the long meet and the 20-cent Pick 6 must be given away today. The jackpot is more than $1.4 million so you count on it at least doubling or tripling today.

Race 9 – GG
#5 Freddies Dream (4-1): This gelding makes his NoCal debut after running for trainer Mike Puype down south. He ends up in the high percentage Andy Mathis barn and he gets perennial riding champ Russell Baze to ride. Baze is 35% with Mathis.

Race 10 – GG
#10 A Little Luckier (6-1): Jockey JJ Hernandez had his choice of four horses in this race and he sticks with this mare. She’s taking a drop in class for trainer John Martin, who hits with 32% of his claimers and 35% with Hernandez.

Race 12 – GG
#9 Call My Bluff (4-1): This filly is dropping from a straight maiden affair to the maiden claiming ranks. She gave an even effort in a sprint and now tries two turns on the grass. Being by Temple City, a son of Dynaformer, she should like the turf and the distance. Trainer Tim McCanna is 2-for-9 dropping into a maiden claimer and he’s 22% with jockey Frank Alvarado. Also consider using the 7 and 12.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbred picks for Friday, July 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Aerial Artist, 2. Time to Go Robo, 3. Electrolyte. LONG SHOT: Run Geocas Run.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Night Badger, 2. Valentine Boy, 3. Valdirone. LONG SHOT: Bob Consultation.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Saint Lemone (best bet), 2. Afleet Echo, 3. Ten in Excess. LONG SHOT: Todai Sing.

Northern California-based trainer John Martin claimed SAINT LEMONE, a 3-year-old filly, when she was pulled up and vanned off at Golden Gate Fields. She had a decent work the other day and Martin is 25% first off the claim.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Freaky Floyd, 2. Keegers, 3. Naomi’s Gift. LONG SHOT: Yahootee.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. It’s Aine, 2. Puttybadshark, 3. Missy Marini. LONG SHOT: Tricky Liz.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Omar Little, 2. Midnight Mayhem, 3. Baby Blake. LONG SHOT: Tribal Desert.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tacit Approval, 2. Gelila, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Always an Angel.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Raja’s Rose, 2. Cocabella Myst, 3. Indian Proof. LONG SHOT: Copper Ore.

This filly has a race over the track and is moving up in class for trainer Mike Harrington, who has been struggling this year. However, apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won five times the first week at Los Alamitos, takes the mount and it could make all the difference.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 0

Thursday’s second choice winners: 5 (Warren’s Tricia R. $5, first; Ya Wanna Hug $14.80, second; Diamonds Dena $20.40, fourth; Miss American Pie $18.60, sixth; Senator Bob $3.60, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Wackett $9.40, fifth; Crusher $7.80, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, June 29

Don’t forget it’s closing day at Santa Anita with mandatory payouts in all of the pools. First post is 1 p.m.

FIRST RACE: 1. Saint Adalbert, 2. Will Tue Up, 3. Off the Deep End. LONG SHOT: Redistribute.

SAINT ADALBERT, owned by Bloom Racing LLC, tries turf for the first time. Horse he beat to break his maiden at Golden Gate Fields on May 2 (BOLD FANTASY) broke his maiden in Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Lust for Life, 2. Winninginfashio, 3. Incredible Journey. LONG SHOT: Pennies From Denny.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Grazenette, 2. Three Blondes, 3. Susan B Good. LONG SHOT: Euroclydon.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Storm Power, 2. Alamo, 3. Kings Adventure. LONG SHOT: Conscience.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Hanna No Sir, 2. Chain Lightning, 3. Mom’s Winner. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Fantasy.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Shapely, 2. Baruta, 3. Amnesia. LONG SHOT: Mom Nana Petrie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gospel Music, 2. Play Maker, 3. Vavoom. LONG SHOT: Shaniel,

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Quick Casablanca (best bet), 2. Black Spirit, 3. Dr Action. LONG SHOT: Irish Surf.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Ruff Proof, 2. Quay Factor, 3. Fly to Freedom. LONG SHOT: Shared Image.

RUFF PROOF finished second at this level two back. She is plenty fit and should be running in the lane after going a mile in her last two races. Has a couple of big works since last race and Elvis Trujillo jumps on.

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10TH RACE: 1. Big John B, Polytechnicien, 3. Bench Light. LONG SHOT: Husband’s Folly.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Downton Lady $9.20, fourth race; Majestic Harbor $30.80, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Bold Fantasy $11.20, first)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (American Pride $5.20, 10th)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 4 (Hope ‘n Pray $10, second; Parranda $6.20, fifth; Declassify $6.20, sixth; A Red Tie Day $15, ninth)

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