Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Gulfstream Park Pegasus opinions for Saturday, Jan. 26

11TH RACE (Pegasus World Cup Turf): 1. #4 Aerolithe, 2. #7 Bricks and Mortar, 3. #1 Magic Wand, 4. #2 Yoshida. LONG SHOT: #5 Next Shares.
Aerolithe is a 5-year-old mare running against the boys and she has earned more than $3 million in Japan. She gets in light at 112 pounds and great turf jockey Flourent Geroux sees fit to ride her and at 8-1 she has a real shot.Bricks and Mortar has a race over the track and will be closing in the lane. Magic Wand is another female in the race and she was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf in her first U.S. start.

12TH RACE (Pegasus World Cup Invitational) : 1. #10 Audible, 2. #5 Accelerate, 3. #3 City of Light, 4. #8 Gunnevera. LONG SHOT: #12 Patternrecognition.
Audible finished third in the Kentucky Derby to Horse of the Year Justify last spring. He has never finished worse than second over this track in three tries. He finished second here in his first race against older last month but the prize was this spot. Obviously, Accelerate and City of Light are the horses to beat. Gunnevera is another horse for the course with a record of 9-4-2-2 here.

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 26

SIXTH RACE: #8 Salsa Jack (7-2)

EIGHTH RACE: #2 Wagon Boss (8-1)

10TH RACE: #9 Unflappable Max (8-1)

Good luck.

Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 28 (UPDATED)

Preview: Sorry no picks. Too much racing and work on Saturday.

Update: Found a little time to give you some horses to look at. Just look at them and make up your own minds.

FIRST RACE: #4 Sensible Myth and #7 Temple Princess

SECOND RACE: #6 Lucky Romano

THIRD RACE: #7 Gemini Journey

FOURTH RACE: #5 Perfectly Majestic

FIFTH RACE: #5 Allie’s Love

SIXTH RACE: #1 Diamond Proof

SEVENTH RACE: #6 Toinette (best bet), #9 Rockin Ready

EIGHTH RACE: #2, Bar Scene, #3 Yuvetsi

NINTH RACE: 1-3-5-6-7-8




Top choice winners: 3 (Texting $16.80, third race; Tommy Macho $6.20, seventh; Stormy Victoria $8.60, 11th, $2 cold exacta $30.20)

Second choice winners: 2 (Oscar Nominated $9.40, eighth; Gun Runner $4.20, 12th)

Third choice winners: 1 (Rainbow Heir $8.60, 10th)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 2 (How About Zero $6.40, third race; Black Site $3.80, fifth)

Second choice winners: 3 (Edwards Going Left $6.80, fourth; Heck Yah $6.40, sixth; George From Tahoe $8.20, 10th)

Third choice winners: 1 (Rye $6,eighth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Judicial $10, ninth)

Good Luck.

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park opinions for Saturday, Jan. 27 (Pegasus Day)

THIRD RACE (La Prevoyante): 1. Texting, 2. Apple Betty, 3. Daring Duchess. LONG SHOT: Summersault.

SIXTH RACE (Ladie’s Turf Sprint): 1. Code Warrior, 2. Brandy’s Girl, 3. Blue Bahia. LONG SHOT: Go Kart.

SEVENTH RACE (Fred W. Hooper): 1. Tommy Macho, 2. Game Over, 3. First Growth. LONG SHOT: Moves Like Ali.

EIGHTH RACE (W.L. McKnight Handicap): 1. Gold Shield, Oscar Nominated, 3. Bullards Alley. LONG SHOT: Nessy.

NINTH RACE (Hurricane Bertie): 1. Marley’s Freedom, 2. Curlin’s Approval, 3. Apologynotaccepted. LONG SHOT: Money Or Love.

10TH RACE (GP Turf Sprint): 1. Richard’s Boy (best bet), 2. Pay Any Price, 3. Rainbow Heir. LONG SHOW: Blind Ambition.

11TH RACE (South Beach): 1. Stormy Victoria, 2. Celestine, 3. Miss Hollywood. LONG SHOT: Ghostly Presence.

12TH RACE (Pegasus): 1. West Coast, 2. Gun Runner, 3. Gunnevera. LONG SHOT: Sharp Azteca.

Good luck.

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park opinions for Saturday, Jan. 28

Race 3 (Hurricane Bertie): #1 Genre (7-2): Had a prep over the track in the Rampart and might get the job done cutting back to 7 furlongs.

Race 5 (Poseodon Handicap): #1 Mylute (10-1): Tough race. Three horses which were on the Pegasus also-eligible list set to go here. This 7-year-old is coming out of the Cigar Mile, which has produced three next out winners. Back him up with the favorites.

Race 7 (Ladies’ Turf Sprint): #10 Triple Chelsea (6-1): Coming down from Tampa Bay. She will be closing down the lane. Hope fractions are fast enough.

Race 9 (Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint): #11 Power Alert (4-1): This gelding is a perfect 4-for-4 on this course. Need we say more?

Race 10 (La Prevoyante Handicap): #7 Arles (7-2): Just missed winning a Grade III at Del Mar. Tries again here for Graham Motion.

Race 11 (W.L. McKnight Handicap): #6 Charming Kitten (9-2): Ran in Ireland twice last year. Has an 8-4-2-0 record over this course and Mike Smith rides.

Good luck.

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Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Del Mar selections (plus GP and TBD) for Saturday, Dec. 3


Preview: Big weekend of racing to close out the final days of the fall meet. Lots of Eastern trainers and jockeys coming West looking for graded stakes wins. Don’t avoid these jockeys in other races because they are good. Turf rails at zero. By the way, when Autumn Twilight crossed the finish line first at 8-1 in Friday’s fourth race it meant I will show a flat-bet profit for the meet with my top selections.

Race 1: 1. Swiss Cheese, 2. Adair, 3. Templar. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

Race 2: 1. Ketos BEST BET, 2. Sunset Grill, 3. First Heir. LONG SHOT: Ral Rue.

Race 3: #7 Los Gatos (6-1), 2. Infinite Magic, 3. Buymeabond. LONG SHOT: Presidentsky.

Here’s one of those spots we were talking about as jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. takes this mount for trainer Kristin Mulhall. Ortiz is a 17% turf rider in New York. Mulhall is 19% first off the claim and this colt looks ready with the bullet work recently.

Race 4: #8 Hard Arch (12-1), 2. Datcatsa Gem, 3. Run Macho Run. LONG SHOT: Classic Ruler.

This colt made his debut at GPW (aka Calder) in October and was shipped west by owners Holly & David West. The colt comes out of a race that has produced at least one winner so far. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez is 42% with trainer Vladimir Cerin at Del Mar.

Race 5: 1. Entrechat, 2. Paquita Coqueta, 3. Home Journey. LONG SHOT: Dr. Fager’s Gal.

Race 6: 1. Vale Dori, 2. Desert Madam, 3. Gloryzpper. LONG SHOT: Barbara Beatrice.

Race 7: #9 Revved Up (20-1), 2. Camelot Kitten, 3. Free Rose. LONG SHOT: Diplodocus.

Trainer Shug McGaughey makes a rare Del Mar appearance with this colt. McGaughey is 22% second off the layoff and he gets jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won a couple of stakes last weekend. The last was a prep for this and the son of Candy Ride has the top Brisnet Late Pace Rating.

Race 8: 1. Sheer Flattery, 2. Iliad, 3. American Anthem. LONG SHOT: Caustic.

Race 9: #5 Champagne Charley (8-1), 2. Tribal Fighter, 3. American League. LONG SHOT: Fabozzi.

Trainer Simon Callaghan gets all-world jockey Javier Castellano to stick around for this allowance race. Callaghan is 17% second off the layoff.


Race 1: #5 Military Brat (15-1) SCRATCHED: I remember during the last winter/spring meet that trainer Horacio Barbaran and jockey Samy Camacho hit with some bombs and that’s what we have here. This 2-year-old has shown speed and drops into a claimer for the first time. Bombs away.

Race 4: #9 Cincy Belle (5-2) (turf only): Jockey Daniel Centeno and trainer Arnaud Delacour are one of the top combinations here. This filly had all kinds of issues in her debut at Laurel, but takes a drop in class and has been training decently.

Race 10: #6 Mama Trace (7-2) (turf only): This filly has been facing better and drops into a claimer for the first time for trainer Ignacio Correas and jockey Declan Cannon. A daughter of Temple City, she should enjoy the longer distance.


Race 3: #9 Summer Rae (6-1): This filly has turned into a 5-furlong specialist with a record of 5-2-2-1. Trainer Ralph Ziadie is 25% second off the layoff and 30% in nongraded stakes. He gets excellent turf rider Antonio Gallardo, who is 19% on the grass this year.

Race 4: #4 Shaft of Light (8-5), #9 It Behooves Me (15-1), #11 Prudhoe Bay (12-1)

Race 5: #11 Moonshine Promise (10-1), #14 Too Clever by Half (12-1)

Race 6: Defer Heaven (9-5), #14 Como Se Llama (15-1)

Race 7: #7 Chiseled (20-1), #14 Goodtimehadbyall (7-2)

Race 8: #2 All About Yasom (20-1)

Race 9: #1 Luckystrikedelcoco (15-1), #12 Daddy’s Boo (3-1)

Race 11: #2 Music Critik (15-1)

Good luck.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 10

Preview: Half of the card will be on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and the rails will be at 30 feet. Speed suddenly got good over the weekend on the grass so keep it in mind. Flavien Prat is the top grass jockey with 8 wins from 46 mounts followed by Kent Desormeaux 7-38 and Victor Espinoza 5-22.

Totally forgot to post all races. sorry.

Race 1: 1. Pay the Fine, 2. Rangi, 3. Chips All In. LONG SHOT: Arizona Moon.

Race 2: 1. #4 Time and Chance (3-1), 2. Ponder Lea, 3. Basie Boots. LONG SHOT: Reckless Charm.
Trainer Ron Ellis received this horse from Gulfstream Park, obviously looking for the Ship N Win bonus. The filly has speed and shown that in two works over the Del Mar surface. On top of that Ellis gets Rafael Bejarano to ride and he hasn’t used the perennial riding champ in the last two years.

Race 3: 1. Dixie Patrol, 2. Ky. Colonel, 3. Farley. LONG SHOT: Chase the Money.

Race 4: 1. #2 Bolitar (5-1), 2. Papa Papa Papa, 3. Basinca. LONG SHOT: Dreamy Martini.
This colt has been away since February but has been tearing up the track in the mornings at Los Alamitos. The Doug O’Neill barn has been in a slump but he is due to break out. O’Neill is 23% with beaten favorites and this 3-year-old takes a class drop.

Race 5: 1. Albeit, 2. Too Much Drama, 3. Tanager. LONG SHOT: Starring Role.

Race 6: 1. #9 Billy Big (3-1) BEST BET, 2. Lucky Whalen, 3. The All Button. LONG SHOT: Cedar Rapids.
This colt is making his first start in the U.S. for trainer Phil D’Amato and is crying out for two turns on the turf. The sire, Royal Applause, averages 7.4 furlongs with winners and the sire of the broodmare, Act One, averages 10.1 furlongs. D’Amato is 25% spring to turf and gets Kent Desormeaux to ride and they are 2-for-3 at Del Mar the last two years.

Race 7: 1. Anytime Anyplace, 3. Heiri of Storm. LONG SHOT: Songforjohnmichael.

Rcae 8: 1. La Premiere Etoile, 2. Southern Drawl, 3. Haute Style. LONG SHOT: Lethal Legacy.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 29 (4 p.m. first post)

Preview: The turf rails come back in to 12 feet today which will allow closers to have a better shot in the stretch. Yesterday we talked about jockeys who have done well so far during the meet on the grass. Here are a couple of jockeys who have been struggling on the green (stats through Tuesday): Tyler Baze (1-for-18), Santiago Gonzalez (1-15) and Stewart Elliott (0-9).

Race 1: 1. #4 Mrs. Guty (7-2) BEST BET, 2. Spindle, 3. Generous Pour. LONG SHOT: La Galy
This filly finished third as the 6-5 favorite in her debut. She showed a lot of speed that day and tired so should be fitter for this race. Trainer Michael McCarthy is 23% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. The filly also takes a drop in class.

Race 2: 1. Cioppino Pasadino, 2. My California, 3. I’ll Be Around. LONG SHOT: Love a Honeybadger.

Race 3: 1. Katy Drama, 2. Sizzling Bel, 3. B K Miss. LONG SHOT: Chicago Angel.

Race 4: 1. #5 Ciao Bella Rosa (12-1), 2. Simmy’s Temple, 3. You Missed It. LONG SHOT: Gio’s Lady.
This filly cost $125K at auction and is sire by Kitten’s Joy, who gets 17% first out winners on the grass. This 2-year-old is prep to love the green and go a distance of ground. Trainer Peter Miller likes to win at Del Mar and at a price is even better.

Race 5: 1. Jonny’s Choice, 2. Minister Vivendi, 3. Nahem. LONG SHOT: Misdeed.

Race 6: 1. #5 Doubelievenmagic (7-2), 2. Out Ofthe Ordinary. LONG SHOT: Queen Scheherazade.
This filly finished second on the grass for trainer Todd Pletcher at Gulfstream Park 2 months ago and now ends up here to try and cash in on the “Ship N Win” program. Trainer David Hofmans is 35% going from sprint to route, 18% with first-time routers and 27% with jockey Joe Talamo at Del Mar.

Race 7: 1. Elwood J, 2. Caiifornia Clone, 3. Amodei. LONG SHOT: Midnight Reveler.

Race 8: 1. With a Twist, 2. Swiss Skimmer, 3. Intoxicaing Move. LONG SHOT: Lady’s Lunar Luck.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 22 (First post 4 p.m.)

Preview: Speed again was king on the main track on Wednesday and winners continue to come off the rail from the two slot on in the stretch and then just pull away. Keep it in mind. Eight races on Wednesday and eight different jockeys won so no one is hot right now.

Race 1: 1. #5 Cherokee in Me(5-1), 2. Summer Veil, 3. Amberella. LONG SHOT: Midnight Lady.
Trainer Armando Lage brings a string down from Northern California, including this filly, who is 2-for-2 in dirt races. The 4-year-old has the top Brisnet Prime and Late Pace Ratings. Also jockey Abel Cedillo is 53% with Lage.

Race 2: 1. Blue Chat, 2. Too Much Drama, 3. Ask Me I Might. LONG SHOT: Jeoffie.

Race 3: 1. Tough Emblem, 2. Radio Silent, 3. All Star parade. LONG SHOT: Armored Car.

Race 4: 1. #9 Trust Ur Intuition (8-1), 2. Sharaun, 3. Silver Mojave. LONG SHOT: Run Like the Boss.
This Cal-bred has been running in claimers at Gulfstream Park and trainer Kristin Mulhall ships her back to face state breds. Mulhall is 20% with shippers and 20% off 31-60-day layoffs. Good gate jockey Martin Pedroza rides and is 18% with Mulhall.

Race 5: 1. Pray Hard, 2. Too Fast to Pass, 3. Distinctive B. LONG SHOT: Dadtaughtmewell.

Race 6: 1. El Super, 2. Little Scotty, 3. Willing to Travel. LONG SHOT: Malko.

Race 7: Enola Gray, 2. Allsquare, 3. Fantasy of Luck. LONG SHOT: Roo’s Valentine.

Race 8: 1. #1 Gio Mio (8-1), 2. The Big Train, 3. Lord of Chaos. LONG SHOT: Admiral’s Club.
Looks like this gelding’s last race was a prep for this spot. If you look over this 3-year-olds PPs you”ll notice his best career race was over this turf course for jockey Victor Espinoza. Trainer Art Sherman has the same conditions here and he’s 25% with Espinoza. The sire Gio Ponti gets 10% turf winners.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Gunslinger $4.80, first race; Warm Endowment $8.60, fifth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pico Chick $6.20, second; Five Star Jack $13.40, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Freddies Dream $26, third; Plastered $4, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 14

Race 1: #3 Scuderia (3-1) (turf only): This gelding was in Chad Brown’s hands at Gulfstream Park and had a tough debut. Now shows up for Michael McCarthy with a pair of good works coming in. McCarthy is 26% with horses off a 46-90-day layoff and this son of Gio Ponti should love the turf. McCarthy is 56% with jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Race 5: #1 My Special Image (15-1): This gelding drops into a maiden claimer for the first time, move trainer Paddy Gallagher is 31% with. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke jumps back off as he rode him in his career debut.

Race 7: #4 Airfoil (3-1): Trainer Peter Miller claimed this gelding last time a drops him, a move he is 53% with. Jockey Tyler Baze jumps aboard and he’s 20% with Miller. This 6-year-old has a 20-4-5-6 record on the Santa Anita dirt.

Race 9: #10 Glacken Too (9-2): Trainer Phil D’Amato has been hitting at a 22% in 2016 and has three wins here opening week. This horse is looking for his first win over the surface, but D’Amato is 28% with beaten favorites and he goes to jockey Edwin Maldonado and they are a 41% combination at Santa Anita.

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, April 29

Preview: Back to a nine-race card. Jockeys Dean Butler and Pablo Morales have the most wins the last seven days.

Race 2 – Tam

#5 Staff Sgt Reckless (7-2): This filly drops to her lowest level ever for trainer Joan Scott, who is 28% when moving a horse from a MSW to a maiden claimer. Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo jumps on.


Race 4 – Tam

#4 Paltarrevenge (4-1): Trainer Maria Bowersock is 25% first off the claim and moves this gelding up after a win on the main track. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. jumps on.


Race 6 – Tam

#3 Step Two (turf only) (7-2): Throw out that last race at Gulfstream Park and look at that race at Tampa Bay two back.Jockey Pedro Cotto Jr. is 6-for-12 with trainer Joe Minieri at this meet.

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