Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Jeff Nahill’s Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, April 2

FIRST RACE: 1. Kelly Be Krusin, 2. Cider House, 3. Hale’s Angel. LONG SHOT: Dynamite Julie.

SECOND RACE: 1. Ms Big Spring, 2. Symphony Hall, 3. Sheshed. LONG SHOT: Owner’s Suite.

THIRD RACE: 1. Cipherin’ Sue, 2. Eleveententeetime, 3. Not Orbinary. LONG SHOT: Kool Aid Girl.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Darpa, 2. Fight to Glory, 3. Staythirstymyamiago. LONG SHOT: Sweet Tatum.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Caribbean, 2. Tiz McNamara, 3. Lido Legacy. LONG SHOT: Automate.

SIXTH RACE: 1. All About Clara, 2. Lil Tater, 3. Savedbyanangel. LONG SHOT: Jeweled Crown.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lewys Vaporizer (best bet), 2. Rockshaw, 3. Leroy and Control Stake (coupled). LONG SHOT: Futile.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jade d’Oro, 2. Misty Blue, 3. Josie. LONG SHOT: Proud Victoria.

NINTH RACE: 1. Spokane Eagle, 2. Lawton, 3. Pete’s Play Call. LONG SHOT: Youvesaiditall.

Good luck, Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 1 (Sky Mischief $5.80, seventh race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Hubba Bubba $5.40, second)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Cliffy $20.80, third; Syzygy $18.80, sixth)

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Jeff Nahill’s Oaklawn Park opinions for Friday, March 27

Note: Not a good handicapping day on Thursday. Overlooked a couple of Doug O’Neill horses, but one of them scratched into a race and I make it a habit not to include horses on the “also” list.

FIRST RACE: 1. Exemplar, 2. Hardly a Secret, 3. Candy Carlos. LONG SHOT: Secret Touch.

SECOND RACE: 1. B’s Lil Bumblebee, 2. Millie’s an Angle, 3. Thursday Morning. LONG SHOT: Napili.

THIRD RACE: 1. Punish, 2. True Castle, 3. Mandy. LONG SHOT: Fifthatnarraganset.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Gumwrapper (best bet), 2. Harlequin, 3. Empty Nestr. LONG SHOT: Fair Catch.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Broadway Ice, 2. Pocket Personality, 3. Doc Curlin. LONG SHOT: Park Ridge Benny.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Between the Hedges, 2. Ginny B, 3. Cherished. LONG SHOT: Oh My Oh.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. House Drunk, 2. Hungry N Scrappy, 3. Hashtag Winner. LONG SHOT: Addi.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sara Sea, 2. Wholehearted, 3. What a Fox. LONG SHOT: Sunny Dale.

NINTH RACE: 1. Bubba Caballo, 2. Digital Star, 3. Haney Boys (entry). LONG SHOT: Knockout Bert.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 2 (Peppered $8.20, fifth race; Esposito $5.40, sixth)

Second choice winners: 0

Thirds choice winners: 1 (Special Day $4.60, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Jeff Nahill’s Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, March 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Lippy, 2. Italian Justice, 3. Miss Ximena. LONG SHOT: Sassy Seta.

SECOND RACE: 1. Red Lingerie, 2. Rigmarole, 3. Prairie Dress. LONG SHOT: Battlebot.

THIRD RACE: 1. Laneys Love (best bet), 2. Michelle’s Grace, 3. Willow Moon. LONG SHOT: Bendi Blue.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Five Star Kip, 2. Academy Bay, 3. Holdthismiss. LONG SHOT: Suspect a Storm.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Peppered, 2. Napoleon’s Empire, 3. Georgia Deputy. LONG SHOT: Hesluck.

SIXTH RACE: 1.Esposito, 2. You Split Tens, 3. Adulator. LONG SHOT: Hold On Angel.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. J P’s Gladys, 2. Ivy’s College Fund, 3. She’s a Lucky One. LONG SHOT: Syrah.

EIGHTH RACE: 1.Silver Ride, 2. Candy Cornell, 3. Twelfth Labour. LONG SHOT: Augie.

NINTH RACE: 1. Money Cometh, 2. First Citizen, 3. Special Day. LONG SHOT: Bayern to Be Wild.

Best bet. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 4 (Fledermaus $14.20, first race; Cultural Mandate $8.80, second; My Boy Lenny $3.60, fifth; Little Guy $14.60, seventh)

Second choice winners: 2 (Bramble Berry $6.40, third; North Dakota $3.40, sixth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Last Promise $17.20, fourth)

Long shot winners: 0

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, March 19

FIRST RACE: 1. Lippy, 2. Final Form, 3. Ransomed. LONG SHOT: Shaharazed.

SECOND RACE: 1. Dehydration, 2. Unsweet Tea, 3. Alena Marie. LONG SHOT: Six Fire.

THIRD RACE: 1. Adheretome, 2. Dichotomy, 3. Hoptown Honey, LONG SHOT: Sophie’s Angel.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Hamazing Vision, 2. I Am, 3. Whenthedovescry. LONG SHOT: Promising Shoes.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Adhwaa, 2. Collude, 3. Lil Red Vette. LONG SHOT: Javistha.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Coal Truth and Leroy, 2.Kowboy Karma, 3. Sevier. LONG SHOT: Top Brass.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Comedian, 2. Aqwaam and Starship Zeus, 3. Proverb. LONG SHOT: Franknjymme.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Rotation (best bet), 2. My Sixth Sense, 3. Home Run Trick. LONG SHOT: Drifting West.

NINTH RACE: 1. Wish for Candy, 2. Luck’s Good Girl, 3. Wild Dez. LONG SHOT: Hale’s Angel.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Saturday, March 14 (Races 7-11)

Note: Track is expected to be very wet.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Curate, 2. Silver Ride, 3. Nifty. LONG SHOT: Ruler of the Nile.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Pioneer Spirit, 2. Snapper Sinclair, 3. Bankit. LONG SHOT: Guest Suite (3-for-3 on a wet track)

NINTH RACE: 1. Mylady Curlin, 2. Lady Apple, 3. Serengeti Empress. LONG SHOT: Awe Emma.

10TH RACE: 1. American Therorem, 2. Nadal, 3. Silver Prospector. LONG SHOT: No Parole.

11TH RACE: 1. Leggs Galore (best bet), 2. Cynical Girl, 3. Lucky Betty. LONG SHOT: French Cafe.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, March 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Portion, 2. Willow Moon, 3. Flora Grove. LONG SHOT: Warm Beauty.

SECOND RACE: 1. Ronamo, 2. First Citizen, 3. Lido Legacy. LONG SHOT: Agitator.

THIRD RACE: 1. Italian Justice, 2. Fiesta in Vegas, 3. Settle It. LONG SHOT: Hush Y’al.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Laneys Love, 2. Millie’s an Angel, 3. Lynne T. LONG SHOT: Be Done With It.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Staythirstymyamigo, 2. Heart’s Passion, 3. Louise the Laser. LONG SHOT: Anita Marie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Moonlight Train, 2. Road Test, 3. Cowgirl Callie. LONG SHOT: Lady Cleopatra.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Onaway, 2. Shanghai’s Dream, 3. The Great Dansky. LONG SHOT: Jealous Eyes.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Star of Kodiak, 2. Strike That, 3. Jungle Warfare. LONG SHOT: Naughty Alfred.

NINTH RACE: 1. Parade Field (best bet), 2. Starring John Wain, 3. Mutineer. LONG SHOT: Botero.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Flashy Patch $17.60, second race; Bravely Bold $7.60, seventh)

Second choice winners: 2 (Itsherluckyday $6, first; Eve On the Finish $4.80, third)

Third choice winners: 1 (Embattled $7, sixth)

Long shot winners: 3 (Ox Trot $15.40, fifth; Igottawhiteface $19, eighth; Chaos Kid $7.60, ninth)

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, Feb. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Willow Moon, 2. Flatoutandfoxy, 3. Dixie Forest. LONG SHOT: Sattersfield.

SECOND RACE: 1. Sirenic, 2. House Drunk, 3. One Step. LONG SHOT: Collude.

THIRD RACE: 1. Portal Creek, 2. Drip Brew, 3. Violation. LONG SHOT: Urban Kat.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Aztec Empire, 2. Secular Stagnation, 3. Copper King. LONG SHOT: All West.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Dubnation (best bet), 2. War Veteran, 3. Anothrdayatthelake. LONG SHOT: Divine Dharma.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Flat Lucky, 2. Always, 3. Front Door. LONG SHOT: Pinson.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Candy Store, 2. Fra Mauro, 3. Lighthawk. LONG SHOT: Cosmologist.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ready Orb Not, 2. Lady Gusto, 3. Rockin Ready. LONG SHOT: Crystal Lake.

NINTH RACE: 1. Man in the Can, 2. Souixper, 3. Bebop Shoes. LONG SHOT: Hamazing Wisdom.

Good luck.

Fair Grounds, Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Monday, Feb. 17 (Races 6-9)

SIXTH RACE: 1. Go Google Yourself, 2. Motion Emotion, 3. Gold Standard. LONG SHOT: Cairenn.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Potomac, 2. Starship Zeus, 3. Pickford. LONG SHOT: Home Run Trick.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Pioneer Spirit, 2. Joevia, 3. Warrior’s Charge. LONG SHOT: Snapper Sinclair.

NINTH RACE (Grade III Southwest): 1. Gold Street, 2. Taishan, 3. Answer In. LONG SHOT: Wells Bayou.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Just Might $42.60, sixth race, COLD EXACTA $170.20, COLD TRIFECTA $133.80, COLD SUPERFFECTA $80.77)

Second choice winners: 1 (Silver Dust $5.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 0

Fourth choice winners: 1 (Finite $7.40, 11th)

Long shot winners: 1 (Modernist $27.60, 13th)

Del Mar, Horse racing

Nakatani to return to riding with son as agent

Jockey Corey Naktani, who hasn’t ridden since April while contemplating retirement, is returning to ride, presumably before the end of the Del Mar Bing Crosby Season meet on Dec. 4.

Nakatani’s son, Matt, said Wednesday on Twitter that his father start will start taking mounts and that he would be his agent.

Corey Nakatani, 46, who has won 10 Breeders’ Cup races and nearly $228 million in purses lifetime, has been seen working horses in the mornings at Del Mar.

This year Nakatani had 27 winners — all at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., last winter — from 158 mounts and $1.4 million in earnings, but was frustrated by his lack of quality mounts and stepped away from the sport.

Nakatani has not been named on any mounts yet. Del Mar has drawn entries through Saturday.

The Thoroughbred Daily News first wrote the story of Nakatani’s return.

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Del Mar, Horse racing, Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita, Triple Crown

On to Kentucky for California Chrome

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California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza return to the winner’s circle after winning Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby. BENOIT PHOTO


The overwhelming sentiment when leaving Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday was that everyone saw the winner of next month’s Kentucky Derby. Heck, he might finally break the drought of Triple Crown winners.

And they well have, but maybe it wasn’t the horse you’re thinking about.

There’s no doubt that California Chrome was spectacular in winning Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby. But will he be the winner on the first Saturday of May in Louisville, Ky.

The thing you have to remember is there will be a full field of 20 horses at Churchill Downs. There will be all kinds of trouble for all kinds of horses. There will be horses that don’t belong, and California Chrome surely isn’t one of those, but he could get stopped by one who is. Remember funny things happen in 20-horse fields.

I hope California Chrome wins it for trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza and to stick it to the “bluebloods,” but I know too many things can go wrong. It just seems amazing to me that California Chrome was running last summer in Cal-bred races and now maybe the betting favorite in Kentucky. It brings back fond memories of Silver Charm, one of my all-time favorites.

Hoppertunity, who finished second to California Chrome, certainly belongs in the equation. He has run three good races in a row.

And perhaps the most impressive 3-year-old winner Saturday was Wicked Strong taking the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, seemingly passing the entire field in the stretch.

Personally, I’m keeping my eye on Commanding Curve, who finished third in the Louisiana Derby, to see if he gets in.

And don’t forget there are two more big preps this coming Saturday with the Blue Grass at Keeneland and the Arkansas Derby at Hot Spring, Ark.

Wait until all the data is in and then make your decision. Just think how many other times have you left Santa Anita on its Derby Day saying you thought you saw the winner of the Kentucky Derby?

You might have and you might not.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 0

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Fashion Plate $6.20, fifth race; Nashoba’s Gold $7.40, seventh; Kerrilynn $10.60, 11th)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 4 (Reno Rebel $6.80, first; Storm Fighter $6.40, second; California Chrome $3.40, eighth; Seeking the Sherif $9.80, 10th)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Alert Bay $20.20, third)


Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Crusher $7.60, first race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Big Note $10.40, fourth; Congregationalist $11.80, seventh; Perfect Tango $7, ninth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Jules Journey $14.40, sixth)