Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, June 5

Preview: We say goodbye to the hillside turf course as renovations start this week for the fall meet, which includes the Breeders’ Cup. There are four races on it today. There are five races on the dirt and some trainers to think twice about are Bill Spawr (1-for-15), Kristin Mulhall (1-13), Jeff Bonde (0-12) and Eric Kruljac (0-11).

Race 4: #5 Fruity (6-1): This filly came running in her second try down the hill and now trainer Simon Callaghan puts the blinkers on, a move he is 29% with. The 4-year-old should come running in the stretch for new jockey Flavien Prat, who is 29% with Callaghan.

Race 6: #2 Airlite (9-2): Here we are again down the hill with that man Flavien Prat. He rides most of trainer Richard Mandella’s horses and Mandella is 4-for-10 with horses second time on the grass. The 3-year-old finished third in his debut and should only improve.

Race 9: #8 Infinite Magic (6-1): This gelding is in the care of trainer Ted West for the first time and he is 31% with horses in that situation. Yes, Flavien Prat is aboard. The gelding has a second and third over the course and is cutting back from a route race.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Jan. 14

Preview: After a week of no turf racing due to rain, the horses return to the green this week, which is a good thing. Santiago Gonzalez continues to ride great and is giving Rafael Bejarano a run for the top jockey honors.

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Race 1: #6 Cant Do the Danse (4-1)

This gelding has plenty of early speed and that should do well on this track. Trainer Jeff Bonde is 36% second off the claim and this 5-year-old is taking a drop in class plus has a huge work over the track.

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Race 5: #2 Fueled by Bourbon (6-1)

This colt is 3-for-3 on this downhill turf course (one by DQ) and jockey Tyler Baze jumps back on for trainer Peter Miller who is 21% with horses going from route to sprint.

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Santa Anita (plus Belmont Park, Churchill Downs) opinions for Friday, June 12

Race 2: #7 Later My Love

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with maiden debuters. This filly has been training well and is bred to win early being out of Lucky Pulpit (13%) and a Mr. Prospector (22%) mare. Fernando Perez (22% with Bonde) rides.

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Race 3: #3 Grand Yodeler (turf only)

Trainer Eddie Truman has been on fire (47% at the meet) and really hot with horses going down the hill. Truman is 21% with horses going from dirt to turf and jockey Kent Desormeaux rides back.

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Race 8: #8 Native City

Trainer Peter Miller is 27% first-time starters in a maiden claiming race and the sire City Zip is 15% first out. Jockey Tyler Baze, who is 25% with Miller, rides.

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Race 6: #2 Courageisamajority (turf only)

This 3-year-old filly came with a furious kick down the lane to just miss in her last start at Aqueduct. Jockey John Velazquez stays on for trainer Graham Motion (2-for-7 in the last 60 days) and she has the best late pace ratings.

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Race 9: #5 Jackson N Leonard (turf only)

Trainer Dominick Schettino hit with a bomb on Wednesday, but this gelding won’t be that price. Sire by Colonel John, this 3-year-old woke up on the grass and should love the added distance in this spot. Look for him to come from off the pace.

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Race 8: #6 Teniente Coronel (6-1)

Trainer Tom Amoss has huge numbers in a lot of categories so if we get this morning-line it will be a miracle. Amoss is 38% second off the claim and 40% with horses second time in his barn. Another sired by Colonel John, should like the added distance and jockey James Graham sticks.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 14

Race 3: #6 Faith Pacer (3-1)

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with first-time starters in MSW races and the sire Lucky Pulpit is 12% first time out while the dam’s sire (Meadowlake) is 18% with first-timers. This 2-year-old filly showed her readiness with a good work on April 29.

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Race 6: #7 Henry’s Holiday (5-1)

When last seen, this 3-year-old was finishing fifth to American Pharoah in the Del Mar Futurity. That’s all you need to know about his class. He tries turf for the first time (sire is 13%) and he won his career debut last year so he can come out running after the layoff. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 30% from 20 starters with first-time geldings.

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Race 8: #7 Archie Bunker (8-1)

Trainer Paddy Gallagher is 31% with first-time horses in a maiden claimer. This son of Arch (13% turf sire) gets a jockey change to the red-hot Flavian Prat.

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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Feb. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Room for Me, 2. Chocolate Delight, 3. Silk in Silver. LONG SHOT: Papaslilprincess.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Which Market, 2. Holy Lute, 3. U S Citizen. LONG SHOT: Calm Pacific.

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THIRD RACE: 1. City State, 2. Burning, 3. Militant. LONG SHOT: Steel Dragon.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Toomanytomatoes, 2. Summers Dignity, 3. J and S Express. LONG SHOT: Adellusion.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Purple Rose (best bet), 2. Egyptian Empire, 3. Nicegirlsfnishlast. LONG SHOT: Tiz Addictedtolove.

We’re letting jockey Mike Smith handicap this race for us as he jumps off another horse and returns to this 5-year-old mare PURPLE ROSE (7-2). Smith is 35% with trainer Paddy Gallagher. On top of that she is coming out of a key race at Golden Gate.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Rocket Heat, 2. Price of Glory, 3. Guyfromtheskyfive. LONG SHOT: Bea Rocks.

Trainer Jeff Bonde drops ROCKET HEAT (7-2), a son of Latent Heat, into the maiden claiming ranks for the first time. The 3-year-old is a first-time gelding. Jockey Edwin Maldonado keeps the mount and likely show speed from the gate.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ramona’s Wildcat, 2. Wasted At Midnight, 3. Harlington’s Rose. LONG SHOT: Tempe.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sunny Kat, 2. Synnin, 3. Echo Zulu. LONG SHOT: Sudden Rumor.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Wild At Heart $4, third race; Radiant Journey $4.20, fourth; Birdlover $8.60, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (Herecomeskat $12, first; Camryn Kate $7, second; Como Mi Padre $29.60, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Conquest Artura $6.60, fifth; I B Mike $7.60, seventh)

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Jan. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Call It Good, 2. My Charlie Boy, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Increase.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Rocket Heat, 2. The Man, 3. New Summit. LONG SHOT: Blue Law.

ROCKET HEAT (10-1), a first-time starter from the Jeff Bonde barn, is bred to sprint, sired by Latent Heat. Bonde puts good speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard so this looks like a send job in a tough maiden event.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Endless Cruise, 2. Intermix, 3. Tiz Futurity. LONG SHOT: Presiding Justice.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Zip N Bayou (best bet), 2. Lakwani, 3. Miz Penelope. LONG SHOT: Makena.

Love horses by City Zip, both in their debuts and on the grass, and we have both here in ZIP N BAYOU (6-1). Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer puts good gate jockey Martin Pedroza aboard this 3-year-old filly.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Kafister, 2. Pulling G’s, 3. Knock Em Flat. LONG SHOT: Papa Turf.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’Viva, 2. Cacica Dulima, 3. Susan B Good. LONG SHOT: Denotion.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Seduire, 2. Callback, 3. Lady Lake. LONG SHOT: Conquest Harlanate.

SEDUIRE (4-1), a filly, returns from Northern California, where she won a minor stakes at Golden Gate. Now she returns to graded company. The third-place finisher in that race won a stakes at Santa Anita on Thursday. This daughter has speed and from the inside look for Rafael Bejarano to gun from the gate for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dynamic Sky, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Big Bane Theory. LONG SHOT: Skyring.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Lyla Della, 2. Bernier, 3. Ski’s Copper Penny. LONG SHOT: Ruby N Diamonds.

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Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, Dec. 28

Race 2: #6 Tough Sunday

One of these days this 2-year-old is going to get out of the gate in good shape and win going away. He has gate issues twice in a row and now jockey Tyler Baze takes over for trainer Steve Miyadi, who is 23% second off the layoff.

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Race 4: #6 Mangita

British jockey Kieran Fallon is calling Santa Anita home this meet and he should excel on the turf. Not sure why trainer Bruce Headley ran this 4-year-old filly on the dirt last time because she has never finished worse than second in six tries on the Santa Anita grass.

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Race 9: #3 A Colt Following

This gelding gets two turns for the first time and that should be no problem for the son of Montbrook. Trainer Jeff Bonde is 20% going sprint to route and is 22% with jockey Edwin Maldonado.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Hurry Up Henry $11.40, third race; Shared Belief $3, eighth; Dea $21, ninth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 4 (Justonemorething $8.20, first; May B $7.80, second; Bench Light $8.80, fifth; Alert Bay $20.40, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Dancinthenightaway $3, seventh race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Where Is My Mind $21.60, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Bea’s Duchess $10.60, third; Buymeabond $27.20, fourth; Bolo $5.60, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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