Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbred picks for Saturday, July 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Oeighter, 2. Super Defence, 3. Desert Madam. LONG SHOT: My Sweet Afleet.
Trainer Philip D’Amato, who took over the barn of Mike Mitchell, won four races on closing day last Sunday at Santa Anita and looks to keep the roll going with OEIGHTER, a daughter of Tale of the Cat. D’Amato goes first-time blinkers (2-for-4) and top barn rider Joe Talamo (24%) stays aboard.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Hollanita, 2. Queen of the Hill, 3. Courageousandbold. LONG SHOT: Milady Maid.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Arkenstone, 2. Got Even, 3. I Don’t Care Who. LONG SHOT: Tres Borrachos.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. No Ez Money, 2. Grand Humor, 3. Johns Journey. LONG SHOT: Storm Bid.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tiznow Or Tehn, 2. Sudden Rumor, 3. Go Black Tie. LONG SHOT: Take a Risk.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Radiant Dancer (best bet), 2. Prontezzo, 3. Opsec. LONG SHOT: Good Deal.

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 28% with first-time starters and RADIANT DANCER, a son of Langfuhr, has been tearing up the track in the mornings at Santa Anita. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado jumps on so it looks like a send job from the outside post.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Appealing Resume, 2. Creditcardroulette, 3. Rhodium. LONG SHOT: Sydney’s Darling.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Top Fortitude, 2. Shared Belief, 3. Candy Boy. LONG SHOT: Can the Man.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Swiss Intrigue, 2. Grace Victoria, 3. Yodelmesomemagic. LONG SHOT: Lucky S.J.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Wicked Heat $3.60, first race; Amina Perfect $22, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Colorado Strong $4.80, first; Brannaman $9.40, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Leedstobeaver $11, fourth; Shh She’s Ours $6, fifth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, March 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Dixieland Blues, 2. Luckarack, 3. Tripski. LONG SHOT: Causeithertz.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cherubim, 2. Pimpernel, 3. Beach Hut. LONG SHOT: Rum Point.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Beautiful Spirit, 2. Angel’s Moon, 3. Metaxa. LONG SHOT: Lady Vivien.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Biorhythm, 2. Winding Way, 3. Llandudno. LONG SHOT: Macaabra.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Chain Lightning (best bet), 2. More Stormyweather, 3. Moscato Girl. LONG SHOT: West Coast Storm.

Trainer Jeff Bonde ships CHAIN LIGHTNING, a 3-year-old filly, down from a MSW at Golden Gate to a $30,000 maiden claimer at Santa Anita. She showed speed early and faded. Bonde is 40% is MSW droppers and he puts speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Earthflight, 2. Practising, 3. Kukaluka. LONG SHOT: One More.

Another 3-year-old filly, EARTHFLIGHT, ships down from Golden Gate. She made her U.S. debut finishing fourth in the California Oaks. Jockey Martin Garcia takes over and the daughter of Medicean could show huge improvement second-time Lasix.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. In Dad’s Honor, 2. Indygo F M A, 3. Amanda. LONG SHOT: Belonging.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. I’m Tops, 2. Julio’s Gold, 3. Le Fascinator. LONG SHOT: Creditcardroulette.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, March 6

Just a few observations from last week:

Trainer Roberto Diodoro had a big week, but remember with all of the rain there were a lot of cheaper races, something the Arizona trainer can win at.

Likewise, jockey Edwin Maldonado, who I had given up for dead, came to life with a lot of wins. Again remember the main track was sealed and played to speed alot. That is Maldonado’s strength: speed horses.

Jockey Irving Orozco has lost his apprentice weight allowance and has become a journeyman. That will probably mean more business for apprentice Drayden Van Dyke, who has proven quite capable of riding, especially down the hill on the turf.

FIRST RACE: 1. Fifteen Black, 2. Dubai Ruler, 3. Seeking Asylum. LONG SHOT: Baker Boys.

FIFTEEN BLACK, a 3-year-old colt, badly needed his last race, which came after an eight-month layoff. He showed speed from the gate but tired down the stretch. He drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and should be ready to go for trainer Jeff Bonde and jockey Agapito Delgadillo.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Oneandonlyloveman, 2. Candiz, 3. Market Notes. LONG SHOT: Takem by Surprise.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Just Dancing, 2. I’m No Patsy, 3. Incredible Journey. LONG SHOT: Hlao Roo.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Oh Daddy Oh, 2. Southern Surprise, 3. Chat n’ Cut. LONG SHOT: Northern Force.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. J Kat, 2. Number Five, 3. Kozani. LONG SHOT: Broadcaster.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Our Dream Queen (best bet) SCRATCHED, 2. More Complexity, 3. Copperopolis. LONG HSOT: Emotional Drive.

OUR DREAM QUEEN, a 3-year-old filly, is by In Excess, one of the top first-out sires around. She has been working really nice for her career debut and she has the tandem of jockey Rafael Bejarano and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is 30% with first-time starters.

That really hurts to lose my best bet of the day. Watch for this one to come back. She had been training gangbusters.

New picks: 1. More Complexity, 2. Copperopolis, 3. Q’Viva. LONG SHOT: Emotional Drive.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Monastic, 2. Spring Up, 2. Joelito. LONG SHOT: Artic North.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Violate, 2. Warrenspoweroflove, 3. Yesterday Sing. LONG SHOT: Ninnavee.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Tempe $7.20, first race; Honey Ride $5, fifth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (Larocco $16.80, third; Judge Carr $9, fourth; Tiz Dynamic $5, eighth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Dress Code $15.80, seventh)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Sunday, Feb. 16

FIRST RACE: 1. Snaps, 2. Crucero, 3. Scarly Charly. LONG SHOT: China Girl Lover.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Paseo Alegro, 2. Truelee Scrappin, 3. Gal Has to Like It. LONG SHOT: Street Car.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Life Is a Joy (best bet), 2. Red Outlaw, 3. Gangnam Guy. LONG SHOT: Royal Banker.

Look who this 3-year-old gelding LIFE IS A JOY has been losing races to: California Chrome, Tamarando and Better Bet. Now he makes his turf debut here and tries down the hill. Jockey Mike Smith takes the mount for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and they are a 57% proposition at Santa Anita.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Pass the Pico, 2. Awesome Indy, 3. Sheriff Ryan. LONG SHOT: Shackbamalama.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Rprettyboyfloyd, 2. Kobe’s Back, 3. Roger Rocket. LONG SHOT: Cherubim.

RPRETTYBOYFLOYD, a son of Bluegrass Cat, was entered on Saturday but trainer Denise Breuer decided to run this maiden here in the San Vicente at 7 furlongs. The 3-year-old has finished second in his first two tries to Bayern, who came back to win an allowance race Thursday by a ton, and Chelios, a promising sophomore from trainer Tom Proctor. The Bayern race is proving to be one of the top key maiden races of the year.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Autumn View, 2. Warren’s Cracker, 3. Van Dien Avenue. LONG SHOT: Heavens Stairway.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fifteen Black, 2. Whine for Wine, 3. Nooten. LONG SHOT: Cinematic Cat.

We were hoping this son of Bertrando would run a couple weeks ago, but FIFTEEN BLACK didn’t draw in. He was the 4-5 favorite last summer at Pleasanton, but obviously must have come out of the maiden race injured. He returns here for trainer Jeff Bonde, who puts the blinkers on and this 3-year-old has been training lights out in the mornings. He draws a nice outside post and jockey Martin Garcia jumps on.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Journey On, 2. My Gi Gi, 3. Bee Brave. LONG SHOT: Oscar Party.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Violate, 2. Natal, 3. Capers N Wine. LONG SHOT: Rambunchkie.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Chat n’ Cut $8.60, first race; Iotapa $6.40, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Seeking the Sherif $3.80, fourth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Awesome Prospect $8.60, second; Teacher Teacher $5, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Jan. 25 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Well Measured, 2. Even to the Moon, 3. Nooten (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Next Book.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Volkonsky, 2. Deep Play, 3. Christopher Street. LONG SHOT: Gab Power.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Fifteen Black (SCRATCHED), 2. Seeking Asylum, 3. Wicked Heat. LONG SHOT: Fourth Generation.

FIFTEEN BLACK, a 3-year-old colt, needs a scratch to get in the race as he is on the also-eligible list, but if he does, look out. Was the 4-5 favorite at Pleasanton in June and finished seventh. Obviously must have suffered an injury and comes back here for high-percentage Jeff Bonde, who drop this son of Bertrando into a maiden claimer for the first time.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lexington Pearl, 2. Teddy’s Promise, 3. Iotapa. LONG SHOT: Heir Kitty.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. This Means War, 2. Unusual Hottie, 3. Journey On. LONG SHOT: Kathleen Rose.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Girl On the Lam, 2. Tickle Again, 3. Tribal Torch. LONG SHOT: Heavens Stairway.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Norastone, 2. Sprague River, 3. Sprouts. LONG SHOT: Anniversary Kitty.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Big Macher, 2. Cyclometer, 3. Mobilized. LONG SHOT: Coach Bob.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Jules Journey, 2. China Prince, 3. Summer Hit. LONG SHOT: Maybe Tuesday.

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10th RACE: 1. Atearoa (best bet), 2. Tamarando, 3. California Chrome. LONG SHOT: Awesome Return.

This 3-year-old gelding ATEAROA was very impressive at Del Mar last summer breaking his maiden at first asking. He has earned $138,000 in six starts while facing some toughies in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and the Grade III Generous. Throw out his last race after a poor start and jockey Gary Stevens jumps aboard. There’s no doubt Tamarando will be tough to beat, but it might be worth it.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Dance With Fate $4.40, second race; Tim’s Go Girl $9.60, fourth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Corinthian Melody $2.60, first; Peacenik $4.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Legacy $47, third)

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Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 7

FIRST RACE: 1. A TOAST TO YOU, 2. Summer Exclusive, 3. Et Tu Walker. LONG SHOT: Depreciable.

Trainer Peter Miller would appear to hold all the cards in this race with both A TOAST TO YOU and SUMMER EXCLUSIVE. A TOAST TO YOU is the preferred pick here because the 4-year-old has a win over the course at this distance. SUMMER EXCLUSIVE is a 3-year-old running against older, but he has been training at Del Mar while his stablemate has been at Hollywood Park. DEPRECIABLE is a first-time gelding and those horses have been popping up at big odds at the meet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sudden Rumor, 2. Smogcutter, 3. Onebadshenanigan. LONG SHOT: Ashleyluvssugar.

Jockey Martin Garcia is the key to this race. He rode SMOGCUTTER in his debut on July 21 for trainer Bob Baffert, yet he decides to jump on first-time starter SUDDEN RUMOR for trainer Phil D’Amato, who has two first out winners in 10 tries.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Spring Breeze, 2. Addendum, 3. Queen of the Hill. LONG SHOT: Sean S.

The huge Pick 6 carryover starts here. Trainer Jeff Bonde tries to get some of that “Ship and Win” bonus money with SPRING BREEZE, who has been running in the East. The daughter of Congrats finished second last time on the turf, but she shows one synthetic track victory out of two attempts and appears to be training well on the Del Mar Polytrack. ADDENDUM is a horse for the course and QUEEN OF THE HILL has been training well at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park for her first race since May 26. Jockey Kayla Stra shows a win in the only time she rode QUEEN OF THE HILL.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Quick Navigator, 2. Exotic Behavior, 3. Sierra Electrica. LONG SHOT: Clenor.

The 2-year-old fillies get their first chance to go around two turns on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. QUICK NAVIGATOR is by Henrythenavigator and has every right to enjoy this trip for trainer Mike Puype. CLENOR has raced three times at shorter distances in Europe and figures to be the favorite.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Take One, 2. Slewthatflew, 3. Pining Play. LONG SHOT: Derek’s Girl.

There’s not much good form in this maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies. When that is the case, you might as well try a fresh face. TAKE ONE is from the Adam Kitchingman barn, which struck with a first-time starter earlier in the meet. SLEWTHATFLEW showed an even effort in her debut and figures to improve. DEREK’S GIRL is another first-time starter and jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse jumps aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Ismene, 2. Charm the Maker, 3. Tribal Gal. LONG SHOT: Minds Eyes.

Looks like a tough race here for fillies and mares. ISMENE and CHARM THE MAKER both shows wins over the Polytrack. ISMENE likes to use her speed while CHARM THE MAKER comes from behind in her races. TRIBAL GAL is a 3-year-old taking on older for the first time and she also has a win over the Polytrack.

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SEVENTH RACE (The Grade II Sorrento): 1. Concave, 2. Stop Smiling, 3. She’s a Tiger. LONG SHOT: Love Smitten.

The 2-year-old fillies prep for the Del Mar Debutante at 6 ½ furlongs on the Polytrack. CONCAVE broke her maiden on the Hollywood Park grass going short for trainer Doug O’Neill, but she is bred to go longer, being a daughter of Colonel John. STOP SMILING and SHE’S A TIGER just finished second and first, respectively, in the Landaluce at Hollywood while LOVE SMITTEN ships in from Presque and has a win on a synthetic surface.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sri’s Red, 2. Kana Flavor, 3. That’s a Bingo. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Dixi Bell.

In this maiden special weight for Cal-bred fillies and mares we have horses with records of 0-for-12, 0-for-15 and 0-for-21 so we are looking for a new face. SRI’S RED was training great for trainer Carla Gaines before Gaines began serving a suspension last week. Jerry Quinn is in charge of the barn now, but it looks like Gaines may have this one ready to first at first asking. WARREN’S DIXI BELL comes out a key Jan. 26 race at Santa Anita which has produced four next out winners. The daughter of Affirmative gets jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who is looking for his first winner since returning over the weekend.

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