Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course for Thursday, Dec. 11

Race 4: #8 Logan’s Moon (3-1)

Has been away from the races for more than 2 years, but look who he lost to in his debut — Vyjack. That Aqueduct race has produced five next out winners and this gelding has been working well enough for new trainer Peter Eurton to be live with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.

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Race 5: #3 To B a Noitted (7-2)

Trainer Quinn Howey only ships to SoCal when he has a live one. He calimed this 4-year-old filly for $8,000 at Golden Gate and moves her up. She has been working well in NoCal and looks to have a closing kick that might be good in this long stretch.

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Race 8: #4 Go Goldie Go (5-2)

Love offspring of Cindago because they are bred to sprint and this one debuts for trainer Jeff Mullins at 6 furlongs. Has a couple of decent works at Santa Anita and Mullins wins 25% of the time with debuting maiden claimers.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course opinions Sunday, Dec. 7

Race 4: #9 Runaway Wildcat (6-1)

This 6-year-old gelding has been out of the money once in seven tries at this disatnce and has been running on this track in his last four races. Trainer Lorenzo Ruiz is 31% on the year and 4-for-6 with 61-180 days between races.

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Race 5: #4 Hero Ten All (8-5)

There are no secrets here as this 2-year-old colt finished second to the Bob Baffert-trained Dortmund, who came back to boat-race an allowance field at Churchill Downs last weekend. The son of Rock Hard Ten had trouble at the gate and should be closer this time under jockey Tyler Baze for trainer Jeff Mullins.

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Race 9: #4 Nothing to Hide (6-1)

This 3-year-old filly was claimed two back with a run here probably on the schedule. She has two wins, both on dirt, and one of them over this track. Trainer Dan Blacker is 29% on dirt and a perfect 1-for-1 with jockey Elvis Trujillo over the surface.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Sunday, June 8

FIRST RACE: 1. No Maybe Baby, 2. Wackett, 3. Don’t Tell Abbey. LONG SHOT: Myrna Lou.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Tebowing, 2. Elegant, 3. Love Tale. LONG SHOT: Magic Number.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Magna Warrior, 2. Aleander, 3. Gold Chaser. LONG SHOT: Juliet’s Tizzy.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke had his choice of three horses in here and takes this gelding MAGNA WARRIOR for trainer Jeff Mullins. The son of Magna Graduate is dropping from a maiden special weight and finished second at this level in January.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Jade With Envy, 2. Natalie Paige, 3. Prayer Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Sunset Skies.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Babe’s Journey, 2. Next Book, 3. Beach Fever. LONG SHOT: Watch It Buster.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Soi Phet (best bet), 2. Toledo Eddie, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Bobby Flay.

SOI PHET, a 6-year-old gelding, drops from five straight stakes races into a starter handicap. He has been facing way better and now gets jockey Kent Desormeaux to ride.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Happy Idea, 2. Red N Black Attack, 3. This Cat’s Awesome. LONG SHOT: Cousin Ricky.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ethnic Dance, 2. Unusual Heatwave, 3. Mega Heat. LONG SHOT: Stoney Fleece.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Galway Bay, 2. Nothing to Hide, 3. Fair Praise. LONG SHOT: She’smorethanalady.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Alpha Bullet $8, eighth race; Can the Man $5.80, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Holiday Camp $3.80, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (I’msoulflattering $6.60, first; Rocked Twice $10.60, seventh)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Monday, May 26

Remember first post is 1:30 p.m. today.

FIRST RACE: 1. Lost Bus, 2. Desert Steel, 3. Saturday Yodeler. LONG SHOT: Global Hart.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wild Dude, 2. Cyclometer, 3. Wine Police. LONG SHOT: Color of Courage.

Another four-horse stakes race as Super Ninety-Nine scratched out.

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THIRD RACE: 1. This One’s for Mel, 2. Candy’s Sunrise, 3. Koast. LONG SHOT: Nobel Metal.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Forest Romance, 2. Celestial Image, 3. Time for a J. LONG SHOT: Shop Forever.

Trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson has been known to get a first-timer ready to score at nice odds in the past. Grayson owns and trains FOREST ROMANCE, a son of Forest Danger, who has been training with purpose at Fairplex Park. Mario Gutierrez takes the mount.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Mel’s Game, 2. Deraptor, 3. Bobby Z Man. LONG SHOT: Poshsky.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Stormin Lute, 2. Goyan, 3. Mavericks Gun. LONG SHOT: I Buy Gold.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Emotional Kitten, 2. Stormy Lucy, 3. Customer Base. LONG SHOT: Miss Serendipity.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Benicia Gem, 2. Discatsonthesquare, 3. Say’s Who. LONG SHOT: Bonus Spin.

BENICIA GEM, a daughter of McCann’s Mojave, comes out of a key maiden race from Jan. 25. She had all kinds of trouble in the race, but took some money in that debut. She has been training well for Jeff Mullins and jockey Tyler Baze takes the mount. Mullins also trains first-time starter BONUS SPIN.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Pouncerounddaclock (best bet), 2. Quick Navigator, 3. Bird In Love. LONG SHOT: Smart Typical.

POUNCEROUNDDACLOCK, a daughter of Smart Strike, makes her career debut down the hill for trainer John Sadler, who is 26% with first-time starters. She had a big work back in April and Sadler is due to get hot. Plus jockey Rosie Napravnik takes the mount.

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Sunday’s first choice winners: 2 (Como Mi Padre $5.60, third race; Betty Bing Bing $6, sixth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Taelyns Prince $10.20, fifth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 4 (No Contingency $6.80, first; Shapely $3.60, fourth; Sky High Gal $12.60, seventh; Moulin de Mougin $8.20, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Image of Joplin $41.40, eighth)

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Bonus picks for Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6 jackpot (doesn’t matter now after the bet was hit on Sunday, but I did the work already)

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Race 6: #11 Distinctive Lady (3-1)

Finished second against the boys last time out at Tampa Bay Downs and now returns to face fillies and mares. Has tactical speed and distance should hit her right between the eyes. Trainer Reid Nagle is 29% with MSW.

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Race 10: #12 Kimberly Is That U (6-1)

Just gave an even effort in first time going around two turns and still finished third. Takes a drop in class and with an outside post should be closing on the turn for home after saving ground early.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Sunday, March 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Rprettyboyfloyd (best bet), 2. Lord Lochinvar, 3. Party Time. LONG SHOT:  Arkenstone.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Warrenspoweroflove, 2. L X Sunrise, 3. Violate. LONG SHOT: Run Rosie Run.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Unusual Way, 2. Halo Dolly, 3. Warren’s Rosebud. LONG SHOT: Could Be Trouble.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Baruta, 2. Tizmetizyou, 3. Velvet Mesquite. LONG SHOT: Kyriaki.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Melanistic, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Tap the Magic. LONG SHOT: Clear Pearl.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Square Dancer, 2. Yomybato, 3. Scorcher. LONG SHOT: Accelerant.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Musical Arts, 2. Brown Is Beige, 3. Eltoninadress. LONG SHOT: Second Time.

Trainer Ron Ellis gets MUSICAL ARTS, a 5-year-old mare, back in his barn after spending some time on the Northern California circuit. Ellis is 56% with horses coming off a 61-180-day layoff from 18 starters so he knows how to get them ready. Ellis also teams up with jockey Edwin Maldonado and they are a 28% proposition.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hobbits Hero, 2. Red N Black Attack, 3. Sheer Talent. LONG SHOT: Toomuchinformation.

HOBBITS HERO, a son of Aragorn, has been doing everything except what he was bred to do: sprint on the grass. The 3-year-old gelding gets a shot to do that for trainer Jeff Mullins and jockey Tyler Baze. He has been off for two months and takes a drop in class.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Secret Sorority, 2. Fast Moka Too, 3. Janes Ship. LONG SHOT: Hot Outta the Oven.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Peacenik $6.60, first race; La Sorella $4.20, second; Mega Heat $5.80, sixth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (We Have Lift Off $6,60, third)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Twenty Percent $14, fifth; Enterprising $4.80, eighth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

PVal ready to ride Santa Anita’s opening day

From Ed Golden’s Santa Anita notes on Wednesday:

P. Val’s back and Santa Anita has him.

The 51-year-old jockey–full handle, Patrick Valenzuela–resumes riding at The Great Race Place when it opens on Dec. 26. A fixture in Southern California since he began his career in 1978, Valenzuela has made more comebacks than Brett Favre, overcoming numerous injuries and substance abuse issues, but has never lost his zeal for the game.

His ability on horseback has never been questioned.

“I’ve been out here working every morning, just getting ready for the Big Meet,” said Valenzuela, exhibiting the same unbridled enthusiasm that has become his signature trait.

“I’ve got some good calls and hopefully we’ll get lucky and get a couple winners right away and get rolling.” Agent Tom Knust represents Valenzuela.

Valenzuela, the youngest jockey ever to win a Santa Anita Derby at 17 aboard Codex for D. Wayne Lukas in 1980, has not ridden competitively since Oct. 11. He was winless in 12 rides at Santa Anita’s Autumn meet.

“I got sick during the fall meet here and I lost a lot of weight,” said Valenzuela, whose most memorable victory came aboard 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence in that year’s Kentucky Derby. “My immune system was down and I got a pretty bad sinus infection.

“I went to the doctor and had to take a couple days off. It came at the wrong time, but I decided to give it more time and get healthy the right way.

“My weight’s good. I’ll probably be doing 18 (tacking 118 pounds) opening day and hopefully continue doing that for the rest of my career.”

Among Valenzuela’s 13 riding titles is the 2002-03 crown at Santa Anita, where he won 94 races, outdistancing runner-up David Flores, who won 69.

Although he’s won only four races this year according to Equibase statistics, Valenzuela has 4,346 career wins, with purse earnings of $165,266,242.

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Other jockey news from Golden’s notes:

+ Trainer Jeff Mullins is a staunch proponent of Tyler Baze. The 31-year-old rider is nearing his return from a lengthy suspension for violation of alcohol abuse. “It’s like he never left,” Mullins said, addressing Baze’s skill in the saddle. “I think he’s getting plenty of support. He’s working nine or 10 head a day. He’s working horses on the training track and everything . . . I think he’s got a pretty strong fan base.” Baze has been cleared to resume riding on Jan. 1, and will be represented by agent Craig O’Bryan.

+ Agent Dudley Osborne hopes to make an impact this meet representing jockeys Orlando Mojica and Julien Couton, the latter a 31-year-old Frenchman who has been riding for 10 years, and in the U.S. since 2007, first for trainer Patrick Biancone and more recently for Leonard Powell, both fellow Frenchman. “It’s a tough circuit and you have to take advantage of all opportunities,” Osborne said. “Julien has the ability. It’s a matter of getting the chance, but we’re getting there.” Mojica also is taking an optimistic approach. “You have to ride the right horses for the right people,” said the personable 31-year-old from Puerto Rico. “I’ve been riding for 14 years and enjoyed success in Kentucky and at Indiana Downs before coming to Southern California. I’m working hard and doing the best I can.”

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park opinions for Saturday, Dec. 7

Race 3: #3 Winding Way

This 4-year-old filly finished second in the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy at Santa Anita. She has never run this distance over the Hollywood Park turf course, but trainer Carla Gaines has a 60% win clip in turf sprints plus leading jockey Rafael Bejarano is aboard.

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Race 5: #1 Toomuchinformation (turf only)

Trainer Jeff Mullins is 30% in 20 tries with horses the first time on the turf. This 2-year-old gelding has been facing some tough youngsters in SoCal like Tap It Rich, , New Years Day and Bond Holder. If he takes to the turf, look out.

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Note: No full picks, recovering from carpal tunnel surgery

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