Golden Gate, Horse racing

Golden Gate opinions for Sunday, June 12

Preview: It’s closing day of the long meet and the 20-cent Pick 6 must be given away today. The jackpot is more than $1.4 million so you count on it at least doubling or tripling today.

Race 9 – GG
#5 Freddies Dream (4-1): This gelding makes his NoCal debut after running for trainer Mike Puype down south. He ends up in the high percentage Andy Mathis barn and he gets perennial riding champ Russell Baze to ride. Baze is 35% with Mathis.

Race 10 – GG
#10 A Little Luckier (6-1): Jockey JJ Hernandez had his choice of four horses in this race and he sticks with this mare. She’s taking a drop in class for trainer John Martin, who hits with 32% of his claimers and 35% with Hernandez.

Race 12 – GG
#9 Call My Bluff (4-1): This filly is dropping from a straight maiden affair to the maiden claiming ranks. She gave an even effort in a sprint and now tries two turns on the grass. Being by Temple City, a son of Dynaformer, she should like the turf and the distance. Trainer Tim McCanna is 2-for-9 dropping into a maiden claimer and he’s 22% with jockey Frank Alvarado. Also consider using the 7 and 12.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, July 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Hide My Heart, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Warrensdollarsigns. LONG SHOT: Ill Tell You What.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Jan’s Spirit, 2. Haaay Sexy Lady, 3. Wild Heart Run. LONG SHOT: Shallot.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Far Out Kailee, 2. L’s Choice, 3. Woody’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Admiral Jaxon.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Justa Splash (5-1), 2. Newfound Gold, 3. Oh Daddy Oh. LONG SHOT: Brando the Birdman.

Trainer John Martin is 33% with shippers and horses from Golden Gate have been doing well so far at the meet. Speed jockey Martin Pedroza jumps on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. #11 Osceola Pond (3-1), 2. Handful of Stripes, 3. Scatastrophe. LONG SHOT: Rare Candy.

This gelding must draw into the race, but if he does watch out. We have been waiting for the offspring of Cape Blanco to go two turns on the turf and that’s what we have for the potent pair of trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Gary Stevens (19%).

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SIXTH RACE: 1. MASOCHISTIC (best bet), 2. Kobe’s Back, 3. Distinctiv Passion. LONG SHOT: Wild Dude.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Treasuring, 2. Songbird, 3. Tiz a Tommy Town. LONG SHOT: Annie’s Curls.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #6 Lucky J Lane (6-1), 2. Poshsky, 3. Temple Keys. LONG SHOT: Surfcup.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano returns to this gelding and has had some past success with him. The jockey is 31% with trainer Richard Baltas. This 4-year-old can be on the pace or come from behind.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Alamo, 2. Clickjab, 3. Magic Moon. LONG SHOT: Lucky for Danny.
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10TH RACE: 1. #9 Spirit of Ten (9-2), 2. Temeeku, 3. Q’ Viva. LONG SHOT: Wonderful Lie.

When trainer Phil D’Amato gets a horse good, they usually stay that way as witness his 30% win rate with horses that won their last race. Jockey Tyler Baze rides back and must find some position from the outside but this one has the speed to do it.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Exaggerator $6.20, sixth race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Chaulk O Lattey $7.80, seventh, Catch a Flight $8.40, eighth; Micks Miracle $5.20, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Brimstone $10.20, first; Big Book $9.40, third; Unusual Taste $32.60, fifth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 16 (opening day)

Merry Christmas, it’s opening day at Del Mar.

Remember there is a new dirt main track. The Polytrack is gone forever. Look for speed to do well on the new dirt track because that’s the way it was in years past. According to reports, the track has been a little deep in the first week, but look for it to tighten up as the meet goes on.

Some trainers have raved about the look and deepness of the turf course, which is in its second season following replacement. Yes, the turf course was shut down last summer twice due to a rash of fatalities. I think Del Mar management did what it had to do to quell the situation, but two facts remain clear: the jockeys and trainers both said there was nothing wrong with the grass. In my book, if the jockeys are willing to ride on it and the trainers are willing to send their horses out, run them.

Ok, rant is over. Time to pick some winners, hopefully. Tread lightly here at the beginning of the meet, especially on the dirt. Look for form reversals and horses that like the seaside environment.

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Race 1: #5 Secretsatmidnight (7-2)  SCRATCHED

Trainer Bob Baffert must be trying to clear out a stall as he drops this 5-year-old into a claimer for the first time, a move he wins 37% of the time. This son of Midnight Lute has been facing better and will likely be forwardly placed by jockey Martin Garcia.

FIRST RACE: 1. All Squared Away, 2. Dress Code, 3. The Mad Hungarian. LONG SHOT: Olympic Blue.

As you can tell I lost my top choice when the scratches were announced Wednesday morning so we’ll go another direction and hope for the best.

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SECOND RACE: 1. No Tricks for Jack, 2. Prettyhotprincess, 3. Peppy Bolly. LONG SHOT: Adriatic Skye.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Restrike, 2. Pippappy, 3. Ink Well. LONG SHOT: Celtic Ray.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Toowindytohaulrox, 2. Wanstead Gardens, 3. Cyrus Alxander. LONG SHOT: Infinite Magic.

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FIFTH RACE 1. MILES SISTER (best bet), 2. Late ‘n Left, 3. Plane Lucky. LONG SHOT: Alicanto.

This filly showed no speed in her debut but came running down the stretch to finish third. Trainer Cliff Sise is 22% with second-time starters and 29% with 2-year-olds. She should improvement second time out.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Nextdoorneighbor, 2. Basmati, 3. Planet Sunshine. LONG SHOT: Gnarly Dude.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gangnam Guy, 2. Fight Thru, 3. Derby Glass. LONG SHOT: The Gold Monkey.

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Race 8: #8 Ground Rules (12-1) SCRATCHED

This 3-year-old colt tries winners and turf for the first time for trainer Cliff Sise. The sire Smart Strike is 12% first time with turfers and jockey Kent Desormeaux should have him in the right spot for the upset. Exacta box 8-10-11.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Papacoolpapacool, 2. Soul Driver, 3. Forest Blue. LONG SHOT: Thanksgiving Day.

As you can see I lost my top horse when the scratches came out. Also for those that don’t know I am friends with Jeffrey Bloom, who owns Soul Driver. I have no inside information other than Soul Driver won his last race. I picked Papacoolpapacool because he beat Soul Driver two races back and jockey Gary Stevens elects to ride Papa instead of Soul Driver.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sweet Promises, 2. Never Ends, 3. Gloryzapper. LONG SHOT: Dreamologist.

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10TH RACE: 1. Suances Dream, 2. Benba, 3. Synnin. LONG SHOT: Volkonsky.

 

Trainer John Martin ships down from Northern California and he’s 34% with shippers like Suances Dream. Martin is 29% with grass horses and jockey Martin Garcia takes the mount. Benba is coming out of a key race and Synnin has won over this turf course twice.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbred picks for Friday, July 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Aerial Artist, 2. Time to Go Robo, 3. Electrolyte. LONG SHOT: Run Geocas Run.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Night Badger, 2. Valentine Boy, 3. Valdirone. LONG SHOT: Bob Consultation.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Saint Lemone (best bet), 2. Afleet Echo, 3. Ten in Excess. LONG SHOT: Todai Sing.

Northern California-based trainer John Martin claimed SAINT LEMONE, a 3-year-old filly, when she was pulled up and vanned off at Golden Gate Fields. She had a decent work the other day and Martin is 25% first off the claim.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Freaky Floyd, 2. Keegers, 3. Naomi’s Gift. LONG SHOT: Yahootee.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. It’s Aine, 2. Puttybadshark, 3. Missy Marini. LONG SHOT: Tricky Liz.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Omar Little, 2. Midnight Mayhem, 3. Baby Blake. LONG SHOT: Tribal Desert.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tacit Approval, 2. Gelila, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Always an Angel.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Raja’s Rose, 2. Cocabella Myst, 3. Indian Proof. LONG SHOT: Copper Ore.

This filly has a race over the track and is moving up in class for trainer Mike Harrington, who has been struggling this year. However, apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won five times the first week at Los Alamitos, takes the mount and it could make all the difference.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 0

Thursday’s second choice winners: 5 (Warren’s Tricia R. $5, first; Ya Wanna Hug $14.80, second; Diamonds Dena $20.40, fourth; Miss American Pie $18.60, sixth; Senator Bob $3.60, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Wackett $9.40, fifth; Crusher $7.80, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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