Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, July 31

NOTES: Adam Kitchingman is one of three trainers who are perfect (1 for 1) at the Del Mar meet so far. David Randall and Tim Yakteen are the others.
Week 2 proved to be big for Peter Miller, who took over the training lead even though he shipped a lot of horses East during the spring ills of Santa Anita. Miller had five wins out of 11 starters last week and now has eight winners for the 10-day-old meet.
Miller leads John Sadler and Richard Baltas by three wins.
Sadler was 3 for 7 for the week and all five of his victories have been in stakes events. Sadler’s barn has earned $684,291, which is tops by more than $275,000.
Baltas had a tough second week, going 2 for 16, and Doug O’Neill had a tougher week, winning just once in 19 starters. O’Neill did have two runner-up placings and six third-place finishers.
The Bob Baffert barn finally started to heat up with three wins, one second and two thirds from six starters.
Bob Hess Jr. also had three wins for the week, also from seven starters.
Jeff Mullins is quietly having a good meet. He had two wins and two seconds from five starters. He now has four wins overall and has been in the money 77 percent of the time.
At the other end of the spectrum, Michael McCarthy (0 for 15), Valdimir Cerin (0-12) and Jonathan Wong (0-11) are all looking for their first wins of the meet.
Phil D’Amato is 1 for 25 but at least that one win was in a stakes race. Keith Desormeaux (1-16) and Peter Eurton (1-12) are also struggling.

FIRST RACE: 1. Vangogo, 2. Bellazano, 3. Grey Lady. LONG SHOT: So Much Happy.
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SECOND RACE: 1. STREET CLASS (best bet), 2. C Falls, 3. Commanding Chief. LONG SHOT: Mica Bay.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Baby Gronk, 2. The White Shadow, 3. Call You Tomorrow. LONG SHOT: Big Barrel.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Smiling to Excess, 2. Twentyseventrouts, 3. Traffic Stopper. LONG SHOT: Bayonce.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Wind Tartare, 2. My Aunt Tillie, 3. Lady Phyllis. LONG SHOT: Convince.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Cholula Lips, 2. Bulletproof One, 3. None of Your Biz. LONG SHOT: Bella Renella.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Honos Man, 2. Chosen Vessel, 3. River God. LONG SHOT: Tequila Blanco.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 4 (Immediate Impact $2.80, first race; Wound Tight $5.80, second; Spokane Eagle $4.40, fourth; Desert Oasis $8.80, eighth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (Reedley $4.60, fifth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Ollie’s Candy $10, seventh)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 13

Preview: So not a good start to the week on Thursday. Hopefully we do better Friday. Not a bad weekday card. During the first week of racing, trainer John Sadler, Phil D’Amato and Mark Glatt all recorded three wins each. The Sadler barn has struggled over the last year or so and might be coming out of a prolonged slump.

Race 1 – SA
#1 Proud ‘n’ Ready (3-1): This filly gets a huge jockey change to Rafael Bejarano and he is 27% with trainer Peter Eurton, who is 43% when dropping a horse from MSW ranks into a maiden claimer for the first time.

Race 4 – SA
#6 Born to Serve (5-2): Trainer Jonathan Wong is 50% when moving a horse from a route to a sprint. This gelding has a good work over the track and has won here before. Also key jock switch from Brice Blanc to Edwin Maldonado.

Race 8 – SA
#2 Doodetta (3-1) (turf only): This mare has a 6-2-1-2 record down the hill. Trainer Peter Miller claimed her last time and gave her a break. Miller is 53% when dropping a horse off the claim and he’s 35% first off the claim. Jockey Rafael Bejarano sticks around and he’s 3-for-10 with Miller at Santa Anita.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Friday, April 22

Preview: There is actually a 10-horse field in the seventh race, which might be the first time at the meet. The first 2-year-old race of the season will occur with trainers Mike Harrington and Edward Freeman dominating the field. Harrington had three winners the first week of the meet to tie for leading trainer with Peter Eurton.

 

Race 4 – LRC

#1 Zeekid (5-1): This filly’s best race came in breaking her maiden over the track. Now trainer Jorge Gutierrez sends her around two turns and he is 20% going to sprint to a route.  

Race 6 – LRC

#1 Born to Serve (4-1): This gelding has plenty of early speed for trainer Jonathan Wong, who is 44% when he takes a horse from an All-Weather track to dirt.

 

Race 8 – LRC

#5 Love My Bud (6-1): This gelding broke his maiden over this track. Trainer Marty Jones is 22% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who been riding well, jumps on.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Feb. 28

Preview: Plenty of turf races on the card. Phil D’Amato has been tearing it up on the grass with a 10-for-41 mark. He’s followed by Doug O’Neill (6-34), Richard Baltas (5-34), Paddy Gallagher (4-14) and shockingly Bob Baffert (4-10). On the other end are Neil Drysdale (1-24), Jim Cassidy (1-21), Jerry Hollendorfer (1-22) and Mark Glatt (0-19).

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#3 Noble Kent (7-2)

This gelding has been popular at the claim box and that’s probably due to four wins at Santa Anita. Trainer Jonathan Wong is 32% with beaten favorites and he moves this on up off the claim and he’s 22% first off the claim. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez jumps on.

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Race 5 – SA

#5 Holiday Mousse (8-1)

Trainer Doug O’Neill tries this son of Harlan’s Holiday around two turns for the first time and O’Neill is 17% with that move. Jockey Edwin Maldonado could have ridden another in this race but sticks here.

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Race 9 – SA

#5 Belle Et Bete (turf only) (5-1)

Trainer Phil D’Amato has done little wrong at the meet. He drops this filly in class but sends her around two turns, a move he is 27% with. Jockey Flavien Prat keeps the mount and he’s 38% with D’Amato.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Jan. 28

Preview: Not a real exciting card. Jockey Rafael Bejarano is back after spending a week overseas riding. Look for him to be on live horses.

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Race 3: #9 Tough Annie  (12-1) 

This mare has plenty of speed with the second best early pace rating from Brisnet. Trainer Lorenzo Ruiz is 33% second off the layoff and he puts apprentice David Lopez aboard.

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Race 4: #10 Our First Girl (3-1)

Horses under trainer Peter Eurton does better with second-time starters and this filly finished second first time out. She had the top Prime and Class ratings on Brisnet plus the second best Early pace rating. Jockey Gary Stevens takes over and the 4-year-old comes out of a key race.

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Race 8: #7 Bolt Up  (6-1)

This filly puts the blinkers on for trainer Jonathan Wong, who is 3-for-6 with that move. Wong is also 57% route to sprint and apprentice David Lopez takes this mount.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Jan. 7

Preview: Santa Anita management looked into the future and didn’t card any turf races with all of the rain in the forecast. Therefore, card isn’t very good, but there is a two-day Pick 6 carryover to go after so look up up those sire ratings and Tomlinson numbers for a wet track. Santa Anita has announced no turf racing through Saturday and with more race forecast for that day don’t look for turf racing on Sunday.

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Race 3: #1 Bolt Up (3-1)

Finished second in her last start over a track with some moisture in it. Has speed and trainer Jonathan Wong second off the claim plus red hot jockey Santiago Gonzalez stays aboard. –

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Race 7: #14 West Coast Storm (6-1) 

Trainer Richard Baltas has been on a roll since the meet started so he has good numbers across the board. Comebacking jockey Agapito Delgadillo rides the 5-year-old mare, which has a win over the track on her record and has a good Tomlinson number for a wet track.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Seattle Serenade, 2. Picasso’s Mandolin, 3. Power of Hope. LONG SHOT: Orion’s Belt.
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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Tell Her Yes (4-1), 2. Midnight Lady, 3. No Tricks for Jack. LONG SHOT: Mudge.

Jonathan Wong is a 36% trainer on the year and he ships down from Northern California. He is 47% on dirt and he gets leading rider Santiago Gonzalez. The 3-year-old finished third over this track during the summer at a level higher.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Edge Girl, 2. Hell on Heels, 3. Straight N Strong. LONG SHOT: Sweet Invention.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Courageous Dave, 2. Ready Cat, 3. Dr. Crabby. LONG SHOT: Story of Her Life.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Gio Mio, 2. Tough It Out, 3. Speedin With Eddie. LONG SHOT: General Strelnikov.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. My Dynamo, 2. One Last Shot, 3. Miss Big Stuff. LONG SHOT: Uptown Twirl.

This filly her maiden over this track and then ran into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird in the Del Mar Debutante. She’s been given some time off the Debutante has proven to be a key race.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Holy Lute, 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Bench Warrant. LONG SHOT: El Nino Terrible.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. JUJU’S MOJO (best bet), 2. Cordiality, 3. Tiz Pleasant. LONG SHOT: Betty’s Joy.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (It Is Living Water $9.80, first race; Great Lou $3.80, fourth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Tusk $3.40, sixth; My Monet $6.80, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Oligarch $18.40, seventh; Trust Your Gut $15.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Chalking It Up $5.20, third)

 

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, Oct. 25 (plus Gulfstream Park West)

Race 4: #4 Blessherheart (7-2)

Trainer Phil D’Amato drops this filly into a maiden claimer for the first time, a move he is 29% with. She showed speed going long and now cuts back to 7 furlongs. Jockey Tiago Pereira jumps on and he is 27% with D’Amato at Santa Anita.

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Race 6: #4 Cant Do the Danse (4-1)

Trainer Jonathan Wong claimed this gelding at Golden Gate and ships south. Wong is a 47% trainer on dirt and 30% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. Wong employs red-hot apprentice Ty Kennedy.

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Race 9: #6 Lucky Reality (5-1)

Young trainer Dan Blacker doesn’t start many, but this is his best move: going from MSW to maiden claiming. He’s 50% with this move and this gelding finished second at Del Mar in the maiden claiming ranks at a higher level. Jockey Martin Garcia knows the 3-year-old well.

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Gulfstream Park West 

Race 2: #5 E Z’s Irishman (8-1)

Was bet down to 7-2 in debut, but didn’t do much running. Trainer Larry Pilotti is 28% with horses making their second career start. Apprentice jockey Harry Hernandez jumps on for a weight break.

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Race 5: #1 Morning Calm (turf only) (7-2)

Our Eyes: This colt finished 6th in the John’s Call at Saratoga and now takes a class drop. Also, that race has produced three next out winners. Trainer Michelle Nihei is 21% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff.

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Race 9 – GPW

#6 Set On Salsa (turf only) (8-1) ***

Our Eyes: Trainer Kathy Mongeon ships this filly down from New Jersey where the 4-year-old comes out of a race that has produced three next out winners. Leading jockey Tyler Gaffallione takes the mount.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, August 20

FIRST RACE: 1. #4 Belle Et Bete (5-2) BEST BET, 2. Looking for Money, 3. Sound City. LONG SHOT: Revenue Virginius.

Trainer Phil D’Amato claimed this 3-year-old filly and moves her up, which is a positive sign. D’Amato is 25% first off the claim and 24% with beaten favorites plus he goes to the meet’s leading rider, Rafael Bejarano, and they are 32% together.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Dream Police, 2. Power of Hope, 3. Day in the Sun. LONG SHOT: Big Discovery.

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THIRD RACE: 1. City of Vengeance, 2. Smack Talk, 3. Rocket Heat. LONG SHOT: Jazzy Josh.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #4 Pulpit Rules (6-1), 2. Some Caan Job, 3. Tequila Mary. LONG SHOT: Miss Lori.

Showed some pace pressure in her last two before taking 10 weeks off. Now she takes the all important drop from MSW to maiden claimers and trainer Steve Knapp is 29% with that move.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. #6 Tell Her Yes (8-1), 2. Sheza Eyeopener, 3. Miss Nikki J. LONG SHOT: Midnight Lady.

Trainer Jonathan Wong runs on Northern California circuit but he does have a win at Del Mar. Wong is 56% second off the claim like this 3-year-old filly is. He is 52% on dirt and 29% in route races. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will have to use her speed in order to get good position going into the first turn.

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SXITH RACE: 1. Fast Escape, 2. She’s Too Wild, 3. Golden Bayers. LONG SHOT: One Bye Two.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Saint of Saints, 2. Small Town Cop, 3. Olympic Blue. LONG SHOT: Ice Cream Truck.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Show and Tell, 2. Herbies Thunder, 3. Ladies Man. LONG SHOT: Alston.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners:  (Cadet Roni $6.40, first race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 2 (Devil Rising $25.80, fourth; Aaron Again $12.20, eighth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1

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