Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, March 24

Preview: Look for hot jockeys this week as some jockeys are out of town riding in Dubai and Santiago Gonzalez is out six weeks with a broken jaw. Check for jockey changes but remember the trainer wanted the meet’s No. 2 jockey so keep that in mind and that the horse is probably live.

                                

Race 6 – SA

#3 Esmeralda Belle (6-1): This filly showed some talent last year before going to the sidelines. She drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and trainer Jorge Peridan is 33% with that move. He is also 3-for-4 with horses coming off a layoff of more than 180 days.

                   

Race 7 – SA

#9 Warden of the West (5-1): This colt broke his maiden in New York for Todd Pletcher and now ends up in the barn of trainer Eddie Truman, who is 46% with shippers. He gets leading rider Rafael Bejarano to ride and he will have to work out a trip from the outside with this closer.

 

Race 8 – SA

#2 Seattle Boom (8-1) (turf only): This gelding is dropping into into a maiden claimer for the first time and claimer Craig Dollase is 24% with that move. On top of that he is going two turns for the first time. The sire War Front is a monster is monster of the turf.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, April 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Bad Behavior, 2. Como Mi Padre, 3. Grand Humor. LONG SHOT: Superboot.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Reasing Moment, 2. Joint Attempt, 3. Gary Madam. LONG SHOT: Unkept Rendez Vous.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sneezy Beezy (best bet), 2. Nueva Fortuna, 3. Truly Beautiful. LONG SHOT: Fast Moka Too.

SNEEZY BEEZY,  a daughter of Notional, is making her Southern California debut after running on the Northern California circuit. Her only career victory came at today’s distance of 5½ furlongs and she drops into a claimer for the first time. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado jumps aboard.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Warren’s Cliff S., 2. Lucky Cotton, 3. Dreamalot. LONG SHOT: Exclude.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Chautauqua Creek, 2. Tropical Moon, 3. Hot Outta the Oven. LONG SHOT: Marthajean.

This 5-year-old mare CHAUTAUQUA CREEK has been away from the races for a little more than a year after finishing third in a grass sprint at Gulfstream Park. She gets dirt here and has never lost at this level, like all of the others. Trainer Jorge Periban is 29% going from turf to dirt.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Chilada, 2. Browsing, 3. Sweet Boss. LONG SHOT: In Dad’s Honor.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Midnight Dream, 2. Taste Like Candy, 3. Satirical. LONG SHOT: L T Reckless.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jenny U Want It, 2. Say’s Who, 3. Warren’s Jen Fizz. LONG SHOT: Ski’s Copper Penny.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Mark of a Gem $6.20, seventh race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 4 (Newfound Gold $4.40, first; Wild Optimism $21.20, fourth; Wild n Dreamy $4, fifth; Slight Edge $4, sixth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Courageous Call $4, second; Footbridge $7, third)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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