Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, April 3

Preview: Payoffs have been slim to say the least lately in the Pick 5 as Santa Anita has been back loading the cards in hopes of getting a Pick Six carryover since it gets a bigger cut of the Pick Six than the Pick 5, but today’s first is interesting maiden turf race.

                                

Race 1 – SA

#6 Lady Cloud (4-1): Trainer Victor Garcia is 41% when sending a horse around two turns for the first time and he’s 30% going from a sprint to a route. He has extra incentive as this 3-year-old is owned by his father, Juan. Tyler Baze rides and he’s 21% with Garcia.

                   

Race 4 – SA

#2 Sky Preacher (8-1): Trainer Doug O’Neill brings this colt back off a nearly year off and he’s 16% with long layoffs. He’s also 20% first time he drops a horse into a claiming race. This 4-year-old is 5-2-1-0 on turf

 

Race 6 – SA

#5 Dream Police (3-1): Trainer Richard Baltas is 35% with beaten favorites and 32% with putting the blinkers on. Jockey Felipe Valdez is 25% with Baltas at Santa Anita. Owner Bloom Racing Stable LLC has been hot this year.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 17 (4 p.m. first post)

FIRST RACE: 1. BENESH (best bet), 2. Last One Standing, 3. Navy Hymn. LONG SHOT: D. Shifflett.

Trainer John Sadler is lights out in these maiden claiming races and this son of Street Boss takes the huge drop from MSW to MC 70,000. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes the mount and is 21% with Sadler.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Sugar Soda, 2. No Contingency, 3. May B. LONG SHOT: Justification.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Ghost of Navigator, 2. Proud Captive, 3. Miltee. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

Another take the big drop from MSW to MC $20,000. This son of Mineshaft has been gelded since his last start and puts blinkers on for Northern California-based O.J. Jauregui, who is 27% with this kind of move. Ghost of Navigator is owned by Bloom Racing, which won Thursday’s featured Oceanside with Soul Driver.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Getoffmyback, 2. Captain Akers, 3. Tengas Ransom. LONG SHOT: Collect the Debt.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ramona’s Wildcat, 2. Hooligan, 3. Xoxo. LONG SHOT:  Not too Shiny.

Believe it or not, trainer Doug O’Neill has done well at Del Mar in turf sprints. This daughter of Wildcat Heir (14% turf sire) must find space because she has not early speed. That will be the job of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wasted At Midnight, 2. Baruta, 3. Scherzinger. LONG SHOT: Uzziel.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Revenue Virginius, 2. Zipessa, 3. Conquest Curlgirl. LONG SHOT: Harriet Tubman.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Olympic Lady, 2. Urloveneverfails, 3. Hekawi. LONG SHOT: Melinda’s Girl.

Trainer Victor Garcia comes ready to win at Del Mar, especially for his father/owner “King” Juan Garcia. Victor is 38% wiith beaten favorites and this one just pull off a surprise.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Nextdoorneighbor $4.60, sixth race; Gangnam Guy $10.40, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Soul Driver $7.80, eighth; )

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Ink Well $12, third; Gloryzpper $7.40, ninth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Olympic Blue $19.60, first)

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Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Bev N Bud, 2. Faster Action, 3. Father Pabst. LONG SHOT: So Far So Fast.

The Victor Garcia barn has been on fire at the meet and BEV N BUD has never been worse than third on this track.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Horizon Sky, 2. Magic Channel, 3. Los Bambinos. LONG SHOT: Democratic Duck.

MAGIC CHANNEL won first time in this country, but jockey Julien Leparoux jumps off to ride HORIZON SKY, who takes a drop in class.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Market Portfolio, 2. Spotted Owl, 3. Valid But True. LONG SHOT: Heza Great Friend.

MARKET PORTFOLIO is a first-time starter by After Market for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has won 42 percent of his maiden claiming first-time starters.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Elusive Luci, 2. Not My Tap, 3. Fanticola. LONG SHOT: Rockabye Lady.

ELUSIVE LUCI is a first-time starter from the Tim Yakteen barn. The daughter of Elusive Quality has decent works and gets leading rider Rafael Bejarano.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Under Review, 2. Little Jerry, 3. Meyden Magic. LONG SHOT: No Jet Lag.

UNDER REVIEW has been away from the races since Dec. 29 but has been working steadily for his return. Trainer John Sadler knows how to get them ready and Leparoux has been riding well on the turf course.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Dance With Fate, 2. American Pride, 3. Southern Freedom. LONG SHOT: Uncharted Course.

DANCE WITH FATE comes out of a maiden race where the top three finishers have come back to win. The 20year-old had all kinds of trouble in his debut and Bejarano sticks around to ride.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lady Rosamond, 2. Sallyana, 3. Magestic Stinger. LONG SHOT: Daddy’s Song.

Trainer Bob Baffert drops Lady Rosamond into a claimer for the first time and gets Bejarano to ride the daughter of Keyed Entry.

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EIGHTH RACE (John C. Mabee): 1. Tiz Flirtatious, 2. Customer Base, 3. Lady of Shamrock. LONG SHOT: My Gi Gi.

There are only five fillies and mares in this year’s running of the Mabee, but it is still a talented group. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS is Cal bred who has blossomed on the turf, never finishing worse than second in six runs on the green stuff. CUSTOMER BASE is the wild card from the Tom Proctor barn. She will be coming from off the pace, looking for her first graded stakes victory.

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NINTH RACE: 1. JOE CARL (best bet), 2. Romeo Royale, 3. God of War. LONG SHOT: Mr. Make Believe.

JOE CARL has been claimed an amazing seven times in a row. He loves this Del Mar track with two wins, two seconds and a third in eight career runs. Bejarano keeps the mount for trainer Jack Carava.

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