Belmont Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, June 10 (Plus Belmont Park stakes)

Preview: Just two turf races on the card and the rails at 30 feet so speed will likely dominate. Jockeys to avoid on the grass right now are Drayden Van Dyke (1-for-25), Edwin Maldonado (1-28) and Martin Garcia (0-19). We had two winners and third-place horse on Thursday.

Race 3 – SA
#3 Hayley’s Comment: Just gave an even effort in her debut and now go two turns. Red-hot Flavien Prat takes over in the saddle and trainer Kristin Mulhall is 21% going from sprint to route.

Race 5 – SA
#8 Aqua Frio: Trainer Blaine Wright has a couple of good works into this son of Uncle Mo, who gets 20% first time out winners. Jockey Tyler Baze jumps on and is 30% with Wright.

Race 8 – SA
#5 Tuscan Sun: It won’t take a world-beater to wins this lowest level maiden claimer so why not go with a first-timer. Cyclotron gets 20% first-time out winners and trainer Karen Headley is 31% with maiden claimers and 25% with jockey Edwin Maldonado.

BELMONT PARK

Race 3 (Rags to Riches): 1. Joint Return, 2. Theogony, 3. Mei Ling. LONG SHOT: Stroke Play.

Race 4 (The Tremont): 1. Lady Stardust, 2. Silver Mission, 3. Hey Mike. LONG SHOT: Pachi Cruze.

Race 5 (The Jersey Girl): 1. Kareena, 2. Blip n’ Th Bye, 3. Quick Release. LONG SHOT: One True Kiss.

Race 8 The True North): 1. Catalina Red, 2. Joking, 3. Holy Boss. LONG SHOT: Always Sunshine.

Race 9 (The New York): 1. Dacita, 2. Sea Calisi, 3. Havana Moon. LONG SHOT: Kyllachy Queen.

Race 10 (Belmont Gold Cup): 1. Now We Can, 2. Kaigun, 3. Up With the Bird. LONG SHOT: Closing Bell.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 4 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Saint Mamie, 2. Really a Princess, 3. Tribal Express. LONG SHOT: Abets Abet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Night Badger, 2. Saticoy, 3. Johns Journey. LONG SHOT: Jimmy Bouncer.

NIGHT BADGER (8-1), a 5-year-old gelding, has been on sidelines since July, but has been tearing up the new dirt surface in the mornings for trainer Karen Headley, who is 25% with allowance starters. Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Deputy Copycat, 2. Tasha’s Courage, 3. Bull Case. LONG SHOT: Illybilly Boy.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Uzziel, 2. Tribal Gal, 3. My Happy Face. LONG SHOT: Stopshoppingdebbie.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Nothing to Wear (best bet), 2. All Star Bub, 3. Froggy Fresh. LONG SHOT: Red Sole Diva.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke rides NOTHING TO WEAR (12-1), a first-timer for trainer Tom Proctor, who is 15% with maidens starting for first time. This 2-year-old filly is sired by Malibu Moon, who is also good with first-timers.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bollywood, 2. One Lucky Dane, 3. Secreto Primero. LONG SHOT: Hauler.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1.Kathleen Rose, 2. Ana Luisa, 3. Floral Romance. LONG SHOT: Heat Du Jour.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Merit Man (SCRATCHED), 2. Goldencents, 3. Secret Circle. LONG SHOT: Rich Tapestry. New picks: 1. Goldencents, 2. Secret Circle, 3. Rich Tapestry. LONG SHOT: Ankeny Hill.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Trend, 2. Starspangled Heat (SCRATCHED), 3. Avanzare. LONG SHOT: Pepper Crown. New picks: 1. Trend, 2. Avanzare, 3. Rock Me Baby. LONG SHOT: Pepper Crown.

The first three horses to come back from running in the Sept. 1 Rolling Green at Golden Gate Fields have all won and TREND finished fourth in that event.

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10TH RACE: 1. Compulsive, 2. Patriotic Lion, 3. Memphis. LONG SHOT: Pressure Time.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Lamazone $3.80, first race; Everton $28.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Biorhythm $12.40, third)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Songforjohnmichael $7.80, fifth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing, Los Alamitos, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, June 26

Heading into the final week of the new Santa Anita spring/summer meet, beware of a couple things:

Peter Miller might be pulling out all stops to win the training title as he trails Doug O’Neill by three, 25-22, going into the final four days of racing.

Also, with no turf racing at Los Alamitos the next two weeks, you might see trainers put horses in grass races as a prep for Del Mar, which begins on July 17.

The same is true with trainers in other races.

Del Mar’s new “Ship N Win” program allows out-of-state horses a prep during the last three weeks of Santa Anita or the two weeks at Los Alamitos before they make their first start at Del Mar and still allow them to cash the $1,000 starting gate fee and 33.3% purse bonus.

Trainers like Cody Autrey and Molly Pearson have already started horses like that and so have the likes of Miller and John Sadler.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Mel’s Game, 2. Dr Williams, 3. Two Is to Many. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Missing Groom, 2. Yard Line, 3. Sing With Bling. LONG SHOT: Gold Chaser.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Customer Base, 2. Plaza de Indias, 3. Charlie Em. LONG SHOT: Phonybooksnrecords.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sweet Mz. Poppet (best bet), 2. Tribal Express, 3. Soul Flyer. LONG SHOT: Fab Four Ever.

SWEET MZ. POPPET ran a good second place first time out and has had two months off to grow. The daughter of Old Topper must be doing well as she has two bullet works on her tab. Jockey Agapito Delgadillo should be able to stalk from the outside post for owner/trainer George L. Lopez.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Surfer Moon, 2. Cernobbio, 3. Pyrotechnics. LONG SHOT: Stolen Property.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Majestic Jewel, 3. Courageous Call. LONG SHOT: Sweet Factory.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Happybirthdaybaby, 2. Rhodium, 3. Heat Du Jour. LONG SHOT: Always a Chance.

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EIGHT RACE: 1. Philanderer, 2. Juansagain, 3. Midnight Roar. LONG SHOT: Alsace.

Trainer Karen Headley drops PHILANDERER, a son of Perfect Mandate, to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks off a debut in which he pressed the pace for three furlongs before tiring. Headley shows positive marks in second starts and the maiden claiming ranks plus speed jockey Edwin Maldonado sticks around.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Sunset Skies $5.20, third race; Nikki Allyn $3.60, fourth; Queen of The Sand $7.80, fifth; Enchanting Lady $4.60, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Stand by Your Man $7.20, first; Senator Bob $13.80, second)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Hollywood Producer $4.40, sixth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, May 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Corinthian Melody. LONG SHOT: Wild Nicole.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Segway, 2. Tiz Dynamic, 3. Jules Journey. LONG SHOT: Dreamy Kid.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Circle the Moon, 2. Valley Cat, 3. Big Kick. LONG SHOT: Toledo Eddie.

Trainer Karen Headley drops CIRCLE THE MOON, a gelding, in class and stretches him out. The real tipoff here is the securing of jockey Mike Smith, who is a perfect 4-for-4 riding for Headley over the last two years.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gameboy Luke, 2. Distinct Asset, 3. Red Globe. LONG SHOT: Letaba.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cut to Run, 2. Time for a J, 3. Soul Saver. LONG SHOT: Doctor McEachnie.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Creditcardroulette, 2. Kerrilynn, 3. Toppers Sunshine. LONG SHOT: Thermal Nermal.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Chelios, 2. Kobe’s Back, 3. Ferocious. LONG SHOT: Top Fortitude.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sweet Boss (best bet), 2. Queen of the Hill, 3. Chati’s On Top. LONG SHOT: Copperopolis.

Trainer John Shirreffs cuts back SWEET BOSS, a 4-year-old filly, from a mile to 6½ furlongs down the hill on the grass. That has been a winning formula in the past. On top of that, this daughter of Street Boss should like the shorter distance as her daddy was a very nice sprinter. Add on Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith jumps aboard.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Enchanted Fortune, 2. See Through, 3. Classy Ava. LONG SHOT: Reverchon.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Eltoninadress $4.40, fifth race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Henry’s Holiday $20.80, first; Frensham $4.20, second; She’s Flush $4.80, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Benba $14.20, third; Fir to Rule $6.80, sixth)

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