Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Belmont Park, Churchill Downs) opinions for Friday, June 12

Race 2: #7 Later My Love

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with maiden debuters. This filly has been training well and is bred to win early being out of Lucky Pulpit (13%) and a Mr. Prospector (22%) mare. Fernando Perez (22% with Bonde) rides.

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Race 3: #3 Grand Yodeler (turf only)

Trainer Eddie Truman has been on fire (47% at the meet) and really hot with horses going down the hill. Truman is 21% with horses going from dirt to turf and jockey Kent Desormeaux rides back.

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Race 8: #8 Native City

Trainer Peter Miller is 27% first-time starters in a maiden claiming race and the sire City Zip is 15% first out. Jockey Tyler Baze, who is 25% with Miller, rides.

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BELMONT PARK

           

Race 6: #2 Courageisamajority (turf only)

This 3-year-old filly came with a furious kick down the lane to just miss in her last start at Aqueduct. Jockey John Velazquez stays on for trainer Graham Motion (2-for-7 in the last 60 days) and she has the best late pace ratings.

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Race 9: #5 Jackson N Leonard (turf only)

Trainer Dominick Schettino hit with a bomb on Wednesday, but this gelding won’t be that price. Sire by Colonel John, this 3-year-old woke up on the grass and should love the added distance in this spot. Look for him to come from off the pace.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS

                  

Race 8: #6 Teniente Coronel (6-1)

Trainer Tom Amoss has huge numbers in a lot of categories so if we get this morning-line it will be a miracle. Amoss is 38% second off the claim and 40% with horses second time in his barn. Another sired by Colonel John, should like the added distance and jockey James Graham sticks.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park picks for Friday, May 30

Remember first post is 3 p.m. on Friday.

FIRST RACE: 1. Acute, 2. Summers Dignity, 3. Eltoninadress. LONG SHOT: Lady Vivien.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Lucky Logan, 2. Big Swag, 3. Show and Tell. LONG SHOT: Keegers.

Trainer Peter Miller is on fire, winning 6-of-13 races last week, and he sends out LUCKY LOGAN, a 2-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit, for the first time here. Miller is 21% with first-time starters and this one has been putting up bullets at San Luis Rey Downs training center. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado gets on.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Midnight Mayhem, 2. Yodeling Honey, 3. Stauffenberg. LONG SHOT: End of Time.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gia Is a Bella, 2. Citizen Jane, 3. New Nature. LONG SHOT: Belonging.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fanny Brice, 2. Tribal Peace, 3. I’m No Patsy. LONG SHOT: Divine Way.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Hijra, 2. Warren’s Rosebud, 3. Winning Rhythm. LONG SHOT: Nickels Wild.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Big Break (best bet), 2. Lemon de Oro, 3. Innocent Love. LONG SHOT: Miss Radiance.

Trainer Steve Knapp puts blinkers on BIG BREAK, a daughter of Mr. Big, and we have to assume that is the reason for a pair of bullet works since her last race. Jockey Kent Desormeaux jumps on and he has been getting run out of his mounts since returning to SoCal.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Superboot, 2. Itsgettinhotinhere, 3. Red Globe. LONG SHOT: Navarre.

Red-hot trainer Peter Miller sends out another one here. Miller claimed SUPERBOOT, a gelding, last time out and returns him to the grass, where he ran in England. He also moves up in class. There is also a big work showing since his last race.

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Santa Anita picks for Friday, April 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Thisonesforricky, 2. Tiz the Key, 3. Iconic Spirit. LONG SHOT: Sheza Sish.

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SECOND RACE: 1. First Strike, 2. Dress Code, 3. Chicsdigtheshark. LONG SHOT: Los Bambinos.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mosso, 2. Southern Digs, 3. Surfer Moon. LONG SHOT: Bart the Barrister.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Water Issues, 2. Lakota Road, 3. Backintheacademy. LONG SHOT: Djimmah.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fit to Rule, 2. Big Wags, 3. Mensa Heat. LONG SHOT: Anabaa Premium.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Rhagori, 2. Theatre Star, 3. Lady Asano. LONG SHOT: Include the Aussie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tres Belle (best bet), 2. Seattle Charlie, 3. My Sweet Addiction. LONG SHOT: Sweet Factory.

This 4-year-old filly TRES BELLE, trained by Bob Baffert, won her career debut on the Santa Anita dirt a year ago and then ran on the Hollywood Park synthetic and Del Mar grass without much success. She returns to the dirt in her first race in 7 months and looks ready to run following a string of strong works.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Golden Chalice (grass only), 2. Stake Hunter, 3. Smart Journey. LONG SHOT: The Custodian.

Trainer Carla Gaines has won with 2-for-3 first-time starters on the grass at the meet and she’s looking to increase that here with GOLDEN CHALICE. Gaines is 32% first-time turf from 22 starters. This son of Lucky Pulpit has a couple of good works in preparation for this race down the hill with jockey Victor Espinoza.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Our Pure Creation $9, third race; Mavericks Gun $7, fourth; Ginger Tap $9, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Clearly Confused $6.20, second; Rossi Reserve $14, sixth; Shakeitupbetty $4, eighth)

Thursdays third choice and long shot winners: 0

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