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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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Saturday, Sept. 13

Race 3: #3 Summerofsixtythree (4-1)

This 3-year-old filly has finished fifth in her first two races for trainer Tom Proctor. The daughter of Malibu Moon comes out of a race where the top two finishers came back to win.

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Race 8: #3 Sharla Rae (7-2)

This daughter of Afleet Alex broke her maiden over this track and then finished fourth in the Grade II Sorrento behind Sunset Glow. She’s had five weeks off and a good work at Santa Anita. Maybe she likes dirt a whole lot more than Polytrack.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 30

FIRST RACE: 1. Lady Danger, 2. Crusingtheharbor, 3. Beach Premier. LONG SHOT: Bullwinkle Babe.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Alfa Bird, 2. Snuggley Bear, 3. He’s On His Toes. LONG SHOT: Z Z Thunder. 

Trainer Victor Garcia isn’t known for winning with first-timers, but ALFA BIRD (5-1), a son of Birdstone, has been tearing it up in the mornings and might just be ready to roll with jockey Corey Nakatani aboard. This is a very tough maiden race.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Big Bane Theory, 2. Blue Tone, 3. Safety Belt. LONG SHOT: Calm Pacific.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I’vegotafeeling, 2. Footstepsinbronze, 3. I’ll Wrap It Up. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Goodbye Roselina, 2. Rovenna, 3. Sam’s Sister. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Call to Congrats, 2. Bennett Jean, 3. Conquest Archangel. LONG SHOT: Moons Over Me.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hog’s Hollow, 2. Press Baron, 3. Little Jerry. LONG SHOT: Perfect Set.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tappingintherain, 2. Koukla, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Mahalo Princess.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Conquest Eclipse (best bet), 2. Manahatta, 3. Sunset Glow. LONG SHOT: Seduire.

CONQUEST ECLIPSE (6-1), a daughter of Malibu Moon, broke her maiden with ease at Churchill Downs and has been waiting for this spot. She has been working well for trainer Mark Casse. Distance and Polytrack should be no problem.

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10TH RACE: 1. Nakamoto, 2. Conquest Hiosilver, 3. Selection. LONG SHOT: Gem Twist.

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11TH RACE: 1. Brazilian Court, 2. Know More, 3. Goyan. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cliff S.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Missing Groom $5.80, first race; Intoxicating Move $9.80, fourth; Ashleyluvssugar $9.80, fifth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Nero’s Pleasure $7.80, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Pursuitofparadise $10.80, second; Red Outlaw $7.20, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, Feb. 21 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Passion Bucket, 2. Warrens Puppy Love, 3. Marla Hooch. LONG SHOT: Let’s Dance.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Oso Smart (best bet), 2. Matt the Hammer, 3. Sir Macho. LONG SHOT: Lucky Jack.

At first glance it would appear jockey Fernando Perez got his choice of two horses trained by Adam Kitchingman here, but we don’t think that was the case. Jockey Edwin Maldonado rides far more often for Kitchingman and he takes the ride on OSO SMART, a son of Curlin. The 3-year-old has tactical speed and drops looking to cash while making his dirt debut. MATT THE HAMMER will be tough first off the claim for Kitchingman. Can you say exacta box?

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THIRD RACE: 1. Awesome Return, 2. Texas Ryano, 3. Lucky Views. LONG SHOT: Neverwherecauseway.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Goldilocks Planet, 2. Vicki Victoria, 3. Cayanna. LONG SHOT: Tangerine Tickle.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Surfer Moon (SCRATCHED), 2. Warriors Ridge, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Next Right. New picks: 1. Incline Village, 2. Warriors Ridge, 3. Next Right. LONG SHOT: Misdeed.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Senator Bob, 2. Newfound Gold, 3. Baron Von Red. LONG SHOT: Bruno’s Wager.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Meringue Pie, 2. Bobby Flay, 3. Turn on the Pumps (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Dancer Humor. New picks: 1. Meringue Pie, 2. Bobby Flay, 3. Dancer Humor. LONG SHOT: Trouble X Two.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. More Stormyweather, 2. Among the Stars, 3. Parade Bound. LONG SHOT: Oh Boo Hoo.

This 3-year-old More Than Ready filly (MORE STORMYWEATHER) moves down to Southern California from Golden Gate Fields off a fourth-place finish in November. She has been given 2½ months off to grow and seems to have a touch of speed. She gets a nice outside draw for trainer Bill Spawr, who is batting 36% with maiden claimers.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Acute $4.60, first race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 4 (Addendum $3.60, first; Brown Is Beige $15, third; Warren’s Rosebud $12, fourth; San Onofre $3, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 0

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Feline Forum $12.80, sixth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Legacy, 2. Indygo F M A, 3. Jazz On The Beach. LONG SHOT: Playful Humor.

Leading trainer John Sadler won two races on Friday he looks tough here with LEGACY. Jockey Julien Leparoux jumps aboard and he’s one of the best turf riders around.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cal Gal, 2. Meinertzhageni, 3. Singleinthelast. LONG SHOT: Good Proof.

CAL GAL comes from the red hot Doug O’Neill barn. The trainer won two more races on Friday to give him 12 in the last eight racing days. CAL GAL finished third in her debut and leading jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Hard Buns, 2. Chestnut Moon, 3. Sharp Bella. LONG SHOT: Jaya Roo.

Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed HARD BUNS out of a winning effort last time. The 3-year-old filly faces winners for the first time, but Bejarano stays on.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Candy Boy, 2. Yes Yes Yes, 3. Can the Man. LONG SHOT: Flying Open.

CANDY BOY is a son of Candy Ride, who loved Del Mar. Sadler trains and CANDY BOY has been training well for his debut. YES YES YES is by the top sprint sire City Zip and trained by Peter Eurton, whose only win first time out came earlier in the meet via disqualification.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lil Bit O’ Fun, 2. Gab Power, 3. Kid Edward. LONG SHOT: Bio Pro.

LITL BIT O’ FUN was claimed by trainer Richard Baltas, who won three races Sunday and Wednesday. Baltas is 29 percent first off the claim and jockey Garrett Gomez takes over.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Gravity Force, 2. Hoosier Dada, 3. New Year’s Day. LONG SHOT: Little Shack.

GRAVITY FORCE is from the O’Neill barn and it puts jockey Patrick Valenzuela aboard. They teamed up to win Friday’s first race. GRAVITY FORCE is by the awesome first out sire Malibu Moon and this colt has been training well for his debut. HOOSIER DADA is interesting because jockey Edwin Maldonado jumps on after riding HI FASHIONED to a second place finish last time. HI FASHIONED could very go favored in this race, but it looks wide open.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Marchman, 2. Know More, 3. Germany Bay. LONG SHOT: Master Clip.

MARCHMAN turned in a decent third place run in his Del Mar debut last time and now Bejarano jumps aboard. Beware.

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EIGHTH RACE (Grade I Del Mar Oaks): 1. Kitten’s Dumplings, 2. Discreet Marq, 3. Wishing Gate. LONG SHOT: Pearlside.

The Oaks is full of shippers from the East Coast and Europe looking for that Grade I placing for breeding purposes. KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS has done little wrong for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. She won the Regret at Churchill Downs and then the Lake George at Saratoga. The Ramseys also have EMOTIONAL KITTEN in the race, too. The other Kitten just finished second in the Grade I American Oaks for trainer Wesley Ward. DESCREET MARQ ships in after winning two straight at Belmont for trainer Christophe Clement.

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NINTH RACE: 1. HEAVEN AND EARTH (best bet), 2. Say’s Who, 3. My Lucky Rose. LONG SHOT: Too Obvious.

HEAVEN AND EARTH is a first-timer starter from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn and he gets Leparoux to ride. The daughter of Ministers Wild Cat has been training well at Del Mar and is bred to be a sprinter.

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10th RACE: 1. Star Vesta, 2. Twelve Folds, 3. Showgirl Form. LONG SHOT: Corlett Drive.

STAR VESTA just won for fun and moves up for Hollendorfer and Bejarano. The daughter of Master Command also has a big work since her big win. She looks tough right back.

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