Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Jan. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Call It Good, 2. My Charlie Boy, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Increase.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Rocket Heat, 2. The Man, 3. New Summit. LONG SHOT: Blue Law.

ROCKET HEAT (10-1), a first-time starter from the Jeff Bonde barn, is bred to sprint, sired by Latent Heat. Bonde puts good speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard so this looks like a send job in a tough maiden event.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Endless Cruise, 2. Intermix, 3. Tiz Futurity. LONG SHOT: Presiding Justice.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Zip N Bayou (best bet), 2. Lakwani, 3. Miz Penelope. LONG SHOT: Makena.

Love horses by City Zip, both in their debuts and on the grass, and we have both here in ZIP N BAYOU (6-1). Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer puts good gate jockey Martin Pedroza aboard this 3-year-old filly.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Kafister, 2. Pulling G’s, 3. Knock Em Flat. LONG SHOT: Papa Turf.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’Viva, 2. Cacica Dulima, 3. Susan B Good. LONG SHOT: Denotion.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Seduire, 2. Callback, 3. Lady Lake. LONG SHOT: Conquest Harlanate.

SEDUIRE (4-1), a filly, returns from Northern California, where she won a minor stakes at Golden Gate. Now she returns to graded company. The third-place finisher in that race won a stakes at Santa Anita on Thursday. This daughter has speed and from the inside look for Rafael Bejarano to gun from the gate for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dynamic Sky, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Big Bane Theory. LONG SHOT: Skyring.

==

NINTH RACE: 1. Lyla Della, 2. Bernier, 3. Ski’s Copper Penny. LONG SHOT: Ruby N Diamonds.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Standard
Horse racing, Santa Anita

Think Pedroza will ever ride for Baltas again after scuffle? Not

From Ed Golden of the Santa Anita Publicity Department:

It wasn’t the Thrilla in Manila, but it was the Row at Los Al.

Jockey Martin Pedroza and trainer Richard Baltas got into verbal and physical confrontations at Los Alamitos Race Course Sunday in incidents apparently spurred because Pedroza had been removed from a Baltas-trained horse at the owners’ request.

It started in the first race, in which the favorite, Armensky, trained by Baltas and ridden by the meet’s leading rider, Rafael Bejarano, broke from the No. 3 post position in the mile race for $20,000 maiden claimers, and Mojave Desert, ridden by Pedroza, broke from the No. two post position. Pedroza had ridden Armensky in his last start, finishing second by a half-length at 12-1 on Nov. 27 at Del Mar.

Armensky, the 2-5 favorite, finished fifth on Sunday, beaten 12 ½ lengths by Mojave Desert, who ran fourth.

“Martin told me and (Rafael) Bejarano he was going to take my horse out of the race,” Baltas said Monday morning. “The stewards were warned about it. After the fifth race, Pedroza told me that was going to ‘f— with me all year long’ and after the seventh, I was minding my own business, when he came up to me and started cussing me out, then he bumped me in the chest and I put him a headlock before Security came.

“But before they did, he hit me in the face with his helmet and cut my nose (Baltas was treated and had it covered with a bandage Monday). I’m not a confrontational guy but I am competitive and I was upset. I’m thinking of taking out a restraining order against him and my owners are filing a complaint.”

Pedroza said he came over to Baltas after the seventh when the trainer motioned to him as though he wanted to talk to him, and Baltas bumped his chest. From that point, the incident grew more violent.

Richie Silverstein, Pedroza’s long-time agent, had this version. “Baltas called Martin over after the seventh race as if to discuss business. The next thing you know, Baltas had Martin in a headlock and Security was called to break it up. Martin did hit him with his helmet, but it was in self defense.

“The police came and suggested Martin file a restraining order against Baltas. There’s no need to take sides here. Everyone there saw what happened.”

Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 9 (Bing Crosby Season)

FIRST RACE: 1. Pulla Train, 2. My Slew, 3. Frensham. LONG SHOT: Oligarch.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Gold Medallion, 2. Graeme Crackerjack, 3. Harlington Night. LONG SHOT: Squawk One.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Guyfromtheskyfive, 2. Roper, 3. Sonic Fever. LONG SHOT: Bound for Heaven.

==

FOURTH RACE: Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Miceli, 3. Los Bambinos. LONG SHOT: Tigah.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Home Maid Brownie (best bet), 2. Siena Grace, 3. Sheza Dish. LONG SHOT: Bench Ruling.

It’s probably a safe bet jockey Martin Pedroza, who won three races on Saturday’s card, had his choice of the two Eric Kruljac-trained horses in this race and he chose HOME MAID BROWNIE (3-1), a daughter of Big Brown. She ran a big second at this level over the Polytrack in August.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Rosa Divina, 2. Southern Owah, 3. Bold Decision. LONG SHOT: Sunday Stroll.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Charlie’s Angel, 2. Feline Forum, 3. Colonel Joan. LONG SHOT: Kadesha.

CHARLIE’S ANGEL (3-1), a 3-year-old French import, makes her second start in the U.S. She finished fifth at Santa Anita after a slow start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She gets Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and Smith is a 26% combo with Hollendorfer.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tribal Gal, 2. Swiss Lake Yodeler, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Veneda.

==

NINTH RACE: 1. The Custodian, 2. Synnin, 3. Itsgettinhotinhere. LONG SHOT: Easy Ten.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Tribal Dude $5, third race; Awesome Return $5.40, eighth; Intaxication $5, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Grand Yodeler $7, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Love Blind $8.60, first)

Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 22 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Wade, 2. Bookworm, 3. Forest Chatter. LONG SHOT: Jimmy Bouncer.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Anillo, 2. Money Cannon (SCRATCHED) NEW PICK: Hadfunlastnight, 3. Mike Man’s Gold. LONG SHOT: Regally Soul.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Arigato (SCRATCHED), 2. Aaron’s Thunder, 3. Mikes Lion. LONG SHOT: I’m Popeye. NEW PICKS: 1. Aaron’s Thunder, 2. Mikes Lion, 3. Gottalovethosecats. LONG SHOT: I’m Popeye.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Itz a Saint, 2. Quinnette, 3. Grandiose Tactics (SCRATCHED) NEW PICK: Tebowing. LONG SHOT: Sweetrayofsunshine.

ITZ A SAINT (8-1) just missed at a lower level and is moved up in class by trainer Richard Baltas, which is usually a good sign. Baltas is 25% with claimers and jockey Martin Pedroza stays aboard.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Mal Verde, 2., Off the Deep End, 3. Passing Game. LONG SHOT:

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Customer Base (best bet), 2. Beatrice, 3. Rhagori. LONG SHOT: Ann of the Dance.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Spoiledandentitled, 2. Super Defence, 3. Smoke ‘n’ Whiskey. LONG SHOT: Cocabella Myst.

SPOILEDANDENTITLED (601, a 4-year-old filly, cuts back from a pair of route races to this one-turn effort for cagey trainer Julio Canani. Red-hot jockey Kent Desormeaux jumps on.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Ashley’s Sassy $5.80, fifth race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Volkonsky $7, fourth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Brother Pete $14.40, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Sudden Rumor $9.20, first; Hot Market $7.60, eighth)

Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Local One Thirty, 2. Ontology, 3. Papa’s Paisley. LONG SHOT: Blacklord.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Susan B Good, 2. Three Blondes, 3. Cee’s Tizzy Belle. LONG SHOT: Lirica Heat.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Little Jerry, 2. Jomelo, 3. Hurricane Lake. LONG SHOT: Grandstand.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Goyan (best bet), 2. Perfect Set, 3. Brazilian Court. LONG SHOT: Juan’s Corazonsito. 

Trainer Ron Ellis is quieting having a very good meet. He claimed this gelding GOYAN (4-1) at Los Alamitos put some works into him and tries Polytrack for the first time. Ellis is 24% first off the claim and 33% with jockey Tyler Baze.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Redshirt, 2. Hone IN, 3. Majestic Presence. LONG SHOT: Awesome Diamond.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Frensham, 2. Cat Meeting, 3. Benba. LONG SHOT: Cinmars Dance.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Remind Mee, 2. Merit Man, 3. Wine Police. LONG SHOT: Caracortado.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Mr. Casanova, 2. Artic Code, 3. Aperfectdaytofly. LONG SHOT: Watch It Buster.

Trainer Adam Kitchingman does very well with first-time starters (20%) and debuting maiden claimers (27%). MR. CASANOVA (5-1), a 3-year-old gelding, had a good work over the track recently and speed jockey Martin Pedroza jumps on.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Princess Bertrando $8.60, first race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (When We Met $7.20, third; Moulin de Mougin $18.40, eighth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Hidden Zensation $13.80, ninth)

Standard
Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, Jan. 24 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Winninginfashion, 2. Corinthian Melody, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: The Mothership.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Dance With Fate, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. Flagman. LONG SHOT: Baranof.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Tiz Midnight, 2. Brilliant Jewel, 3. Thisonesforricky. LONG SHOT: Legacy.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Tim’s Go Girl, 2. Glance’s Rule, 3. Girly Ghost. LONG SHOT: Swiss Sugar.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Yankee Rebel, 2. Tommy O (SCRATCHED), 3. Copper Bay. LONG SHOT: Bobby Flay.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Coo Cachoo, 2. Peacenik, 3. Fast N Furius Cat. LONG SHOT: Truelee Scrappin.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Joeandbetty’sbaby, 2. Mesana, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Diaminda.

Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed JOEANDBETTY’SBABY for $32,000 off trainer Doug O’Neill. Belvoir is 32% first off the claim and this 4-year-old is a down-the-hill special with three wins in five attempts. She got off to a slow start last time and still got up to win. On top of that jockey Martin Garcia could have ridden others here and chooses this one.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Julie S. (best bet), 2. Among the Stars, 3. Ipolita. LONG SHOT: Controller.

Trainer Peter Miller has been on fire at the meet (32-7-1-5) and he’s real good with first-timers (21%) and debut maiden claimers (26%). Nothing spectacular in the works for this daughter of Tribal Rule, but Miller doesn’t work ‘em fast, especially if he wants to cash a ticket. Speed jockey Martin Pedroza gets the ride so look for him to send JULIE S. from the gate.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (The Cleaners $4, second race; Zimmer $11.20, third)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Miss Well Molded $4.60, seventh; Runaway Que $5.20, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Gutsy Ruler $5.80, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (D’ya Knowwhatimean $6.80, first; Only the Gold $15, sixth)

Standard
Horse racing

Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Frequent Flame, 2. Katy’s Kitty, 3. Memo to Kathy. LONG SHOT: Igotnosixes.

FREQUENT FAME gets a second run over the Del Mar Polytrack after an even effort. Jockey Joe Talamo sticks around for Peter Miller.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Smart N Dreamy, 2. Lets Get Frisky, 3. Midnight Lady. LONG SHOT: Comin Easy.

SMART N DREAMY just broke his maiden coming from just off the pace and a similar style will work here. Looks very much on the improve.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Thunder Bonnet, 2. Rousseau, 3. Tookmebysurprise. LONG SHOT: Ritual Hills.

Wow, so close to a two-day carryover in the Pick 6, but we start anew here. The horses which have run aren’t all that much so time to go with first-timers THUNDER BONNET and ROUSSEAU. Trainer Adam Kitchingman already has a first out winner so we’ll go with THUNDER BONNET on top.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Cast a Doubt, 2. La Mano Nera, 3. Sacred Ovation. LONG SHOT: Brutally Handsome.

CAST A DOUBT is first off the claim for trainer John Sadler, who obviously has a plan by moving to the turf for the first time.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Citron Kid, 2. Mikey T, 3. Money Machine. LONG SHOT: Scatman Blues.

CITRON KID drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and goes from turf to Polytrack for the first time. Talamo takes the mount from Martin Pedroza.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Doyouseemecoming, 2. Trelawny, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Gladding.

DOYOUSEEMECOMING showed speed last time and that style has worked well the first two weeks of the meet. He has been working well over the surface and could be ready to go to the winner’s circle.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lucayan, 2. Old Time Hockey, 3. Camp Victory. LONG SHOT: Hawk’s Eyes.

LUCAYAN has been chasing OBVIOUSLY in his last two races and drops from graded stakes company.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. THE GATEKEEPER (best bet), 2. Warren’s Tyler S., 3. Candy Sweetheart. LONG SHOT: IN a Wine Tizzy.

THE GATEKEEPER could make it a very big day for the Sadler barn. Big jock switch from Irving Orozco to Edwin Maldonado. Orozco lost his whip and steadied late so this switch may make all the difference at this low level.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Standard