Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, July 20 (updated)

Preview: After just three days of racing, Del Mar has moved the turf rails out to 30 feet. I don’t get it. After 3 weeks of no grass racing at Santa Anita, Del Mar should be looking to have bigger turf fields at least through this week. Instead, the fields will be limited to 9 with the rails out so far. Also closers dominated on the turf sans Midnight Storm’s win in the Eddie Read on Sunday. However, with the rails out, look for speed to do better as there will be less room to pass on the grass.

Race 1: 1. #3 Guapo Diablo (5-1), 2. Zealous Tale, 3. Agronomy. LONG SHOT: Marvelous Max.
This gelding takes the biggest drop in racing: from straight maiden to maiden claiming. He flopped in his one dirt run, but that was his debut and jockey Rafael Bejarano decides to jump on for trainer Marty Jones. The son of Tizdejavu showed speed last time out and look for more of the same on the drop.

Race 2: 1. #3 Warren’s Cracker (4-1), 2. Allthatnmore, 3. Senza Fina. LONG SHOT: Jackie K.

Trainer Jorge Gutierrez isn’t great at long layoffs but this mare looks like she has been training for her return. She comes out of a key race at Santa Anita where the top three finishers all came back to win so we’re hoping for the same here with jockey Tyler Baze.

Race 3: 1. #9 Journeytothestars (3-1), 2. Marriedtoaminister, 3. Stylistic. LONG SHOT: Big Alice.
Trainer Mark Glatt drops this filly down to her lowest level yet and Glatt is 24% down two or more class levels. Her one dirt race was OK. Glatt is 42% the last 60 days with jockey Santiago Gonzalez, who three wins on opening day.

Race 4: 1. Spicy Blonde, 2. You Sleep On That, 3. Sooner Time. LONG SHOT: Dancing Sunset.

Race 5: 1. Chips All In, 2. Act, 3. Kentuckian. LONG SHOT: Bottle Rocket.

Race 6: 1. Rebarules Again, 2. Chao Chom, 3. Christy Jackson. LONG SHOT: Southern Drawl.

Race 7: 1. #3 Everqueen (10-1) SCRATCHED, 2. Pretty N Cool, 3. Enchanting Lady. LONG SHOT: Lucky Folie. NEW PICKS: 1. Lucky Folie, 2. Pretty N Cool, 3. Enchanting Lady. LONG SHOT: Dr. Fager’s Gal.
We liked Everqueen for her possible closing abilities because there is too much speed in this race, so we’ll go with Lucky Folie, who we think will do the same thing — come from off the pace. It will be interesting to see if Bob Baffert’s pair of Pretty N Cool and Enchanting Lady kills themselves off since they have similar styles.

Race 8: 1. Buymeabond, 2. Infinite Magic, 3. Trifecta. LONG SHOT: Horizontalspeakin.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 6 (Carlsbad Mountain $11.40, second race; Sausalito Sunset $6.40, fourth; Entrechat $8.60, fifth; Chasing Aces $3.80, eighth; Midnight Storm $5.40, ninth; Kristi’s Copilot $6.60, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Brainspin $5.20, first; Mr. Louis $7.20, third)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Friday, April 22

Preview: There is actually a 10-horse field in the seventh race, which might be the first time at the meet. The first 2-year-old race of the season will occur with trainers Mike Harrington and Edward Freeman dominating the field. Harrington had three winners the first week of the meet to tie for leading trainer with Peter Eurton.

 

Race 4 – LRC

#1 Zeekid (5-1): This filly’s best race came in breaking her maiden over the track. Now trainer Jorge Gutierrez sends her around two turns and he is 20% going to sprint to a route.  

Race 6 – LRC

#1 Born to Serve (4-1): This gelding has plenty of early speed for trainer Jonathan Wong, who is 44% when he takes a horse from an All-Weather track to dirt.

 

Race 8 – LRC

#5 Love My Bud (6-1): This gelding broke his maiden over this track. Trainer Marty Jones is 22% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who been riding well, jumps on.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinion for Sunday, April 17

Preview: Another 8-race card on a weekend and the largest field is 7. How exciting? Despite the small fields, the average winning price over the first two days of the meet has been 5-1. Watch for trainer like Mike Harrington, who point for the this meet and train here year round. Harrington had two winners opening day. He has two horses in today’s first race, and one is a first-time starter, so I couldn’t separate them. Exacta box?

Sorry guys, the options are limited at LRC and I won’t force picks so one is all I have today and sorry it’s late. Issues at work. We did give you two winners Saturday, including a $24 horse.

 

Race 4 – LRC

#3 Margie’s Minute (6-1): At this meet I always look for horses for courses and this mare fits the bill. She is 5-1-2-1 over this track. Trainer Marty Jones is 22% with horses off a 46- to 90-day layoff and jockey Mario Gutierrez takes over.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC for Thursday, Dec. 10

Again a very disappointing card with only two races with more than six entries. Trainer Peter Miller is off to 3-for-10 start while Bob Baffert is 2-for-13 and might be prepping his horses for Santa Anita. Jockeys Santiago Gonzalez (6-16) and Mario Gutierrez (4-14) off to fast starts.

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Race 5: #1 Media Melee (8-1)

This 2-year-old broke slowly in his debut in a race that has already produced one next out winner. Leading jockey Gonzalez stays aboard for trainer Doug O’Neill, who is 20% with maidens making their second start.

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Race 8: #8 So Sweetitiz (6-1)

This filly has been favored in both of her starts and come up short, but trainer Marty Jones is 20% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. He is also 18% with jockey Tyler Baze. This 3yo finished second over this track in September.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 21

FIRST RACE: 1. Luckbox Sam, 2. Mistaken Identity, 3. Carlsbad Mountain. LONG SHOT: The Mad Hungarian.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #7 Zip the Monkey (5-1), 2. At Ease, 3. Ace Deuce. LONG SHOT: Royal Journey.

This 3-year-old gelding is making his turf debut in this spot. He has the top late BRIS pace figure and that should work on the stretch out. The meet’s leading jockey, Santiago Gonzalez, keeps the mount for trainer Marty Jones, who is 16% with horses going from dirt to turf.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Dirt in Your Face, 2. Three Red Sevens, 3. Random Joy. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #5 Set of J’s (8-1), 2. Tizcano, 3. Boozer. LONG SHOT: Serbian Syclone.

Might hold the early pace advantage and that’s a good thing on this course. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado, who won three races on Friday, jumps on for trainer Phil D’Amato, who is 24% with horses third off the layoff.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Prodicious Facts, 2. All Star Bub, 3. Gusto Dulce. LONG SHOT: Rattataptap.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #5 DEED NOT WORDS (5-1) BEST BET, 2. Jeremy’s Legacy, 3. Sassy Ashley. LONG SHOT: Kihei Sunset.

This filly gets a huge jockey upgrade to Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who has put others to sleep at least twice at this meet on the front. If this filly breaks smartly, maybe he’ll try it again. Trainer Tom Proctor is 20% with horses second time on the grass and 29% with Smith at Del Mar.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Stealth Drone, 2. Wheatfield, 3. Soul Flyer. LONG SHOT: Josephine’s Moment.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Personal Diary, 2. Elektrum, 3. Trophee. LONG SHOT: Rusty Slipper.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Pepnic, 2. Newfound Gold, 3. Hadfunlastnight. LONG SHOT: Secret Command.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 10 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. Send Me a Sign, 2. Entebbe, 3. My Rose. LONG SHOT: Almost Guilty.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Wheatfield (12-1), 2. Illuminant, 3. Luminary. LONG SHOT: Redheads Rule.

This filly passed a lot of horses in her debut at Los Alamitos and now trainer Marty Jones puts her on the turf. The sire Lone Star Special is 33% first time turf from a small sample and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE:1. Financial (BEST BET), 2. All Star Parade, 3. Pipedreams. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Daddy’s Duo (4-1), 2. Call to Congrats, 3. Radiant Journey. LONG SHOT: Pleasant as Pie.

This filly is a perfect 2-for-2 on dirt which maybe why trainer John Sadler claimed her for $80,000 at Del Mar. Sadler is 23% first off the claim and 21% going sprint-route-sprint.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Freedom Hill, 2. I’malreadythere, 3. Dressed in Hermes. LONG SHOT: Getoffmyback.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Carlos Dangerous, 3. Courageous Dave. LONG SHOT: Ready Cat.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Stays in Vegas (8-1), 2. I’mflatoutsweet, 3. One Last Shot. LONG SHOT: Jakaby Jade.

This filly finished fifth in the Del Mar Debutante behind the ultra-impressive Songbird. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% first time routing and the sire City Zip is 13% first time turf. Jockey Alex Solis takes over for the injured Flavien Prat.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Miner’s Light, 2. Iron Rob, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Let’s Meet in Rio.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Storm Comin Thru, 2. Brimstoned, 3. Prince Charmant. LONG SHOT: Roman Tizzy.

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10TH RACE: 1. Turnover, 2. Eddie’s First, 3. Saint Prdo. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

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Gulfstream Park West                   

Race 2: #1 Deciding Moment (3-1)

Trainer Rasharn Creque is 57% with horses running second time off a layoff. This 3-year-old came back running from a long layoff and Creque jumped in to claim him. JC Gomez keeps the mount in this likely speedster from the rail.

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Race 9: #1 Little Nick V (turf only) (9-2)

Lots of first-time runners in this race, but we’ll stick with this son of Colonel John that finished third in his debut for trainer Carlos Vaccarezza. This colt is coming out of a race that has produced two winners so far. He pressed the pace early and tired late. Jeffrey Sanchez takes the mount.

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Santa Anita results

Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Never Ends $5.40, second race; Stellata $9.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (No Tricks for Jack $9.80, first; Evo Campo $8.80, third; A Colt Following $9.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ossetra $13.40, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday’s June 11

Race 4 – SA

#2 Margie’s Minute (turf only) (7-2)

Trainer Marty Jones is still looking for the magic formula with this 4-year-old. This filly has run well on the grass in the past and Jones drops her in class. Jones is  38%-trainer the second time he runs a horse.

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Race 8 – SA

#1 Princess Ashlyn (turf only) (7-2)

The last time this 3-year-old was seen she was a run off, jumping out 14 lengths ahead before faltering. Big jockey switch to journeyman Kent Desormeaux, who hopefully can ration her speed better for trainer Donald Warren.

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