Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 24

Preview: Not the best of cards, but at least they have a maiden grass sprint. Heading into the final two weeks of the meet, the jockeys’ race appears to be a three-horse race: Flavien Prat 28-146, Rafael Bejarano 25-122 and Santiago Gonzalez 23-160..

Race 1: 1. #2 Fruity (7-2), 2. Desert Madam, 3. Take It Easyplease. LONG SHOT: Ipray.
Jockey Flavien Prat jumps on this filly, which tries two turns on the dirt for the first time. Trainer Matthew Chew claimed her out of her last and drops her into this spot off a win over the track.

Race 2: 1. Magic Tatse, 2. Silver Chrome, 3. Citori. LONG SHOT: Footloos Indy Lane.

Race 3: 1. Eddie’s Turn, 2. Eight Spokes, 3. Never Say Try. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

Race 4: 1. #6 Moonlight Blue (4-1), 2. Three Eclipse, 3. Sorry Erik. LONG SHOT: Ucanthankmelater.
Most of the 2-year-olds in this race are going around two turns for the first time. This gelding has been running in Florida and looks for the Ship ‘N Win bonus. Trainer Vladimir Cerin is 21% first time with a horse and 20% with horses off a 31 to 60-day layoff. This one also drops into a maiden claimer for the first time.

Race 5: 1. Soi Phet, 2. The Gomper, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Grazen Sky.

Race 6: 1. #5 Schwary’s Girl (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Lori’s Attitude, 3. Could Be Magic. LONG SHOT: White Rock Lake.
Love the Australian sire Lonhro, especially on the turf where he gets 14% winners first time out. This filly has a good last work and trainer Mike Puype is 20% with jockey Stewart Elliott.

Race 7: 1. Blue Tone, 2. Conquest Cobra, 3. Avanti Bello. LONG SHOT: War Envoy.

Race 8: 1. Sidepocket Run, 2. Revenue Virginius, 3. Hennythelovepenny. LONG SHOT: Desert Thief.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 28

Race 6: #3 Runaway Wildcat (10-1): One of the few non-stakes races on the card here with these cheap claimers. This gelding has won three times in the past at Santa Anita and trainer Lorenzo Ruiz is 3-for-5 with horses third off the layoff. He is also 31% with jockey Vinny Bednar.

Race 8: #7 Rocko’s Wheel (5-1): We have talked many times about trainer Phil D’Amato and the year (23% winners) he is having. Here he drops this colt back in with state breds after facing open company for three straight races. D’Amato is 28% with horses third off the layoff and 28% when he goes two sprints to a route race. Jockey Martin Garcia, who is 32% with D’Amato jumps on.

Race 10: #8 Singing Kitty (4-1): This filly has carved out a nice career on the grass. She is 3-for-8 on the Santa Anita green and has some back class that could be tough in her first race back since March. Trainer Matthew Chew is 21% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff and he’s 25% in nongraded stakes. Jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps on.

Race 11: #2 Flaming Vixen (4-1): Trainer Richard Baltas puts the blinkers on this filly after a disappointing effort as the even-money favorite. Baltas is 34% with beaten favorites and 36% first-time blinkers.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 30

Preview: It’s Cal Cup Day so there are plenty of tough races. There are also some races with prohibitive favorites so you have to make the decision whether to go with an odds-on horse or go against the grain.

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Race 3: #7 Riddle Me (8-1) 

The powerful due to jockey Kent Desormeaux and trainer Bob Hess Jr. team up here. Hess is 26% the first time he puts a horse in a maiden claimer. This filly showed some speed in her debut and if she does that again she should do well here.

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Race 7: #11 Qiaona (8-1)

This mare has won down the hill before and done well in a Cal-bred stakes, too. She has the best late pace rating and jockey Victor Espinoza takes over.

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Race 9: #4 Image of Joplin (15-1)

This gelding is 2-for-2 over this turf course, albeit against lesser competition. He is coming off a front-running win and jockey Agapito Delgadillo takes over. Trainer Matthew Chew is 38% in on-graded stakes.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, April 26 (update)

Suppose to rain overnight so we’ll wait until the morning to handicap the grass races fully, but we’ll give our opinions for now. This is a first for me as both of the horses I gave early opinions won’t run Saturday. Trainer Doug O’Neill said Journey On with run in a Grade III on Sunday and Turn On the Brites was scratched out of the 11th so we have to start all over again.

UPDATE: It rained over night but races remain on the grass. Jon Lindo reported via Twitter that the main track was sealed last night in anticipation of the rain so we’ll see if it’s speed-favoring or not.

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Race 4: #6 Journey On (WILL SCRATCH TO RUN ON SUNDAY)

This 4-year-old drops from open company to a Cal-bred stakes races and she gains the services of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Smith and trainer Doug O’Neill are hitting at over 40% over the last two years and scored last weekend.

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Race 11: #3 Turn On the Brites (SCRATCHED)

Trainer Matthew Chew started to heat up in the last month. He drops this 5-year-old gelding in class and the son of High Brite has two wins and two seconds in six tries over the Santa Anita dirt. Chew is also 5-of-10 bringing a horse off a 61-180-day layoff plus he puts apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke aboard.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Vanlose Stairway, 2. Cause Im a Bigshot, 3. Famous Alice. LONG SHOT: Amnesia.

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SECOND RACE: 1. K Thirty Eight (best bet), 2. Next Book, 3. Chattering Gambler. LONG SHOT: Burnaroundtheedges.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Fifteen Black, 2. Dehere is Gone, 3. Boom Boys. LONG SHOTS: Dead Easy.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Unusual Hottie, 2. Ciao Bella Luna (SCRATCHED), 3. Halo Dolly. LONG SHOT: Kathleen Rose (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Unusual Hottie, 2. Halo Dotty, 3. Unusual Way. LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars. NO SHOW WAGERING

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Kate’s Event, 2. Storm Fighter, 3. Rousing Sermon. LONG SHOT: Soi Phet.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Durango Flier, 2. Duke of Cornwall, 3. It Is Living Water. LONG SHOT: Warrensgoldenyears.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Our Pure Creation, 2. Warren’s Veneda, 3. Quizzical. LONG SHOT: Marks Mine.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Awesome Prospect, 2. Deraptor, 3. Woodmans Luck. LONG SHOT: The Mad Hungarian.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Swiss Lake Yodeler, 2. Rovenna, 3. Harlington’s Rose. LONG SHOT: Magic Spot.

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10TH RACE: 1. Aotearoa, 2. Tamarando, 3. Pray Hard. LONG SHOT: Frensham.

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11th RACE: 1. Jovita’s Tuffy, 2. Southern Sunrise, 3. Siempre Mio. LONG SHOT: Aliza’s Dream.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Take a Risk $4.20, second race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Velvet Mequite $9.80, sixth; Magic Mark $17, seventh; Kozani $5.60, eighth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (She’s a Go Girl $20.20, third; Quick Casablanca $34.60, fourth)

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