Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 31

Race 2: #5 Alabaster (5-1)

Our Eyes: Not sure if this race shouldn’t be in New York with trainers like McLaughlin, Pletcher and Zito in here, but we’re going to trainer Eoin Harty and this 3-year-old colt. The son of Medaglia d’Oro has a race over the track and switches to leading jockey Antonio Gallardo, who is 4-for-9 with Harty.

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Race 3: #3 Senor Grits (2-1)

Our Eyes: This son of Elusive Quality drops out of a stakes effort at Laurel and that race has produced FIVE next out winners. Trainer Ian Wilkes has been working this 3-year-old at Palm Meadows and jockey Julien Leparoux jumps on.

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Race 6: #11 Prize Native (15-1)

Our Eyes: The key will be if this 4-year-old gets in the race as he is on the also-eligible list. That being said trainer Anthony Granitz is 31% with stretchouts at Tampa. This gelding drops in class and jockey Ademar Santos must work out a trip from the outside.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita final picks for Friday, Feb. 7

Evidently no worries about the turf and no scratches as of 11 a.m. so here are the final selections.

FIRST RACE: 1. Oneandonlyloveman, 2. Takem by Surprise, 3. Still Unbroken. LONG SHOT: Bushwacked.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Fit to Rule, 2. Bob Consultation, 3. Billy Win. LONG SHOT: Justa Gusta.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Caribe d’Oro, 2. Lakota Road, 3. Majestic Minister. LONG SHOT: Another Sky.

CARIBE D’ORO, a 4-year-old filly, makes her first try on the turf and around turns. With breeding by Medaglia d’Oro out of Pine Bluff mare, that shouldn’t be a concern. Neither should the fact that Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens takes over for apprentice Drayden Van Dyke and Stevens is 29% with trainer Tom Proctor.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Only the Gold, 2. Twin Six, 3. Joe Carl. LONG SHOT: Unstopper Topper.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Distillery, 2. Cernobbio, 3. Friendswith K Mill. LONG SHOT: Village Kitten.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Midnight Transfer, 2. Longview Drive, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Majestic City.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Warren’s Empire (best bet), 2. Ay Ay Ay, 3. Euroclydon. LONG SHOT: Betty Bing Bing.

Trainer Jorge Gutierrez is 33% (7 for 21) with first-time turfers, 33% dirt to turf and 20% sprint to route. A lot of those numbers are with offspring of Affirmative for breeder/owner Benjamin Warren like this 3-year-old filly WARREN’S EMPIRE. She gave an even effort in her sprint debut for jockey Joe Talamo, who sticks around.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Notbyemyrules, 2. Amina Perfect, 3. Rich in Tradition. LONG SHOT: Dream Baby.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Sweet Spell $17, second race; Readyforhercloseup $6, sixth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Cousin Rikcy $6.40, first; Melatonin $4.80, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Warren’s Judy $10.20, third; Always a Chance $8.40, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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