Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Coilette, 2. Marrazano, 3. Square Peggy. LONG SHOT: Time for Kisses.

SECOND RACE: 1. Twirling Tiger, 2. Top of the Game, 3. Sunset Seven. LONG SHOT: Smokin B.

THIRD RACE: 1. Muskoka, 2. Fay Dan, 3. Go for a Ride. LONG SHOT: Camps Bay.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Miss Lady Ann, 2. Claudelle, 3. Jaccat. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Majestic Gigi, 2. Miss Kitness, 3. Roadrunner’s Honor. LONG SHOT: Crazy Speighty.

This is a tough maiden race and a win by almost any 2-year-old would surprise me. This might end up being a key race so keep track.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Overjoyed, 2. Gingham, 3. Matera, 4. Rare Find. LONG SHOT: Dolci.

Like the fifth race, this is a tough MSW race for 2-year-olds and they are fillies here going two turns. To me jockey Mike Smith and his agent hold the key to this race. Smith rode all three of the fillies in our top three, but he opts for OVERJOYED, trained by Neil Drysdale over GINGHAM (Bob Baffert) and MATERA (Dan Ward/Jerry Hollendorfer). OVERJOYED debuted on the turf the last day at Del Mar and took money at the windows. She broke poorly but came running in the stretch and has the best late pace rating from Brisnet. Baffert puts apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr. abaord GINGHAM from the rail so that means to me Baffert wants the filly sent out of there. MATERA cost $1.4 million at auction and will be trying two turns for the first time. She’s bed by Tapit so distance should be no problem. DOLCI gets hot-riding Abel Cedillo for the Mike McCarthy barn, which has to break out of its slump sooner or later. Finally, RARE FIND comes from the team of jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Richard Mandella. The filly may be ready to go in her debut.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Just Grazed Me, 2. S Y Sky, 3. Don’t Sell. LONG SHOT: Gypsy Blu.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Shear Class, 2. Unicorn, 3. Cover Version. LONG SHOT: Surreptitious.

NINTH RACE: 1. Moody Jim (best bet), 2. Wound Tight, 3. M Town Gem. LONG SHOT: North County Guy.

God luck.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Mucho Macho Man tops BC work list at Santa Anita

From Ed Golden of the Santa Anita publicity department:

Awesome Again Stakes winner Mucho Macho Man had his penultimate workout Saturday morning prior to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, going five furlongs in 1:02.20.

“Mucho’s” fractional times were 26 1/5 and 40 4/5, with a gallop-out clocking of 1:15 for six furlongs. “He went very well,” trainer Kathy Ritvo said. “He had a great work today and he’ll have one more before the Classic.”

Also working for the Classic was Travers runner-up Moreno, who went five furlongs in company for trainer Eric Guillot in 1:00.60. Workmate Distort This was given 1:01.40. Joe Talamo, who rides Moreno in the Classic, was aboard for the work.

“He went really well,” Guillot said. “He galloped out seven-eighths in (one) 26 and four.”

Caracortado (Turf Sprint) worked six furlongs on the main track in 1:12.20.

“He went real nice and he looks great right now,” trainer Mike Machowsky said of the California-bred gelding. “He finished strong and galloped out good.”

Silver Max (Mile), who upset reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Shadwell Mile, worked four furlongs for Dale Romans in 46.80, while Authenticity (Distaff) went four furlongs for Todd Pletcher in 47 flat, along with workmate We Miss Artie, who was given the identical clocking.

Also working for Romans was defending Turf winner Little Mike, who went five furlongs on the main track in 1:01. His splits were 23 4/5, 36 2/5, 49 flat and 1:01 flat, with a gallop-out time of 1:15 for six furlongs.

“She’ll have one more breeze (before the Distaff),” said Pletcher assistant Mike McCarthy, who has been at Santa Anita with Authenticity since she ran second to Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 28.

“It was partly a matter of economics in keeping her here,” McCarthy said. “There was little point in shipping her back to New York after the Zenyatta and then coming back to Santa Anita for the Distaff.”

FrontRunner runner-up Dance With Fate (Juvenile) worked six furlongs for Peter Eurton in 1:12.80.

At Hollywood Park Friday, Rodeo Drive Stakes winner Tiz Flirtatious worked five furlongs on Cushion Track in a minute flat, breezing. “Very nice,” said trainer Marty Jones, who has her ticketed for the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 2.

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