Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 23

Preview: Decent Saturday card and a Pick Six carryover of more than $300,000. They say there could be $1.2 million in new money, but with all the snow in the East, I’m thinking it will be more as bettors will only be able to play tracks in Florida, New Orleans and California. The Bob Baffert barn has gotten hot and is 6-ofr-31 on the dirt to lead all trainers on the main track. He is followed by Richrda Baltas (5-25), Bill Spawr (5-11) and Vladimir Cerin (4-9). Guys looking for their first dirt win are Gary Sherlock (0-12), Mike Pender (0-10) and Mike Machowsky (0-10).

—                                

Race 2: #3 Where’s Bubba  (7-2)

As we stated Bill Spawr is one of the top dirt trainers this meet. Just draw a line through this gelding’s last race and the previous race puts right there with these. Spawr is 37% going from route to sprint.

==

Race 5: #3 A Colt Following (7-2) 

We’re sticking with Bill Spawr in this one, too. This colt won at this level last time and Spawr is daring someone to claim him. Again the route to sprint angle (37%) comes into play.

==.            

Race 9: #7 Sudden Sam (6-1) 

Breeder/owner Nick Alexander likes to win races, especially with homebreds. There are a lot of fast works o this 3-year-old but I guarantee trained Phil D’Amato (16% with firsters) has him fit. Tribal Rule is a 15% sire with firsters and this one gets Lasix, too.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Advertisements
Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 28

Race 2: #2 Midnight Belle (3-1)

Trainer Mark Glatt got the comeback race out of the way for this daughter of Bernardini and now he sends her two turns for the first time, something she is bred to do. The 3-year-old has a couple of good works since opening week and she’s out of a Bertrando mare and I loved Bertrandos stretching out plus jockey Rafael Bejarano stays aboard.

==

Race 5: #2 Blind Dreams (6-1)

Seems to be improving but she needs to show she wants to win. Jockey Gonzalo Nicholas had a big win on the turf last week and seems to understand this 4-year-old filly. Trainer Mike Pender has had a tough meet and due for some good luck. Inside and speed work well on this turf course when the rails are at 30 feet.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Sorry I forgot to post last night. Too many things going on. These are my selections (plus my long shot) as they appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

FIRST RACE: 1. Keezheekoni, 2. More Stormyweather, 3. Flat Footed Mama. LONG SHOT: Nazareth.

==
SECOND RACE: 1. MIDNIGHT BELLE (best bet), 2. Madam Aamoura, 3. Entebbe. LONG SHOT: California Curl.
==
THIRD RACE: 1. Bonus Spin, 2. Desert Steel, 3. Codacious. LONG SHOT: Moons Over Me.
==
FOURTH RACE: 1. Cornbread Red, 2. Matriculate, 3. Kristi’s Copilot. LONG SHOT: Hye I’m Jack.
==
FIFTH RACE: 1. Blind Dreams, 2. Minster’sadventure, 3. Vow me Over. LONG SHOT: Blondy’s Reward.
==
SIXTH RACE: 1. Run for Retts, 2. Obey, 3. Later My Love, LONG SHOT: Patriotic Diamond.
==
SEVENTH RACE: 1, Scatchmeifyoucan, 2. Alpha Doll, 3. Avo. LONG SHOT: Catalina Bonita.
Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, August 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Triple Vanilla, 2. Canadian Exchange, 3. Alyeska. LONG SHOT: Twosome.

==
SECOND RACE: 1. Chia Love, 2. Luvuryan, 3. Little Emma. LONG SHOT: Summer Veil.
==
THIRD RACE: 1. Sheeza Milky Way, 2. Joan of Arch, 3. Imflatoutsweet. LONG SHOT: Straight N Strong.
==
FOURTH RACE: 1. #2 No Ez Money (8-1), 2. Mighty Brown, 3. Alpine Luck. LONG SHOT: Johns Journey.

This gelding is making his second start off a long layoff and trainer Andy Mathis is an expert at that with a 33% (15-for-45) mark in this situation. The 6-year-old showed speed in his first try over the track and should be fitter here for jockey Santiago Gonzalez.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Intoxicating Move, 2. Soresca, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Agustina de Aragon.
==
SIXTH RACE: 1. Tumbleweekprincess, 2. Sooner Time, 3. Swiss Affair. LONG SHOT: Gypsy’s Rule.
==
SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 TIZ FUTURITY (5-1) best bet, 2. Unusually Green, 3. Rainbow North. LONG SHOT: Temple Keys.

Trainer Mike Pender is still looking for his first win of the meet but he has done well on the turf in allowance races in the past at Del Mar. We would like to see new jockey Kent Desormeaux show more speed with this 5-year-old because there doesn’t appear to me much gas in this race and inside speed does well when the rails are at 24 feet.

==

EIGHT RACE: 1. Royal Gambler, 2. Relative Time, 3. Swiss Cheese. LONG SHOT: Brownhawk.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Wednesday’s top choice winners: 3 (Wish I Understood $2.60, first race; Desert Steel $4.20, second; Pretty N Cool $2.80, seventh)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Rush of Day $8, fourth; Yiannis $3.60, sixth; Arcature $12.20, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sweetrayofsunshine $12.80, third)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Hollywood Don $9.80, fifth)

 

Standard
Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Feb. 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Justonemorething, 2. Poison Pulpit, 3. One More Roll. LONG SHOT: I’m Popeye.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. I Don’t Care Who, 2. Ice Cream Truck, 3. Thesheetsguy. LONG SHOT: Muchos Besos.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Elektrum, 2. Colonel Joan, 3. Aguafria. LONG SHOT: Spelling Again.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Kyankes, 2. I Heart You, 3. Lob City. LONG SHOT: Valentine’s Reward.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Scatfish (turf only) (BEST BET), 2. Seek a Star, 3. Taylor Lane. LONG SHOT: Keezheekoni.

SCATFISH (6-1), a 4-year-old filly, gets another shot down the hill and leading jockey Rafael Bejarano sticks around. She seems to be coming around with a couple of big works and Bejarano is 36% with trainer Mike Pender.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Dress Code, 2. Qatar’s Pearl, 3. My Jealous. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Majestic Presence, 2. Fantastic Style, 3. Long Hot Summer. LONG SHOT: Bad Ju Ju.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Whinneyhaha, 2. Price of Glory, 3. Sunshine Bandit. LONG SHOT: Grandson At Last.

There doesn’t seem like a lot of speed in this race so we’re hoping WHINNEYHAHA (8-1), a first-timer by Desert Code, has some. Trainer Craig Lewis is 1-for-5 with first-time debut maiden claimers.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Magna Warrior $3.60, first race; Arlington House $4.20, seventh; Bossmon $7.40, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Larocco $22, third; Commute $32.60, fifth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long show winners: 2 (Private Marina $5.40, second; Papacoolpapacool $10, sixth)

 

Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Halo La, 2. Rhodium, 3. Woebegon. LONG SHOT: Nueva Fortuna.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Dr. Vincentstein, 2. Oatka Little Lou, 3. Borealis Breeze. LONG SHOT: Southeast Asia.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Hanna No Sir, 2. Faith Proof, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT: Josephine’s Moment.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Lucky J Lane, 2. Smart Journey, 3. Badasmywifeletsmeb. LONG SHOT: Droppin Buttons.

The inside post is 1-for-41 on the turf going around two turns at this meet and is an automatic toss out for me from the top spot.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Winninginfashion (best bet), 2. Casey’s Clem, 3. Passionville. LONG SHOT: Marina Del Heat.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of speed in this race and WINNINGINFASHION (4-1), a 4-year-old filly, just scored over the Polytrack in wire-to-wire fashion. Trainer Mike Pender moves her up in class and jockey Edwin Maldonado stays aboard.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Secreto Primero, 2. Harmonic, 3. Battle of Evermore. LONG SHOT: Pioneerof the West.

SECRETO PRIMERO (10-1), a 2-year-old colt, tries two turns for the first time after an even effort going 6 furlongs in debut. Trainer Mike Machowsky puts blinkers on this son of First Samurai and jockey Victor Espinoza sticks around.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gratification, 2. Alexis Tangier, 3. Love In The Desert. LONG SHOT: Oeighter.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Veronica Bay, 2. Madame Forbes, 3. Full of Spice. LONG SHOT: Vord Queen.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Sunday’s top choice winners: 0 (bad day, man; sorry)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Judy the Beauty $4.60, fourth race; Conquest Misbehave $21.60, seventh; Mom’s Winner $7.80, 10th)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sawyer’s Hill $8.80, fifth

Sunday’s long shot winners: 4 (Fighting On $7, first; Cardiac $9.80, sixth; Heat Du Jour $21.40, eighth; Format V $9.60, ninth

Standard
Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club picks for Thursday, July 17

Opening day is here for the Del Mar Thoroughbred. Tread lightly unless you have a sure thing.

Word is the Polytrack has been slow in the mornings and track superintendent Richard Tedesco will add wax to it next Monday, a dark day for racing. The question is why wouldn’t the wax be added this week before the start of racing instead of changing the surface after four days of action?

My guess is the track will play to rally-wide horses this week and then next week is anyone’s guess.

It will be a total guessing game beginning opening day on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course, which was replaced after last season. The course has been widened and the chute has been made more gradual. The grass is a strain developed by golfer Greg Norman so there is no telling if it will play to speed or closers or how post positions will affect outcomes.

Good luck.

==

FIRST RACE: 1. Old Man Lake, 2. Hawk’s Eyes, 3. Tuckers Point. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

Time for start of new meet so bombs away. OLD MAN LAKE, a 4-year-old, is dropping in class and has a previous win over the Del Mar Polytrack. Trainer Adam Kitchingman is 24% on synthetic and 25% going from turf to synthetic. On top of that he is 23% with jockey Edwin Maldonado.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Stored Attaq, 2. Full of Spice, 3. Bird In Love. LONG SHOT: Spirit of Ten.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Hail Mary, 2. Biorhyhtm, 3. My Happy Face. LONG SHOT: Zilber.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Three Point Luke, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Aftermarketslam. LONG SHOT: Money Fan.

THREE POINT LUKE, a 3-year-old, was bought for $125,000 as a juvenile and obviously has panned out as he runs for $20,000 in a maiden claimer here, but after two sprints he finally gets to do what he was bred for: go around two turns. By Empire Maker out of a Gone West mare, distance shouldn’t be a problem and trainer Doug O’Neill is 22% second off the lay off.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Super Ability, 2. Airfoil, 3. Jules Journey. LONG SHOT: Layton Register.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Zinvor, 2. Pulmarack, 3. London Legacy. LONG SHOT: Quiet Thunder.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Jackson Sundown, 2. Cinmars Dance, 3. Romar Success. LONG SHOT: Sonicvelocity.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Aotearoa, 2. G. G. Ryder, 3. Sammy Mandeville. LONG SHOT: Majestic Kitten.

==

NINTH RACE: 1. Diamond of Blue, 2. Magic Beam, 3. Close to the Edge. LONG SHOT: Sheer Talent.

==

10TH RACE: 1. Affrettando (best bet), 2. This One’s for Mel, 3. Causeithertz. LONG SHOT: Woodmans Luck.

AFFRETTANDO, a 5-year-old gelding, got us home a winner last summer and we’re going back to the well with good reason. Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who is returning from injury on opening day, and trainer Mike Pender were a perfect 4-for-4 at the 2013. Here’s hoping there is more of the same this summer.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Standard
Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, March 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Lucky Cotton, 2. Love Forever, 3. Warren’s Tyler S. LONG SHOT: Cuneo.

==

SECOND RACE: 1. Harlington’s Rose, 2. Ruff Proof, 3. Swissarella. LONG SHOT: Glorious Rebebcca.

==

THIRD RACE: 1. Love Tale, 2. Readyforhercloseup, 3. Spiced Latte. LONG SHOT: Born Lucky.

==

FOURTH RACE: 1. Practical, 2. Goyan, 3. War Destiny. LONG SHOT: Merlion.

==

FIFTH RACE: 1. Yana (best bet), 2. Exclusive Girl, 3. Warren’s Jen Fizz. LONG SHOT: Ski’s Copper Penny.

This 3-year-old filly YANA drops from an open MSW in with Cal breds. She finished fourth in that down-the-hill event while pressing the pace. Jockey Mike Smith returns to the saddle, having been on her twice.

==

SIXTH RACE: 1. Shackbamalama, 2. Tribe, 3. Crusher. LONG SHOT: Smart Masterpiece.

==

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hotradamus, 2. A Toast to You, 3. Boozer. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

Trainer Mike Pender claimed HOTRADAMUS, a 6-year-old gelding, for $50,000 out of a fifth-place finish down the hill. Pender is 20% first off the claim and he puts money rider Rafael Bejarano aboard. They are a 31% winning proposition.

==

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Profile, 2. Bosque Angel, 3. End of Time. LONG SHOT: Carol’s Legacy.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Dixieland Blues $10.40, first race; Biorhythm $6.60, fourth; In Dad’s Honor $5.80, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Pimpernel $5.40, second; More Stormyweather $13, fifth; Julio’s Gold $13.20, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 0

Thursday’s long show winners: 1 (One More $13, sixth)

Standard