Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Feb. 20

Preview: Interesting card with the highly anticipated debut of Ziconic, a son of Zenayata, set to run in what looks like a tough maiden race in the third.

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Race 2: #4 Decisive Triumph (turf only) (8-1) 

Trainer Graham Motion doesn’t have a win at the meet yet, but he’s too good not to score eventually. This son of Kitten’s Joy should love this distance and surface. Motion adds Lasix and he’s 23% first time he does that plus he adds leading jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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Race 3: #2 Fast Munny (6-1)

This is the race with Zenyatta’s son, Ziconic, plus two horses trained by Bob Baffert and one trained by Jerry Hollendorfer so this could turn out to be a key race. We’re going with the son of Munnings and trained by Craig Dollase, who is 26% with first-time starters. I know the connections are high on this 3-year-old colt, but like I said it’s a tough heat. Flavien Prat rides and he’s 2-for-4 with Dollase.

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Race 7: #9 I’m Zonin (8-1) 

This gelding is in the money 60% (3 for 5) at this distance. Trainer Richard Baltas is 30% going sprint-route-sprint meaning that this 4-year-old should have plenty of stamina. Veteran jockey Stewart Elliott gets the mount.

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FAIRGROUNDS

Race 11 (Grade II Risen Star Stakes: 1.#4 Bistraya (15-1), 2. #10 Airoforce (5-2), 3. #13 Candy My Boy (15-1), 4. #6 Gun Runner (6-1). LONG SHOT: #7 Its All Relevent (15-1).

It’s time for the 50-point races on the Kentucky Derby trail so a win in any of these races pretty much gets you in the starting gate on the first Saturday of May. We’re going with an upset here as Bistraya ships in off a maiden victory in Southern California. Jockey Edwin Maldonado comes along for the ride. Candy My Boy is interesting but that post is a killer.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, August 9 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Jade With Envy, 2. Majestic Minister, 3. Thundering Gale. LONG SHOT: Loveintheshadows.

Jockey James Graham is a very good rider on the turf, but hasn’t had a chance to shot it yet at Del Mar. He gets aboard this 5-year-old mare taking a drop in class for trainer Richard Baltas, who is a 20% conditioner on the green stuff.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Zendai, 2. Chasing Kings( SCRATCHED) new pick: Homer Matt, 3. New Summit. LONG SHOT: Papa de Gatto.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Unforgettable U, 2. Ben’s Duchess, 3. Dr. Fager’s Gal. LONG SHOT: Ramona’s Wildcat.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Unusual Taste, 3. China Prince. LONG SHOT: Atomic Rule.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tribal Roar, 2. Counterplay, 3. Rickles. LONG SHOT: If You Dream.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Holograeme, 2. Miss Gifted, 3. Colour Party. LONG SHOT: Majestic Heat.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dreamarcher, 2. Dreamy Art, 3. Jade Princess. LONG SHOT: Treasuring (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Surfside Tiara.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. OM (7-2) (BEST BET), 2. Papacoolpapacool, 3. Cross the Line. LONG SHOT: Tried and True.

Always been a big fan of this son of Munnings ever since beating American Pharoah last year. The grass is really where he wants to run and he gets a class test here after winning an allowance race on the green two races back for trainer Dan Hendricks and jockey Fernando Perez.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Peppy Bolly, 2. It’s Aine, 3. Rosewhitenblue. LONG SHOT: Lazy Daisy May.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Nyquist $4, fifth race; Ultimate Holiday $15, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Sayitright Kat $6.60, second; Nextdoorneighbor $4.60, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Young Brian $4.40, third; Dallas Skyline $13, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, April 12

Race 8: #7 Om (9-5)

This 3-year-old comes out of one of the highest rated 2-year-old races last summer at Del Mar and he won by more than 7 lengths and beat American Pharoah (does that name ring a bell?). Trainer Dan Hendricks doesn’t have great numbers off the layoff but this son of Munnings might be so talented that he can overcome that.

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Race 9: #10 Pammy Whammy (6-1)

This 3-year-old filly didn’t get a lot out of her debut, but trainer Peter Miller is 22% second time out and 22% dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time. On top of that the sire, War Front, is 19% with his turf horses.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Oct. 26 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Warren’s Assassin, 2. Eltoninadress, 3. Rosewhitenblue. LONG SHOT: Acute.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Here’s Bella, 2. Desert Madam, 3. Twenty Eleven. LONG SHOT: Hollywood Royalty.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Welcome Home Ryan, 2. Chicsdigtheshark, 3. Fly Blue. LONG SHOT: Bluegrass Reward.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Decisive Edge, 2. Pantera Rojo, 3. Yes Yes Yes. LONG SHOT: Card Trick.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Madiba (best bet), 2. Hauler, 3. Pioneerof the West. LONG SHOT: Vartan.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends MADIBA (7-2), a $700,000 yearling purchase, around two turns for the first time and puts blinkers on. Hollendorfer is 23% sprint-to-route and 32% with jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smoove It, 2. Cal Gal, 3. Chati’s On Top. LONG SHOT: Yana.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Echo Zulu, 2. Compulsive, 3. Presiding Justice. LONG SHOT: Twenty Percent.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hay Dude, 2. Old Time Hockey, 3. Starspangled Heat. LONG SHOT: Artest (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Power Ped.

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NINTH RACE: 1. No Problem, 2. Bandido Too, 3. Verraco. LONG SHOT: Lovenseek.

NO PROBLEM, a son of Munnings, showed speed in his debut and then faded. Trainer Michael McCarthy, formerly Todd Pletcher’s right-hand man, drops this 2-year-old from MSW to a maiden claimer for first time and jockey Victor Espinoza sticks around.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 0

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Devil’s Beauty $8, third race; Lexie Lou $8.40, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Backwoods Belle $8.80, first; Beth’s My Babe $14.60, second; Conquest Two Step $4.60, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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