Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, March 31

Preview: We’re getting down to the final weeks of the meet before three weeks at Los Alamitos. That means trainers with turf horses will be trying to get a race into them and some jockeys will be packing up and heading for Keeneland. Pay attention to new jockey-trainer combinations.

                                

Race 2 – SA

#7 Seaquet (12-1): This filly got bumped at the start of her debut, but still finished third. Trainer Neil French moves her up to a MSW on the grass and maybe that was the plan all along. French is 3-for-5 with first-time turf and good turf rider Flavien Prat stays aboard.

                   

Race 5 – SA

#6 Pica (4-1): This mare has won over this downhill turf course once before and has the top Late Pace Rating from Brisnet. Apprentice David Lopez takes over and trainer Eddie Truman is 39% third off the layoff.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Monday, Sept. 1 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Faith Hope Love, 2. Bella Campari, 3. Smart Typical. LONG SHOT: Bold Decision.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Go Black Tie, 2. Noble Metal, 3. Contributor. LONG SHOT: Jimmy’s Date.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Wanstead Gardens, 2. Monsieur Power, 3. Card Trick. LONG SHOT: Mr. Excavtor.

Jockey Mike Smith jumps on WANSTEAD GARDENS (8-1), an import from Churchill Downs, for trainer Neil French and he wouldn’t ride unless he had a big shot in this maiden race. This colt is bred to like the grass and going two turns.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Wake Up Nick (best bet), 2. Cardiac, 3. Global Magician. LONG SHOT: Colorado Strong.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lady Asano, 2. Tiz Midnight, 3. Journey On. LONG SHOT: Irish Presence.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Diva Express, 2. She’s Complete, 3. Awesome Diamond. LONG SHOT: Miss Mandate.

As we have said before, jockey Corey Nakatani is riding this turf course as well as anyone this season. He jumps on this 2-year-old filly DIVA EXPRESS (8-1) for trainer Mark Casse. The daughter of Afleet Express is bred to love the two turns.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Test Ride, 2. Next Speaker, 3. Twenty Percent. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dynamic Decision, 2. Sweet Sunshine, 3. Seeking the West. LONG SHOT: Conscience (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Dynamic Decision, 2. Seeking the West, 3. Prime Issue. LONG SHOT: Sweet Sunshine.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Parranda, 2. Winning Rhythm, 3. Stormy Lucy. LONG SHOT: Need You Now.

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10TH RACE: 1. Flexible, 2. Mischief Clem, 3. Lucky Logan. LONG SHOT: Wooram.

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11TH RACE: 1. Dehere Is Gone, 2. Snowmass Village, 3. Tribal Dude. LONG SHOT: Mosso.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Spirit of Ten $9.20, second race; Designated $6.80, fourth; Broken Sword $3.40, seventh; Gold Medallion $8.80, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 5 (Maybellene $4.80, second; Tiz Ladys Legs $9.60, third; Jojo Warrior $4, fifth; Boozer $4.60, sixth; Diamond of Blue $3.80, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Halljoy $8.60, 11th)

 

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