Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Saturday, March 14 (Races 7-11)

Note: Track is expected to be very wet.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Curate, 2. Silver Ride, 3. Nifty. LONG SHOT: Ruler of the Nile.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Pioneer Spirit, 2. Snapper Sinclair, 3. Bankit. LONG SHOT: Guest Suite (3-for-3 on a wet track)

NINTH RACE: 1. Mylady Curlin, 2. Lady Apple, 3. Serengeti Empress. LONG SHOT: Awe Emma.

10TH RACE: 1. American Therorem, 2. Nadal, 3. Silver Prospector. LONG SHOT: No Parole.

11TH RACE: 1. Leggs Galore (best bet), 2. Cynical Girl, 3. Lucky Betty. LONG SHOT: French Cafe.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, March 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Portion, 2. Willow Moon, 3. Flora Grove. LONG SHOT: Warm Beauty.

SECOND RACE: 1. Ronamo, 2. First Citizen, 3. Lido Legacy. LONG SHOT: Agitator.

THIRD RACE: 1. Italian Justice, 2. Fiesta in Vegas, 3. Settle It. LONG SHOT: Hush Y’al.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Laneys Love, 2. Millie’s an Angel, 3. Lynne T. LONG SHOT: Be Done With It.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Staythirstymyamigo, 2. Heart’s Passion, 3. Louise the Laser. LONG SHOT: Anita Marie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Moonlight Train, 2. Road Test, 3. Cowgirl Callie. LONG SHOT: Lady Cleopatra.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Onaway, 2. Shanghai’s Dream, 3. The Great Dansky. LONG SHOT: Jealous Eyes.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Star of Kodiak, 2. Strike That, 3. Jungle Warfare. LONG SHOT: Naughty Alfred.

NINTH RACE: 1. Parade Field (best bet), 2. Starring John Wain, 3. Mutineer. LONG SHOT: Botero.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Flashy Patch $17.60, second race; Bravely Bold $7.60, seventh)

Second choice winners: 2 (Itsherluckyday $6, first; Eve On the Finish $4.80, third)

Third choice winners: 1 (Embattled $7, sixth)

Long shot winners: 3 (Ox Trot $15.40, fifth; Igottawhiteface $19, eighth; Chaos Kid $7.60, ninth)

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Feb. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. T Bones Trick, 2. Mongolian Legend, 3. Irish Spirit. LONG SHOT: Tyrannical Rex.

SECOND RACE: 1. Classy Atlantic, 2. Point Hope, 3. Untouched Elegance. LONG SHOT: Wishful.

THIRD RACE: 1. Malibu Cat, 2. Raneem, 3. Enchanting Moon. LONG SHOT: Pammi Dearest.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Will Dancer, 2. Indy Jones, 3. Gorky Park. LONG SHOT: R B Eye.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Capital Call (best bet), 2. Border Town, 3. Commanding Chief. LONG SHOT: On Easy Street.

SIXTH RACE: 1. It’s a Riddle, 2. Winning Bells, 3. Swingn It. LONG SHOT: Caught in a Trappe.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Restless Rambler, 2. Truth Seeker, 3. Kazan. LONG SHOT: Midnight Swap.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Perfect Affection, 2. Seizetheday Rexy, 3. World O Luck. LONG SHOT: Risk Calculated.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Sirenic $10, second race; Portal Creek $5.60, third)

Second choice winners: 3 (War Veteran $8.20, fifth; Always $21, sixth; Fra Mauro $8.40, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Rockin Ready $6, eighth)

Long shot winners: 1 (All West $10.80, fourth)

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Thursday, Feb. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Willow Moon, 2. Flatoutandfoxy, 3. Dixie Forest. LONG SHOT: Sattersfield.

SECOND RACE: 1. Sirenic, 2. House Drunk, 3. One Step. LONG SHOT: Collude.

THIRD RACE: 1. Portal Creek, 2. Drip Brew, 3. Violation. LONG SHOT: Urban Kat.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Aztec Empire, 2. Secular Stagnation, 3. Copper King. LONG SHOT: All West.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Dubnation (best bet), 2. War Veteran, 3. Anothrdayatthelake. LONG SHOT: Divine Dharma.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Flat Lucky, 2. Always, 3. Front Door. LONG SHOT: Pinson.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Candy Store, 2. Fra Mauro, 3. Lighthawk. LONG SHOT: Cosmologist.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ready Orb Not, 2. Lady Gusto, 3. Rockin Ready. LONG SHOT: Crystal Lake.

NINTH RACE: 1. Man in the Can, 2. Souixper, 3. Bebop Shoes. LONG SHOT: Hamazing Wisdom.

Good luck.

Fair Grounds, Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park opinions for Monday, Feb. 17 (Races 6-9)

SIXTH RACE: 1. Go Google Yourself, 2. Motion Emotion, 3. Gold Standard. LONG SHOT: Cairenn.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Potomac, 2. Starship Zeus, 3. Pickford. LONG SHOT: Home Run Trick.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Pioneer Spirit, 2. Joevia, 3. Warrior’s Charge. LONG SHOT: Snapper Sinclair.

NINTH RACE (Grade III Southwest): 1. Gold Street, 2. Taishan, 3. Answer In. LONG SHOT: Wells Bayou.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Just Might $42.60, sixth race, COLD EXACTA $170.20, COLD TRIFECTA $133.80, COLD SUPERFFECTA $80.77)

Second choice winners: 1 (Silver Dust $5.60, ninth)

Third choice winners: 0

Fourth choice winners: 1 (Finite $7.40, 11th)

Long shot winners: 1 (Modernist $27.60, 13th)

Horse racing, Keeneland, Keeneland Race Course, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs

Keeneland and Oaklawn Park stakes opinions for Saturday, April 13 (Plus Tampa Bay)


SEVENTH RACE (Ben Ali): 1. Nun the Less 2ND PAID $9.60 TO PLACE, 2. Bonus Points, 3. Hence. LONG SHOT: Third Day.

EIGHTH RACE (Giant’s Causeway): 1. Mrs. Ramona G. SCRATCHED, 2. Morticia WINNER $6.40, 3. Excessivespending COLD EXACTA $26.80. LONG SHOT: Surrender Now. TRIFECTA $27.30 for 50 cents

NINTH RACE (Lexington): 1. Anothertwistafate 2ND PAID $3.60 TO PLACE, 2. Sueno THIRD, 3. Shang. LONG SHOT: Hawaiian Noises.

10TH RACE (Jenny Wiley): 1. Rymska SECOND, 2. Rushing Fall WINNER $3.80 REVERSE EXACTA $7.40, 3. Onthemoonagain, 4. Bellavais.


NINTH RACE (Oaklawn Handicap): 1. Quip WINNER $13, 2. Rated R Superstar, 3. Giant Expectations. LONG SHOT: Lookin At Lee.

11TH RACE (Arkansas Derby) : 1. Omaha Beach WINNER $5.40, 2. Galilean, 3. Improbable SECOND, 4. Long Range Toddy. LONG SHOT: Tikhvin Flew.


SECOND RACE: 1. R True Sensation WINNER $5.40, 2. Lovetobehappy, 3. Taylor’s Belle. LONG SHOT: U Know I B Lion.

THIRD RACE: 1. Spectacular Plum WINNER $9, 2. First Reward, 3. Trumpi. LONG SHOT: Candy Cove. COLD EXACTA $66.20; COLD TRIFECTA $102.30 for $1

SIXTH RACE: 1. Architect SECOND AT 19-1 PAID $19.60 TO PLACE, 2. Luna, 3. Itsagimme’s Girl. LONG SHOT: Red Curls.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Silver Duke WINNER $54.80, 2. Peas and Carrots, 3. Money Broker. LONG SHOT: Tamper (SCRATCHED). COLD EXACTA $189; COLD TRIFECTA $198.55 for 50 cents

Good luck.

Horse racing, Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park stakes opinions for Saturday, March 16

SEVENTH RACE (Grade II Azeri): 1. Elate, 2. Shamrock Rose, 3. Midnight Bisou. LONG SHOT: Eskimo Kisses.

EIGHTH RACE Grade II Rebel): 1. Long Range Toddy, 2. Improbable, 3. Galilena. LONG SHOT: Extra Hope.

NINTH RACE (Essex): 1. Giant Expectations, 2. Heavy Roller, 3. Rated R Superstar. LONG SHOT: Hence.

10TH RACE (Grade II Rebel): 1. Gunmetal Gray, 2. Game Winner, 3. Laughing Fox. LONG SHOT: Our Braintrust.

Good luck.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Nakatani to return to riding with son as agent

Jockey Corey Naktani, who hasn’t ridden since April while contemplating retirement, is returning to ride, presumably before the end of the Del Mar Bing Crosby Season meet on Dec. 4.

Nakatani’s son, Matt, said Wednesday on Twitter that his father start will start taking mounts and that he would be his agent.

Corey Nakatani, 46, who has won 10 Breeders’ Cup races and nearly $228 million in purses lifetime, has been seen working horses in the mornings at Del Mar.

This year Nakatani had 27 winners — all at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., last winter — from 158 mounts and $1.4 million in earnings, but was frustrated by his lack of quality mounts and stepped away from the sport.

Nakatani has not been named on any mounts yet. Del Mar has drawn entries through Saturday.

The Thoroughbred Daily News first wrote the story of Nakatani’s return.

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Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Belmont, Churchill, Gulfstream opinions for Thursday, June 4


Race 1: #10 Famous Sting (9-2)

Trainer Marcial Navarro is 29% first off the claim and has been out at this meet, winning his last three race without a loss. This 4-year-old filly just broke her maiden and should fit at this level.



Race 1: #7 Groupthink (8-1)

Trainer Chad Brown is a spectacular 46% going from a route race to a sprint like this 4-year-old gelding. The horse has been first or second eight times in 13 races.


Race 8: #11 Robe (8-1)

Trainer Bill Mott has better numbers with second-time starters and comes out of a Gulfstream Park race that has produced three next out winners.


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Race 7: #5 Vancouver (7-2)

Our Eyes:  This 3-year-old colt drops into a claimer for the first time for trainer Wayne Catalano and comes out of a Oaklawn Park MSW race that has produced three next out winners. Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan is 26% with Catalano.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Saturday, Jan. 31

Might not get to do a full handicap this weekend as a family member is back in the hospital. Thanks for reading.

Race 3: #7 Commute (8-1)

Interesting that this 3-year-old colt was tearing up the track in the mornings at Oaklawn Park and all of a sudden trainer Mark Casse decides to ship him West and the son of Hold Me Back turns in another good work. Looking for regular barn rider Corey Nakatani to put this one on the lead from the outside.


Race 8: #7 Callback (4-1)

This 3-year-old filly has shown improvement every time out and now she gets to do what she was bred for —- going around two turns (sired by Street Sense). She has a good work since her last start and trainer Bob Baffert is due to get hot any day.

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