Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, June 30

Preview: This meet can’t end soon enough for horsemen and bettors as the average field is brutal. Since the remainder of the meet will be run on the dirt main track the jockeys to pay attention to are Rafael Bejarano (27 for 97 on the dirt), Tyler Baze 21-104) and Edwin Maldonado (18-94).

Race 3 – SA
#2 Peacenik (3-1): Trainer Bill Spawr is 36% with horses first off the claim. This gelding has past success over this strip with a 16-5-3-4 mark. Jockey Joe Talamo is 20% with Spawr.

Race 7 – SA
#3 Anytime Anyplace (6-1): Trainer Paddy Gallagher is 25% second off the layoff and leading jockey Rafael Bejarano sees fit to ride back. Bejarano is 36% with Gallagher.

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 14

Race 1: #3 Scuderia (3-1) (turf only): This gelding was in Chad Brown’s hands at Gulfstream Park and had a tough debut. Now shows up for Michael McCarthy with a pair of good works coming in. McCarthy is 26% with horses off a 46-90-day layoff and this son of Gio Ponti should love the turf. McCarthy is 56% with jockey Rafael Bejarano.
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Race 5: #1 My Special Image (15-1): This gelding drops into a maiden claimer for the first time, move trainer Paddy Gallagher is 31% with. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke jumps back off as he rode him in his career debut.

Race 7: #4 Airfoil (3-1): Trainer Peter Miller claimed this gelding last time a drops him, a move he is 53% with. Jockey Tyler Baze jumps aboard and he’s 20% with Miller. This 6-year-old has a 20-4-5-6 record on the Santa Anita dirt.

Race 9: #10 Glacken Too (9-2): Trainer Phil D’Amato has been hitting at a 22% in 2016 and has three wins here opening week. This horse is looking for his first win over the surface, but D’Amato is 28% with beaten favorites and he goes to jockey Edwin Maldonado and they are a 41% combination at Santa Anita.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Feb. 28

Preview: Plenty of turf races on the card. Phil D’Amato has been tearing it up on the grass with a 10-for-41 mark. He’s followed by Doug O’Neill (6-34), Richard Baltas (5-34), Paddy Gallagher (4-14) and shockingly Bob Baffert (4-10). On the other end are Neil Drysdale (1-24), Jim Cassidy (1-21), Jerry Hollendorfer (1-22) and Mark Glatt (0-19).

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Race 2 – SA        

#3 Noble Kent (7-2)

This gelding has been popular at the claim box and that’s probably due to four wins at Santa Anita. Trainer Jonathan Wong is 32% with beaten favorites and he moves this on up off the claim and he’s 22% first off the claim. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez jumps on.

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Race 5 – SA

#5 Holiday Mousse (8-1)

Trainer Doug O’Neill tries this son of Harlan’s Holiday around two turns for the first time and O’Neill is 17% with that move. Jockey Edwin Maldonado could have ridden another in this race but sticks here.

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Race 9 – SA

#5 Belle Et Bete (turf only) (5-1)

Trainer Phil D’Amato has done little wrong at the meet. He drops this filly in class but sends her around two turns, a move he is 27% with. Jockey Flavien Prat keeps the mount and he’s 38% with D’Amato.

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 14

Race 3: #6 Faith Pacer (3-1)

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 24% with first-time starters in MSW races and the sire Lucky Pulpit is 12% first time out while the dam’s sire (Meadowlake) is 18% with first-timers. This 2-year-old filly showed her readiness with a good work on April 29.

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Race 6: #7 Henry’s Holiday (5-1)

When last seen, this 3-year-old was finishing fifth to American Pharoah in the Del Mar Futurity. That’s all you need to know about his class. He tries turf for the first time (sire is 13%) and he won his career debut last year so he can come out running after the layoff. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 30% from 20 starters with first-time geldings.

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Race 8: #7 Archie Bunker (8-1)

Trainer Paddy Gallagher is 31% with first-time horses in a maiden claimer. This son of Arch (13% turf sire) gets a jockey change to the red-hot Flavian Prat.

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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Feb. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Room for Me, 2. Chocolate Delight, 3. Silk in Silver. LONG SHOT: Papaslilprincess.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Which Market, 2. Holy Lute, 3. U S Citizen. LONG SHOT: Calm Pacific.

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THIRD RACE: 1. City State, 2. Burning, 3. Militant. LONG SHOT: Steel Dragon.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Toomanytomatoes, 2. Summers Dignity, 3. J and S Express. LONG SHOT: Adellusion.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Purple Rose (best bet), 2. Egyptian Empire, 3. Nicegirlsfnishlast. LONG SHOT: Tiz Addictedtolove.

We’re letting jockey Mike Smith handicap this race for us as he jumps off another horse and returns to this 5-year-old mare PURPLE ROSE (7-2). Smith is 35% with trainer Paddy Gallagher. On top of that she is coming out of a key race at Golden Gate.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Rocket Heat, 2. Price of Glory, 3. Guyfromtheskyfive. LONG SHOT: Bea Rocks.

Trainer Jeff Bonde drops ROCKET HEAT (7-2), a son of Latent Heat, into the maiden claiming ranks for the first time. The 3-year-old is a first-time gelding. Jockey Edwin Maldonado keeps the mount and likely show speed from the gate.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ramona’s Wildcat, 2. Wasted At Midnight, 3. Harlington’s Rose. LONG SHOT: Tempe.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sunny Kat, 2. Synnin, 3. Echo Zulu. LONG SHOT: Sudden Rumor.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Wild At Heart $4, third race; Radiant Journey $4.20, fourth; Birdlover $8.60, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (Herecomeskat $12, first; Camryn Kate $7, second; Como Mi Padre $29.60, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Conquest Artura $6.60, fifth; I B Mike $7.60, seventh)

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, June 22 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Cousin Ricky, 2. Complusive, 3. Stand by Your Man. LONG SHOT: W. Giles.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Hamiltonian (best bet), 2. Xuang Feng, 3. Senator Bob. LONG SHOT: My Jealous.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro and jockey Fernando Perez have been a real potent pair (27% at Santa Anita), especially in the lower claiming ranks. HAMILTONIAN, a gelding, drops a level off a big second place finish and this sure looks like a single in all wagers.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sunset Skies, 2. Nothing But Air, 3. Underhill Drive. LONG SHOT: Gelila.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nikki Allyn 2. Spirit of Ten, 3. Lady Vronsky. LONG SHOT: Giddy Up Cowgirl.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Queen of The Sand, 2. Bee Brave, 3. Scarlet Strike. LONG SHOT: Lady Asano.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has his choice of three horses in this race and choose QUEEN OF THE SAND, a 4-year-old filly, for trainer Paddy Gallagher. Making her second start in the ‘States, she figures to get off to a better start this time.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Warrensdollarsigns, 2. Senso, 3. Italian Harmony. LONG SHOT: Hollywood Producer.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Holiday Camp, 2. Story to Tell, 3. Homer Matt. LONG SHOT: Global Magician (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Henry’s Holiday.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Enchanting Lady, 2. Seduire, 3. Morning Coffee. LONG SHOT: Sea Mona.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Willy Be Wild, 2. Yes Yes Yes, 3. Badasmywifeletsmeb. LONG SHOT: Specimen.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Bonus Spin $2.40, first race; Spring Up $3.60, second; Alexis Tangier $11.20, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (JoJo Warrior $8.40, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Global Hart $8.60, fourth; Solid Wager $16.60, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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