Horse racing, Los Alamitos, Parx

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Saturday, Sept. 24 (Plus Parx stakes)


Race 7: 1. #8 Edge of Reality, 2. #2 Bern’ James Bern, 3. #3 Granny’s Kitten. LONG SHOT: #1a Forward Thinker.

Race 8: 1. #7 Tale of Life, 2. #3 Bodhisattva, 3. #4 Res Judicata. LONG SHOT: #1 Cyrus Alexander.

Race 9: 1. #11 Who’s Out, 2. #2 Mind Your Biscuits, 3. #5 Noholdingback Bear. LONG SHOT: #4 Navy Hymn.

Race 10: 1. #5 Songbird, 2. #4 Land Over Sea, 3. #2 Cathryn Sophia. LONG SHOT: #1 Carina Mia.

Race 11: 1. #9 Nyquist, 2. #4 Connect, 3. #2 Exaggerator, 4. #7 Gun Runner. LONG SHOT: #12 Hit It Once More.


Race 1: #3 Atascaderan (6-1): This gelding has scored three times over this track and has been in the money 5-of-12 times over this oval. Felipe Martinez keeps the mount off a fourth place finish.

Race 3: #3 Nothin But a Smile (3-1): We are going with the process of elimination in this maiden race as trainers Marty Jones and Cliff Sise win 3% of the time first out. Meanwhile, trainer Phil D’Amato wins 16% of the time first out and the sire Grazen wins 18% first time. Here’s hope this filly is ready to go.

Race 9: #7 Star Express (3-1): This gelding has two runner-up finishes in three tries over this track and trainer Gary Sherlock stretches him out as Tyler Baze keeps the mount today

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing

Gulfstream Park West opinions for Nov. 25-26

Gulfstream Park West for Wednesday, Nov. 25

Race 3: #1 My Corinthian (10-1)

This 4-year-old is making his first start in nearly two years, but he has been first or second in his two grass races previously going this distance so trainer Dane Kobiskie should have him plenty ready. J.C. Caraballo has already ridden a winner for Kobiskie at the meet.


Race 5: #5 Holy Highway (10-1)

Trainer Herman Wilensky is 27% first off the claim so he must have a plan for this 6-year-old. Jockey J.C. Caraballo has ridden previously for Wilensky. Exacta box 1-5-11.


Gulfstream Park West for Thursday, Nov. 26

Race 3: #1 Class and Cash (turf only) (5-2)

This 3-year-old takes a drop in class from racing at Parx and Belmont. Trainer Edward Plesa Jr. is 21% with horses off a 46-90 day layoff.


Race 5:  #6 How You (turf only) (6-1)

This 3-year-old came to South Florida and finally broke his maiden. Now trainer Jorge Navarro tries him with winners and Navarro is 38% with horses second off the layoff. Jockey Eddie Castro is 30% with Navarro this year on 33 mounts.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Belmont Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (and Belmont) opinions for Thursday, July 2

Race 1: #1 Zees Chris (10-1)

Our Eyes:  Jockey Drayden Van Dyke was the king of Los Alamitos last year, granted he had a 5-pound weight allowance, but he hasn’t forgotten how to ride. Van Dyke jumps on this long shot for trainer Mike Harrington and we’ll take a flyer. I’m kind of stunned Van Dyke only has three mounts on the card. Why would trainers put no name jockeys on their mounts instead of a jockey who dominated this track last year? Just plain stupid. 


Race 3: #1 Warm Endowment (7-2)

Van Dyke jumps on this first-timer starter for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 23% with firsters. This daughter of Unusual Heat (9% with first timers) has been training well at Los Alamitos and should be ready to go.


Race 7: #4 Magic Mark (15-1)

This gelding had a third over the track last year and now trainer Ron Ellis has him third off the layoff (31%). Van Dyke jumps on and he is 32% with Ellis.



Race 6: #3 Messi (4-1)

Trainer Graham Motion is 32% with horses making their U.S. debuts. This one was suppose to run last week, but it was rained off the turf. Motion adds Lasix and has gelded the horse since its last race.


Race 8: #5 Can’thelpbelieving (8-1)

Trainer Graham Motion gave this colt a confidence builder with a win at Parx. Top jockey Javier Castellano takes the mount.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter