Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 31

FIRST RACE: 1. Masochistic, 2. Mythical Storm, 3. Relentless Heat. LONG SHOT: Passing Game,

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SECOND RACE: 1. Getaway Keys, 2. Ipolita, 3. Vord Queen. LONG SHOT: Lana Caprina.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Zippingaroundtown (best bet), 2. Innocent Man, 3. Sheer Talent. LONG SHOT: Hope ‘n Pray.

Jockey Iggy Puglisi and trainer Paul Aguirre are quite the combination, winning at a 20% rate over the last 75 mounts. On top of that, Aguirre is 4-for-8 with horses coming off a 180-day or more layoff so ZIPPINGAROUNDTOWN (12-1) looks live to me.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Awesome Diamond, 2. Ultimate Holiday, 3. Visarno. LONG SHOT: Hashtag Stormy.

Trainer Patrick Biancone unveiled a nice 2-year-old a year ago in Diamond Bachelor. This time it’s a filly, AWESOME DIAMOND (8-1), and she cost $625,000. Biancone is 2-for-7 with first-time starters and this daughter of Galileo looks pretty good on paper.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Divine Vision, 2. Test Ride, 3. Sing With Bling. LONG SHOT: Dragon Attack.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Hanna No Sir, 2. Rockin Girl, 3. Moscato Girl. LONG SHOT: Diamonds Dena.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lemon de Oro, 2. Upbeat Mood, 3. Blake’s Magic. LONG SHOT: Belle of the Fleet.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Faith Proof, 2. Grammy Big Mouth, 3. Theatrical Cast. LONG SHOT: Ava’s Ballet.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 3 (Big John B $3.80, first race; Number Five $7.20, third; Wake Up Nick $3.40, seventh)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (West Riding $3.60, second; Up the Alley $7.40, sixth; Dallas Skyline $7.20, sixth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park selections for Saturday, June 7

FIRST RACE: 1. Madame Forbes, 2. Moonlight Stroll, 3. Itsabeautifulday. LONG SHOT: I’msoulflattering.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Diamond Majesty, 2. Holiday Camp, 3. Social Request. LONG SHOT: Rowdy Dylan.

The pricey 2-year-olds are starting to come out as DIAMOND MAJESTY cost $225,000 for trainer Patrick Biancone and HOLIDAY CAMP was purchased by trainer Bob Baffert for $700,000 for his owner. Both colts have been training well, but the Baffert horse is likely to receive a lot of betting attention.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Seeking the West, 2. I Earned It Baby, 3. R S Watson. LONG SHOT: Garen.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Uncharted Course, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Misdeed. LONG SHOT: Oso Smart.

Both UNCHARTED COURSE and HOLD EVERYTHING have been facing some of the top horses in the 3-year-old class for the last year. Now both of them drop into the maiden claiming ranks for the first time. Go with the better price.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Shoer Hugh, 2. Newfound Gold, 3. Gold Medallion. LONG SHOT: Forin Sea.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smart Journey, 2. Little Professor, 3. Decantered. LONG SHOT: Unusual Taste.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Exclude, 2. Wonderful Union, 3. Myfundsarelo. LONG SHOT: Rocked Twice.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Alpha Bullet, 2. Candy Anniversary, 3. Will True Up. LONG SHOT: Maxx the Giant.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Can the Man, 2. Arkenstone, 3. Big Tire. LONG SHOT: Lolo El Canonero.

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10TH RACE: 1. Trelawny (best bet), 2. Dysprosium, 3. Causeithertz. LONG SHOT: Oak Kye Why.

Check out the ownership on TRELAWNY. The 7-year-old gelding was claimed last time out for $40,000 by Repole Stable. If that sounds familiar it should. Mike Repole is one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s big clients. Michael McCarthy, a former Pletcher assistant, has gone out on his own and Repole is obviously helping him out here. The gelding just finished second and takes a drop in class trying to cash and make a quick buck.

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11TH RACE: 1. Tenkiller Kid, 2. Bosque Angel, 3. Compulsive. LONG SHOT: Clubhouse Rock.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Parada $3.60, first race)

Friday’s second choice and long shot winners: 0

Fridays third choice winners: 5 (Warren’s Jen Fizz $9, third; Seeking the Sheriff $3.80, fourth; Jennyway U Want It $5, fifth; Destino $11.80, sixth; Off the Deep End $15, eighth)

 

 

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Feb. 8

The main track certainly had a speed bias on Friday after being packed down on Thursday due to the rain. It will be interesting to see if there are any changes overnight

FIRST RACE: 1. Yankee Rebel, 2. Cinco de Mario, 3. Hello Frankie. LONG SHOT: Fighting On.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Little Curlin (best bet), 2. Act, 3. Party Time. LONG SHOT: Shackleford Banks.

This 3-year-old LITTLE CURLIN should have been unsaddled in the winner’s circle last time as he had nowhere to run in the stretch and had to come out, finishing third, losing by 1½ lengths. There are a lot of first-time starters in this race, but we’ll go with the proven commodity. ACT, PARTY TIME and SHACKLEFORD BANKS have all been training well for their debuts.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Muchos Besos, 3. Magic Beam. LONG SHOT: She Digs Me.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nazareth, 2. Star Act, 3. Sweet as a Rose. LONG SHOT: Nashoba’s Gold.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Blueskiesnrainbows, 2. Game on Dude, 3. American Blend. LONG SHOT: Blingo.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Beautiful Spirit, 2. Sunland Vintage, 3. Secret Memo. LONG SHOT: Athina Lee.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Jeranimo, 2. Temeraine, 3. Lucayan. LONG SHOT: Vagabond Shoes.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Diamond Bachelor, 2. Candy Boy, 3. Midnight Hawk. LONG SHOT: Chitu.

DIAMOND BACHELOR was one of the top 2-year-olds on the West Coast last year —- on the turf. He ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the dirt and finished ninth. Trainer Patrick Biancone decides to give it one more shot on the dirt and jockey Julien Leparoux flies in to ride from Gulfstream Park. It’s time to find out if this War Front colt has Derby potential or is it time to return to the grass.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Trelawny, 2. Swift Eagle, 3. Dreamcatcher. LONG SHOT: I Don’t Care Who.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Oneandonlyloveman $3.20, first race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Bob Consultation $7.80, second; Twin Six $7.80, fourth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Majestic Minister $10.40, third; Friendswin K Mill $6.80, fifth; Fury Kapcori $4, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Dream Baby $16.20, eighth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

PVal ready to ride Santa Anita’s opening day

From Ed Golden’s Santa Anita notes on Wednesday:

P. Val’s back and Santa Anita has him.

The 51-year-old jockey–full handle, Patrick Valenzuela–resumes riding at The Great Race Place when it opens on Dec. 26. A fixture in Southern California since he began his career in 1978, Valenzuela has made more comebacks than Brett Favre, overcoming numerous injuries and substance abuse issues, but has never lost his zeal for the game.

His ability on horseback has never been questioned.

“I’ve been out here working every morning, just getting ready for the Big Meet,” said Valenzuela, exhibiting the same unbridled enthusiasm that has become his signature trait.

“I’ve got some good calls and hopefully we’ll get lucky and get a couple winners right away and get rolling.” Agent Tom Knust represents Valenzuela.

Valenzuela, the youngest jockey ever to win a Santa Anita Derby at 17 aboard Codex for D. Wayne Lukas in 1980, has not ridden competitively since Oct. 11. He was winless in 12 rides at Santa Anita’s Autumn meet.

“I got sick during the fall meet here and I lost a lot of weight,” said Valenzuela, whose most memorable victory came aboard 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence in that year’s Kentucky Derby. “My immune system was down and I got a pretty bad sinus infection.

“I went to the doctor and had to take a couple days off. It came at the wrong time, but I decided to give it more time and get healthy the right way.

“My weight’s good. I’ll probably be doing 18 (tacking 118 pounds) opening day and hopefully continue doing that for the rest of my career.”

Among Valenzuela’s 13 riding titles is the 2002-03 crown at Santa Anita, where he won 94 races, outdistancing runner-up David Flores, who won 69.

Although he’s won only four races this year according to Equibase statistics, Valenzuela has 4,346 career wins, with purse earnings of $165,266,242.

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Other jockey news from Golden’s notes:

+ Trainer Jeff Mullins is a staunch proponent of Tyler Baze. The 31-year-old rider is nearing his return from a lengthy suspension for violation of alcohol abuse. “It’s like he never left,” Mullins said, addressing Baze’s skill in the saddle. “I think he’s getting plenty of support. He’s working nine or 10 head a day. He’s working horses on the training track and everything . . . I think he’s got a pretty strong fan base.” Baze has been cleared to resume riding on Jan. 1, and will be represented by agent Craig O’Bryan.

+ Agent Dudley Osborne hopes to make an impact this meet representing jockeys Orlando Mojica and Julien Couton, the latter a 31-year-old Frenchman who has been riding for 10 years, and in the U.S. since 2007, first for trainer Patrick Biancone and more recently for Leonard Powell, both fellow Frenchman. “It’s a tough circuit and you have to take advantage of all opportunities,” Osborne said. “Julien has the ability. It’s a matter of getting the chance, but we’re getting there.” Mojica also is taking an optimistic approach. “You have to ride the right horses for the right people,” said the personable 31-year-old from Puerto Rico. “I’ve been riding for 14 years and enjoyed success in Kentucky and at Indiana Downs before coming to Southern California. I’m working hard and doing the best I can.”

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