Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Thursday, April 14

Preview: Turf horses get a three-week rest as the circuit moves south to the dirt only Los Alamitos. The No. 1 post isn’t necessarily the best either in sprints or routes. One jockey note: David Lopez has lost his apprentice bug and is a journeyman now. It will be interesting to see who supports him. The circuit is now crying out our for an outstanding apprentice.

 

Race 2 – LRC

#5 Slew Keyty (6-1): This filly makes a comeback after an 11 month layoff and trainer Paul Aguirre is 39% with horses off a layoff of more than 90 days. His main man, jockey Iggy Puglisi, is aboard and they are 4-for-12 the last year at Los Al.

 

Race 5 – LRC

#3 Speedin With Eddie (9-2): This 3-year-old gets a big jock switch to Mario Gutierrez, who rides No. 1 for Reddam Racing, and if they didn’t think this gelding had some talent they certainly would have dropped into the maiden claiming ranks already. Blinkers go on here.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. #7 Okaad (15-1), 2. Pat the Bear, 3. Bobby Z Man. LONG SHOT: Embellishing Bob.

This gelding broke his maiden going this distance in wire-to-wire fashion and we look for jockey Iggy Puglisi to try similar tactics. Trainer Paul Aguirre is 41% with horses off a 90-day plus layoff.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Atascaderan, 2. Memphis, 3. North Pacific. LONG SHOT: Hojas.
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THIRD RACE: 1. #1 BOOK THIRTY FOUR (3-1) best bet, 2. Lassie’s Reward, 3. Market Notes. LONG SHOT: Indian Assault.

Trainer Doug O’Neill was on fire last week and he hopes to continue the roll in the new week. This 3-year-old drops into a claimer against winners for the first time and Rafael Bejarano, one of the leading jockeys, jumps on and he is 20% with O’Neill.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Autumn Flower, 2. Katy Drama, 3. Ya Ya Girl. LONG SHOT: Betterlethergo.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. I’ll Show Me, 2. Lily Pod, 3. Audra. LONG SHOT: Microburst.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Viviendo El Sueno, 2. Mrazek, 3. Getoffmyback. LONG SHOT: Swiss Minister.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #1 Shapely (15-1), 2. Yana, 3. Tara’s Tango. LONG SHOT: Savannah Sky.

This is a pretty good price on a good trainer (Ron Ellis). He is 32% turf to dirt and 33% third off the layoff. On top of that he is 35% with jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Divine Tale, 2. Avo, 3. Sparkling Peg. LONG SHOT: Take It Easyplease.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Frandontjudge $10.80, second race; Gimme Da Lute $2.80, fifth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (London Legacy $5.60, third; Gunslinger $6.40, fourth; Flat Gone $5, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Blameitonthelaw $8, seventh)

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 20 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

Entering the third week of racing at the new Del Mar fall meet and we see some interesting trends as far as post positions go.

On the Polytrack, inside is still the place to be, just like it was in the summer. Post positions 1-4 have won 62% of the races (18 of 29). The same can’t be said for the route races as the 1 and 2 posts are a combined 1 for 11 while posts 3 to 6 are 7 for 11 (72%).

On the turf course, there have been only three 5-furlong races so no real trends there. However, go around two turns, trends have changed. It was tough to win from the inside during the summer, but now posts 1 to 3 are 9 for 18 (50%). Keep an eye on it.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Jedi Mind Trick, 2. Rocked Twice, 3. Vegas Street. LONG SHOT: Preacher Roe.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Alice Roadtrain, 2. Here’s Bella, 3. Hollywood Royalty. LONG SHOT: Private Marina.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Lookin for Money, 2. Golds Venice, 3. Lady Danger. LONG SHOT: Chia Love.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kohala, 2. Push Girl, 3. Underhill Drive. LONG SHOT: Siena Grace.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Milton, 2. Pioneerof the West, 3. Cyrus Alexander. LONG SHOT: Madiba (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Call It Good. 

I was prepared to make CYRUS ALEXANDER my best bet of the day but those post position stats made me re-think the race. MILTON comes out of the the DORTMUND maiden race, which has already produced one winner, so we’ll go that way, but an exacta box on the top three might be a way to go. MADIBA, a $700,000 yearling purchase, has been a major disappointment, but he is the “other” Hollendorfer in this spot as Jerry also starts Cyrus.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’ Viva, 2. Comin’offthebench, 3. Nero’s Bench. LONG SHOT: Denotation.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Super Ability (best bet), 2. Hay Dude, 3. Bettys Bambino. LONG SHOT: Mega Heat.

Jockey Joe Talamo jumps on SUPER ABILITY (4-1), a 6-year-old gelding. which is stretching out after third place finish vs. Cal Breds. This son on Langfuhr has won in open company before at Del Mar. Look for Talamo to try to go wire-to-wire.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Clem Juice, 2. Cape’s Rockette (SCRATCHED), 3. Caymus Kat. LONG SHOT: South Texas. New picks: 1. Clem Juice, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Caymus Kat. LONG SHOT: South Texas.

CLEM JUICE (6-1) is a 2-year-old daughter of Papa Clem, whose offspring does well first time out and vs. Cal-bred competition. On top of that jockey Iggy Puglisi and trainer Paul Aguirre are a good combo and seem do well in the final race of the day a lot. This filly has been training well at Los Alamitos.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Pursuitofparadise $6, first race; Tosheen $5.20, fourth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Achiever’s Legacy $21.60, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Fast Magoo $5.80, seventh; Neveradoubt $12.40, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Serbian Syclone $10.60, third; Smokey’s Legacy $4.60, fifth)

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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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