Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Belmont and Gulfstream) opinions for Thursday, June 25

Race 3: #6 Gomo (4-5)

This daughter of Uncle Mo showed speed in her debut and faded a little. Owner Paul Reddam has been on fire with his 2-year-olds and trainer Doug O’Neill is 19% with 2-year-olds. Being a first-year sire, Uncle Mo doesn’t have any grass winners yet, but he enjoyed two turns and so should his daughter. Yes, I know she is 4-5, but just single her in all horizontal wagers.

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Race 7: #10 Midnight Transfer (6-1)

Trainer Ron Ellis is 42% from a sample of 12 horses making their second start off the claim and the outside post is no bargain, but the price should be right. Joe Talamo rides.

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Race 8: #2 Yaffe (6-1)

Trainer Craig Dollase has stronger first-time starter stats (29%) than you may see in the DRF. This daughter of City Zip out of a Dixieland Band mare is bred to win early, sprint and run on the grass. She had a good last work as jockey Tyler Baze takes the mount.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 9: #8 Sweet Lew (turf only) (6-1)

Trainer George Weaver is 25% with horses going from a sprint to a route. This gelding takes a drop in class and has run some of his best races around two turns. On top of that, jockey Jose Ortiz takes over.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 1: #5 Dads Little Girl (6-1)

Trainer Gustavo Delgado is 6-for-18 in horses make their first start off the claim. He claimed this filly with an idea to put her on the turf as she has never been tried on that surface in 16 starts. Apprentice Tyler Gaffalione, who is 22% with Delgado in their last 23 mounts, takes over.

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Race 3: #7 Grand Bargain (4-1)

Trainer Jason DaCosta takes over the training of this 3-year-old colt and pulls out all the stops as he adds Lasix and gets jockey Edgard Zayas to ride. DaCosta is 20% with horses in their second career start and 39% with horses off a 46-90-day layoff.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, May 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Wake Up Nick, 2. London Legacy, 3. Papa Kade. LONG SHOT: Player’s Charm.

This is the second 2-year-old race of the meet and trainer Doug O’Neill has three youngsters in here. We gravitate to WAKE UP NICK because jockey Mario Gutierrez decides to ride (he has first call on Paul Reddam horses) and the O’Neills (Doug and his brother, Dennis) appear to own a piece of the Cindago offspring, which were bred to sprint. LONDON LEGACY has been training well for trainer Walther Solis, but it’s tough taking a 2-year-old out of the No. 1 post.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Stenoa, 2. Roman Tizzy, 3. Wicked Heat. LONG SHOT: Heaveneleven.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Boyett, 2. African Oil, 3. Christopher Street. LONG SHOT: China Girl Lover.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Shackbamalama, 2. Northern Force, 3. Old Pueblo. LONG SHOT: Tiz Futurity.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Shapely (best bet), 2. Thisonesforricky, 3. Front Range. LONG SHOT: Sheza Dish.

SHAPELY, a 3-year-old filly, made her debut finishing second down the hill on the turf, but she is bred for the dirt (Empire Maker our of a Charismatic mare). Trainer Ron Ellis is 28% with maidens making their second start and the filly had a bullet work since her first start.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. One Time Only, 2. Rhagori, 3. Scarlet Strike. LONG SHOT: Silver Hustler.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cause Ur My Babe, 2. Prayer Be Mine, 3. Frisco Fog. LONG SHOT: In Dad’s Honor.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Highly Rated, 2. Deity, 3. Flashy Dame. LONG SHOT: Include the Cat.

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