Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar picks for Friday, Nov. 25 (Sorry they are late)

Preview: Despite missing last Saturday, jockey Flavien Prat leads the riding race by one (8-7) over Santiago Gonzales. In the training standings, a hat trick on Sunday put Peter Miller on top with six victories. Then he won three more races on Thursday and he is starting to run away with the training title.


Race 1: #6 Holidayincambodia (8-1), 2. Altaira, 3. Rosarita. LONG SHOT: Audra.
This filly won at this level at LRC, then was bumped up and now comes back down. Trainer Dan Hendricks is 33% when dropping a horse two or more classes. Jockey Brice Blanc continues to ride.

Race 2: 1. Salient, 2. Jet Set Man, 3. My Uncle Al. LONG SHOT: Hot Rodin.

Race 3: 1. Mr Ability, 2. Hot Smoke, 3. Elwood J. LONG SHOT: Ms. Wakaya.

Race 4: 1. Miss Big Stuff, 2. Lajatico, 3. Sturdy One. LONG SHOT: Little Voice.

Race 5: #2 Ourroseofthenile (8-1), 2. Wicked Factor, 3. Pontificator. LONG SHOT: Tell My Fortune.
Gave an even effort in her debut in late August and hasn’t been seen since. That race has produced at least two winners. This daughter of Pioneerof the Nile got out of the gate slow and it looks like trainer Joe Herrick has worked on that. Jockey Iggy Puglisi stays aboard.

Race 6: 1. Ashleyluvssugar, 2. Flamboyant, 3. Quick Casablanca. LONG SHOT: Royal Albert Hall.

Race 7: 1. Prime Attraction, 2. Univited, 3. My Italian Babbo. LONG SHOT: Hollywood Strike.

Race 8: #11 Alsatian (8-1), 2. Extreme Heat, 3. Amodei. LONG SHOT: Bottle Service.
We liked this colt last week when he was entered but trainer Neil Drysdale scratched and we’re not happy about the outside draw but the rails are at zero so that will help anyone going wide. This colt is bred to love the turf and Drysdale has them cranked up first time out but he’s 19% second time. Good turf rider Drayden Van Dyke takes the mount.

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, April 2

Race 1: #9 Remesses (8-1): We all know trainer Bob Baffert can train first-timers, but not so much on the turf. However, this son of Pioneerof the Nile might be different as there are a string of nice works and the sire gets 17% first-time grass winners. It’s worth the price.


Race 7: #8 Outside Nashville (6-1): This gelding comes out of the tough San Carlos on the dirt. He returns to this race a year later with the top Brisnet Class Rating and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 21% third time off the layoff.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 9

Race 2: #9 Explicable (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly has been favored in all three of her career starts but she gets on a surface she was truly bred for running on the down hill turf course. Pioneerof the Nile is 17% first-time turf and jockey Mike Smith takes over in the saddle.


Race 6: #3 Gangnam Guy (8-1)

Trainer Julio Canani is 45% with horses second off the claim and that’s what we have here with this 4-year-old gelding, who showed speed in his last race on the grass. Canani switches to the dirt looking for some magic.


Race 9: #10 Sure Victory (3-1)

This 4-year-old colt hasn’t raced in nearly two years, but they thought enough of him to bring him back. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 32% with horses off layoffs of more than 180 days and 43% with horses going into a maiden claimer for the first time. The colt also comes out of a key race.

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