Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (plus a few other) opinions for Saturday, July 11

LOS ALAMITOS

Race 3: #3 Caliente Cat (3-1): This gelding loves this track and moves from the nighttime programs to the daytime and a bigger purse. Jockey Gary Boag knows this speedball well and trainer Justin Clark is 44% with horses that won their last race.

Race 7: #8 Watdifrenzdzitmake (6-1):  Will have to navigate from an outside post going long, but trainer Phil D’Amato has been pushing a lot of right buttons this year. D’Amato is 29% third off the layoff, which is what this 3-year-old filly is.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 8: #8 Midnight Trace (12-1): This gelding broke his maiden first out on the turf and finished third on the grass in an allowance race, but then was tried on Polytrack, since he was an Ontario-bred. He returns to the grass today for trainer Graham Motion, who is 18% with shippers, and we love Scat Daddys on the grass.

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Race 10: #10 Puparee (5-1):  This filly broke her maiden in her first time on the grass and comes right back against winners for trainer Dominick Schettino, who is 17% with maiden winners right back. Jockey Jose Ortiz rides right back after making a huge move on the turn.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 8: #4 Hear That Tune (4-1): Throw out this 3-year-old’s last race. He just doesn’t like off tracks. The race one back was sensational while just missing the win. Trainer Stanley Gold is 29% with beaten favorites and he is 3-for-8 with jockey Eddie Castro over the last 60 days.

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Race 9: #11 Proper Empire (6-1): This 6-year-old moves up in class, but trainer Luis Ramirez is 48% with horses second off the layoff and 29% when a horse is second time in his care. Apprentice Harry Hernandez must work a trip from the outside but look for him to close down the lane.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Dec. 21

Race 1 – TB

#9 Prothoe (9-2)

The outside post is the only obstacle here, but hot jockey Daniel Centeno knows how to get them in the right position. Trainer Barbara McBride has won with this 5-year-old mare before at Tampa.

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Race 5 – TB

#2 Samka (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly tries dirt for the the first time after running on Polytrack at Woodbine. She showed improved speed last time out and at this distance that could be a key with veteran rider Dean Butler aboard for trainer Aldana Gonzalez.

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Race  – TB

#9 Mashuk (6-1)

Our Eyes: This 4-year-old colt’s best finish came in his debut on the Arlington Park turf and he’s never been back on the grass since. He is bred to like it —- out of a Dynaformer mare —- and he’s bred to run all day. Lasix is added so look for a better effort.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 15 Updated (Bing Crosby Season)

FIRST RACE: 1. Fascinating, 2. Go Get Em Babe, 3. Sky Mega. LONG SHOT: See Through.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Monet, 2. Smoove It, 3. Seeking Shamrocks. LONG SHOT: Incentive Award.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Oh Newman, 2. Where’s the Moon, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Increase.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dylan Ward, 2. Moonlight Meeting, 3. Opsec. LONG SHOT: J Serino.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Industry Leader, 2. Heyyoucan, 3. Memphis. LONG SHOT: Tribal Dude.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Prettypreciousheir, 2. Miss Centerfold, 3. Megyns Gold. LONG SHOT: Avenge.

The Leandro Mora barn, aka Doug O’Neill, has been on fire since O’Neill went on suspension. PRETTYPRECIOUSHEIR (6-1), a 2-year-old by Wildcat Heir, has early-win breeding and should love the Del Mar Polytrack with leading jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Goodison Park, 2. Eddie’s Turn, 3. Husband’s Foley. LONG SHOT: Play Hard to Get.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Diamond Majesty, 2. Alright Alright, 3. All Indians. LONG SHOT: Prime Engine (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Sebastian’s Heart.

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NINTH RACE: 1.Hadfunlastnight (best bet), 2. Life a Riley, 3. Regally Soul. LONG SHOT: Giant Ego.

HADFUNLASTNIGHT (9-2), a gelding, loves to win races, especially on synthetic surfaces (6-for-13) and on Del Mar’s Polytrack (4-for-8). He takes a drop in class but should be forwardly place by jockey Elvis Trujillo for trainer Victor Garcia, who is 27% with the jockey. There’s no way to get 9-2 on this horse as there have been scratches and will be two more Saturday morning as there are two “stuck” horses.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Distinctiv Passion $6.40, second race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Aguacita $10, third; Dr. Vincentstein $16, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Practising $6.60, seventh)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 13 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

TONS OF SCRATCHES TODAY SO CHECK OUT CHANGES CAREFULLY.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Flat Footed Mama, 2. Dixie Tweet, Omorfi Kopella. LONG SHOT: Bullwinkle Babe.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wholly Hughes, 2. Salt Power, 3. Prince of Paris. LONG SHOT; Desiganted.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Holy Ascension, 2. Mama’s Trashed, 3. Kat’s Hurricane. LONG SHOT: Ill Tell You What.

LADY DEDLOCK (7-2) showed speed against MSW types and now drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. Trainer Peter Miller is 41% with that move and he is 21% in second career start. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes over. Bob Ike reported via Twitter on Wednesday, this horse is stuck in the race and likely to scratch. So we had to change plans.

 

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Here Comes Chloe, 2. Doeling, 3. Looking for Money. LONG SHOT: Cool Moves.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. She’s Flush, 2. Hotaling Heart, 3. Eddies Curl. LONG SHOT: Speckles.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Global Magician (SCRATCHED), 2. Cloudy River, 3. Outthink’em. LONG SHOT: One More Roll (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Cloudy River, 2. Ferrero, 3. Great Lou. LONG SHOT: Outthink’em.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tangelo, 2. Demonica, 3. Markey Quote. LONG SHOT: Frandontjudge.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Storm the Channel (bet bet), 2. Vavoom, 3. Burning. LONG SHOT: True Visionary.

STORM THE CHANNEL (3-1), a 3-year-old gelding by English Channel, makes his debut on Polytrack after five straight on grass. This one finished second vs. $40,000 claimer last time and now drops to the bottom level maiden claimers.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Gold Medallion $4, second race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (My Slew $10.40, first; Siena Grace $7.20, fifth; Synnin $8, ninth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Colonel Joan $20.40, seventh)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Tigah $8, fourth; Sunday Stroll $9.20, sixth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 9 (Bing Crosby Season)

FIRST RACE: 1. Pulla Train, 2. My Slew, 3. Frensham. LONG SHOT: Oligarch.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Gold Medallion, 2. Graeme Crackerjack, 3. Harlington Night. LONG SHOT: Squawk One.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Guyfromtheskyfive, 2. Roper, 3. Sonic Fever. LONG SHOT: Bound for Heaven.

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FOURTH RACE: Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Miceli, 3. Los Bambinos. LONG SHOT: Tigah.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Home Maid Brownie (best bet), 2. Siena Grace, 3. Sheza Dish. LONG SHOT: Bench Ruling.

It’s probably a safe bet jockey Martin Pedroza, who won three races on Saturday’s card, had his choice of the two Eric Kruljac-trained horses in this race and he chose HOME MAID BROWNIE (3-1), a daughter of Big Brown. She ran a big second at this level over the Polytrack in August.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Rosa Divina, 2. Southern Owah, 3. Bold Decision. LONG SHOT: Sunday Stroll.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Charlie’s Angel, 2. Feline Forum, 3. Colonel Joan. LONG SHOT: Kadesha.

CHARLIE’S ANGEL (3-1), a 3-year-old French import, makes her second start in the U.S. She finished fifth at Santa Anita after a slow start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She gets Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and Smith is a 26% combo with Hollendorfer.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tribal Gal, 2. Swiss Lake Yodeler, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Veneda.

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NINTH RACE: 1. The Custodian, 2. Synnin, 3. Itsgettinhotinhere. LONG SHOT: Easy Ten.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Tribal Dude $5, third race; Awesome Return $5.40, eighth; Intaxication $5, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Grand Yodeler $7, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Love Blind $8.60, first)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 8 (Bing Crosby Season)

FIRST RACE: 1. Tebowing, 2. Burns Turn, 3. Marina Del Heat. LONG SHOT: Love Blind.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cruisingtheharbor, 2. Grand Yodler, 3. Do the Danse. LONG SHOT: Holiday Maker.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tribal Dude, 2. Red Man Run, 3. Cacau. LONG SHOT: Elle Street.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ethnic Dance (best bet), 2. Pure Loyalty, 3. Press Baron, LONG SHOT: Setsuko.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Accelerant, 2. River Lemon, 3. Perfect Set. LONG SHOT: Welcome Home Ryan.

ACCELERANT (12-1), a 7-year-old gelding, bobbled at the start in his last race, but he has a win over the Del Mar Polytrack and might be coming up to a big race for trainer Donald Warren after a big work earlier this week. Jockey Elvis Trujillo is 2-for-7 with Warren.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Dyna Star, 2. Autumn Flower, 3. Conquest Artura. LONG SHOT: Scandal.

DYNA STAR (9-2) closed to finished third at 38-1 in a sprint, but that’s not what the Jerry Hollendorfer-trainee wants to do. She wants to go long on the grass since she is out of a Dynaformer mare. Elvis Trujillo is 24% with Hollendorfer.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Honey Ride, 2. Only Josie Knows, 3. Kirov. LONG SHOT: Grazenette.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Awesome Return, 2. Cabral, 3. Final Steo. LONG SHOT: Forever Juanito.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Intaxication, 2. Oso Smart, 3. Takeit Tothe Limit. LONG SHOT: Bigley.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Wild Caroline $4, first race; Oscillator $6.60, fourth; Heat the Rocks $2.80, ninth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Up the Alley $6, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Ashleyluvssugar $4.40, seventh; Queen of The Sand $8.40, eighth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Nov. 2 (UPDATED)

Just a couple of opinions for Sunday. Breeders’ Cup burn out. See you Friday for opening day at Del Mar’s new fall meet.

I’ll just say one thing about BC Classic yesterday: chickenshit call by the stewards and chickenshit of them to leave without facing the media. That’s what gives California racing a bad name. It was blatant interference and Bayern should have come down. Period. I respect all of the stewards in California, but yesterday wasn’t their finest moment.

As for today, there is a $1.3 million carryover in the Pick Six so I’ve added a few more thoughts on those races.

Race 5: #5 Dortmund (7-2)

A lot of trainers are starting maidens today on the Santa Anita dirt because the circuit moves to Del Mar’s Polytrack for the rest of the month. This son of Big Brown has been working well for his debut for trainer Bob Baffert, who is 22% with first-timers. JUST KIDDING has been working well for Eurton but don’t like him as a first out trainer. SIR SAMSON also working well. DA JENIUS ships in from Saratoga and comes out of a race with three next out winners. PASSINAFLASH is from the Mora/O’Neill barn and they have been firing with their 2-year-olds.

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RACE 6: LIMINARY, ILLUMINANT, TATERBUG all working well. CALLBACK has been working great and been working with Dortmund for Baffert. Indian Princess and Natalie’s Wonder come out of key races.

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RACE 7: 2-4-12-11

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EIGHTH RACE: 12-2-1-7

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Race 9: #6 I’m Already Sexy(6-1)

Trainer Wayne Catalano doesn’t come West much so when he does it’s time to pay attention. He brings regular jockey F. Geroux for the ride. This 4-year-old filly has early speed and will look to use it here. Tought race as FILIMBI just lost to BC winner DAYATTHESPA, WALL OF SOUND lost to JUST THE JUDGE, who ran well yesterday. STRATHNAVER big work, I like

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RACE 10: I like LITTLE CURLIN. KING PTOLEMY, KIBOU and ROUGH PASSAGE, but ALFA BIRD will be odds on and tough to beat.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Ocho Ocho Ocho $3.60, first race; Judy the Beauty $8.20, sixth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Acceptance $3.40, second; Amaranth $7.80, third; Texas Red $29.80, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Dayatthespa $13, fifth)

Saturday’s fourth choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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