Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 21

Good card on Preakness Saturday. Sounds like it will be a lot drier in SoCal than Baltimore for the Preakness.

Race 2 – SA
#4 Vartan: About time for trainer Bill Spawr to get hot. This gelding making a jump in class but it shouldn’t matter. Barn rider Agapito Delgadillo is staying aboard and he’s 28% with Spawr. This 4-year-old has the best Brisnet Late Pace Rating.

Race 3 – SA
#5 Navy Hymn: Trainer Robertino Diodoro runs this 3-year-old up in class but with good reason as this speedster is a perfect 3-for-3 over the track. Diodoro also brings in jockey R.A. Vazquez in from Prairie Meadows to ride in a stakes and give him this mount, too. They are 44% together.

Race 8 – SA
#4 Coppa: This 3-year-old won at first asking at Del Mar so there is no reason to think trainer Phil D’Amato can’t do the same thing in her second race. D’Amato is 26% with horses off a 90-plus-day layoff.

Race 10 – SA
#9 Avenge: This filly has a 3-for-4 record over the downhill course and trainer Richard Mandella should have her ready to run her best off the layoff.

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Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Horse racing

Belmont, Churchill opinions for Friday, June 5


Race 2: #7 Joking (12-1)

Trainer Charlton Baker is 30% with beaten favorites. The gelding should enjoy the extra furlong and his runner-up effort last time.


Race 4: #3 Swipe (12-1)

This colt is still a maiden, but had a nice runner-up effort at Santa Anita and trainer Keith Desormeaux puts him on a plane for New York. By Birdstone, this horse should enjoy the extra furlong and brother, Kent Desormeaux rides back.


Race 7: #5 Boone Station (15-1)

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is 29% the second time he puts a horse on the turf and this son of Street Cry should going further.


Race 10: #9 Manchurian High (8-1)

We liked this 7-year-old on the Preakness undercard, but we didn’t get the kick in the stretch we expected off slow front end fractions. Maybe that was a better than looked and he’ll like going the 2-mile distance here.


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Race 8: #4 My Shout (NL)

Trainer Bret Calhoun may be trying to pull a fast one here as he drops this Louisiana-bred into a claimer for the first time, a move he is successful 26% of the time. Look back at this gelding’s best race ever because it came at this exact distance.

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