Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, Oct. 18

Race 4: #3 Ferocious (5-1)

Our Eyes: Trainer Ron Ellis doesn’t start many on the grass but when he does they usually do well which explains is 29% record with horses second time on the turf. Ellis is 23% off a long layoff of 180 days or more and he’s 26% with jockey Tyler Baze.

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Race 9: #9 Perdona (8-1)

This filly has improved each time out and now comes off a 2-month layoff and trainer Peter Eurton is 23% off this type of layoff. She likes to show speed and jockey Mario Gutierrez, who won five races on Friday, should be able to get over and he’s 20% at Santa Anita with Eurton.

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Race 4: #6 Claiming Victory (3-1)

This mare drops off a second-place finish in a minor stakes event across town. This is her second start with trainer Marcus Vitali, who is 25% with this move. Barn rider Mattew Rispoli (28%) stays aboard.

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Race 9: #7 Pax Orbis (10-1)

Our Eyes: It isn’t often you see jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Ralph Nicks (27% together) at this price on the morning-line. This 4-year-old comes out of key race that has produced three next out winners. The gelding likes to stay close up.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 11 (plus Gulfstream West)

Sorry Saturday nights are the worst for me since I am on the desk at the San Diego Union-Tribune and just no time to fully handicap so this is the best I can do on Sundays. Thanks for reading.

Race 2: #7 Aloha Ke Akua (4-1)

Trainer Bill Spawr claimed this filly at Del Mar and he is 32% first off the claim. Spawr is also 33% when dropping a horse off the claim. The 3-year-old has won three times at this distance will show more speed with jockey Santiago Gonzalez.

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Race 3: #2 Devoted One (5-2)

First off, we’ll never get this morning-line on this 2-year-old. The filly was all the rage at Del Mar before she was scratched at the gate at even money, if my memory serves me. Again she is working lights out for trainer Phil D’Amato and will be a short price in here.

 

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Race 7: #3 Why Two (10-1)

=After a pair of disappointing efforts, trainer Mike Machowsky decides to put the blinkers on this 3-year-old. There is a string of bullet workouts coming into this race, maybe with blinkers added. Jockey Gary Stevens decides to take the ride.

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Race 8: #4 Surfside Tiara (4-1)

Turned in a clunker in a Grade I so trainer Jerry Hollendorfer regroups and cuts back in distance. Jockey Rafael Bejarano decides to stay aboard.

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Race 1: #2 Storm Swept (4-1)

This 4-year-old filly drops into a claimer for the first time as trainer Ralph Nicks searches for a winning spot. She is coming out of a key races and jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who is 27% with Nicks, jumps back on today.

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Race 7: #7 Super Surfer (4-1)

Trainer Ralph Nicks and jockey Tyler Gaffalione team up here again. This won of Super Saver has been away since March, but he comes out of a race that has produced four next out winners.

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Race 9: #3 The Silver Sniper (8-1)

This 2-year-old has been away since August when he finished fifth in a MSW race. Trainer Walter Woodard now drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and gets the services of leading jockey Tyler Gaffalione.

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Santa Anita results

Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Family Code $4.60, sixth race; Stays in Vegas $17.40, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 4 (Illuminant $3.60, second; All Star Parade $10, third; Dr. Dorr $4.20, eighth; Brimstoned $5.40, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Dressed in Hermes $5.20, fifth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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