Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Thursday, April 14

Preview: Turf horses get a three-week rest as the circuit moves south to the dirt only Los Alamitos. The No. 1 post isn’t necessarily the best either in sprints or routes. One jockey note: David Lopez has lost his apprentice bug and is a journeyman now. It will be interesting to see who supports him. The circuit is now crying out our for an outstanding apprentice.

 

Race 2 – LRC

#5 Slew Keyty (6-1): This filly makes a comeback after an 11 month layoff and trainer Paul Aguirre is 39% with horses off a layoff of more than 90 days. His main man, jockey Iggy Puglisi, is aboard and they are 4-for-12 the last year at Los Al.

 

Race 5 – LRC

#3 Speedin With Eddie (9-2): This 3-year-old gets a big jock switch to Mario Gutierrez, who rides No. 1 for Reddam Racing, and if they didn’t think this gelding had some talent they certainly would have dropped into the maiden claiming ranks already. Blinkers go on here.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Feb. 6

Preview: Big Saturday card with four stakes on the program. Of course, Songbird will be everyone’s single and it’s hard to see her losing for the first time in her career.

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Race 3: #4 Echo Chamber (6-1)

The turf course has been playing to speed for most of the meet. Trainer Peter Miller trains for speed so we think this first-timer with Flavien Prat will go straight to the front and not stop down the hill. The sire Majesticperfection is 19% with first-time turfers.

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Race 6: #8 Tuco (6-1) 

This gelding showed speed in his U.S. debut, but tired to finish fourth. This time the gelding will run a furlong shorter. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 20% third off a layoff and 20% with jockey Falvien Prat.

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Race 7: #2 Donworth (6-1) ***

This isn’t the toughest Grade II event we’ve ever seen so let’s go with a fresh face. This 4-year-old was bought at auction by Reddman Racing and turned over to trainer Doug O’Neill, who is 18% with horses first time in his barn (the colt was formerly with Graham Motion). Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who is 23% with O’Neill, jumps on and likely will try to go wire-to-wire.

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