Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 22 (Post 4 p.m.)

Race 2: #8 Benesh

Trainer John Sadler has been working this 2-year-old at San Luis Rey Downs with two good works coming into the race. Sire Street Boss is 19% first time out and Sadler is 18% first time.

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Race 8: #9 Aaron Again

This 5-year-old makes his second start off the layoff as trainer Vladimir Cerin adds blinkers going two turns for the first time. There’s a good work since the last race and big jock switch to Rafael Bejarano, who is 36% with Cerin at Santa Anita.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 7

Race 1: Trelawny (2-1)

Trainer Keith Desormeaux is 31% when dropping a horse two levels. The bad news his brother, Kent, decides not to ride. Your call.

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Race 2: #4 Action Hero (8-1)

This 3-year-old colt tries two turns for the second time, a move trainer Tom Proctor is 25% with. He also gets veteran jockey Gary Stevens to ride and they are 21% together.

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Race 3: #4 Miss Gridley (5-2)

Cost $175K at auction and has been training lights out at San Luis Rey Downs for trainer Peter Miller. Sire Street Boss wins at 18% rate first out.

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Race 7: #8 Time for Angie (7-2)

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode five horses in their last race in this event and he chooses this closer for trainer Mike Puype, who is 24% with beaten favorites. This 4-year-old filly had a little trouble at the start last time, but has two good works since.

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Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early picks for Saturday, Nov. 1 (Breeders’ Cup Day 2) UPDATED

Well, the rain did come to SoCal, shockingly last night and this morning. The first and third races are off the turf. The main track has been sealed twice so watch to see if there is a speed bias and change your handicapping accordingly. The turf course is listed as good. Jockey Gary Stevens said yesterday horses were already getting into it so that means it really wasn’t firm so check how horses did on softer turf.

We didn’t do too bad on Friday with nine winners coming from our top three and the 10th winner was our fourth choice following a scratch in the first race.

FIRST RACE (Juvenile Turf Sprint): 1.  #3 Ocho Ocho Ocho, 2. Tizcano, 3. Guilty, 4. Cool Comfort. LONG SHOT: Metaboss.  OFF THE TURF NEW PICKS: 1. Ocho Ocho Ocho, 2. Tizcano, 3. Peacenluvpeacenluv, 4. Not Enough Eddie. LONG SHOT: Crown the Kitten.

This 2-year-old, Ocho Ocho Ocho, (8-1), had a big work before his debut and won like a good thing. Now the son of Street Sense has had a good work before his turf debut for trainer Jim Cassidy and it end with a trip to the winner’s circle. Jockey Joe Talamo keeps the mount.

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SECOND RACE (Golden State Juvenile): 1. Smack Talk, 2. Acceptance, 3. Wake Up Nick, 4. Mischief Clem. LONG SHOT: Pulmarack (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Commanche Ruler.

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THIRD RACE (The Senator Ken Maddy, Grade III): 1. Richies Party Girl, 2. Velvet Mesquite, 3. Llandudno, 4. Biorhythm. LONG SHOT: Ageless. OFF THE TURF. NEW PICKS: 1. Richies Party Girl, 2. Warm Breeze, 3..Amaranth, 4. Velvet Mesquite. LONG SHOT: Fanicola.

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FOURTH RACE (JUVENILE FILLES): 1. Puca, 2. Angela Renee, 3. Cristina’s Journey, 4. By The Moon. LONG SHOT: Feathered.

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FIFTH RACE (F&M TURF): 1. Just The Judge, 2. Dank,  3. Dayatthespa, 4. Abaco. LONGSHOT: Secret Gesture.

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SIXTH RACE (F&M SPRINT): 1. Judy The Beauty, 2. Little Alexis, 3. Stonetastic, 4. Southern Honey. LONG SHOT: Artemis Agrotera.

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SEVENTH RACE (TURF SPRINT): 1. Ambitious Brew, 2. Undrafted, 3. No Nay Never, 4. Caspar Netscher. LONG SHOT: Silentio.

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EIGHTH RACE (JUVENILE): 1. Calculator (SCRATCHED), 2. Souper Colossal, 3. Carpe Diem, 4. One Lucky Dane. LONG SHOT: The Great War. NEW PICKS: 1. Souper Colossal, 2. Texas Red, 3. Carpe Diem, 4. Daredevil. LONG SHOT: One Lucky Dane.

CALCULATOR (8-1), a son of In Summation, is still a maiden, but that’s because he has lost twice in a row in stakes action to American Pharoah, who was the morning-line favorite until he was scratched on Tuesday. This 2-year-old has been training under the radar at San Luis Rey Downs for trainer Peter Miller and the inside draw should work out just fine. After the rains last night, Calculator has scratched, too bad.

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NINTH RACE: (TURF): 1. Telescope (best bet), 2. Flintshire, 3. Chicquita, 4. Imagining. LONG SHOT: Brown Panther.

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10TH RACE: (SPRINT): 1. Fast Anna, 2. Rich Tapestry, 3. Secret Circle, 4. Indianapolis. LONG SHOT: Big Macher.

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11TH RACE: (MILE): 1. Toronado, 2. Mustajeeb, 3. Veda, 4. Anodin. LONG SHOT: Tom’s Tribute.

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12TH RACE: (CLASSIC): 1. Shared Belief, 2. Tonalist, 3. Cigar Street, 4. Footbridge. LONG SHOT: Toast of New York.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (My Fiona $4.60, third race; Chitu $9.20, fifth; Untapable $5.0, ninth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Cary Street $7.80, second; Goldencents $3.40, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 4 (Long On Value $25, fourth; Hootenanny $14, sixth; Lady Eli $6.80, eighth; Jimmy Bouncer $7, 10th)

Friday’s fourth choice winners: 1 (Blingismything $22.40, first)

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Del Mar, Hollywood Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Watch out! It’s Miller time at Santa Anita

Trainer Peter Miller started off the year hot at Santa Anita, but went into a horrendous slump in March.

Now, all is right with the world.

Miller, who is the darling of HRTV on replays of the races as he roots his horses home, went a sparkling 6-for-13 last week in Arcadia.

Maybe Miller’s slump was a combination of his horses running through their conditions and adjusting to life at San Luis Rey Downs, again.

Years ago, Miller trained out of the Bonsall training center, but then as he got more horses he stayed on track, training a lot at Hollywood Park. Since the Inglewood track closed in January for good, Miller is once again training out of the Northern San Diego County center and his horses are responding.

His horses are also out of the limelight and away from clockers so Miller’s horses have been getting some nice prices.

Miller looks like he has a couple good shots again on Friday and the 2-year-olds are just getting in the starting gate. Look for an all out assault at Del Mar.

Miller had the most training wins last week and moved into second in the spring/summer Santa Anita standings.

Leader Doug O’Neill went 2-for-10 and third place Jerry Hollendorfer was also 2-for-10. Bob Baffert is slumping and went 0-for-7.

With Rafael Bejarano out, Joe Talamo is atop the jockey standings and he went 6-for-27 on the week. Tyler Baze (33 starts) and apprentice Drayden Van Dyke (26 mounts) had five wins each. Kent Desormeaux is making in-roads as he was 4-for-14 and import Elvis Trujillo is showing he is one to watch.

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Monday’s top choice winners: 3 (Lost Bus $7.40, first race; Cyclometer $4, second; Stormin Lute $6.40, sixth)

Monday’s second choice winners: 1 (Candy’s Sunrise $10, third)

Monday’s third choice winners: 1 (Says Who $10, eighth)

Monday’s long shot winners: 1 (Miss Serendipity $29.80, seventh)

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