Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Nov. 2 (Breeders’ Cup Day II)

Note: The main track on Friday favored speed. You needed to be forwardly placed to win, like I thought. That doesn’t mean closers can’t finish out exactas, trifectas and superfectas but it’s tough on win end. I told you Flavien Prat would nail a big one and I think he will again today as he has a mount in all nine BC races.

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 Apache Princess, 2. #8 Girls Know Best, 3. #9 Escapade, 4. #4 Just Grazed Me. LONG SHOT: #7 Gypsy Blu.

SECOND RACE: 1. #2 Extra Hope, 2. #4 Flagstaff, 3. #3 Roadster. LONG SHOT: #1 Horse Greedy.

THIRD RACE: 1. #6 Jais’s Solitude, 2. #3 Nolde, 3. #8 Neptune’s Storm, 4. #11 Henley’s Joy. LONG SHOT: #2 Hackberry.

FOURTH RACE (Filly and Mare Sprint): 1. #7 Selcourt, 2. #9 Spiced Perfection, 3. #1 Covfefe, 4. #6 Bellafina. LONG SHOT: #8 Dawn the Destroyer.

FIFTH RACE (Turf Sprint): 1. #11 Om, 2. #4 Shekky Shebaz, 3. #12 Belvoir Bay, 4. #10 Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: #5 Stubbins.

SIXTH RACE (Dirt Mile): 1. #3 Spun to Run, 2. #5 Omaha Beach, 3. #2 Improbable, 4. #8 Blue Chipper. LONG SHOT: #1 Giant Expectations.

SEVENTH RACE (Filly and Mare Turf): 1. #10 Mrs. Sippy, 2. #2 Sistercharlie, 3. #1 Iridessa, 4. #8 Castle Lady. LONG SHOT: #7 Vasilika.

EIGHTH RACE (Sprint): 1. #6 Shancelot (BEST BET), 2. #7 Whitmore, 3. #4 Mitole, 4. #1 Catalina Cruiser. LONG SHOT: #2 Hog Creek Hustle.

NINTH RACE (Mile): 1. #10 Without Parole, 2. #6 Got Stormy, 3. #11 Uni, 4. #12 Lord Glitters. LONG SHOT: #14 Bowies Hero.

10TH RACE (Distaff): 1. #4 Midnight Bisou, 2. #2 Ollie’s Candy, 3. #11 Blue Prize, 4. #9 Serengeti Empress. LONG SHOT: #6 Wow Cat.

11TH RACE (Turf): 1. #10 Old Persian, 2. #5 Anthony Van Dyck, 3. #9 Bricks and Mortar, 4. #4 Mount Everest. LONG SHOT: #3 United.

12TH RACE (Classic): 1. #7 Higher Power, 2. #4 War of Will, 3. #9 Mongolian Groom,, 4. #8 McKenzie. LONG SHOT: #6 Elate.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Rayana $9.60, second race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Itsinthepost $8.80, first; Tap Back $30, fourth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Four Wheel Drive $5, fifth; British Idiom $7.40, seventh; Threefiveindia $8.20, 10th)

Fourth choice winners: 1 (Storm the Court $93.80, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

Breeders' Cup, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Nov. 1 (Breeders’ Cup Friday)

Note: Jockey Flavien Prat has mounts in all 14 Breeders’ Cup races and he knows this track as well as anyone, especially the turf course. I know I will have a $5 win bet on all of his horses. Swing for the fences because there will be prices the next two days.

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 Campaign, 2. #1 Itsinthepost WINNER $8.80, 3. #2 American Tattoo. LONG SHOT: #4 Zestful.

SECOND RACE: 1. #1 Rayana WINNER $9.60, 2. #4 Opus Won, 3. #9 Heathers Grey, 4. #11 Tiger Silk. LONG SHOT: #7 Arctic Roll.

THIRD RACE: 1. #12 Smiling Shirlee, 2. #9 Cholula Lips, 3. #8 Bulletproof One, 4. #4 Warren’s Showtime. LONG SHOT: #7 Mandy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Chipper, 2. #3 Tap Back, 3. #13 Shady Empire, 4. #9 Pas de Panique. LONG SHOT: #5 Doc Tommy.

FIFTH RACE (Juvenile Turf Sprint): 1. #6 Alligator Alley, 2. #7 Kimari, 3. #9 Four Wheel Drive, 4. #10 A’Ali. LONG SHOT: #5 Encoder.

SIXTH RACE (Juvenile Turf): 1. #1 Our Country, 2. #12 Arizona, 3. #4 Decorated Invader, 4. #14 Hit the Road. LONG SHOT: #8 Billy Batts.

SEVENTH RACE (Juvenile Fillies): 1. #6 Bast, 2. #1 Donna Veloce, 3. #4 British Idiom, 4. #3 Perfect Alibi. LONG SHOT: #5 Lazy Daisy.

EIGHTH RACE (Juveile Fillies Turf): 1. #5 Daahyeh (best bet), 2. #3 Shadn, 3. #9 Albigna, 4. #7 Crystalle. LONG SHOT: #2 Croughavouke.

NINTH RACE (Juvenile): 1. #5 Scabbard, 2. #1 Dennis’ Moment, 3. #6 Eight Rings, 4. #4 Storm the Court. LONG SHOT: #3 Shoplifted.

On the surface this looks like a two-horse race between DENNIS’ MOMENT and EIGHT RINGS and it very could end up that way but for the price SCABBARD finished second to Dennis last time less than 2 lengths with a little bit of trouble. Don’t leave out the West Coast horses like STORM THE COURT and WRECKING CREW because they are familiar with the track surface.

10TH RACE: 1. #7 Secret Courier, 2. #11 Justinian, 3. #8 Threefiveindia, 4. #10 Comedian. LONG SHOT: #1 Rogallo.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Absolute Weapon $4.40, fourth race (plus cold exacta $20.60, cold trifecta $24.30 for $1)

Second choice winners: 4 (Gingham $3.20, third; Govenor Cinch $4.20, third; Amatara $4, seventh; Ronald R $29.40, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Busy Paynter $3.40, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 31

FIRST RACE: 1, Phast Pharoah, 2. Nineeleventurbo, 3. Dean Martini. LONG SHOT: Impossible Task.

SECOND RACE: 1. Saralin, 2. Gingham, 3. Antigone. LONG SHOT: I;m the Hero.

THIRD RACE: 1. Include the Tax, 2. Govenor Cinch, 3. Successful Command. LONG SHOT: Papa Tony.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Absolute Weapon, 2. Old Trafford, 3. Delp. LONG SHOT: Billy K.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Wind Tartare, 2. Tig Tog, 3. Candy Swirls. LONG SHOT: South Boot Shirley.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Calese, 2. K P Cats Wild, 3. Circleofcolor. LONG SHOT: Kuda Huraa.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mucho Macho Woman, 2. Amarara, 3. Saving Sophie. LONG SHOT: Paige Runner.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Andesh, 2. Ronald R, 3. Ritzy A,P. LONG SHOT: Declarationofpeace.

NINTH RACE: 1. Tribal Dance, 2. Coilette, 3. Busy Paynter. LONG SHOT: Secret Maneuver.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Auberge $3.40, third; Flower Point $11, eighth) (Also gave out cold exacta in Race 8 $45.60 for $2, cold trifecta $30.95 for 50 cents and cold superfecta $23.68 for 10 cents)

Second choice winners: 2 (Incredibly Lucky $4.20, first; Dulverton Darling $6.80, second)

Third choice winners: 1 (Liar Liar $6.60, fourth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Vegas Strong Baby, 2. Incredible Lucky, 3. Bellazano. LONG SHOT: Fuega.

SECOND RACE: 1. Tinnie, 2. Dulverton Darling, 3. Prance. LONG SHOT: Harper’s Gallop.

THIRD RACE: 1. Auberge, 2. Cosmic Cowgirl, 3. Majestic Gigi. LONG SHOT: Parkour.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Media Blitz, 2. Governance, 3. Liar Liar. LONG SHOT: Power Source.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Uno Trouble Maker, 2. Message, 3. Persepolis. LONG SHOT: Time for Ebby.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Arch Anthem (best bet), 2. Forever Juanito, 3. Perfectly Majestic. LONG SHOT: Full of Luck.

Trainer Richard Baltas moves this gelding up the class ladder off a Del Mar claim and gets Flavien Prat to ride. Baltas is 31% first off the claim and 28% with Prat.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Oliver, 2. Leading Score, 3. Two Thirty Five. LONG SHOT: Ground Attack.

EIGHT RACE: 1. Flower Point, 2. Miss Hot Legs, 3. Stealthediamonds. LONG SHOT: Anonymously.

Good luck.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Arch Anthem (best bet), 2. Forever Juanito, 3. Perfectly Majestic. LONG SHOT: Full of Luck.

Trainer Richard Baltas moves this gelding up the class ladder off a Del Mar claim and gets Flavien Prat to ride. Baltas is 31% first off the claim and 28% with Prat.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 3 (Sofi’s Gold $4.80, second race; Appreciated $11.40, fourth; Dubnation $8.40, eighth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Dukes Up $5.20, first; White Velvet $5.40, third)

Third choice winners: 1 (Swamp Souffle $15.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Hard Not to Love $11.40, seventh)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS (First 5 races)

Top choice winners: 1 (Meistermind $7, first race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Zorich $3.40, second; A G Indy $4.80, third)

Third choice winners: 1 (Colosi $3.60, fifth)

Long shot winners: 0-

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 26 (Races 1-5)

Note: Had family emergency so didn’t get to handicap all of the races.

FIRST RACE: 1. Meistermind, 2. Platinum Equity, 3. Implicitly. LONG SHOT: For Him.

SECOND RACE: 1. Moana Luna, 2. Zorich, 3. Malibu Magic. LONG SHOT: Starship Chewy.

THIRD RACE: 1. M Is for Magic, 2. A G Indy, 3. Undisturbed. LONG SHOT: Christmas Diamond.

This maiden turf race is very wide open and contention runs deep. It wouldn’t surprise if a plus $20 horse won the race, but we’ll stick with M IS FOR MAGIC and jockey Flavien Prat. This filly was wide in her debut and she wants to run long. Prat is 20% with trainer Neil Drysdale. Nothing wrong with A G INDY’s turf debut and tough ride back. I left out 5-2 morning-line favorite CONVINCINGLY because I don’t like the post draw (No. 9) and the change to apprentice Velez.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Thunder Code, 2. Friar’s Road, 3. Dvine Armor. LONG SHOT: Ra’ad.

THUNDER CODE is the only horse to have run before in this maiden race and he come out of a race over the track where the third-place finisher came back to win so it could be a key race. Lots of high-priced babies in here and this could end up being a key race. I left out Bob Baffert’s 2-year-old million-dollar baby THOUSAND WORDS even though Prat is on. The dam is 0-for-2 with foals and I see sprinter on bottom side but just can’t take 2-1. I’m probably all wrong.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Canadian Game, 2. Blue Skye Jade, 3. Colosi. LONG SHOT: Big Sky Logan.

Good luck.

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Cabin John, 2. Dukes Up, 3. Kylemore. LONG SHOT: Original Intent.

SECOND RACE: 1. Sofi’s Gold (best bet), 2. Via Alpina, 3. Katia. LONG SHOT: Graceful Amelia.

SOFI’S GOLD hits the turf for the first time for trainer Carla Gaines, who is 22% first time turf, and she gets leading turf rider Flavien Prat to take the mount. VIA ALPINA should love the turf in her debut for Craig Dollase, who has been known over the years to get a runner ready first time out. KATLA is also from the Gaines but Carla is 0-for-31 first time out so only play underneath.

THIRD RACE: 1. Golden Melodie, 2. White Velvet, 3. Tacocat. LONG SHOT: Miss Kitness.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Appeeciated, 2. First in Show, 3. I Belong to Becky. LONG SHOT: Joe Jackson.

FIFTH RACE: 1. I Dub Thee, 2. Nietzsche, 3. Master Recovery. LONG SHOT: Code Gary.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Harmon, 2. Of Good Report, 3. Swamp Souffle. LONG SHOT: Blame It On Kitty.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Love a Honeybadger, 2. Anuket, 3. Hard Not to Love. LONG SHOT: Madame Vestal.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dubnation, 2. Norski, 3. Git On Your Pulpit. LONG SHOT: Harliss.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Velvet Queen $2.40, third race; Sybil’s Kitty $11, sixth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Da Wood $6, eighth)

Third choice winners: 2 (I Can Do This $5, first; Awesome Heights $6, fifth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Too Much Heaven $11, second; Ultimate Bango $6, seventh)

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, Oct. 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Jamminwithbrandon, 2. Royal Insider, 3. I Can Do This. LONG SHOT: Black Storm.

SECOND RACE: 1. Trouville, 2. Lady Sunset, 3. Billy’sgotasingle. LONG SHOT: Too Much Heaven.

THIRD RACE: 1. Velvet Queen, 2. So Gucci, 3. Khairiya. LONG SHOT: Super Bunny.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Puriano, 2. Short of Ez, 3. Desert General. LONG SHOT: Boy Howdy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Getaloadofthis (best bet), 2. Conquest Cobra, 3. Awesome Heights. LONG SHOT: Grab the Munny.
Flavien Prat jumps on GETALOADOFTHIS for John Sadler.The gelding has speed and expect Prat to use it from the outside.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Sybil’s Kitty, 2. Colonel Power, 3. My S V R. LONG SHOT: Pasito.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Stop the Violence, 2. Blackout, 3. Boa Nova. LONG SHOT: Ultimate Bango.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dr. Bagley, 2. Dawood, 3. Big Barrel. LONG SHOT: Gryffindor.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Discreet Diva $3.40, first race; Bodhicitta $4.20, second)

Second choice winners: 2 (Curlin Rules $6.60, seventh; Fky the Sky $11.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Never Easy $4.80, fourth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Fore Left $6.20, fifth)

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Oct. 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Discreet Diva, 2. Girl Can Partie, 3. Meso. LONG SHOT: Reds Sacred Appeal.

SECOND RACE: 1. Bodhicitta, 2. La Shrimp, 3. Unicorn. LONG SHOT: So Much Happy.
I might be wrong here, but Flavien Prat obviously had his choice of the two Richard Baltas filles (Bodhicitta and Unicorn) and he chose Bodhicitta but Unicorn is the 6-5 favorite. I’ll go with Prat and his agent on this one.

THIRD RACE: 1. Into a Hot Spot, 2. Shake N Fries, 3. Camby. LONG SHOT: Surprise Fashion.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Commanding Chief, 2. Ghost Street, 3. Never Easy. LONG SHOT: Friendly Outthedor.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Strongconstitution, 2. Mo Hawk, 3. Raging Whiskey. LONG SHOT: Fore Left.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Fantasy Game, 2. Much More Halo, 3. Goalie. LONG SHOT: Kiss Today Goodbye.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Proverb, 2. Curlin Rules, 3. Street Class. LONG SHOT: Soul Beam.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Canyon Crest, 2. Fly the Sky, 3. One Fast Bro. LONG SHOT: I Will Not.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Boogalute $4.20 (best bet), third race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Warrior’s Moon $4.60, first; Blue Sky Baby $9.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Conformation $8.40, second; Claim of Passion $4, fifth; Castle $12, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Shuster $18.40, seventh)

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 19

FIRST RACE: 1. Sassyserb, 2. Warrior’s Moon, 3. Lofty. LONG SHOT: Lakaya.

The top two come out of a key Del Mar maiden grass that has produced twi next out winner so far. SASSYSERB got bumped in that race and might have lost all chance. LOFTY is trying turf for the first time, moving up in class and also got off to a slow start in her debut.

SECOND RACE: 1. Shanghai Barbie, 2. Tequila Sunrise, 3. Conformation. LONG SHOT; Tengs Rhythm.

THIRD RACE: 1. Boogalute, (best bet), 2. Broke Away Grey, 3. Fast as Cass. LONG SHOT: Lagoon Macaroon.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Big Time Grammy, 2. Wicked Fresh, 3. Measureofdevotion. LONG SHOT: Slew’s Screen Star.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Brace for Impact, 2. Satchel Paige, 3. Claim of Passion. LONG SHOT: Conte Cavour.

SIXTH RACE: 1. King Abner, 2. Tribalist, 3. Castle. LONG SHOT: Grinning Tiger.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Papster, 2. Totally Tiger, 3. Zero Down. LONG SHOT: Shuster.

EIGHTH RACE: . Ni Pi Lambda, 2. Blue Sky Baby, 3. Danceformummy. LONG SHOT: Golden Chrome.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 1 (Drift Away $7.80 (best bet), eighth race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Gorky Park $4, second; Carnivorous $4.80, sixth; Cyrielle $13.20, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Union Ride $12, third)

Long shot winners: 1 (Jefe $17.20, first)

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Oct. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Mongolian Legend, 2. Noble Pursuit, 3. Music to My Ears. LONG SHOT: Jefe.

SECOND RACE: 1. Color War, 2. Gorky Park, 3. K P Backtothewall. LONG SHOT: Golden Victory.

THIRD RACE: 1. Posterize, 2. Principe Carlo, 3. Union Ride. LONG SHOT: Toothless Wonder.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Fun Coupons, 2. Itsthattime, 3. Shootin Money. LONG SHOT: Promise Nothing.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Secret Square, 2. Nikkileaks, 3. Chieftess. LONG SHOT: For My Brother.

SIXTH RACE: 1. City Rage, 2. Carnivorous, 3. Tiger Dad. LONG SHOT: Seven Scents.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Eternal Endeavour, 2. Catoca, 3. Cyrielle. LONG SHOT: Super Klaus.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Drift Away (best bet), 2. No Wine Untasted, 3. Swirling. LONG SHOT: Miss Flawless.

good luck.