Del Mar, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita update

Just a personal note. As some know and others don’t, I have been battling an illness for months and started treatments during Del Mar. I completed those treatments 10 days ago, but I have been left very tired while working my regular job through the process. I just don’t have the energy to handicap on a daily basis. I hope to be ready for the Breeders’ Cup, which is in less than 2 weeks, and then be ready to go full bore for the fall Del Mar meet. Thanks for your understanding. See you soon.

Del Mar, Horse racing, Los Alamitos, Santa Anita

Del Mar wrap-up

NOTE: I will be taking Los Alamitos off and get back at it with start of Santa Anita, although I might stick to weekends, due to some medical issues.
Thanks for reading.


Top choice winners: 3 (Tiger Mom $7.60, second race; Summering $2.60, fourth; Miss Sunset $3.20, fifth)

Second choice winners: 4 (Jump the Tracks $6, third; Secreto Primero $5, sixth; Rayana $8, eighth; Game Winner $5.20, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Feeling Strong $5, first)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Foxy Fresh, 2. Southern Treasure, 3. Parasail. LONG SHOT: Tuscany Beauty.

SECOND RACE: 1. Mischievious Lass, 2. Topaz Time, 3. No Money Honey. LONG SHOT: Grecian Fort.

THIRD RACE: 1. Adens Dream, 2. Anatolian Heat, 3. Cistron. LONG SHOT: Sycamore Lane.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Mercer Island, 2. Eagle Screams, 3. Just Kidding. LONG SHOT: Sanavi.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Christy Jackson, 2. Twirling Apples, 3. Diva La Mousse. LONG SHOT: Operandi.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Bad Boy Leroy, 2. Surfside Sunset, 3. Don’t Stalk Me. LONG SHOT: Fender Bender.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gone to Bali, 2. A Little Bit Me, 3. Nine Point Nine. LONG SHOT: Painting Corners.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Lucky Sun, 2. Jerry’s Thunder, 3. Downside Up. LONG SHOT: Johnny Ray.


Top choice winners: 5 (Shanghai Fantasy $4, first race; Hard Arch $5.40, third; Smiling Angelo $4, fourth; Upo $7.60, fifth; Sorry Erik $4.60, seventh)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (True Valor $4.60, second)

Long shot winners: 1 (Miracle March $6, sixth)

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 24 (UPDATED)

(FIRST RACE: 1. Shanghai Fantasy, 2. Irish Terrier, 3. Baby Frankie. LONG SHOT: Zip’s Secret.

SECOND RACE: 1. Rocket Fuel, 2. Matriculate, 3. True Valor. LONG SHOT: Van Lingle Mungo.

THIRD RACE: 1. Hard Arch, 2. Vegas Itch, 3. Chiksika. LONG SHOT: Supreme Giant.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Trickonomics, 2. Smiling Angelo, 3. Morgan S. LONG SHOT: Brickhouse.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Upo, 2. Conquest Smartee, 3. Harliss. LONG SHOT: Ivy Mike.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Wise Curlin, 2. Moonman, 3. Shackalov. LONG SHOT: Informality (SCRATCHED). NEW LONG SHOT: Taco Tuesday.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sorry Erik, 2. Magic Mark, 3. Little Scotty (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Clear the Mine (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Sorry Erik, 2. Magic Mark, 3. Home Run Kitten. LONG SHOT: Ferguson.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Silver Fury, 2. Camps Bay, 3. Big Bad Gary. LONG SHOT: Chaaa.



Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 2 (Blaze’n Prospector $4.40, third race; Cool Green $9.40, sixth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Gryffindor $31.40, fifth; Life of Illusions $11.80, eighth)

Horse racing, Pimlico, Preakness Stakes, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 19 (Plus Preakness)

Preview: Isn’t 12 races overkill in Arcadia? Of course, not as bad as 14 at Pimlico. Really?

FIRST RACE: 1. Red Livy, 2. Giant Mongolian, 3. Girl Downstairs. LONG SHOT: Lori’s Attitude.

SECOND RACE: 1. Carnivorous, 2. Takahiro’s Dream, 3. Luck’s Royal Flush. LONG SHOT: Takeo Squared.

THIRD RACE: 1. Catfish Hunter, 2. Insubordination, 3. Two Hail Marys. LONG SHOT: Polity.

FOURTH RACE: 1. California Breeze, 2. Brandon’s Law, 3. Fluorescent. LONG SHOT: Conformation.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Oh Scatty Oh, 2. Trap Queen, 3. Myrcella. LONG SHOT: Majestic Diva.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Catalina Cruiser, 2. Best Two Minutes, 3. Tony Blackjack. LONG SHOT: Fast Munny.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Rumpus Cat, 2. Jimmy Chila, 3. Littlebitamedal. LONG SHOT: Facts Matter.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kochees, 2. Ketos, 3. Eighty Three. LONG SHOT: Burn Me Twice.

NINTH RACE: 1. Cheekaboo, 2. Cordality, 3. Moonless Sky. LONG SHOT: Desert Steel.

10TH RACE: 1. North County Guy, 2. Nova, 3. Bless His Heart. LONG SHOT: Poise to Strike.

11TH RACE: 1. Swayze, 2. Ike Walker, Sheer Flettery. LONG SHOT: Two Thirty Five.

12TH RACE: 1. Crown the Kitten, 2. Ky. Colonel, 3. Secreto Primero. LONG SHOT: Bourbon Soul.

Preakness Stakes

1. Good Magic, 2. Justify, 3. Lone Sailor, 4. Quip. LONG SHOT: Bravazo.
There is no doubt the Pimlico surface will have some water in it. The track has been a quagmire all week and although the rain is suppose to let up early today, it will be wet. Good Magic and Justify have proven they can handle that. Justify is 1-2 on the morning-line and it’s justified, but watch Good Magic’s Kentucky Derby again. He loomed up and made it a race. I think he can turn the tables. Lone Sailor had a troubled Derby as did Bravazo. Quip skipped the Derby because he has the same owners as Justify. He’s got some talent and will be a decent price.


Top choice winners: 4 (Fool’s Paradise $6, second race; Tough It Out $7, fifth; Explorer $5.40, sixth; Popular Kid $9.40, seventh)

Second choice winners: 4 (Beautiful Becca $6.40, first; G Q Covergirl $4.60, third; Broome $3.20, fourth; Winning Element $4.80, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Pioneer Lad, 2. Fashion Business, 3. Avalanche. LONG SHOT: Malibu Music.

SECOND RACE: 1. Irish Dame, 2. Foxy Fresh, 3. Coronado Cool. LONG SHOT: Candy Pink.

THIRD RACE: 1. Blaze of Glory, 2. Victory Element, 3. Draft Pick. LONG SHOT: Holly Blame.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Alsatian, 2. Six Point Rack, 3. Calvert Street. LONG SHOT: Shaymin.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Zulfikhar, 2. McKale, 3. Kanthaka. LONG SHOT: Beautiful Shot.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Ronald R, 2. Deal With It Dude, 3. Conquest Typhoon. LONG SHOT: Hawks Peak.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sierra Echo, 2. Awesome E K, 3. Trojan Time. LONG SHOT: Contento.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Thirteen Squared, 2. Uppercut, 3. Moonshine Memories. LONG SHOT: Emboldened.

NINTH RACE: 1. Token Vow, 2. Camino Song, 3. Unchaining Melody. LONG SHOT: Thalia.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 4 (Tijori $6, second race; Kona Coast $3.40, third; Majestic Eagle $3.80, fourth; Ashley’s Big Guy $4.60, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Desert Stone $10.60, first; Dark Vader $23.60, seventh)

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Briartic Gal, 2. Jill Madden, 3. I’m No Patsy. LONG SHOT: Veronica Bay.

SECOND RACE: 1. Whirling, 2. Jaccat, 3. Hottalabamba. LONG SHOT: Etching.

THIRD RACE: 1. Lookinforadanger, 2. Quiet No More, 3. Winner’s Dream. LONG SHOT: Tee Em Eye.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Blaze’n Prospector, 2. Well Measured, 3. True Valor. LONG SHOT: Finallygotabentley.

FIFTH RACE: 1. All of a Sudden, 2. Dreamy Gal, 3. Madame Mousse. LONG SHOT: Forthenineteen.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Whatyouciswhatuget, 2. Cinnamon Toast, 3. Misty Slew. LONG SHOT: Curlina Curlina.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Beantown Boys, 2. The All Button, 3. Popular Kid. LONG SHOT: Pioneerof the West.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. South Boot Shirley, 2. Radish, 3. Zillinda. LONG SHOT: Pulpitinthesky.


Top choice winners: 2 (Rprettyboyfloyd $4.60, second race; Yalla $6.60, third)

Second choice winners: 2 (Devils Beauty $5, sixth; Fault $3.20, seventh)

Third choice winners: 2 (An Eddie Surprise $5.20, fourth; Achira $3.60, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck