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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Dec. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Burn Me Twice, 2. Boy Howdy, 3. Conquest Cobra. LONG SHOT: Seahawk Wave.

SECOND RACE: 1. Accountability, 2. What’sontheagenda, 3. Castle. LONG SHOT: Ghoul.

THIRD RACE: 1. Ava’s Charm, 2. Sunny Dale, 3. She’s So Pretty. LONG SHOT: Kelani Kim.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Reducta, 2. Broadbeachb, 3. Lookingtogeteven. LONG SHOT: Noble Hearted.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Saddle Bar, 2. Temple Knights, 3. Concord Jet. LONG SHOT: Big Badc Gary.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Encoder, 2. Kanderel, 3. Goliad. LONG SHOT: Liar Liar.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Nora’s Joy, 2. Venetian Harbor, 3. Bristol Bayou. LONG SHOT: Eyes Open.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. gUITTY, 2. pARKOUR, 3. cROUGHAVOUKE. long shot: Overjoyed.

NINTH RACE: 1. Miss Stormy D (best bet), 2. Rather Noisy, 3. Shear Class. LONG SHOT: Claudelle.

10TH RACE: 1. Shandling, 2. Torosay, 3. Big Runnuer. LONG SHOT: Mountain Spirit.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 2 (Lady Prancealot $5.20, sixth race; Include the Tax $7, 11TH)

Second choice winners: 5 (Devil Made Me Doit $5, first; Gift Box $4.40, fifth; Mirth $4.80, eighth; Omaha Beach $2.80, ninth; Mo Forza $4.40, 10th

Third choice winners: 1 (Brill $9, second)

Long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Dec. 28 (opening day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Garth, 2. Devil Made Me Doit, 3. Provost. LONG SHOT: Candy Fury.

SECOND RACE: 1. Angel Alessandra, 2. Keeper Ofthe Stars, 3. Brill. LONG SHOT: Sold It.

THIRD RACE: 1. La Rosa Drive, 2. Rickie Nine Toe’s, 3. It’s a Riddle. LONG SHOT: Swift Socks.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Fivestar Lynch, 2. Tromador, 3. Camps Bay. LONG SHOT: No Parking Here.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Midcourt, 2. Gift Box, 3. Draft Pick. LONG SHOT: King Abner.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Lady Pracealot, 2. Giza Goddess, 3. Mucho Unusual. LONG SHOT: Apache Princess.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bellafina, 2. Mother Mother, 3. Bell’s the One. LONG SHOT: Del Mar May.

EIGHTH RACE: 1.Excellent Sunset, 2. Mirth, 3. Tiny Tina. LONG SHOT: Harmless.

NINTH RACE: 1. Complexity, 2. Omaha Beach, 3. Roadster. LONG SHOT: Much Better.

10TH RACE: 1. Kingly, 2. Mo Forza, 3. Neptune’s Storm. LONG SHOT: Ocean Fury.

11TH RACE: 1. Include the Tax, 2. Champs Success, 3. Totally Tiger. LONG SHOT: Tiger the Man.

Good luck.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Nov. 3

Note: Sorry no picks for Sunday. I think the day after the Breeders’ Cup should be a break but since it doesn’t want to do that, I will.

As for the Breeders’ Cup. I hope some of you won some money off my selections. I won some money, but not as much as a friend at work who won over $500 using my picks. Like I say all the time, I’m a good handicapper and poor bettor. I should have played a lot more trifecta and superfecta boxes because in most of the races I had all of the horses, just not in the right order.

See you Friday with the opening of the Bing Crosby season at Del Mar.


Top choice winners: 1 (Spun to Run $20.20, sixth race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Flagstaff $4. second)

Third choice winners: 7 (Covfefe $5, fourth; Belvoir Bay $31.60, fifth; Iridessa $28.40, seventh; Mitole $5.60, eighth; Uni $9.20, ninth; Blue Prize $19.80, 10th; Bricks and Mortar $4, 11th)

Fourth choice winners: x (Just Grazed Me $7.40, first)

Long shot winners: 0

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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

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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 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. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Call Me Daddy, 2. High Velocity, 3. Malibu Star. LONG SHOT: Jeffnjohn’sthundr.
Anyone notice Bob Baffert has been going to apprentice jockeys Diaz and Velez plus Roman lately on 2-year-olds? What’s up with that?

SECOND RACE: 1. Stable Genius, 2. Shandling, 3. Big Runner. LONG SHOT: Awesome Score.

THIRD RACE: 1. Honor A.P. (best bet), 2. Eddy Forever, 3. Special Day. LONG SHOT: Include the Tax.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Magnificent Q T, 2. Absolutely Perfect, 3. Rose Dunn. LONG SHOT: Whoa Nessie.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Brookes All Mine, 2. Majestic Diva, 3. Princess Dorian. LONG SHOT: Buttie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Grinningeartoear, 2. Remember to Smile, 3. Apache Pass. LONG SHOT: Goddess Aphrodite.

SMILING TIGER is one of the hot sire first time on the turf right now (Clubhouse Ride is the other) with a 19% first out winners and both of the top two horses are by that sire. GRINNINGEARTOEAR has a bit more turf on the bottom side and trainer Brian Koriner knows his way around a turf sprinter. GODDESS APHRODITE is moving up in class but trainer Peter Miller knows a lot about turf sprinters (21% winners) so she is worth a couple bucks.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Buyer’s Remorse, 2. Pure Xena, 3. Shedaresthedevil. LONG SHOT: Eclair.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kichiro, 2. Tartini, 3. South West Bay. LONG SHOT: Mongoalian Hero.

Good luck.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Vegan $5.20, second race; Rineshaft $7.40, fourth; Heather’s Grey $5.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Moonlight Drive $10.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 3 (Coast of Roan $48.20, third; Leroy $25.40, fifth; Rick’s Dream $17.20, seventh)


Top choice winners: 3 (Just Grazed Me $7.40, seventh race; Shear Class $3.80, eighth; Moody Jim $6.40, ninth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Top of the Game $5.20, second; Claudelle $2.80, fourth)

Third choice winners: 4 (Square Peggy $12.60, first; Go for a Ride $5.40, third; Roadrunner’s Honor $10, fifth; Matera $9.80, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0