Horse racing, Pimlico

Pimlico Race Course opinions for Friday, May 20

Preview: The rain isn’t suppose to hit Baltimore until tomorrow so hopefully its fast and firm today at Pimlico. Here’s a look at the stakes races, beginning with the seventh race.

SEVENTH RACE
1. Noble Bird, 2. Page McLenney, 3. Hesinfront. Long shot: Savoy Stomp.

EIGHTH RACE
1. Expected Ruler, 2. Rocket Heat, 3. Ben’s Cat. Long shot: Rapid Dan.

NINTH RACE
1. Theogony, 2. Super Majesty, 3. Mei Ling. Long shot: Tiger Ride.

10TH RACE
1. Thundering Sky, 2. Spinamiss, 3. Miss Katie Mae. Long shot: Morethanjusthello.

11TH RACE: The Black-Eyed Susan
1. She’s a Warrior, 2. Land Over Sea, 3. Go Maggie Go. Long shot: Midnight On Oconee.
Yes, SHE’S A WARRIOR is still a maiden, but trainer Peter Eurton isn’t one to ship a horse around just for the heck of it. Eurton is 25% with shippers. This daughter of Majestic Warrior has run third to Songbird in two of her last three races and she seemed to enjoy the mud while finishing third in the Santa Anita Oaks. She has the fourth best Brisnet Late Pace Rating and jockey Gary Stevens keeps the mount. LAND OVER SEA and GO MAGGIE GO are the class in the race coming out of the Kentucky Oaks. MIDNIGHT ON OCONEE is from the always dangerous trainer Larry Jones barn.

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Churchill Downs, Horse racing

Churchill Downs opinions for Friday, May 6

Race 7 – CD
#2 Jade Princess (8-1): Simple philosophy: If you lost to undefeated Songbird, it’s no disgrace and play next time without her in the same race. This 3-year-old filly comes out of the Santa Ysabel that Songbird won and two fillies came out of the race to win, including Land Over Sea. Trainer Bob Baffert knows Churchill Downs well and gets Victor Espinoza to ride.

Race 10 – CD
#3 Nodiac (15-1) (turf only): Trainer Phil D’Amato has shipped a string from SoCal to Kentucky this spring and is spreading his wings. This filly finished third over a yielding course and now gets the services of jockey Flavien Prat, who is 32 with D’Amato and one of the top turf riders in SoCal.

Kentucky Oaks selections
1. #13 Land Over Sea
2. #6 Mokat
3. #3 Lewis Bay
4. #2 Weep No More
Like I said before if you lost to Songbird you go to the head of the class. LAND OVER SEA lost so many times Doug O’Neill decided to go to the Fair Grounds to win a race. MOKAT finished second to Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks in the mud.

Race 13 – CD
#6 Kiss Limit (3-1): As we said trainer Phil D’Amato has come to the Blue Grass and he stepped up to claim this colt off Mike Maker for 50K. By virtue of a cheaper maiden claiming win, this 3-year-old gets to run in a starter allowance. D’Amato is 24% first off the claim and gets that man Flavien Prat (32%) to ride.

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Fair Grounds, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, March 26 (Plus Fair Grounds)

Preview: Sort of a tough card with maiden races and the like and fields aren’t all that full. Just have to make the best of it. Plus I added the two big races from the Fair Grounds.

                                

Race 3 – SA

#2 Yana (6-1): The turf stretchout didn’t work for this mare last time so trainer Bill Spawr cuts her back on the dirt and he is 38% going from route to sprint plus he has his main man, Agapito Delagadillo aboard and they are 27%.

                   

Race 9 – SA

#5 Red Buttton (12-1): It could be a big day for the Bill Spawr barn as he brings this gelding back off a poor turf effort. Jockey Joe Talamo jumps on and he’s 24% with Spawr over the last year.

 

THE FAIR GROUNDS

 

Race 9 – FG

#8 Land Over Sea (3-1): After five straight losses to superstar Songbird, trainer Doug O’Neil has seen enough and decides to flee Southern California. This daughter of Bellamy Road has finished second to Songbird twice this year. O’Neill gets John Velazquez to ride. We’ll never get this morning-line.

                              

Race 10 – FG

#9 Dazzling Gem (12-1): Trainer Brad Cox has said he isn’t running in the Louisiana Derby for the heck of it and we believe him. This 3-year-old is a perfect 2-for-2 and while jockey Shaun Bridgmohan must work out a trip from this bad post, we think he can and the price is right.

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Fair Grounds, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 26 (plus Fair Grounds)

Preview: The rains hit Friday so I didn’t handicap any of the turf races because I don’t think they will stay on. If the track is wet, check out mud pedigrees. Also it’s that time of the year when trainers get horses ready for other tracks like trainer R. Gary Patrick, who stables at Indiana Downs, and has a pair of layoff horses today. Doubt if they are ready to win, but keep track.
Race 8: #5 Fancy Man (5-2): This colt finished second against better and trainer Dale Bennett drops him. Bennett is 30% third off the layoff and jockey Pablo Morales is 33% with Bennett.
Race 10: #1 Invasion Point (4-1): Just missed against better and takes a drop but jockey Daniel Centeno stays aboard.
THE FAIR GROUNDS
Race 9: #8 Land Over Sea (3-1): After five straight losses to superstar Songbird, trainer Doug O’Neil has seen enough and decides to flee Southern California. This daughter of Bellamy Road has finished second to Songbird twice this year. O’Neill gets John Velazquez to ride. We’ll never get this morning-line.
Race 10: #9 Dazzling Gem (12-1): Trainer Brad Cox has said he isn’t running in the Louisiana Derby for the heck of it and we believe him. This 3-year-old is a perfect 2-for-2 and while jockey Shaun Bridgmohan must work out a trip from this bad post, we think he can and the price is right.
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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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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Seattle Serenade, 2. Picasso’s Mandolin, 3. Power of Hope. LONG SHOT: Orion’s Belt.
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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Tell Her Yes (4-1), 2. Midnight Lady, 3. No Tricks for Jack. LONG SHOT: Mudge.

Jonathan Wong is a 36% trainer on the year and he ships down from Northern California. He is 47% on dirt and he gets leading rider Santiago Gonzalez. The 3-year-old finished third over this track during the summer at a level higher.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Edge Girl, 2. Hell on Heels, 3. Straight N Strong. LONG SHOT: Sweet Invention.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Courageous Dave, 2. Ready Cat, 3. Dr. Crabby. LONG SHOT: Story of Her Life.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Gio Mio, 2. Tough It Out, 3. Speedin With Eddie. LONG SHOT: General Strelnikov.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. My Dynamo, 2. One Last Shot, 3. Miss Big Stuff. LONG SHOT: Uptown Twirl.

This filly her maiden over this track and then ran into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird in the Del Mar Debutante. She’s been given some time off the Debutante has proven to be a key race.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Holy Lute, 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Bench Warrant. LONG SHOT: El Nino Terrible.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. JUJU’S MOJO (best bet), 2. Cordiality, 3. Tiz Pleasant. LONG SHOT: Betty’s Joy.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (It Is Living Water $9.80, first race; Great Lou $3.80, fourth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Tusk $3.40, sixth; My Monet $6.80, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Oligarch $18.40, seventh; Trust Your Gut $15.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Chalking It Up $5.20, third)

 

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 10 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. Send Me a Sign, 2. Entebbe, 3. My Rose. LONG SHOT: Almost Guilty.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Wheatfield (12-1), 2. Illuminant, 3. Luminary. LONG SHOT: Redheads Rule.

This filly passed a lot of horses in her debut at Los Alamitos and now trainer Marty Jones puts her on the turf. The sire Lone Star Special is 33% first time turf from a small sample and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE:1. Financial (BEST BET), 2. All Star Parade, 3. Pipedreams. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Daddy’s Duo (4-1), 2. Call to Congrats, 3. Radiant Journey. LONG SHOT: Pleasant as Pie.

This filly is a perfect 2-for-2 on dirt which maybe why trainer John Sadler claimed her for $80,000 at Del Mar. Sadler is 23% first off the claim and 21% going sprint-route-sprint.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Freedom Hill, 2. I’malreadythere, 3. Dressed in Hermes. LONG SHOT: Getoffmyback.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Carlos Dangerous, 3. Courageous Dave. LONG SHOT: Ready Cat.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Stays in Vegas (8-1), 2. I’mflatoutsweet, 3. One Last Shot. LONG SHOT: Jakaby Jade.

This filly finished fifth in the Del Mar Debutante behind the ultra-impressive Songbird. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% first time routing and the sire City Zip is 13% first time turf. Jockey Alex Solis takes over for the injured Flavien Prat.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Miner’s Light, 2. Iron Rob, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Let’s Meet in Rio.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Storm Comin Thru, 2. Brimstoned, 3. Prince Charmant. LONG SHOT: Roman Tizzy.

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10TH RACE: 1. Turnover, 2. Eddie’s First, 3. Saint Prdo. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

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Gulfstream Park West                   

Race 2: #1 Deciding Moment (3-1)

Trainer Rasharn Creque is 57% with horses running second time off a layoff. This 3-year-old came back running from a long layoff and Creque jumped in to claim him. JC Gomez keeps the mount in this likely speedster from the rail.

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Race 9: #1 Little Nick V (turf only) (9-2)

Lots of first-time runners in this race, but we’ll stick with this son of Colonel John that finished third in his debut for trainer Carlos Vaccarezza. This colt is coming out of a race that has produced two winners so far. He pressed the pace early and tired late. Jeffrey Sanchez takes the mount.

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Santa Anita results

Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Never Ends $5.40, second race; Stellata $9.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (No Tricks for Jack $9.80, first; Evo Campo $8.80, third; A Colt Following $9.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ossetra $13.40, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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