Horse racing

Churchill Downs opinions for Wednesday, Nov. 23

Preview: There is a rollover of $139,275 in the Single Six wager and there is also rain in the forecast so don’t expect the turf races to stay on the green.

Race 6: #8 Teenertown Prince (6-1)
This 3-year-old drops to his lowest level ever and comes out of a key race that has produced three next out winners. Trainer Forest Kaelin is 29% with horses off a 46- to 90-day layoff and he gets Calvin Borel to ride. The sire Speightstown gets 21% winners on a wet track.

Race 9: #12 Takeittotheedge (8-1)
Our Eyes: This 3-year-old is making his second race start off the layoff and look who he lost to in some of his past races: Cupid, Forevamo and Nyquist. Trainer Dale Romans is 23% with beaten favorites. Faces several he lost to in return and could like the mud as sire Broken Vow is 18% on off-tracks.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 4

Preview: The middle of the meet woes have hit as there are less than 60 horses entered on this card. Some trainers off to slow starts are Mike Puype 1-for-22, Kristin Mulhall 1-for-18 plus Keith Desormeaux and Bob Hess Jr., both 1-for-16.

Race 1: 1. Celebrity Status, 2. Ain’t No Other, 3. Senator Bob. LONG SHOT: Tripski.

Race 2: 1. Arrogate, 2. Five Palms, 3. Teniente Coronel. LONG SHOT: Mystery Train.

Race 3: 1. Moose Skowron, 2. Handsome Hank, 3. Quorum of Joy. LONG SHOT: Proud Zoning.

Race 4: 1. #5 Tattooed Kitty (4-1) BEST BET, 2. Lil Miss Sapphire, 3. Holy Mosey. LONG SHOT: Zensational Dancer.
Trainer Peter Miller has a penchant for scoring with first-timers from San Luis Rey Downs, like this filly. We love the sire Wildcat Heir (15% first time out) and Miller puts Brayan Pena aboard.

Race 5: 1. #3 Hell On Wheels (12-1), 2. Lamontagne, 3. Discatsonthesquare. LONG SHOT: Lemon de Oro.
It isn’t often you get double-digits on a horse trained Phil D’Amato but that’s what we are getting here. D’Amato is 24% with horses coming off a 90-plus day layoff and she has plenty of early foot in this turf sprint. The sire Speightstown gets 12% winners first time turf.

Race 6: 1. Prime Issue, 2. Eight Spokes, 3. Signature Cat. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

Race 7: 1. #1 Dame Street (9-2), 2. How Unusual, 3. Mo Knows. LONG SHOT: Lunar Empress.
It’s that man Phil D’Amato again as he gets this filly off 2-for-2 efforts on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs. Top grass jockey Flavien Prat takes the mount for this improving 3-year-old and he’s 28% with D’Amato.

Race 8: 1. Soap Box, 2. Triple Clown, 3. Jimmy the Juice. LONG SHOT: Accordance.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 24

Race 4: #7 City of Vengeance (15-1)

Has been a disappointment since coming West, but trainer John Sadler is 22% second off the claim as the gelding tries the downhill for the first time. Jockey Victor Espinoza jumps off another contender to ride this son of City Zip and is 21% with Sadler.

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Race 6: #8 Oppidum (5-1)

If it’s a 2-year-old race trainer Bob Baffert usually has it surrounded and such is the case here with three horses. The barn’s main rider, Martin Garcia, chooses this son of Speightstown who showed good speed at Del Mar before stopping. He goes shorter here and should be on the engine.

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Race 9: #7 Canada (4-1)

Is bred to be a good one, but has had problems in both starts, especially last time, but Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has seen enough to stay aboard and he is 26% with trainer Simon Callaghan.

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 1: #2 Drama Club (5-2)

This colt makes his debut on turf, but the bigger thing is that he drops from the straight maiden ranks to a maiden claimer. Trained by David Fawkes, he exits a race that has produced three winners. Jockey Edgard Zayas takes over.

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Race 7: #10 Awesome Sunrize (turf only) (6-1)

This filly returns to South Florida after running at Arlington Park. She comes out of a key race and trainer Kerry Zavash is 24% with shippers. Zavash has a winner already at the meet with jockey Eddie Castro, who jumps on.

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Race 9: #1 Samus (turf only) (5-1)

Trainer Marcus Vitali has been on fire at the meet with 6 winners from 20 starters. Vitali is 25% with horses second time in his care like this 3-year-old. He is also 30% on the year with jockey Matthew Rispoli.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, June 19

Race 2: #2 The Gold Monkey (5-1)

Trainer Bruce Headley is 40% first time going long from his last 15 races and he puts one of his barn’s top riders aboard in Edwin Maldonado (24%).

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Race 5: #9 Tiz a Tommy Town (9-2)

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC puts its horses where they can win and this first-time starter by Speightstown (16% first time out) is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who wins 28% with first-time starters.

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Race 8: #10 Catalina Bonita (12-1)

Maybe the light bulb has turned on for this 4-year-old filly. She has been training lights out the last month. So good in fact that trainer Kristin Mulhall moves her up a class level, a move she is 27% with. Look for an improved effort with Edwin Maldonado aboard.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Wednesday, Oct. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Whoyougonnacall (best bet), 2. Empire Cat, 3. Slapshot Man. LONG SHOT: Condition.

WHOYOUGONNACALL (3-1), a 2-year-old gelding, has shown speed in both of his races and now gets to go around two turns for the first time. He is a son of Ghostzapper and should relish the added distance. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 21% sprint-to-route and jockey Joe Talamo is 28% with D’Amato.

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SECOND RACE: 1. West Riding, 2. Mangita, 3. Taste Like Candy. LONG SHOT: Yahilwa.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Bolo, 2. Diamond Majesty, 3. Secreto Primero. LONG SHOT: Clever Move.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Magic Number, 3. Cayanna. LONG SHOT: Siberian Winter.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Inspeight of Us, 2. Partyin, 3. Doctor Susan. LONG SHOT: Blooming Hannah.

Since Leandro Mora has taken over for the suspended Doug O’Neill the barn has been winning at a 25% clip and the 2-year-olds have been firing. INSPEIGHT OF US (6-1), a daughter of Speightstown, has had some good works for her debut at Fairplex Park. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the mount.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Silver Torch, 2. Gallant Charm, 3. Watch It Buster. LONG SHOT: Crux.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Alberts Hope (15-1), 2. Hoppertunity, 3. Pimpernel. LONG SHOT: Diamond Bachelor.

One of the top 2-year-olds on the West Coast last summer, ALBERTS HOPE (15-1), a gelding, came back with a disappointing race last month. He only figures to improve off that effort for trainer Mike Puype and might surprise in here against some toughies.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Signature Cat, 2. Hot Lightning, 3. Dontpreachto Darcy. LONG SHOT: All Around Brown.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Decisive Edge $4.40, first race; No Problem $8, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Desert Madam $14.60, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Bluegrass Reward $17.80, third; Twenty Percent $9.40, seventh)

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Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Sunday, December 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Oneandonlyloveman, 2, Oh Daddy Oh, 3. Heyyoucan. LONG SHOT: Harbaugh.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Coco de Carchy, 2. Magestic Stinger, 3. Midnight Lady. LONG SHOT: J K’s Mischief.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Dress Code, 3. Would You. LONG SHOT: Magic Beam.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Snaps, 2. Well Lawyered, 3. Maxx the Giant. LONG SHOT: Pot Roast.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Street Car, 2. King Maya, 3. Private Bounty. LONG SHOT: Space Runner.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Seek Again, 2. Admiral Kitten, 3. Jack ilton. LONG SHOT: Rookie Sensation.

Very interesting running of the Grade I Hollywood Derby. European-based trainer John Gosden, who formerly trained in Southern California, ships in with this 3-year-old son of Speightstown named SEEK AGAIN and acquires the services of Corey Nakatani, who is one of the best grass jockeys in the colony. This Juddmonte Farms colt isn’t here for the exercise and his Racing Post rating has been improving all year.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. China Girl Lover, 2. Proven Warrior, 3. Battled. LONG SHOT: Secretsatmidnight.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dayatthespa, 2. Discreet Marq, 3. Tiz Flirtatious. LONG SHOT: Better Lucky.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Wild Dude, 2. Five Palms, 3. Demonic. LONG SHOT: Syndicated.

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TENTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Copper Bay, 3. Ransom Canyon. LONG SHOT: Very Unusual.

On big stakes days when jockeys from out-of-town stick around for the last race of the day, instead of packing for the flight home, they must be live. Such is the case here with this 4-year-old gelding SIZZLIN’ JOE, which Joel Rosario will ride for trainer Marty Jones. The offspring of Unusual Heat drops into a claimer for the first time in his career and that might be the magic potion.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 0

Saturday’s second choice winners: 5 (Designer $3.80, first race; Global View $6.40, second; Soul Candy $8.60, sixth; Pray Hard $3.80, seventh; Mary Helen’s Storm $10, 10th)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Too Fast to Pass $9, third; Cook Inlet $5.20, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Full Ransom $26.80, fourth)

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