Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, June 9

Preview: Not the best of cards. Remember no more downhill turf races due to renovation but they will go two turns on the grass. Speaking of the turf, Flavien Prat is lapping the jockeys with 16 wins on the green stuff from 46 mounts for 35% winning percentage and he’s in-the-money 59%. Next closest is Rafael Bejarano with 8 wins from 43 mounts and in the money 56% of the time.

Race 2 – SA
#7 Grand Prix (6-1): Trainer Gary Mandella gets wins 20% of the time from his first-time starters. This is a daughter of Tale of the Cat, who wins 16% of the time with his FTS. Good dirt jockey Martin Garcia rides.

Race 6 – SA
#5 Fast Magoo (4-1): Trainer Rosemary Trela doesn’t have many horses and she’s 0-for-6 this year, but she was injured earlier and is back in charge now. This mare has been smokin’ in workouts at San Luis Rey Downs and has a 9-2-2-2 record over the track. Trela is 26% on dirt, 25% in sprints and 38% in claimers.

Race 8 – SA
#6 Proud ‘n’ Ready (4-1): Trainer Peter Eurton drops this filly into a maiden claimer for the first time, a move he is 43% with. He also gets that turf maven Flavien Prat to ride so we’re looking for a huge effort in the 3-year-olds first time around two turns.

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Churchill Downs, Horse racing, Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown

Churchill Downs opinions for Saturday, May 2

Race 3: #5 Gandono (15-1)

This son of Lemon Drop Kid, a 14% turf sired, got rained off the turf in his last but showed marked improvement. Trainer David Carroll puts blinkers on today and jockey F. Geroux (a 20% turf rider) takes over.

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Race 8: #11 Water Hole (12-1)

Trainer Chad Brown puts this 4-year-old filly in a graded stakes for her U.S. debut, which says a lot. Jockey Gary Stevens (22% turf rider) and should have her in the right position turning for home.

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Race 13: #5 Imslopokerodriguez (15-1)

Certainly New York-based trained Rudy Rodriguez could have found a spot at Belmont to run this son of Tae of the Cat (16% sire first time out), but he decides to run here and puts in a huge work over the track to boot. NY’s Irad Ortiz rides and is 24% with Rodriguez.

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Jeff Nahill’s Kentucky Derby top four

 #10 Firing Line

#18 American Pharoah

#8 Dortmund

#15 Frosted

 LONG SHOTS: International Star and Mubtaahij

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 29 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Missing Groom, 2. Beach Fever, 3. Mr. Casanova. LONG SHOT: Synnin.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Chippette, 2. Warren’s Assassin, 3. Pursuitofparadise. LONG SHOT: Dixie Deville.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sheezflippinsexy (best bet), 2. Hennythelovepenny, 3. Suite One. LONG SHOT: Doctor Susan (SCRATCHED) NEW LONG SHOT: Ill Tell You What.

Trainer Vann Belvoir and jockey Rafael Bejarano are a 50% combination at Del Mar the last two years. Here they team up on a first time starter named SHEEZFLIPPINSEXY (6-1), by Tale of the Cat, who is a good first out sire.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Intoxicating Move, 2. Fantastic Mizz, 3. Highly Rated. LONG SHOT: Boller Bomb.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ashleyluvssugar, 2. Deraptor, 3. Public Policy. LONG SHOT: True Ten.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Big Tire, 2. Conquest Two Step, 3. Red Outlaw. LONG SHOT: Van Fraasen.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Keepnherinthedark, 2. Nero’s Pleasure, 3. Covey. LONG SHOT: Delphia.

KEEPNHERINTHEDARK (6-1), a daughter of Kitten’s Joy, drops into a maiden claimer for the first time off a nine-month layoff. Trainer Mark Glatt is 21% with horses off a layoff of more than 180 days and he’s 29% going from turf to synthetic.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Noble Bird $4.20, third race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Big Cazanova $3, second; Sheza an Eyeopener $7, fourth; Small Town Cop $10.80, fifth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Only Josie Knows $11.40, seventh; It Is Living Water $12, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Chilada $9.80, sixth)

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbred picks for Saturday, July 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Oeighter, 2. Super Defence, 3. Desert Madam. LONG SHOT: My Sweet Afleet.
Trainer Philip D’Amato, who took over the barn of Mike Mitchell, won four races on closing day last Sunday at Santa Anita and looks to keep the roll going with OEIGHTER, a daughter of Tale of the Cat. D’Amato goes first-time blinkers (2-for-4) and top barn rider Joe Talamo (24%) stays aboard.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Hollanita, 2. Queen of the Hill, 3. Courageousandbold. LONG SHOT: Milady Maid.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Arkenstone, 2. Got Even, 3. I Don’t Care Who. LONG SHOT: Tres Borrachos.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. No Ez Money, 2. Grand Humor, 3. Johns Journey. LONG SHOT: Storm Bid.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tiznow Or Tehn, 2. Sudden Rumor, 3. Go Black Tie. LONG SHOT: Take a Risk.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Radiant Dancer (best bet), 2. Prontezzo, 3. Opsec. LONG SHOT: Good Deal.

Trainer Jeff Bonde is 28% with first-time starters and RADIANT DANCER, a son of Langfuhr, has been tearing up the track in the mornings at Santa Anita. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado jumps on so it looks like a send job from the outside post.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Appealing Resume, 2. Creditcardroulette, 3. Rhodium. LONG SHOT: Sydney’s Darling.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Top Fortitude, 2. Shared Belief, 3. Candy Boy. LONG SHOT: Can the Man.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Swiss Intrigue, 2. Grace Victoria, 3. Yodelmesomemagic. LONG SHOT: Lucky S.J.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Wicked Heat $3.60, first race; Amina Perfect $22, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Colorado Strong $4.80, first; Brannaman $9.40, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Leedstobeaver $11, fourth; Shh She’s Ours $6, fifth)

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