Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, June 5

Preview: We say goodbye to the hillside turf course as renovations start this week for the fall meet, which includes the Breeders’ Cup. There are four races on it today. There are five races on the dirt and some trainers to think twice about are Bill Spawr (1-for-15), Kristin Mulhall (1-13), Jeff Bonde (0-12) and Eric Kruljac (0-11).

Race 4: #5 Fruity (6-1): This filly came running in her second try down the hill and now trainer Simon Callaghan puts the blinkers on, a move he is 29% with. The 4-year-old should come running in the stretch for new jockey Flavien Prat, who is 29% with Callaghan.

Race 6: #2 Airlite (9-2): Here we are again down the hill with that man Flavien Prat. He rides most of trainer Richard Mandella’s horses and Mandella is 4-for-10 with horses second time on the grass. The 3-year-old finished third in his debut and should only improve.

Race 9: #8 Infinite Magic (6-1): This gelding is in the care of trainer Ted West for the first time and he is 31% with horses in that situation. Yes, Flavien Prat is aboard. The gelding has a second and third over the course and is cutting back from a route race.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 22 (Pacific Classic Day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Skelton Pass, 2. Dream Team, 3. Colonial Power. LONG SHOT: Paiasolo.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Ranulf, 2. Life Is a Joy, 3. Sea Preacher. LONG SHOT: Biltmore Boogie.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #2 Another House (4-1), 2. Dylan Ward, 3. Blue Law. LONG SHOT: Chromium.

This 3-year-old got quite an education in his debut at Laurel. He ran into trouble and finished fifth for trainer Tom Proctor. Gary Stevens takes over so look for a big improvement.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kobe’s Back, 2. Appealing Tale, 3. Wild Dude. LONG SHOT: Turnover.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. #4 Henry’s Holiday (10-1), 2. Got Even, 3. Perfect Set. LONG SHOT: Tribal Jewel.

Finished second and was claimed by Ted West, who is 29% first off the claim. Tries two turns for the first time and should enjoy it being sired by Harlan’s Holiday. West is 2-for-3 with horses going sprint-sprint-route. Jockey Tyler Baze jumps on and he’s 24% with West.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Procurement, 2. Twentytwentyvision, 3. Soi Phet. LONG SHOT: Southern Freedom.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fabulous Lady, 2. Tiz a Tommy Town, 3. Annie’s Curls. LONG SHOT: Casino Call.

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EIGHT RACE: 1. #9 Danas Best (10-1), 2. Big John B, 3. Ashleyluvssugar. LONG SHOT: Power Ped.

Was fifth horse on the wire in his U.S. debut and now jumps into graded stakes company. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 20% second off the layoff and Joel Rosario jumps on.

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NINTH RACE: 1. #5 Red Vine (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Bayern, 3. Beholder. LONG SHOT: Imperative.

This 5-year-old has three wins and a second on the main track since leaving the grass. Owned by Jon and Sarah Kelly of Rancho Santa Fe so a win at their home track would be huge. Jockey Joel Rosario comes West to ride for Christophe Clement and they are 22% together. I couldn’t talk you off almost any horse in this race. It’s tough. It’s put up or shut up time for Bayern. Would love to see Beholder win, but just not sure about the distance despite fabulous workouts. Imperative is training well as is invader Class Leader.

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10TH RACE: 1. Roy H, 2. Native Treasure, 3. Labour. LONG SHOT: Mal Verde.

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11TH RACE: 1. Mike man’s Gold, 2. Buckleberry Grey, 3. Saint Prado. LONG SHOT: Oligarch.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 4 (Basmati $11.80, second race; True Ranger $15.20, fourth; Chief of Staff $4, fifth; Olympic Lady $6.60, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Honey Lake $17.80, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, August 19

FIRST RACE: 1. #7 Norastone (7-2), 2. Lexie Arleen, 3. Smooth Talker. LONG SHOT: No Tricks for Jack.

Trainer Kristin Mulhall admitted her horses might have been short first time at the meet because she trained lightly on the new track. This is the second run for this filly. She pressed the pace and faltered in the stretch. Look for bettor effort here with a good work in tow.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cadet Roni, 2. Analysis Paralysis, 3. Bella Sierra. LONG SHOT: Seaward Cottage.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Lime Rickey, 2. Image of Joplin, 3. Wicked Finance. LONG SHOT: Interject.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #9 Whiskey Wild (8-1), 2. Heavenly Haze, 3. Devil Rising. LONG SHOT: War Destiny.

This gelding didn’t show much in first run over the track, but trainer Ted West claimed and West is 29% first time off the claim plus this 3-year-old has a bid work over the track.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sidepocket Run, 2. Q’ Viva, 3. Big Move. LONG SHOT: Redo It.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. #1 Benesh (3-1) best bet, 2. Frac Candy, 3. Sugar Buzz. LONG SHOT: Unbridled Rocket.

Trainer John Sadler is usually deadly at Del Mar in maiden claimers. Here he drops this 2-year-old to his lowest level ever after gelding him. Sadler puts jockey Santiago Gonzalez aboard and they are 3-for-5 (60%) at Del Mar the last two years.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Inkling, 2. Distinctiv Passion, 3. Forest Chatter. LONG SHOT: Heir of Storm.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Wild, 2. Lucky Shoes to Win, 3. Aaron Again. LONG SHOT: All Star Parade.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Sir Barclay $10.40, 10th race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Taris $4.20, fourth; Kristinite $8, sixth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Seek Safe Harbor $4.40, first)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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