Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, November 12

Preview: Keep in mind that journeyman Norberto Arroyo Jr. had a big summer meet here, especially on the turf, so keep it in mind at this fall meet. Good card for this time of year. Jockeys Rafael Bejarano (hand injury) and Mario Gutierrez (sickness) missed opening day on Friday. Hope someone bet my long shots on Friday as two of them came in.

Race 1: 1. #6 Klondike Creek (5-2), 2. Evicted, 3. Bedeviled. LONG SHOT: Pappou.

This colt is making only his third career start and he showed big improvement in his first race on the grass. Trainer Richard Mandella is 36% with second-time turfers and 29% with horses running their second time at a route. Flavien Prat keeps the mount.

Race 2: 1. Lunar Express, 2. Savannah Sky, 3. Call ot Congrats. LONG SHOT: Miss Star Maker.

Race 3: 1. SABI SANDS (BEST BET), 2. Sly Humor, 3. Princess Hulia. LONG SHOT: Mopotism

Race 4: 1. Defiantly, 2. Barhanpour, 3. Mittersill. LONG SHOT: Camino Del Paraiso.

Race 5: 1. #6 Velvet Jones (7-2), 2. Lil Miss Sapphire, 3. Feel Freely. LONG SHOT: Cioppino Pasadino.

This filly broke her maiden first time over this track with a come from behind effort. A similar style might work here as there appears to be a lot of speed. She is dropping out of a minor stakes race and gets a big jockey switch to Rafael Bejarano.

Race 6: 1. Infinite Magic, 2. Cervaro, 3. Tattenham. LONG SHOT: Saint Loup.

Race 7: 1. Thunder Basin, 2. Pedro Cerrano, 3. Anthonysgotgame. LONG SHOT: Smokey’s Legacy.

Race 8: 1. Crown the Kitten, 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. McHeat. LONG SHOT: Banze No Oeste.

Race 9: 1. #12 Gavin Streetsense (10-1), 2. Little Mustard, 3. The Golden Kid. LONG SHOT: Johann’s Command.

This gelding ran fourth over this track at this distance at this level. Trainer Richard Baltas owns this 3-year-old and he makes a jockey change to journeyman Tiago Pereira and they are 29% together.

Good luck.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Sunday, May 1

Preview: It’s the final day of an underwhelming meet that wasn’t supported by horsemen until the final few days. Let’s hope for better in the fall.

 

Race 1 – LRC

#8 Oh Daddy Oh (6-1): This gelding has never run in the afternoons at this track but has a good record at night. Trainer Lorenzo Ruiz is 26% with horses coming off a 46 to 90-day layoff. He has put two good works into him and Vinnie Bednar rides back.

                                               

Race 3 – LRC

#1 Wonderful Becky (8-1): Jockey Vinnie Bednar could be in for a good day as he also rides this mare for trainer Justin Clark, who is 50% with horses returning off a 90-plus day layoff.

 

Race 4 – LRC

#8 The Natural (7-2): Come on, everyone loved the movie. This colt is dropping in class and is coming out of a race where the first two horses to come back have won. Can you say 3-for-3?

 

Race 8 – LRC

#5 D Day Dude (6-1): Trainer Phil D’Amato has been hot for months and while he hasn’t started many here he’s still batting 33% (2-for-6). D’Amato is 29% third off the layoff and 21% at Los Al with jockey Tiago Pereira.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Thursday, April 28

Preview: We enter the final week of the Los Alamitos meet as the circuit will return to Santa Anita next week and we’ll get some grass racing. Jockey Kent Desormeaux continues to ride with confidence as he leads the standings with 10 wins from 21 mounts. Mario Gutierrez, Tyler Baze and Tiago Pereira all have six wins each.

 

Race 5 – LRC

#5 Proud Fighter (10-1): This gelding has been away from the races more than 18 months, but trainer Justin Clark is 5-for-9 when bringing a horse back off a layoff of more than 90 days. Jockey David Lopez jumps on.

 

Race 8 – LRC

#3 The Gold Monkey (5-1): Trainer Bruce Headley doesn’t start many these days but he can still get winners. This gelding comes out of a key race that has produced two winners already. Jockey Edwin Maldonado, who is 41% with Headley, takes the mount.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos RC opinions for Thursday, April 21

Preview: Another small card as far as entries as Los Al has no turf course, but prices have been surprisingly good. On the jockey front, Mario Gutierrez (6-11) and Kent Desormeaux (5-11) have come out swinging plus Agapito Delagadillo, Tiago Pereira and Tyler Baze all have three wins.

 

Race 4 – LRC

#3 Jena Baby (3-1): Trainer Peter Miller drops this filly to her lowest level ever. Miller is 23% taking a horse sprint-route-sprint and 23% with maiden claimers. Apprentice Bryan Pena is 21% with Miller.

 

Race 6 – LRC

#2 Crayon (6-1): Trainer John Shirreffs doesn’t start many at this track so this filly must be doing well. She broke slow in her debut but showed late interest on the grass. With the long stretch here it might suit her well. Shirreffs is 31% with horses making their second career start.

 

Race 7 – LRC

#5 One More Roll (15-1): This gelding is 4-1-1-0 on this track and has plenty of early speed. Trainer Bill Spawr is 22% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff and the 4-year-old comes out of a key race that has produced two winners so far.

 

Race 8 – LRC

#4 Johny’s Choice (5-2): The 7-year-old is 5-2-1-0 over the track. Trainer Mark Glatt has a pair of wins at the meet the first week of the meet and this gelding comes out of a race that has produced three next out winners.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 29

Preview: Another ho-hum card. Jockeys to stay away from in dirt races are Tiago Pereira (1-28), Gonzalo Nicholas (1-20), Chester Bonnet (0-20) and Ty Kennedy (0-17)..

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Race 4: #4 Exfanofsixties (8-1) 

This filly was showing improvement before she went to the sidelines for trainer A C Avila, who is 30% with horses off a 46-90-day layoff. Avila has put three straight 7-furlong workouts in this 4-year-old so she should be plenty fit. Jockey Fernando Perez takes the mount and he is 23% with Avila

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Race 7: #8 Behest (5-1)

Trainer Phil D’Amato moves this filly to the turf for the first time and D’Amato is 15% when he does that. He is also 22% third off the layoff and he puts jockey Drayden Van Dyke aboard.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Viviendo El Sueno, 3. Turn Your Eyes. LONG SHOT: Record Highs.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #3 Adriatic Son (20-1), 2. Second Proposal, 3. Oil. LONG SHOT: Too Fast to Pass.

Hasn’t raced in more than a year, but showed plenty of speed as a 3-year-old. There is a good work showing. Trainer Vann Belvoir is 3-for-8 in turf sprints and 21% with shippers. On top of that, jockey Corey Nakatani takes off another horse to ride this one.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #4 SECRET CHORDS (4-1) BEST BET, 2. Flowinwiththebreez, 3. Hayyouwaitforme. LONG SHOT: Bolt Up.

This 3-year-old filly drops into a maiden claimer for the first time after showing sheep in her first two races. If jockey Mario Gutierrez employs the same tactics here, he might be gone on this speed-favoring track.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Belle Et Bete, 2. Holograeme, 3. Moon Over Paris. LONG SHOT: Dreamologist.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Scatchmeifyoucan, 2. Ambrella, 3. Sayitright Kat. LONG SHOT: Flexible Ethics.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Miss Boom Boom, 2. Illuminant, 3. Barbara Beatrice. LONG SHOT: Dakota Kid.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. She’s a Warrior, 2. Old Hollywood, 3. Lunar Empress. LONG SHOT: Candy Boss.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Seek Again, 2. Bal a Bali, 3. Avanzare. LONG SHOT: Alert Bay.
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NINTH RACE: 1.  Ten Dollar Note, 2. Two Steps of Glory, 3. Knightwithputnam. LONG SHOT: Passionate Emotion.

Our Eyes: This 2-year-old finished second at 45-1 in her debut. She takes a drop in class and would appear to have the early pace advantage for trainer Felipe Souza and jockey Tiago Pereira.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Smooth Talker $5.20, fourth race; The Pizza Man $4.20, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Patriotic Diamond $3.40, sixth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Mended $9.80, first; Tiz a Classy Lass $6.40, fifth; Redneck Crazy $12, eighth)

Thursday’s long show winners: 1 (Gift of a Star $8.20, third)

 

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Sunday, Oct. 25 (plus Gulfstream Park West)

Race 4: #4 Blessherheart (7-2)

Trainer Phil D’Amato drops this filly into a maiden claimer for the first time, a move he is 29% with. She showed speed going long and now cuts back to 7 furlongs. Jockey Tiago Pereira jumps on and he is 27% with D’Amato at Santa Anita.

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Race 6: #4 Cant Do the Danse (4-1)

Trainer Jonathan Wong claimed this gelding at Golden Gate and ships south. Wong is a 47% trainer on dirt and 30% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff. Wong employs red-hot apprentice Ty Kennedy.

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Race 9: #6 Lucky Reality (5-1)

Young trainer Dan Blacker doesn’t start many, but this is his best move: going from MSW to maiden claiming. He’s 50% with this move and this gelding finished second at Del Mar in the maiden claiming ranks at a higher level. Jockey Martin Garcia knows the 3-year-old well.

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Gulfstream Park West 

Race 2: #5 E Z’s Irishman (8-1)

Was bet down to 7-2 in debut, but didn’t do much running. Trainer Larry Pilotti is 28% with horses making their second career start. Apprentice jockey Harry Hernandez jumps on for a weight break.

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Race 5: #1 Morning Calm (turf only) (7-2)

Our Eyes: This colt finished 6th in the John’s Call at Saratoga and now takes a class drop. Also, that race has produced three next out winners. Trainer Michelle Nihei is 21% with horses off a 46 to 90-day layoff.

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Race 9 – GPW

#6 Set On Salsa (turf only) (8-1) ***

Our Eyes: Trainer Kathy Mongeon ships this filly down from New Jersey where the 4-year-old comes out of a race that has produced three next out winners. Leading jockey Tyler Gaffallione takes the mount.

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