Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Tuesday, Aug. 13

Hot and cold
Mark Glatt led all Del Mar trainers last week with an 11-4-0-3 record and is now tied for fourth place in the standings with seven wins for the meet.
Doug O’Neill followed up his monster nine-victory week with a solid 16-3-4-2 mark and leads Peter Miller (11-1-3-4 for the week) by five wins for the meet, 16-11.
John Sadler followed up an 0 for 12 effort in Week 3 with a 10-2-2-0 mark in Week 4 and should be a trainer to watch this week. Sadler likes to win stakes races and there are plenty of those week, headed by the Pacific Classic on Saturday.
The Peter Eurton barn is starting to thaw from its icy start as he was 3-2-1-0 during the week.
Some barns are still struggling. Keith Desormeaux (1 for 22), Michael McCarthy (1-18), Steve Knapp (1-17), Tim McCanna (1-13), John Sherriffs (0-14), George Papaprodromous (0-17), Jim Cassidy (0-14) and Jack Carava (0-14) must be looked at as throw outs in handicapping until they show signs of life.
Miller and O’Neill lead the pack with six winners each on the main track followed by Sadler and Bob Baffert with five wins each. Neil Drysdale, who is known mainly for prowess on the turf, is 2 for 2 on the dirt.
It is pretty amazing O’Neill leads all trainers with 10 victories on the grass. from 42 starts. It wasn’t too many years ago that O’Neill went through a streak of 1 for 76 on the turf, but times have changed.
On the other end, Vladimir Cerin is 1 for 14 on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course while McCarthy if 0 for 17 with just two third place finishes and Patrick Gallagher is 0 for 12.

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Golden Gate, Horse racing

Golden Gate opinions for Sunday, June 12

Preview: It’s closing day of the long meet and the 20-cent Pick 6 must be given away today. The jackpot is more than $1.4 million so you count on it at least doubling or tripling today.

Race 9 – GG
#5 Freddies Dream (4-1): This gelding makes his NoCal debut after running for trainer Mike Puype down south. He ends up in the high percentage Andy Mathis barn and he gets perennial riding champ Russell Baze to ride. Baze is 35% with Mathis.

Race 10 – GG
#10 A Little Luckier (6-1): Jockey JJ Hernandez had his choice of four horses in this race and he sticks with this mare. She’s taking a drop in class for trainer John Martin, who hits with 32% of his claimers and 35% with Hernandez.

Race 12 – GG
#9 Call My Bluff (4-1): This filly is dropping from a straight maiden affair to the maiden claiming ranks. She gave an even effort in a sprint and now tries two turns on the grass. Being by Temple City, a son of Dynaformer, she should like the turf and the distance. Trainer Tim McCanna is 2-for-9 dropping into a maiden claimer and he’s 22% with jockey Frank Alvarado. Also consider using the 7 and 12.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Sunday, March 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Crusher, 2. Shackbamalama, 3. Cinco de Mario. LONG SHOT: Trouble X Two.

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SECOND RACE: Kissin Lucky Lips, 2. Money Plays, 3. Classic Candy. LONG SHOT: Rosso Bellezza.

Trainer Mike Puype stated he was going to scratch this maiden KISSIN LUCKY LIPS from Saturday’s ridiculously hard Santa Anita Oaks to go here in this maiden claimer on the grass. Puype puts blinkers on this 3-year-old filly and he’s 30% with that move.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Copperopolis, 2. Yes She’s Unusual, 3. Sea John’s Spirit. LONG SHOT: Adriatic Skye.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Showme Yourfriends, 2. Big Note, 3. Mr. Ornery. LONG SHOT: Xuang Feng.

SHOWME YOURFRIENDS, a 6-year-old gelding, has raced once on the down the hill turf course and won. After a layoff and prep at Golden Gate, trainer Tim McCanna decides to come back to a winning formula and trainer Tyler Baze jumps on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Susa B Good, 2. Theatrical Cast, 3. Gisele At Fonz’s. LONG SHOT: Irish and Lucky.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Presenceofagenius, 2. Snaps, 3. Counting Days. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Red Tesla, 2. Congregationalist, 3. Tenkiller Kid. LONG SHOT: Pass the Pico.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Peace and Justice (best bet), 2. Bright Thought, 3. Joelito. LONG SHOT: Dr Action.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Amina Perfect, 2. Perfect Tango, 3. Splendid Outcast. LONG SHOT: Cleverly Beverly.

 

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