Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, June 4

Preview: Really good card (any card with Beholder on it is good), especially the Late Pick Four and if a couple of Bob Baffert favorites get beat that wager will pay off huge. Speaking of Baffert, he has been quiet at the meet with just a 2-for-13 record on the dirt. He’s probably getting ready for a summer assault on Del Mar has he starts a lot of comebacking horses this weekend. Phil D’Amato (9-24) and Jerry Hollendorfer (6-31) lead the way on the dirt.

Race 1 – SA
#7 Fiftypercentcotton (5-1): Trainer Dan Blacker is winless (0-for-17) on the year but one area where he excels is adding blinkers (25%, 4 for his last 12) and that’s what he does with this filly.

Race 2 – SA
#7 Bombard (4-1): Love this colt last time out bu didn’t get the job done for the team of jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Richard Mandella. Don’t think the 3-year-old liked the good turf and it will be firm today. Go to the windows.

Race 5 – SA
#6 No Contingency (8-1): This gelding has been popular at the claim box this year. In fact, trainer Mike Pender lost the 6-year-old and claimed him back out of his last race, which is always a popular angle. Pender is 25% first off the claim this gelding also has one of the best back speed Brisnet numbers. The gelding finished second at this level two back and Pender puts jockey Edwin Maldonado back on.

Race 6 – SA
#2 Twentytwentyvision (7-2)
Pure and simple we’re hoping for a pace meltdown between Heart to Heart and Midnight Storm here in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile. If that happens, we hope this gelding picks up the pieces for that team of Prat and Mandella again.

Race 9 – SA
#5 Right Wing (10-1)
#7 Alley Boss (12-1)
We’re going to dutch in this race and hope to beat all three Bob Baffert’s maidens in here. RIGHT WING is from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn and he’s 27% with first-time starters and we think jockey Martin Garcia would like nothing better than to stick to his old boss Baffert. ALLEY BOSS is from the Molly Pearson barn and has some nice works at San Luis Rey Downs. This 3-year-old is a son of Twirling Cany, who gets 20% first out winners.

Race 11 – SA
#2 Film Freak (12-1): Not sure this colt like the good turf or the distance in his last race. Trainer Tim Yakteen cuts him back to a distance where he finished second at in a similar race two back. Red-hot jockey Flavien Prat takes tthe mount and he has been winning everything on the grass.

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Del Mar, Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Keeneland

Del Mar picks for Thursday, Oct. 29 (plus a few others)

FIRST RACE: 1. Doyouknowsomething, 2. Player’s Charm, 3. Vartan. LONG SHOT: Exemplar.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Pico Chick, 2. Exit Sixty Slew, 3. Swag Money. LONG SHOT: Amare.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Follow Me Cerv, 2. Sunbeamsfromheaven, 3. Mister Blue. LONG SHOT: Zim N the Mailman.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Newfound Gold, 2. Razorbill, 3. Karma King. LONG SHOT: Surf N Ski.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. John’s Success, 2. Lovenseek, 3. Trifecta. LONG SHOT: Peach Arch.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. #7 Pacific Heat (9-2) BEST BET, 2. Just Google Me, 3. Obey. LONG SHOT: Forthenineteen.

Trainer Peter Eurton doesn’t get them ready first time out so for this one to win first time out by 13½ lengths is impressive. Even more impressive is the fact he went wire-to-wire and had the best late pace BRIS figure.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tiz a Kiss, 2. Hiking, 3. Natice Heart. LONG SHOT: Queenofthepalace.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #3 Dirt in Your Face (4-1), 2. Dakota Deacon, 3. Alltheleavesrbrown. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.

This 3-year-old drops down to the level where he finished second at this summer. He has a good work coming into the race and trainer Tim Yakteen is 43% with horses moving down two or more classes. Jockey James Graham takes over.

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Gulfstream Park West 

Race 1: #2 Megatoni (turf only) (5-1)

This 2-year-old finished sixth at this level over the track three weeks ago. That race has produced three next out winners and she gets a jockey change to E. Jaramillo.

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Race 8: #7 Expect Some Drama (15-1)

Trainer Jane Cibelli is 36% with horses going down two or more class levels. On top of that this filly is coming out of a key race and apprentice jockey Harry Hernandez takes over.

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Keeneland Race Course 

Race 6: #5 Clearly Confused (5-1)

Our Eyes: This filly has been playing musical trainers lately, ending with her third conditioner in her last three races. But this much is clear she is coming out of a Del Mar race that has produced three winners already and she finished third in a Grade I over this track in the spring.

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Del Mar selections for Wednesday, July 29

FIRST RACE: 1. He Will, 2. Oil, 3. Prodigious. LONG SHOT: Hye I’m Jack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Worldwide, 2. Where Was Eddie, 3. Chromium. LONG SHOT: Mr. Zippers.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Tizcano, 2. Well Maybe, 3. Jimmy Bouncer. LONG SHOT: Clever Royal.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #8 Lov Fool (12-1), 2. Rich Girl, 3. Tequila Mary, LONG SHOT:  Tumbleweedprincess.

Trainer Tim Yakteen is 18% in maiden claiming events. Here he adds blinkers to a filly that showed speed last time and he puts the red-hot Flavien Prat aboard.

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Race 5: #7 Warm Endowment (5-2) STUCK IN RACE AND LIKELY TO SCRATCH

This filly is sired by Unusual Heat (12% first time turf) and is out of a Lemon Drop Kid (13%) mare. That screams turf and two turns. The 2-year-old got her prep at Los Alamitos and today is graduation day for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 43% with first-time turfers. If she runs, she’s our best bet, but it sounds like she will scratch.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Land Over Sea, 2. Asian Moonlady, 3. She’s On the Line. LONG SHOT: Red Stitch.

 

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Temperature Runnin, 2. Bonus Spin, 3. Anita Marie. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Kyankes, 2. Belle Et Bete, 3. Housemaker. LONG SHOT: Sound City.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #8 MIGHTY BROWN (6-1), 2. No Ez Money, 3. Shakahari. LONG SHOT: Saint Adalbert.

Midwest-based trainer Michael Stidham already has a couple wins at the meet and he puts 19% barn rider James Graham up here for this Arlington Park invader. The son of Big Brown has two wins on dirt and a good work over the track. Stidham is 28% going route to sprint.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Hide My Heart $3.20, first race; Far Out Kailee $22.20, third; Spirit of Ten $10.80, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Newfound Gold $4.20, fourth; Songbird $6.40, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Rare Candy $6.60, fifth; Wild Dude $24.60, sixth)

 

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, May 15

Race 3: #5 Finnerty’s Folly (6-1)

This son of Marino Marini is bred to win early both top and bottom. Showed an improved work last time out. Trainer Vann Belvoir is 14% with first-time starters.

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Race 5: #1 Candy for Debbie (9-2)

Trainer Terry Knight doesn’t ship to Southern California much from his NoCal base so when he does pay attention. This 7-year-old gelding has a nice inside post to press the pace early and Knight is 33% (4-for-12) with horses off a 61-180-day layoff.

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Race 7: #5 Two Is to Many (7-2)

Trainer Tim Yakteen scratched out of a race last weekend to try his luck here. This 6-year-old gelding has two wins at Santa Anita, a big work over the track and red-hot jockey Tyler Baze.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, May 10

Race 4: #5 Magna Rex (9-2)

Trainer Richard Baltas drops this 3-year-old gelding into a claimer for the first time, takes the blinkers off and puts Felipe Valdez aboard. Baltas and Valdez are 42% together.

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Race 9: #6 Two Is to Many (4-1)

This gelding showed speed in his return but tired in his first race in eight months. He takes a class drop for trainer Tim Yakteen, has two wins over the track, gets the red-hot Tyler Baze aboard and sports a bullet workout earlier in the week.

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Feb. 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Katerrific, 2. L X Sunrise, 3. Taie It Slowly. LONG SHOT: Scoozi.

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SECOND RACE: 1. I Don’t Care Who, 2. Perfect Set, 3. Bluegrass Reward. LONG SHOT: Half Strike.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Chaulk O Lattey, 2. Twentyfive to Life, 3. Tale of Papa Nick. LONG SHOT: Discatsonthesquare.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Smart Journey, 2. Trelawny, 3. Fighter Squadron. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

This 6-year-old SMART JOURNEY (8-1) drops into a claimer for the first time, but trainer Mark Glatt is 19% with claimers. The horse has had plenty of experience on the downhill turf course and jockey Flavian Prat knows what to do on the grass.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Relentless Heat, 2. Senor Rain, 3. Nextdoorneighbor. LONG SHOT: No Contingency.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Midnight Hawk, 2. Setsuko, 3. Prime Issue. LONG SHOT: Batti Man.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Day of Fury, 2. Anxious Times, 3. Christopher Street. LONG SHOT: Street Maven.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bandido Too (best bet), 2. Pure Thunder, 3. Sky Heart. LONG SHOT: Muzzled Mousse.

BANDIDO TOO (7-2), a 3-year-old, had been gelded since his last start by trainer Tim Yakteen, who is 3-for-4 with horses coming off a layoff of 61-180 days. Jockey Tyler Baze retains the mount on the class dropper and look for improved speed.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Sprague River $9.60, fifth race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Pat the Bear $3.40, second)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Hoop of Colour $9.80, third; Ashleyluvssugar $19.20, seventh; Alwazabridesmaid $22.80, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos Race Course opinions for Friday, Dec. 19

Race 4: #6 Patsy G and Me (2-1)

This 2-year-old made his debut in September at Golden Gate in a race that has produced two winners. Now he is in the Tim Yakteen barn, which is 38% with horses off a 61-180-day layoff. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke is likely to gun from the gate.

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Race 6: #6 Maid Easy (5-1)

We liked this first-timer by Top Hit earlier in the meet, but she was scratched out of the No. 1 hole. She gets an outside draw here for the potent jockey/trainer combination of Kayle Stra and Kory Owens (38%). Owens is also 23% with 2-year-olds.

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