Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, March 6

Preview: With rain scheduled to begin late Saturday night, SA management finally did something smart and carded only one grass race, which will be taken off to main track in all likelihood on Sunday. Look for horses that have done well on wet tracks before and check those Tomlinson numbers.

                                

Race 3: #4 Toledo Eddie (9-2) 

Trainer Robertino Diodoro claimed this gelding last time and moves him up, which is always a good. Diodoro is 22% first off the claim and this 7-year-old is 2-for-2 on a wet track.

                   

Race 4: #5 Keeping the Faith (6-1)

Plenty of class droppers in this maiden claimer, including this gelding. Trainer Anthony Saavedra is a perfect 3-for-3 when employing the sprint-route-sprint angle. Also the sire Southern Image is 18% with horses on a wet track. Apprentice David Lopez jumps on.

 

Race 6: #3 Feldini (8-1) 

Tough maiden race with trainers like Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler with horses entered but going with a possible up and comer in this 3-year-old by Twirling Candy, a sire who is 31% with mud horses. Trainer Scott Hansen is 33% with horses going two turns for the first time and jockey Tyler Baze jumps on.

 

Race 8: #3 Star of Munster (5-1) 

This filly had been doing well in open company and now drops into a Cal-bred race so looks like a class drop to me. Trainer Robertino Diodoro is 27% with horses that won their last race and should it stay wet the sire Tribal Rule does well on an off-track.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 23

Preview: Decent Saturday card and a Pick Six carryover of more than $300,000. They say there could be $1.2 million in new money, but with all the snow in the East, I’m thinking it will be more as bettors will only be able to play tracks in Florida, New Orleans and California. The Bob Baffert barn has gotten hot and is 6-ofr-31 on the dirt to lead all trainers on the main track. He is followed by Richrda Baltas (5-25), Bill Spawr (5-11) and Vladimir Cerin (4-9). Guys looking for their first dirt win are Gary Sherlock (0-12), Mike Pender (0-10) and Mike Machowsky (0-10).

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Race 2: #3 Where’s Bubba  (7-2)

As we stated Bill Spawr is one of the top dirt trainers this meet. Just draw a line through this gelding’s last race and the previous race puts right there with these. Spawr is 37% going from route to sprint.

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Race 5: #3 A Colt Following (7-2) 

We’re sticking with Bill Spawr in this one, too. This colt won at this level last time and Spawr is daring someone to claim him. Again the route to sprint angle (37%) comes into play.

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Race 9: #7 Sudden Sam (6-1) 

Breeder/owner Nick Alexander likes to win races, especially with homebreds. There are a lot of fast works o this 3-year-old but I guarantee trained Phil D’Amato (16% with firsters) has him fit. Tribal Rule is a 15% sire with firsters and this one gets Lasix, too.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, July 19

It appears Del Mar will be on the turf today, but @Jonlindodrf reported this morning workouts on the main track were on the slow side but the sun is out.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Keezheekoni, 2. Gucci Brown, 3. Little Emma. LONG SHOT: Sweet Profit.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Summer Wine, 2. Codacious, 3. Fast Magoo. LONG SHOT: Desert Steel.

Golden Gate horses have done well at the meet so far and this one broke its maiden at first asking on the turf so there’s no telling how good she is. Good turf jockey Corey Nakatani takes the mount for trainer Bill Morey, who is 24% with horses hat won their last race.

THIRD RACE: 1. Light Striker, 2. Dublin Dancer, 3. Toomanytomatoes. LONG SHOT: Sheza Eyeopener.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. War Destiny, 2. Inexcess Again, 3. Disco Boy. LONG SHOT: Juansagain.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Native Treasure, 2. Dead Easy, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Unusual Taste.

Jockey James Graham is trying his hand at Del Mar this summer after riding in the Midwest. He’s good on the turf and jumps on this North California shipper for trainer Ed Moger Jr. This son of Tribal Rule likes to be forwardly place so should be in from the bell.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. DREAMY (best bet), 2. Pretty n Cool, 3. C. C. Zipp. LONG SHOT: Albeit.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Top Fortitude, 2. Cherubim, 3. Yiannis. LONG SHOT: Snuggley Bear.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sunset Glow, 2. Pammy Whammy, 3. Her Emmynency. LONG SHOT: Paulina’s Love.

This 3-year-old filly was chasing Lady Eli, the undefeated turfer, two races in a row and then lost to Celestine in her last race, which has proven to be a key race. Trainer Wesley Ward ships West and jockey Gary Stevens is more than happy to take the ride on the speedster.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Ultimate Luck, 2. Superboot, 3. Big Hat Charlie. LONG SHOT: Rebel Rebel.
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10TH RACE: 1. Poythress, 2. Second Summer, 3. Air Pocket. LONG SHOT: Box Score.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Rockin Bayou $8.20, third race; Sweet Mz. Poppet $7.80, fifth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Go Long $7.20, seventh)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (Gas Total $4.20, eighth; Dr. Fager’s Gal $5.60, ninth)

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Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, May 21

Race 1: #3 Modonna (NL)

Trainer Molly Pearson wins a lot of her races in Arizona, but can win on this circuit. She has two first-timers in this 2-year-old filly race and this daughter of Uncle Mo seems faster than her stablemate. Uncle Mo is 1-for-2 so far as a first-year sire.

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Race 6: #6 Wynhurst (NL)

Trainer Bob Baffert drops this 4-year-old into a maiden claimer for the first time. The colt pressed the pace in his first race in more than a year, but tired. Regular barn rider Martin Garcia takes over.

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Race 8: #8 Light Dew (NL)

Trainer E.G. Burnison is 0-for-7 in his last tries with first-time starters, but make no mistake he can get one ready. The sire Tribal Rule wins 14% first time and this 4-year-old has a good last work showing and it won’t take much in this $20K maiden claimer.

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, June 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Corinthian Melody, 2. Tough Business, 3. Puttybadshark. LONG SHOT: Adriatic Skye.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Swiss Heart, 2. Her Lucky Spirit, 3. Ipolita. LONG SHOT: Ball Park Lady.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Fantastic Mizz, 2. Bonnie Lesley, 3. Could Be Trouble. LONG SHOT: Plaza de Indias.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Crux, 2. Native Ride, 3. Midnight Storm. LONG SHOT: Hall of Fame.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Rum Point, 2. Lil Bit O’Fun, 3. Fly Boy Roy. LONG SHOT: Bettys Bambino.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Red Barris, 2. Brandon’s Princess, 3. Nueva Fortuna. LONG SHOT: Citizen Jane.

RED BARRIS, a 3-year-old filly, has been facing better and now drops to near the bottom of the claiming ranks. The daughter of The Green Monkey is coming out of a key race, where the top two finishers won next time out.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Summer Front, 2. Obviously, 3. Jack Milton. LONG SHOT: Winning Prize.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Grace Hall, 2. Magic Union, 3. Let Faith Arise. LONG SHOT: Scherzinger.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Shysheisnot (best bet), 2. Euroclydon, 3. Q’ Viva, LONG SHOT: Cravin’ the Heat.

Jockey Joel Rosario is in town to ride in the stakes races so he picks up this mount, SHYSHEISNOT, for trainer John Sadler. This daughter of Tribal Rule has been away since December, but could love the grass since her mother has Dynaformer as her sire.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Loveintheshadows $5, third race; Atta’ Boy Woody $5.40, fourth; Coconut Cream Pie $5.40, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Image of Joplin $6, second)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Eltoninadress $7.80, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita picks for Friday, Jan. 24 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Winninginfashion, 2. Corinthian Melody, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: The Mothership.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Dance With Fate, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. Flagman. LONG SHOT: Baranof.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tiz Midnight, 2. Brilliant Jewel, 3. Thisonesforricky. LONG SHOT: Legacy.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tim’s Go Girl, 2. Glance’s Rule, 3. Girly Ghost. LONG SHOT: Swiss Sugar.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Yankee Rebel, 2. Tommy O (SCRATCHED), 3. Copper Bay. LONG SHOT: Bobby Flay.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Coo Cachoo, 2. Peacenik, 3. Fast N Furius Cat. LONG SHOT: Truelee Scrappin.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Joeandbetty’sbaby, 2. Mesana, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Diaminda.

Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed JOEANDBETTY’SBABY for $32,000 off trainer Doug O’Neill. Belvoir is 32% first off the claim and this 4-year-old is a down-the-hill special with three wins in five attempts. She got off to a slow start last time and still got up to win. On top of that jockey Martin Garcia could have ridden others here and chooses this one.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Julie S. (best bet), 2. Among the Stars, 3. Ipolita. LONG SHOT: Controller.

Trainer Peter Miller has been on fire at the meet (32-7-1-5) and he’s real good with first-timers (21%) and debut maiden claimers (26%). Nothing spectacular in the works for this daughter of Tribal Rule, but Miller doesn’t work ‘em fast, especially if he wants to cash a ticket. Speed jockey Martin Pedroza gets the ride so look for him to send JULIE S. from the gate.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (The Cleaners $4, second race; Zimmer $11.20, third)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Miss Well Molded $4.60, seventh; Runaway Que $5.20, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Gutsy Ruler $5.80, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (D’ya Knowwhatimean $6.80, first; Only the Gold $15, sixth)

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