Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 31

Preview: The forecast is for 100% chance of rain and has been for days so I don’t understand why Santa Anita carded so many turf races. I didn’t even look at the grass races because I know they will be decimated by scratches so I just stuck to the dirt/slop races.

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Race 2: #6 Armoured Car (3-1) 

When trainer Richard Mandella drops into the maiden claiming ranks for the first time he is 35%. This son of Giant’s Causeway has a good mud Tomlinson and jockey Alex Solis keeps the mount.

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Race 7: #4 Eighty Three (3-1) 

As of Friday morning, trainer David Jacobson was winless this winter after shipping a string West from New York. Normally, Jacobson is 25% with shippers and this gelding is 2-for-2 on a wet track and that’s what we are hoping for here as Gary Stevens picks up the ride.

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Race 9: #7 George’s Main Man (15-1)

This gelding has won twice over this track but his last two are tough to explain. Trainer Mike Puype drops him and Puype is 71% when he drops more than two class levels. Journeyman Joe Talamo takes over for apprentice Ty Kennedy.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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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.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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