Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 12

Race 2: #4 Harp N Halo (4-1): This mare likes to win races and she’s 2-for-3 over this track in the past. Trainer John Terranova ships her in and Terranova is 20% with shippers. On top of that he gets Irad Ortiz Jr. to ride.

                              

Race 5: #4 Elusive Speed (9-2): Trainer Jamie Ness might be known for winning with claiming horses but he can win with first-time starters (24%), too. He also team up with Tampa riding champ Antonio Gallardo and they are a 34% proposition.

    

Race 8: #6 Family Meeting (8-1) (turf only): This 3-year-old filly was facing tougher in Southern California and won the Grade III Durante at Del Mar. Trainer Tom Proctor can get them ready off the layoff (21%).

                      

Race 11 (TAMPA BAY DERBY):  #3 Outwork (12-1): Trainer Todd Pletcher is playing catch up with this 3-year-old. This is only his third career race but he’s a perfect 2-for-2. Pletcher is 29% with a first-time router and he’s out of Uncle Mo and an Empire Maker mare. Plus jockey John Velazquez comes North for the ride.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Monday, Sept. 7

FIRST RACE: 1. Waymond Boyd, 2. Y’s Passion, 3. Statesman. LONG SHOT: Marvelous Max.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Fancy Shoes, 2. Stenoa, 3. Aaron Again. LONG SHOT: Prodigious.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Golden Atlantic, 2. George Zip, 3. One of the Greats. LONG SHOT: Random Joy.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Glacken Too, 2. Cherubim, 3. Big Macher. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Seeking the West, 2. I’ll Wrap It Up, 3. King of Jazz. LONG SHOT: Nahem.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. C.C. Zipp, 2. Part of the Charm, 3. Swift Lady. LONG SHOT: Seaside Glory.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #3 Sassy Ashley (7-2), 2. Always Dangerous, 3. Wishful Winking. LONG SHOT: Aguacate.

This daughter of English Channel has been tearing it up in the mornings and will likely show speed drawing inside on the turf course. Jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the ride for trainer Richard Baltas and they are 29% combination.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Nyquist, 2. Mt Veeder, 3. Blameitonthelaw. LONG SHOT: Nightly News.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #1 Gomo (3-1) best bet, 2. Optimism And Hope, 3. Imflatoutsweet. LONG SHOT: Sutton’s Smile.

This daughter of Uncle Mo broke her maiden on the grass and then finished second in the Sorrento Stakes on the dirt. The winner of the Sorrento just finished second in the Del Mar Debutante. Jockey Mario Gutierrez knows her well and will likely have to use a little bit of speed from the inside post not to get buried in the first turn.

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10TH RACE: 1. #11 Black Betsy (12-1), 2. Glory, 3. Sensitively. LONG SHOT: Unforgettable U.

This 3-year-old filly’s last race was just too bad to believe when she showed speed and then finished last. Trainer Richard Baltas puts blinkers on, a move he is 25% with, and he has put two bullet works in her. We’re expecting an improved effort and upset in the Del Mar finale for the summer season.

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Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Belmont and Gulfstream) opinions for Thursday, June 25

Race 3: #6 Gomo (4-5)

This daughter of Uncle Mo showed speed in her debut and faded a little. Owner Paul Reddam has been on fire with his 2-year-olds and trainer Doug O’Neill is 19% with 2-year-olds. Being a first-year sire, Uncle Mo doesn’t have any grass winners yet, but he enjoyed two turns and so should his daughter. Yes, I know she is 4-5, but just single her in all horizontal wagers.

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Race 7: #10 Midnight Transfer (6-1)

Trainer Ron Ellis is 42% from a sample of 12 horses making their second start off the claim and the outside post is no bargain, but the price should be right. Joe Talamo rides.

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Race 8: #2 Yaffe (6-1)

Trainer Craig Dollase has stronger first-time starter stats (29%) than you may see in the DRF. This daughter of City Zip out of a Dixieland Band mare is bred to win early, sprint and run on the grass. She had a good last work as jockey Tyler Baze takes the mount.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 9: #8 Sweet Lew (turf only) (6-1)

Trainer George Weaver is 25% with horses going from a sprint to a route. This gelding takes a drop in class and has run some of his best races around two turns. On top of that, jockey Jose Ortiz takes over.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 1: #5 Dads Little Girl (6-1)

Trainer Gustavo Delgado is 6-for-18 in horses make their first start off the claim. He claimed this filly with an idea to put her on the turf as she has never been tried on that surface in 16 starts. Apprentice Tyler Gaffalione, who is 22% with Delgado in their last 23 mounts, takes over.

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Race 3: #7 Grand Bargain (4-1)

Trainer Jason DaCosta takes over the training of this 3-year-old colt and pulls out all the stops as he adds Lasix and gets jockey Edgard Zayas to ride. DaCosta is 20% with horses in their second career start and 39% with horses off a 46-90-day layoff.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

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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