Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Belmont, Churchill, Gulfstream opinions for Thursday, June 4

GULFSTREAM PARK  

Race 1: #10 Famous Sting (9-2)

Trainer Marcial Navarro is 29% first off the claim and has been out at this meet, winning his last three race without a loss. This 4-year-old filly just broke her maiden and should fit at this level.

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BELMONT PARK        

Race 1: #7 Groupthink (8-1)

Trainer Chad Brown is a spectacular 46% going from a route race to a sprint like this 4-year-old gelding. The horse has been first or second eight times in 13 races.

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Race 8: #11 Robe (8-1)

Trainer Bill Mott has better numbers with second-time starters and comes out of a Gulfstream Park race that has produced three next out winners.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS                  

Race 7: #5 Vancouver (7-2)

Our Eyes:  This 3-year-old colt drops into a claimer for the first time for trainer Wayne Catalano and comes out of a Oaklawn Park MSW race that has produced three next out winners. Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan is 26% with Catalano.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Nov. 2 (UPDATED)

Just a couple of opinions for Sunday. Breeders’ Cup burn out. See you Friday for opening day at Del Mar’s new fall meet.

I’ll just say one thing about BC Classic yesterday: chickenshit call by the stewards and chickenshit of them to leave without facing the media. That’s what gives California racing a bad name. It was blatant interference and Bayern should have come down. Period. I respect all of the stewards in California, but yesterday wasn’t their finest moment.

As for today, there is a $1.3 million carryover in the Pick Six so I’ve added a few more thoughts on those races.

Race 5: #5 Dortmund (7-2)

A lot of trainers are starting maidens today on the Santa Anita dirt because the circuit moves to Del Mar’s Polytrack for the rest of the month. This son of Big Brown has been working well for his debut for trainer Bob Baffert, who is 22% with first-timers. JUST KIDDING has been working well for Eurton but don’t like him as a first out trainer. SIR SAMSON also working well. DA JENIUS ships in from Saratoga and comes out of a race with three next out winners. PASSINAFLASH is from the Mora/O’Neill barn and they have been firing with their 2-year-olds.

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RACE 6: LIMINARY, ILLUMINANT, TATERBUG all working well. CALLBACK has been working great and been working with Dortmund for Baffert. Indian Princess and Natalie’s Wonder come out of key races.

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RACE 7: 2-4-12-11

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EIGHTH RACE: 12-2-1-7

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Race 9: #6 I’m Already Sexy(6-1)

Trainer Wayne Catalano doesn’t come West much so when he does it’s time to pay attention. He brings regular jockey F. Geroux for the ride. This 4-year-old filly has early speed and will look to use it here. Tought race as FILIMBI just lost to BC winner DAYATTHESPA, WALL OF SOUND lost to JUST THE JUDGE, who ran well yesterday. STRATHNAVER big work, I like

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RACE 10: I like LITTLE CURLIN. KING PTOLEMY, KIBOU and ROUGH PASSAGE, but ALFA BIRD will be odds on and tough to beat.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Ocho Ocho Ocho $3.60, first race; Judy the Beauty $8.20, sixth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Acceptance $3.40, second; Amaranth $7.80, third; Texas Red $29.80, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Dayatthespa $13, fifth)

Saturday’s fourth choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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