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Sunday @ Santa Anita Park: San Pedro Stakes

Posted on 4.12.2015 with No comments

Sunday's program at Santa Anita features the running of the $75,000 San Pedro stakes at the distance of six furlongs. It's a very interesting field and there will be plenty of eyes on the impressive debut winner Kentuckian and the returning Om. Kentuckian has plenty of buzz surrounding him because of his big win at Golden Gate fields. On the other hand, Om has not been seen since last August at Del Mar when he crushed a field that included One Lucky Dane (2nd in the Santa Anita Derby) and American Pharoah (Arkansas Derby winner and likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby).

Below are my selections for the day. Stay tuned to my twitter for my bets.

Race 1:  1-3-4

#1 Comin'offthebench did everything but win last time out when finishing second after leading for most of the race. She's making her second start of the 2015 and looks to be the one to beat in this group.

Race 2:  6-5-4

#6 Beyond Lucky showed terrific early speed but faded to third against a similar group last time out. She shows a couple of workouts since her last race and will be tough to handle if she can catch a breather early on in the race.

Race 3: 5-6-1

#5 Kiss My Face didn't get away to best of starts in her debut and finished a dull ninth in a field of eleven. I expect her to improve off that effort and today's extra distance might be right up her alley.

Race 4:  2-5-6

#2 Golden Crown ran a very good fourth in her local debut at odds of 83-1 despite being her first start in over two years. This trainer has a history of doing well with imports and this horse looks to be heading the right way.

Race 5:  4-3-6

#4 Desert Willow made her debut a winning one despite getting away to a slow start last summer at Del Mar. She hasn't been seen since then but you have to think the break will be no problem and if she shows any kind of improvement, she will be in the mix late in the race.

Race 6: 2-1-9

#2 Marycasey disappointed her supporters last time when running a dull seventh after a sparkling debut win. I will give her another chance to redeem herself today. Maybe the second time around two turns and the slight cutback to a mile will help her.

Race 7:  4-7-9

#4 Always a Chance had the lead in the final yards last time out at this same distance and this same level before getting caught at the wire. When jockey Rafael Bejarano rides for this trainer, they tend to do very well.

Race 8:  6-7-2

#6 Yiannis was well-meant in his debut and he delivered a hard-fought victory against a good runner by the name of Gimme Da Lute. He's been given some time to recover since that effort and shows a good set of workouts leading up to today. He's got some tough competition today but I liked what I seen in his debut.

Race 9:  1-8-12

#1 Ivana Beat Yabad showed a new dimension last time when going to the lead and setting fast fractions while hanging on for fourth in a field of twelve against tougher competition. Today's droop in class might be the key to get her to the winner's circle.

Saturday @ Los Alamitos

Posted on 4.11.2015 with No comments

A pair of 2-year-old events highlight tonight's card at Los Alamitos which also has a pick six carryover in excess of $8,000. We could see some nice debuts by some promising juveniles in races 5 and 6. Stay tuned to my twitter feed for my plays.


Race 1:  4-8-3

#4 Carchy Cat is better than his last two races indicate. He's got some speed and reunites with jockey Omar Santos who is a perfect 2-for-2 with him. Trainer Humberto Loma has been sending out live runners these past few weeks.

Race 2:  9-8-4

#9 Hayley's Gray showed some speed last time out before tiring late and finishing third. This will be her second start since February 2014 and I expect an improved effort tonight.

Race 3:  3-2-1

#3 Grayden is only making his third lifetime start and has plenty of room to improve. He was claimed by a sharp trainer that is winning with over 40% of his thoroughbred starters.

Race 4:  10-8-6

#10 El Korita ran too good to lose last time when missing by a nose at a slightly higher level. This trainer jockey combination tend to will and this runner has fired good efforts with jockey Cesar De Alba aboard.

Race 5:  1-3-2

#1 Sale Topper looked good in both workouts leading up this race and these connections have been winning races in bunches.

Race 6:  7-8-2

#7 Daring N Different gets the slight edge in a group that looks to have quite a few runners that might make some noise in their debuts.

Race 7:  1-5-6

#1 Tsin Tao got away to a fast break and held on for the win last time out at a shorter distance. I envision a similar scenario tonight with his inside post position.

Race 8:  6-7-2

#6 Wilson Wheelz has encountered some trouble in his last couple of starts, if he can get away cleanly, I think he has a big chance of beating this field to the wire in a small upset.

Friday @ Los Alamitos: 100-yard Dash

Posted on 4.10.2015 with No comments

A new week of racing begins at Los Alamitos Race Course with an 8-race program that features a pair of 2-year-old events and the running of the Santa Ana Handicap at the don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it distance of 100 yards. Below are the picks for tonight. Stay tuned to my twitter feed for my Doubles, Pick-3s and Pick-4s.

Race 1:  3-9-2

#3 Southern Owah returns to the track of her maiden-breaking win back in January where she went from gate to wire. Jockey Ramon Guce is back aboard and new trainer Keith Craigmyle has been on a good run lately.

Race 2:  1-10-5

#1 Miss Special Regard has shown good accelerations in both of her workouts in preparation for tonight's debut. She outworked both of her foes in each workout and looked to be getting stronger down the lane. Maybe she can avoid bumping at the break with her inside post.

Race 3:  1-4-2

#1 Swiss Peak comes off a strong win against a lower level of open claimers. She steps up in claiming price but she's in a conditioned spot that might prove to her advantage. She's won three of her last five starts and has a sharp apprentice rider aboard.

Race 4:  5-4-8

#5 Time Toget Ahead made his debut a winning one a few weeks ago when crushing his competition. He will be tough to handle if he improves off his last effort. Top rider sticks aboard.

Race 5:  3-2-6

#3 Ruidoso Rocker didn't get a way to a good start lat time out when finishing third as the betting favorite as this same level. She's making her second start for a sharp trainer.

Race 6:  3-1-4

#3 Carnegie Haul has shown good acceleration from the gate in both of his workouts and looks to have plenty of talent for sharp connections.

Race 7:  1-7-6

#1 Bma Lake Van was unlucky to lose last out when breaking slow and getting bumped from both sides before showing a good late run to miss by a diminishing neck. She gets an extra 30 yards today and all she needs is a clean start.

Race 8:  4-2-1

#4 Durio broke fast and held on for the win at this same distance lat time out when setting a new track record. He's in sharp form and has terrific gate speed.


Los Alamitos: La Primera Del Año Derby

Posted on 4.03.2015 with No comments

Tonight's featured event is the GIII $205,200 La Primera Del Año Derby for fillies and mares. Bac in Front is the morning line favorite off a terrific trial win but i think Foo Who might give her a run for her money.

Below are my selections for the night. Stay tuned to my twitter feed for my pick-4 wagers.

Race 1: 6-5-3

#6 Nate Dawg has been unlucky in a couple of his last races, new trainer has been doing well with new claims.

 Race 2: 4-3-5

#4 Ice Time comes off a good looking win and takes a logical step up in class, this jockey has been aboard all his wins.

Race 3: 3-1-5

 #3 Hot To Surf looks to own the speed of the field and his effort from two races back should be competitive in here.

 Race 4: 5-6-4

#5 Benicia Gem has sharp form and looked good in her latest win when going gate to wire.
Race 5: 5-1-6

#5 Wicked Trip was unlucky to lose her last start by a nose after leading all the way, figures the speed of the field.

Race 6: 6-3-4

#6 Fd Dasher has not gotten the best of trips lately but he's moving down in class and gets a good outside post.

Race 7: 3-4-1

#3 Hez Stellar ran a good second in his first start of 2015 despite some traffic trouble, i expect a good effort in his second start of the year.

Race 8: 4-2-10

 #4 Bac In Front looked terrific in her trial win when posting the fastest qualifying time, that was the best race of her career.



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