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California Breeders Champions Night

Posted on 7.25.2015 with No comments

A terrific card awaits at Los Alamitos with a 12-race program for California Breeders Champions night. Three Pick-4's and a Pick-6 carryover of $8,931 highlight the wagering menu. The Governor's Cup Derby, Governor's Cup Futurity, and Spencer Childers are just a few of the main events on tonights card.


Race 1:  5-2-6

#5 Dynasty Energy: has the talent but need to run straight and avoid gate trouble.

Race 2:  1-2-5

#1 Hesmore to Check: has not been seen since May but this trainer does well with this kind of layoffs.

Race 3:  6-3-5

#6 Skinny Jeans: Looked ultra sharp in last win. A repeat effort will crush this field.

Race 4:  2-7-8

#2 A Goddess Thru Fire: comes out of G3 La Primera and is already a stakes winner at this distance.

Race 5:  1-3-6

#1 New Look: Classy Gelding comes off the layoff for sharp trainer and has a bullet workouts. The last time he won was with this rider in a Grade 3 event.

Race 6:  4-5-6

#4 Cypriat: Got away slow last time out and closed with strong strides from the rail post to miss  by a neck against a similar group. Needs alert start.

Race 7:  5-3-6

#5 Quirky: Looks too classy and too good for this field.

Race 8:  5-1-2

#5 Marko Czech: I you ignore her Kindergarten Futurity effort her record looks very nice.

Race 9:  1-6-3

#1 Moonist: Broke poorly against a much tougher field, a clean break should win easily.

Race 10:  6-10-4

#6 Bac in Front: has won 6 of last 8 starts, has won 4 of 5 at this distance.

Race 11:  9-1-10

#9 Shut Out: Troubled trips in last two starts have prevented her from winning, I like her post towards the outside.

Race 12:  3-7-2

#3 Kking Ddavid was a troubled favorite last time out, he was claimed for a new trainer that does well with this move. Effort from earlier in the year fit well here.


Carryover Friday at Los Alamitos

Posted on 7.10.2015 with No comments

After an upset by Private Terrace (paid $89.60 for a $2 win bet) in the first leg of Wednesday's Pick-6, nobody was able to catch all six winners and there is a $26,721 carryover in today's program.

Racing begins at 2:15pm and the pick-6 begins with race 3.

Today's Picks:

Race 1:  2-1-5

#2 Jack No got away slowly in his debut at Santa Anita at a slightly higher level. He trained over this track and I think he will be more effective with the racing experience.

Race 2:  2-5-1

#2 Majestic Minister gets the slight nod from me in a very competitive field. I find it a big plus that top rider Rafael Bejarano decides to return to ride this horse for this low percentage trainer. Bejarano knows this horse well and he has ridder her to all of her three wins.

Race 3:  6-7-5

#6 Lucky Heat didn't get away to a good start in her debut at Santa Anita against $50,000 claimers and now takes a drop in class to the $20,000 level for a good trainer and jockey combination.  Her workouts appear to have gotten better since her first race.

Race 4:  4-5-2

#4 Rocko's Wheel tried the turf for the first time last time out and didn't seem to care for it. His dirt form is much better and his win two starts ago fits well in this spot.

Race 5:  4-6-9

#4 Silk in Silver has been given some time off since April and now returns at the same level she was claimed out of but this time in a sprint event. She has a sharp workout leading up to today and this trainer does well with his Thoroughbred stock during the night time programs.

Race 6:  1-7-4

#1 Mahee ran a good second in her last effort at Santa Anita at this same distance against a similar group. She set the pace and battled back to finish over six lengths clear of the third place finisher. She should be able to control the pace with her inside post and short run into the first turn.

Race 7:  5-6-1

#5 Smack Talk makes his first start since November for trainer Vann Belvoir. He won his debut last summer at Del Mar under this jockey and now shows a steady set of workouts in preparation for his return. He showed enough speed to stay close to the leaders early on and he will be dangerous if he can repeat that once again.

Race 8:  3-6-7

#3 Blame It On Tekela has been close to breaking his maiden and this field looks like it might be the group he has been looking for. He can press the pace or sit back and make a run.

Thursday at Los Alamitos

Posted on 7.09.2015 with No comments

The second and final week of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos gets underway with an 8-race card that begins at 2:15 p.m. Horses that have been setting the pace or close to the leaders have been enjoying success (especially in sprints) throughout the first week of the meet. We have seen some long shots get the job done and the long stretch at Los Alamitos has proven to be tricky at times for a few jockeys. Keep an eye out for horses that ran here last year, they tend to run well with previous local experience.

Today's Picks:

Race 1:  2-6-1

#2 Dekko returned after a year on the sidelines and ran a very good second in a sprint at this same level. He's stretching back out to a route and he's shown he can win going two turns.

Race 2:  4-5-3

#4 Exposure comes off a maiden win when dropping in class to the maiden claiming ranks for the first time. She has enough speed to stay close to the leaders early on and make her move down the stretch.

Race 3:  4-3-2

#4 Seek Safe Harbor's style is go to the front and take them as far as you can. That has worked well for her as she comes into this race with back to back wins.

Race 4:  9-2-3

#9 Slew to Fly is one of the few runners that has running experience in this field. He had a fast workout over this surface prior to his debut and I think he will improve in his second start while also taking a drop in class.

Race 5:  5-4-6

#5 Just Kidding has experience running at this distance and comes off two good efforts. He looks like the deserving favorite.

Race 6:  9-1-7

#9 Finallygotabentley didn't seem to care for the mile distance last time out and if you look at his previous three sprints this year, he looks in a great spot today.

Race 7:  6-2-5

#6 Maximinus faced a sharp field last time out and finished an even fourth in that race. He showed terrific early speed in his previous race and he will be tough to catch if he gets away with an early lead.

Race 8:  7-8-3

#7 The B G Way ran a good race two starts ago when finishing second after some early trouble at odds of 74-1. He has some low profile connections and might once again be overlooked on the tote board.


Sunday at Los Alamitos Thoroughbred

Posted on 7.05.2015 with No comments

Sunday's Picks:

Race 1:  1-5-2

#1 Derringer has some back class and has been getting his speed sharpened in the 870-yard allowances during the night programs. I think he can take them gate to wire

Race 2: 6-4-5

#6 Bella Breeze tried the turf and didn't seem to like it. She adds blinkers, returns to dirt, and takes a drop in class.

Race 3:  5-3-4

#5 Light Striker is a good off the pace threat. I think there is going to be two or three horses going for the lead and she will be closing from the back of the pack.

Race 4:  1-6-2

#1 I Heart You comes off a good second place finish at this level and was claimed by local trainer Charles Treece. She has plenty of experience at this distance and a repeat effort of her last race should get the job done.

Race 5:  3-4-6

#3 Oil just looks too good for this field. He comes off a fast race and looks to be the best speed of the group.

Race 6:  4-8-6

#4 Put It There is another one that has been running during the night programs at the distances of 870 yards and 4 1/2 furlongs. While others in this field lack consistency, this runner has finished in the top three in 11 of his last 12 starts.

Race 7:  1-2-5

#1 Atascaderan can be a threat if he gets away with a clean start. He likes to be on the lead and his second place finish at Santa Anita three starts ago fits well here. Last year he won over this track at this same distance.

Race 8:  6-5-1

#6 Super Majesty won her debut impressively. She might be a stakes winner in the future if she improves in her second start. She looks too good for this field.

Race 9:  2-6-8

#2 Ride the Shark gets the slight nod from me in a field that has plenty of questions. I like that she has been training over this track and now she gets a drop in class and adds blinkers.



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