Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMERICAN PHAROAH






Del Mar’s opening day on July 16 is approaching, well, like American Pharoah rolling in the stretch. And anyone at Santa Anita over closing weekend of The Great Race Place’s 39-day spring meeting couldn’t help but notice that horse racing is in full stride right now.

A big part of that is the success of American Pharoah, the sport’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. American Pharoah put in his first work Monday, going three furlongs for trainer Bob Baffert. This came after a rowdy Saturday in which the colt was paraded through the Santa Anita paddock, winner’s circle and then on the track. Baffert was noticeably concerned about his champion in the winner’s circle when American Pharoah had trouble settling down for a photo. After a number of tries, Baffert finally waved his arms and said, “That’s enough. Get him out of here.”

On Sunday, Baffert told reporters that the “petting zoo” period was over for his colt, and now it’s time to get him ready for his last race, the Breeders’ Cup on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. After that he’ll stand at stud.

Only Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat know where American Pharoah next will race, but one thing is certain: The son of Pioneerof the Nile will van to Del Mar on July 13 and train here for his next race.

A lot has been speculated on the Triple Crown winner’s next race. Baffert said Saturday that the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2 and the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Aug. 1 were possible. And when asked about the TVG Pacific Classic, he didn’t rule it out, giving his usual mantra that the colt will let him know when he’s ready to go. “We’re on his schedule now,” he said.

In the meantime, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club officials are trying to come up with a plan on how to deal with having racing’s superstar housed on the backstretch. Baffert made it clear that the colt is getting back to work, and surely Del Mar will respect those wishes. At Del Mar, it’s almost certain there won’t be nearly the fuss made over the colt’s arrival as there was at Santa Anita, where he was welcomed back as a conquering hero by adoring fans, TV stations and every form of media. As much as Del Mar would like to see it, this won’t be Cigar coming in for the 1996 Pacific Classic. Talk about a zoo.

All Del Mar can hope for is that American Pharoah’s scheduled works will be announced ahead of time to allow San Diego's horse racing fans to attend them in the morning as they did for California Chrome last year.

As for his appearances at Del Mar, if American Pharoah goes to the Haskell or Jim Dandy and wins without incident, Del Mar officials can only hope to parade the game's 12th Triple Crown winner on Pacific Classic Day. Such an appearance by the best 3-year-old to race in 37 years would save a race that right now looks light in the haunches considering the depleted state of the older horse division.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

LOS ALAMITOS 2 WEEK MEET







Michael Wrona, the regular track announcer at Golden Gate Fields, is returning to Los Alamitos Race Course to call its two-week summer meet, which begins July 2.

Wrona, who filled in for Frank Mirahmadi in the final three days of the 2014 fall meet at Los Alamitos, will be in the booth for the eight-day meeting before Mirahmadi, who is back working at Monmouth Park. Mirahmadi returns for the fall (Sept. 10-25) and winter (Dec. 3-20) seasons later this year.

The Australian-born Wrona, who also served as the track announcer at Hollywood Park, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Lone Star Park, Arlington International Racecourse, and Churchill Downs, among others, in a career that spans a quart
er of a century, is looking forward to coming back to Los Alamitos.

"I thoroughly enjoyed filling in last September and am excited to return," Wrona said. "Calling the races at the reconfigured layout is an invigorating challenge."

Post time is 2:15 p.m. PT for the summer meet, which concludes July 12. Racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday.



LOS ALAMITOS SUMMER RUN










OPENING DAY OF THE LOS ALAMITOS THOROUGHBRED SUMMER FESTIVAL IS SET FOR THURSDAY, JULY 2 - FIRST POST 2:15 PM (PST) 

 Meet will be highlighted by the running of the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday, July 4. The field is expected to include the rising star Kentuckian, stakes winner Gimme Da Lute, and the talented Prospect Park. 

   

Summer Thoroughbred Festival Dates: Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 12; Racing Thursday-Sunday

Post Time: 2:15 p.m.

Track: 1 mile, dirt surface



Wagering Menu: 50 Cent Players’ Pick 5 (14% takeout) on Races 1-5; 50 Cent Pick 4 (Races 2-5 and final four; Late Pick 4 guaranteed at $200,000); $2 Pick Six on final six races; $2 Rolling Daily Doubles (18% takeout starting on Race 1); $1 Pick 3 starting in race 1; $1 exacta on every race; 10 cent superfecta wagering on every race with at least 6 entrants; $1 trifecta on every race with at least 6 entrants; 50 cent Super High Five on final race.




SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO GRADE 3

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SUNDAY CLOSING DAY







RACE 7

State restricted 50 G maiden claimer sprinting on the main track is the first leg of the late pick four. Dan Blacker a under-rated trainer drops Matter Of Luck in first time for a tag after her debut was a sleep walk at the gate.......She never had her head right after walking out of the gate......going down the hill in a turf maiden special weight restricted race........She should like the company and the switch to the main track.


Just Peachy takes off the blinkers for trainer Mark Glatt........good win early pedigree and the drop in class to a claimer like the drop for Matter Of Luck should help her chances.......nice workouts.......daughter of Storm Cat out of the mare Smart Strike.........


            1.  Matter Of Luck
            2.  Just Peachy
            3.  Designated Royalty




RACE 8


             1.  Big John B
             2.  Street Maven
             3.  Friendswith K Mill
            

RACE 9

              1. Zanab
              2. Sweet Silver
              3. I'll Tell You What


RACE 10


               1. Ya Ya Girl
               2. Over Candy Charms



AMERICAN PHAROAH AT SAN ANITA

2015 GOLD CUP GRADE 1

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SATURDAY GOLD CUP DAY

RACE 7        TRIPLE BEND STAKES GRADE 1


            1. Sahara Sky
            2. Masochistic
            3. San Onofre





RACE 8            ROYAL HEROINE STAKES


            1. Queen Of The Sand
            2. Birdlover
            3. Blingismything
            



RACE 9              GOLD CUP GRADE 1

Great classy prestigious old school race for older horses...........like past winners Cigar.......Lava Man, Skip Away and Game On Dude........the winner of this race gets a free past to the Breeders Cup Classic this Nov. at this track.

Pace and Class this the key to this race..........Batti Man is the rabbit of the race..........catch this dude to take all the marbles............Big Cazanova..........Majestic City and Moreno pressing a fairly quick pace..........Pace makes the race!..........It looks to me that Catch A Flight ........Hard Aces.....and Hoppertunity will stalk the speed and have be close ground late ...........

The betting favorites looks to be both Catch A Flight and Moreno to be the late closers and betting favorites to win this race........Moreno and Catch A Flight have squared off twice in the past.........Catch A Flight beat Moreno in late May by a half-length.....Shared Belief beat both of them..........Moreno got second.........

It might be Catch A Flight Motown Men and Hoppertunity and the classy turf horse not on turf today Finnegans Wake and the wild cards Hard Aces and Majestic City...........

I'am thinking that Hoppertunity who ran a sub par race and ran like a horse that needed a race under his belt will put together a better performance then what appeared when he when East.........Let's put him on top over Catch A Flight and Hard Aces........long shot looks to be Finnegans Wake............



             1. Hoppertunity
             2. Catch A Flight
             3. Moreno

             Long Shot.........Finnegans Wake
  




RACE 10

     
          

              1.  Diablo Caballero
              2.  Conquest Dreamin
              3.  Where's Was Eddie


              Long Shot..........Heat














2014 GOLD CUP GRADE 1

Friday, June 26, 2015

FRIDAY'S PLAY





RACE 7   OPTIONAL CLAIMER TURF COURSE SPRINT


A full field of 11 three year olds gets the tricky downhill turf course.......The pace looks to have Great Lou..........Jazzy Josh and Rocket Heat pressing the early lead down the hill............

Rocket Heat has speed and if he can gear down a moderate pace he might have enough late kick to win this race.........He needs to deal with the switch in surface and the longer distance.......bred to handle the turf and distance!

The horse to beat is the rail horse Anytime Anyplace........He beat Soul Diver in the Pasadena Stakes race...........He looks to be the real deal.............and has a excellent late turn of foot...........

My long shot selection is O'Neil's entry..........Henry's Holiday.......love the high speed figures when he was two years old..........do not just dismiss........He needed his last start........I expect a much better performance today..........


           1. Anytime Anyplace         (WON)  $7.80)
           2. Rocket Heat

           LONG SHOT PLAY    HENRY'S HOLIDAY



THURSDAY FEATURE RACE


There is a Pick Six carryover of $50,304 into Friday and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool could exceed $350,000.









Idle since Nov. 4, 2012 in Peru, Argentine-bred Kung Fu Mambo made an auspicious U.S. debut Thursday at Santa Anita, as the 6-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway pressed the pace and streaked to a facile 4 ¼ length win under Mike Smith. Trained by Peter Miller, Kung Fu Mambo negotiated one mile in 1:34.94.

“I didn’t know what to expect being off for two and a half years but this horse was a real horse down there (in Peru) and he’s shown it every time I’ve breezed him,” said Miller. “He’s a legitimate horse with the pedigree to back it up. If we can keep him sound, I think we can win some good races with him.”

Off at 15-1 in a field of nine three year olds and up, Kung Fu Mambo took command mid-way around the turn and paid $33.20, $11.60 and $7.60. Owned by Dona Licha, the one-time Peruvian Group I winner picked up $36,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $161,390.

“I think being fresh, he was a little more aggressive leaving there but he’s full of class,” said Smith. “Pete has done a great job to get this horse ready to run against this caliber of horses after two years off, but he showed that kind of ability in the morning…This was impressive.”

Desert Dynamo, who sat a close third into the far turn behind Govenor Charlie and the winner, proved second best, finishing three quarter of a length in front of Solid Wager, who is also trained by Miller. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Desert Dynamo was off as the second choice in the wagering and paid $5.40 and $4.40.

Solid Wager, ridden by Victor Espinoza, made a steady late gain through the lane and finished a half length in front of Cross the Line, who finished well at the rail. Off at 18-1, Solid Wager paid $6.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.54, 47.17, 1:11.03 and 1:22.80.




Thursday, June 25, 2015

THURSDAY PLAY


Last week at Santa Anita.........four more days of racing in the spring/summer meet..........I will be ready to post my selections the first day at Del Mar. If you are interested............email me..........surfdog88@yahoo.com





RACE 7


A Optional Claimer at the distance of one mile for three year old and up looks to be the feature race on Today's card.


ANALYSIS"

A contentious full field of Optional Claimers going a flat mile on the main track...........no really throw out..........seems to me that you can make a case with almost every one in this wide open feature race.

The pace looks to have Desert Dynamo pressing the early lead with a number of stalkers like Anxious Times which I think will be the late favorite........You Know I Know has run with the top runners.........in graded races........should love the drop in class.......If Desert Dynamo runs like he did in his last start winning........I can see this dude in the winners circle. Kung Fu Mambo a Peruvian horse has been off three years but check out the fast sneaky workouts he put together at Fallbrook.........love he connections and pedigree.........money man Smith rides this 12 to 1 long-shot.


              1. Midnight Transfer
              2. Kung Fu Mambo         (WON $33.80)
              3. Cross The Line

              Major Player Desert Dynamo






Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FUTURE FOR PHAROAH






If American Pharoah's connections stick to a planned racing return for the Triple Crown winner in either the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course or the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park, it will be a schedule similar to the most recent Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.

For the first time in 37 years the connections of a U.S. horse—American Pharoah's owner Zayat Stables and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert—are considering a post-Triple Crown race strategy. While it's been nearly four decades, American Pharoah's connections are weighing many of the same factors the connections of the three Triple Crown winners from the 1970s considered: best timing for the horse, lucrative purses and potential bonuses, and opportunities to promote horse racing and the sport's latest star. 


Read the full article at Blood Horse.com      http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92643/first-start-back-after-a-triple-crown












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