Saturday, December 20, 2014

SATURDAY'S FREE PLAYS













RACE 1

Five and a half furlong 12 G claiming race for non winners of a race in 2014.......open up to three year olds and up!


ANALYSIS:


          1. Anytime Magic
          2. Anillo
          3. Geno's Bambino







RACE 2

Six furlong sprint at the claiming price of 8 G's open to three year olds and up!



ANALYSIS:


                    1. Craving Carats
                    2. Nextdoorneighbor
                    3. RunawayWildcat





RACE 3

One mile for two year old maiden fillies on the main track at the claiming price of 30 G's.!




ANALYSIS:


             1. Tiz'nt
             2. Zippingaround town
             3. She's A Hugger










RACE 4

Six furlong state restricted maiden special weight race open for three year olds and up!



ANALYSIS:


            1. Rolo Tamaci









RACE 5


A optional claiming race for 62 G's at the distance of one mile and a sixteenth for three year olds and up!




ANALYSIS:


                 1. Setsuko
                 2. American Pride
                 3. Prime Issue








RACE 6


Six furlongs maiden two year old filly maiden special weight sprinting on the dirt track!



ANALYSIS:


           1. Tall And Sweet
           2. Soul City
           3. Roadbug








RACE 7

A short five and a half dash on the dirt in this optional claiming race priced at 62 G's for fillies and mares.....!



ANALYSIS:


              1. Sweet Marini
              2. Be Proud








RACE 8       LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY GRADE 1

One mile and a sixteenth on the dirt track open for future Kentucky Derby starts in this five entry field.........with Baffert's Dortmund and Lucas Mr. Z ......with Simon Callaghan Firing Line........Sadler has Bench Warrant and No Problem rounds out this short field!




ANALYSIS:


           1. Dortmund
           2. Mr. Z
           3. Firing Line......do not dismiss




RACE 9

A six furlong 20 G maiden sprint for three year olds and up!



ANALYSIS:

            1. American Style
            2. Triunfo
            3. Nevada Time........the one to beat!


















Friday, December 19, 2014

GRADE 1 LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY SATURDAY IS THE FEATURE RACE





Grade 1 black type, $500,000, and Kentucky Derby points are on the line Saturday at Los Alamitos in the Los Alamitos Futurity.

Expected to enter the 1 1/16-mile test for two-year-olds is the current winter book favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby, Dortmund, the Bob Baffert-trainee who is undefeated in two starts, including an entry-level allowance win on November 29 at Churchill Downs.

Some big names are looking to take down Dortmund, however, with El Kabeir and Ocho Ocho Ocho shipping in off stakes victories, the former taking the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill and the latter the Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. A win by either would make him the leader in the Kentucky Derby points...........(El Kabier could also take the lead with a second-place finish).



Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Hollywood/CashCall Futurity a record six times at Hollywood Park, has an excellent chance to add to that total with the undefeated Dortmund in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.

The 1 1/16-mile event for 2-year-olds will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos after 33 renewals (1981-2013) at Hollywood Park. There are only five entrants, headed by Dortmund, an early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Mr. Z, looking for a breakthrough for trainer D. Wayne Lukas after four runner-up finishes in graded stakes, is the main threat. The Futurity is the eighth of nine races with a scheduled post time of 4 p.m. PST.

Won previously by stars such as Snow Chief, A.P. Indy, Best Pal, Real Quiet, Point Given  Lookin At Lucky  , and Shared Belief, the Futurity is part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby'' series. The winner receives 10 points toward a possible spot in the starting gate next May 2 atChurchill Downs.

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund is already a winner in Louisville.

The son of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness (gr. I) winner Big Brown   won a one-mile allowance/optional claimer by 7 3/4 lengths at Churchill, a Nov. 29 victory that came four weeks after a 4 3/4-length debut win at Santa Anita Park.

Since returning to California, Dortmund, who is out of the Tale of the Cat   mare Our Josephina, has worked five furlongs twice at Santa Anita. The $140,000 May purchase was most recently clocked in 1:00 Dec. 15, the fastest of 33 drills on the morning.

The leading trainer at Los Alamitos' winter Thoroughbred meet entering the final four days, Baffert's most recent Futurity victory came with Liaison   in 2011. His other winners were Real Quiet (1997), Captain Steve (1999), Point Given (2000), Pioneerof the Nile   (2008) and Lookin At Lucky (2009).

A week after winning the Starlet (gr. I) at Los Alamitos for a record eighth time with Take Charge Brandi, fellow Hall of Fame trainer Lukas will seek to add a fifth Futurity score with Mr. Z.

Owned by Zayat Stables, Mr. Z missed by a nose to the undefeated Ocho Ocho Ocho in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. I) Nov. 22 at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

A son of Malibu Moon   and the Storm Cat mare Stormy Bear, Mr. Z has banked $439,726 in seven starts. He was fifth of 11 in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) won by Texas Red Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. In his only other grade I attempt, the $135,000 yearling purchase was second behind runaway winner Carpe Diem in the Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Keeneland.

If Mr. Z is successful Saturday, Lukas, whose earlier Futurity victories include Stalwart (1981), Tejano (1987), Grand Canyon (1989), and Tactical Cat (1998), would become the first trainer to win the Starlet and Futurity in the same year.

In his final serious prep for the Futurity, Mr. Z, whose only win came in his June 28 debut against maidens at Churchill Downs, worked five furlongs Dec. 14 in 1:00 flat at Los Alamitos.

No Problem stretches out for P and G Stables and trainer Michael McCarthy after consecutive sprint wins, including a 17-1 upset in the Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 15 at Del Mar.

The son of Munnings   finished eighth in his Santa Anita debut Sept. 27, then won easily against $75,000 maidens a month later in Arcadia. He surprised Alright Alright in the seven-furlong Hope, which was formerly run as the Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park.

No Problem and Dortmund were supplemented to the Futurity for $10,000 with an additional $10,000 required to start.

Firing Line, owned by Arnold Zetcherwho campaigned Liaisonand trained by Simon Callaghan,  will stretch out for the first time after an impressive maiden victory at 6 1/2 furlongs Nov. 30 at Del Mar.

Bench Warrant also tries two turns after winning once in two sprint races for Doubledown Stables and trainer John Sadler, runner-up in the 2013 Futurity with Candy Boy. The Street Boss   colt has yet to compete on dirt, his starts coming four months apart on the Polytrack at Del Mar. Bench Warrant won July 19, then was third behind Tizcano and Mischief Clem in an optional claimer Nov. 21.

Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I)

LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, Saturday, December 20, 2014, Race 8
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $500,000
  • 2 yo
  • 3:46 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWeightTrainer
1Bench Warrant (KY)Tyler Baze121John W. Sadler
2No Problem (KY)Victor Espinoza121Michael W. McCarthy
3Dortmund (KY)Martin Garcia121Bob Baffert
4Mr. Z (KY)Mike E. Smith121D. Wayne Lukas
5Firing Line (KY)Rafael Bejarano121Simon Callaghan


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NTRA HAS PICKED 10 MOMENTS FROM THE 2014 RACING YEAR



 Just like football or basketball games often come down to a defining moment, horse racing is no different. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has picked 10 moments from the 2014 horse racing year and is asking fans to pick one as a favorite.
California Chrome figures prominently in the top 10, first with his win in the Kentucky Derby that made Art Sherman of Rancho Bernardo at 77 the oldest trainer to ever win the Derby and again with Chrome’s fourth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes that cost him the Triple Crown. The Lucky Pulpit colt also figures in another moment, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, when Bayern wiped out nearly half the field at the start of the race and went on to win it, with Chrome finishing third.
The winning moment will be revealed the morning of January 16 at the annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and recognized at the following evening’s 44th Annual Eclipse Awards, also at Gulfstream Park.
Those that vote for the eventual winner automatically will be entered in a random drawing to win a $100 gift certificate for Breeders’ Cup merchandise. To vote, go to ntra.formstack.com/forms/ntra_moment_of_the_year.
Fans 18 years and older can register to vote online at www.ntra.com. There is a limit of one vote per valid e-mail address. Multiple votes from the same e-mail address will be disqualified. Votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday, January 2, 2014.
The eligible moments were selected to illustrate a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. Listed chronologically, the events that fans can choose from are:
• Seven-year-old gelding Game On Dude wins the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1¾ lengths, becoming the first three-time winner in the Big ‘Cap’s rich 77-year history. (occurred March 8)
• With his victory aboard We Miss Artie in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez becomes the first North American rider to surpass $300 million in career earnings. (March 22)
• California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in front of a crowd of 164,906, second-largest in Derby history. He becomes the first horse bred in the Golden State to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962. It is the second Derby victory for jockey Victor Espinoza and first for Art Sherman, who became the oldest Derby-winning trainer at 77. (May 3)
• California Chrome’s quest to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years falls short as the heavy favorite dead-heats for fourth behind winner Tonalist in the 146th Belmont Stakes. The third-largest crowd in Belmont history, 102,199, watches the drama unfold, while another 20.6 million viewers, the second-highest Belmont viewership on record, tune in on NBC. In the aftermath co-owner Steve Coburn tells NBC’s Kenny Rice that the result is “a coward’s way out,” a sound bite that is replayed countless times in mainstream media. (June 7)
• Trainer Jimmy Jerkens saddles the top two finishers in the $1 million Travers, with V.E. Day besting stablemate Wicked Strong in the Mid-Summer Derby at Saratoga Race Course. (August 23)



• Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan returns after more than two months of recovery from emergency colic surgery to win the Grade II Bernard Baruch at Saratoga Race Course with John Velazquez up. (August 30)
• Track announcer Tom Durkin calls the final race of his illustrious 43-year career at Saratoga Race Course. Following the featured Spinaway Stakes – in which “Condo Commando was splash-tastic!” – Durkin is treated to a long standing ovation and an emotional retirement ceremony in the winner’s circle, coverage of which makes the front page of The New York Times. (August 31)
• Two-time Horse of the Year Cigar dies at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. The popular member of racing’s Hall of Fame, who once won 16 consecutive races, had resided at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions since his retirement in 1999. (October 7)
• Jockey Rosie Napravnik announces her retirement and pregnancy live on NBC Sports after winning the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff aboard Untapable. (October 31)
• Bayern survives a tense inquiry into bumping at the start to win a controversial running of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the first Classic win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah and jockey Martin Garcia. (November 1)
The first-ever “NTRA Moment of the Year” was the touching scene between Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont Stakes. The next year’s winner was the stretch run of the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic, which saw Tiznow hold on for a dramatic victory against Giant’s Causeway. Tiznow won again the following year as fans selected his stirring repeat victory in the Classic over Sakhee. In 2002, fans cited the passing of the last living Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. In 2003, the popular Kentucky Derby win by Funny Cide was selected. Birdstone’s upset win in the Belmont Stakes over Smarty Jones took down top honors for 2004. In 2005, fans selected Afleet Alex’s spectacular victory in the 2005 Preakness Stakes.
Voters in 2006 chose Barbaro’s gallant struggle to recover from his Preakness injury while at the New Bolton Center. The 2007 Moment of the Year was a historic victory by filly Rags to Riches over Curlin in the Belmont Stakes. In 2008, it was Zenyatta’s win in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Zenyatta “repeated” in 2009 as fans selected her triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
In 2010, fans selected Blame’s narrow Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over Zenyatta. Drosselmeyer’s hard-fought win over Game on Dude in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was the public’s choice for 2011. For 2012, the recovery of Paynter from near-deadly battles with laminitis and colitis captured the hearts of voters like no other story. Last year, fans recognized Mucho Macho Man’s nose victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic for his popular connections.
“The NTRA Moment of the Year is about a singular event, whereas The Eclipse Awards recognize entire campaigns across many months,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president. “Fans deserve a voice, too, and this is their opportunity to tell us what they will never forget from an extraordinary year for racing.”


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

THURSDAY AT LOS ALAMITOS PARK LATE DAILY DOUBLE



CITATION




RACE 7

One mile non winners of two at the claiming price of 12 G's open for fillies and mares three year old and up!

         1. Tiz But A Dream
         2. Diamond Dena
         3. Gelila


RACE 8

One mile for non winners of three at the claiming price of 12 G's.....




ANALYSIS:


             1.  Doubledeesonthetee
             2.  Waitwaitdonttellme
             3.  Warren's Tyler S.














Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WINTER FRIDAY DEC. 26TH SANTA ANITA STARTS


SANTA ANITA DERBY (FREE HOUSE)



THE TRADITION CONTINUES

On Friday, December 26 Santa Anita kicks off the season with a competitive racing card, featuring the Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile, the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes and the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes. All fans in attendance will take home a free 2015 Santa Anita Wall Calendar. Plus, Santa Anita and Mathis Brothers are giving away over $25,000 in furniture. Discover what's new at Santa Anita Park!First post: Noon | Gates Open: 10:00am 
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