Monday, May 25, 2015

MONDAY'S SELECTIONS







RACE 1


I bet Finallygotabentley when he ran like a horse that needed a race under his belt........I expect he will be more on the muscle and much fitter...........I'am going to bet him today         

BET ACROSS THE BOARD


              1. Finallygotabentley




RACE 2    MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT  ONE MILE EIGHTH


ANALYSIS'


Scandal is on my live horses to watch list. She was the betting favorite and had ton's of trouble........She would have won if she had a clear path......she was blocked then after the wire she was full of run..........


             1. Scandal        BET







Friday, May 22, 2015

THURSDAY'S SELECTIONS










RACE 5       25 G CLAIMING RACE DOWN THE TURF HILL

ANALYSIS'


Sofast top to bottom relishes the sod.........I bet this six year old gelding going down the hill............I re-watch his last start during pre warm up before the race.......He looked rank.........Gary Mandella freshen this dude up.............love the strong works he strung together to get his head into the game..........The connections thought highly of him to enter him in the Eddie Read Grade 3 race.......I like the pedigree couple with the fact that the drop in class with help him............no monsters in this modest claiming turf sprint.........


                 1. Sofast    BET $20 TO WIN AND PLACE

Late Pick 4        4 WITH 6,9 WITH 3,5 WITH 11

COST $ 4.00 

                                  UPDATE FRIDAY

                                  PAID $262.40







STARTS TONIGHT TWILIGHT FRIDAY SCHEDULE






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                            MICHAEL CUNNISON

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

NOTES BY ED GOLDEN


                                                       



BAFFERT HOPES FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM

BIG MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY STAKES WEEKEND

ESPINOZA ON NBC’S ‘TODAY SHOW’ MONDAY

DÉJÀ VU: ‘USSERY’S ALLEY’ COMES TO SANTA ANITA

4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS START AT SANTA ANITA


AMERICAN PHAROAH GOES FOR TRIPLE CROWN JUNE 6

            Bob Baffert has been down this road before. Doug O’Neill, too. Each trainer has been within arm’s length of the Triple Crown, Baffert three times, O’Neill once, each remembering the Belmont Stakes as a race that will live in infamy.

After winning the first two jewels, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the Belmont remained ever elusive, Baffert missing with Silver Charm in 1997; Real Quiet in 1998; and War Emblem in 2002. O’Neill never got a chance to run I’ll Have Another in the Belmont in 2012.

I’ll Have Another captured the first two legs but suffered an 11th-hour injury and was scratched from the mile and a half Belmont, which will be run this year on June 6.

Baffert has perhaps his best chance ever this time, if streaking Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah can do what no Thoroughbred has done since 1978, when Affirmed became the 11th and to date last Triple Crown winner.

Naysayers were few and far between following Pharoah’s front-running, seven-length romp in Saturday’s Preakness, leaving seven rivals in his wake over a sloppy Pimlico track.

Before the Derby, which Pharoah won by a hard-earned length, O’Neill said the striking colt looked like he had “Triple Crown written all over him,” but later had second thoughts.

            “After the Derby, I thought, ‘No,’” O’Neill said at Santa Anita, where his horses were among the 251 who recorded workouts Sunday morning. “It just looked like he was all out to get it done, but watching him yesterday, man, he had a pretty easy run.”

American Pharoah’s rider, Victor Espinoza, the first jockey to go for the Triple Crown with three different horses–War Emblem (2002), California Chrome (last year) and American Pharoah–rode the perfect race, usually easy to do when you’re on the best horse.

The affable native of Mexico was on offense from the get-go in the Preakness. Nothing cute, no over-thinking on strategy, no melding of mathematical equations, numbers or figures authored by equine gurus.

Espinoza sent Pharoah to the lead from the No. One post position after the son of Pioneerof the Nile gathered himself quickly to open a lead that would only increase throughout the mile and three-sixteenths race. Pharoah became only the third horse in the last 50 years to win the Preakness from the No. One post position.

“Victor had to ask him leaving there,” O’Neill said, “but the rest of the race he was on his own.” Can he become the 12rth horse to win the Triple Crown?

“He’s back to where he’s going to be tough, but this year, more than others, there are four or five good horses waiting to run in the Belmont,” O’Neill said. “We’ll have to see who shows up there, but I’m sure Bob’s feeling pretty good right now.

“Bob knows what to expect. He’s ready. It would be great for the game.”

True enough. The world holds its breath until June 6, knowing full well there are no sure things in racing.

But one thing is certain: you’ll never see American Pharoah in blinkers again.



HARLINGTON’S ROSE PREPS FOR SPRING FEVER

            Harlington’s Rose, winner of the Grade III Las Flores Stakes March 8, worked three furlongs Sunday in 34.80 for next Saturday’s $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes, one of eight major stakes races scheduled starting Saturday and running through Monday, Memorial Day.

“She’s doing really well,” said trainer Steve Knapp, who saddled the longest shot in the field, Big Break, to a $33 upset win by 1 ¼ lengths in Saturday’s ninth race. “She’s trained great and this is the plan we’ve had all along, so this is where we’re running.”

Saturday features five stakes in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses. In addition to the Spring Fever, they are the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes; the $200,000 Melair Stakes; the $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes; and the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes.

Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf marks the U.S. debut of Brazilian import Going Somewhere for Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale.

A 6-year-old horse, Going Somewhere won the Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini at San Ysidro in Argentina in 2012.

Monday’s features are the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, and the Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

PEREIRA TAKES ‘USSERY’S ALLEY’ TO VICTORY

Shades of Bobby Ussery. When jockey Tiago Pereira took Stepsun to the outside fence after breaking from the 11 post position in Saturday’s fifth race, a seven furlong test for $20,000 maidens, veteran race-trackers were instantly reminded of Bobby Ussery’s tactics, when the Hall of Fame rider would traverse the far turn at Aqueduct, dubbed “Ussery’s Alley,” riding the outside fence, then veering in to do his thing through the homestretch.

Stepsun, second choice at 5-2, got up by the bob of a nose to shade 29-1 outsider Crawford the Crook, ridden by Iggy Puglisi.

“Those were not my instructions,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains Stepsun for owner Wesley Melcher. “Pereira told me that part of the track was the place to be, but I didn’t think he meant the outside rail.”

The Equibase chart reads: “STEPSUN broke out a bit, chased near the outer rail on the backstretch, angled in six wide into the turn, moved up outside, came five wide into the stretch and rallied under urging to get up late.”

Added D’Amato: “He was about as far out as you could be but he cut that turn good. It was almost like a NASCAR race but he got it done. He was trying to follow the ambulance tracks.”



SANTA ANITA SHIFTS TO 4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS MAY 22

            Santa Anita will offer a series of six twilight racing cards dubbed “4 O’clock Fridays,” featuring a 4 p.m. first post time beginning this Friday, May 22, through the month of June.

All Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members will receive free General Admission and the track will also present a “Totally 80s” concert series, hosted by K-EARTH 101 Radio after the races, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sirona’s Sports Bar.

In addition to live music (provided May 22 by “The Young Guns Band”), fans 21 and older will be treated to the following discount drink specials in Sirona’s and in the track’s newest sports bar, The Gallop Out, on the Club House turn:

–$3 Bud and Bud Light (16 oz. draft)

–$5 Well Cocktails

–$10 Domestic Draft Pitchers

Santa Anita will also open at 11 a.m. each Friday beginning May 22 for simulcast racing from across North America. For more information regarding “4 O’clock Fridays,” including a complete schedule of “Totally 80s” live bands, please visit santaanita.com/events.

FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, were still in Baltimore Sunday morning after the jockey and trainer Bob Baffert did a live interview on NBC-TV. Espinoza was scheduled to leave this afternoon for New York, where he will be on the Today Show with Matt Lauer on NBC Monday morning, then fly back to Los Angles Monday night . . . David Flores was genuinely happy to be back in action at Santa Anita Saturday, riding for the first time since having a year-long suspension meted out in Singapore overturned by the California Horse Racing Board. The 47-year-old jockey, who had been riding in Singapore for two years, finished fourth aboard Lady Now for trainer Bobby Joe Grayson in the 11th race, beaten four lengths at 6-1. “It’s so good to be home,” Flores said. “I appreciate home. I’ve been gone for a while, and everybody who does that, like (Kent) Desormeaux and (Alex) Solis, appreciates it when they return. There’s something about Santa Anita. It’s home.” . . . Trainer Barry Abrams said fellow trainer Henry Moreno “might be coming home today” from Huntington Memorial Hospital where the 85-year-old was taken for precautionary measures after tripping and falling last Tuesday, injuring his face . . . Congrats to Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on tabbing four winners on top Saturday capped by $57.20 stunner City State in the 10th race that cemented a Pick 6 carryover into Sunday of $80,136.79 . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS  
   
(Current Through Saturday, May 16)  
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Tyler Baze 81 15 11 17 19% $634,050  
Flavien Prat 53 12 11 2 23% $672,770  
Rafael Bejarano 52 11 10 12 21% $497,512  
Joseph Talamo 54 10 2 10 19% $338,018  
Fernando Perez 54 9 9 8 17% $378,630  
Felipe Valdez 52 7 8 4 13% $262,870  
Drayden Van Dyke 36 7 4 2 19% $258,910  
Tiago Pereira 28 6 6 3 21% $218,420  
Edwin Maldonado 43 5 11 8 12% $226,120  
Gonzalo Nicolas 48 5 5 8 10% $166,058  
Elvis Trujillo 46 5 4 7 11% $259,670  
Santiago Gonzalez 37 4 7 3 11% $170,978  
Mike Smith 17 3 5 1 18% $361,130  
Mario Gutierrez 20 3 2 4 15% $152,900  
Martin Pedroza 41 2 6 6 5% $166,268  
Alex Solis 12 2 3 2 17% $117,360  
Alonso Quinonez 26 2 2 5 8% $84,078  
Brayan Pena 35 2 1 2 6% $60,080  
Victor Espinoza 8 2 1 0 25% $98,270  
Martin Garcia 10 2 0 1 20% $56,990  
   
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won  
Doug O’Neill 42 9 11 5 21% $390,860  
Peter Miller 34 8 10 1 24% $301,510  
Philip D’Amato 24 8 3 3 33% $309,170  
Richard Baltas 24 6 3 2 25% $317,400  
John Sadler 33 5 6 5 15% $203,258  
Richard Mandella 17 5 5 1 29% $385,840  
Eddie Truman 9 3 1 1 33% $89,350  
Bob Baffert 10 3 1 1 30% $142,140  
William Spawr 10 3 1 1 30% $68,250  
Dan Hendricks 8 3 1 0 38% $71,890  
Jerry Hollendorfer 28 2 8 4 7% $239,884  
Mike Puype 24 2 3 5 8% $138,520  
Mark Glatt 21 2 3 4 10% $98,964  
Michael Machowsky 13 2 3 1 15% $82,120  
Jorge Periban 10 2 2 2 20% $55,240  
Robertino Diodoro 15 2 2 2 13% $69,420  
Peter Eurton 16 2 1 5 13% $69,196  
Ricky Agarie 7 2 1 2 29% $77,180  
James Cassidy 9 2 1 0 22% $82,440  
Vladimir Cerin 7 2 0 2 29% $74,180  
Jack Carava 9 2 0 1 22% $42,260  
Steve Knapp 20 2 0 1 10% $70,630  
John Shirreffs 2 2 0 0 100% $67,200  
Martin Jones 7 2 0 0 29% $200,760





RACE 8 SANTA ANITA






RACE 8


            1. Back To Bako
            2. Labour
            3. Formally Wild

ANGELS FLIGHT STAKES

SPEEDBELLE HANDICAP

PREAKNESS 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SATURDAY'S SELECTIONS






RACE 1


                 1. Erte
                 2. Seeking Safe Habor
                 3. Summer Veil.......good value bet place

RACE 2

Tara's Tango ran huge to Enchanting Lady.........Lady ran a sub par in the Belles at Churchill.........bounce could be the reason........I love how she ran at the beach at Del Mar........the clocker's love Tara's Tango..........awesome work on May 1st........money man on her..........


EARLY PICK 4     2,4,5,6  WITH  9 WITH 1,6 WITH 7

COST $6.00   LOST






Thursday, May 14, 2015

THURSDAY'S FREE SELECTIONS





Pick Six carryover starts in race three thru eight........Good Luck .........Let's make some money.......remember Money Management and patience coupe with betting a value bet to place and show.............will double your money!


RACE 1   ONE MILE STATE BRED MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT

A filly and mare state bred fillies and mares three year olds and up..........A maiden special weight open.


ANALYSIS'S

On past performances........both Wandering Heart and Kiss My Face look to be the betting favorites. A small field of five fillies and mares offer no value win bets if both the favorites win.

Wandering Heart.......a six year old which took her a long time to get to the races has hit the board in all of her three races......She should have won in her last race but ran like Silky Sullivan making up 15 lengths to finish second on the turf going very wide around the track........Today she switches surfaces to the dirt and this is her third start in this month.......It looks like it is her race to win or lose.

Kiss My Face raced with Wandering Heart but was beaten after pressing fast factions......That was her second start and her workouts look scary.......April 26th she posted a bullet blowout 46.2.......the best out of 63 horses running that distance.


             1. Wandering Heart
             2. Kiss My Face
             3. High Intensity       (WON)

            Long Shot  Pixie Dustup







RACE 2     MAIDEN 20 G'S FILLIES/MARES

The maiden bottom level for fillies and mares at the distance of seven furlongs!



ANALYSIS'S

Blind Dreams was claimed by Pender in her race none days ago........She has raced three times and she has been claimed two times out of her third start. She has speed in a race void of speed.......I expect she will be the betting favorite in this modest field!

I expect the pace might be Blind Dreams and Bernier pressing the front end early. Bernier has switched stables and go to Dan Azcarate. She looks quicker then Blind Dreams..........so catch her to win this race.

The pace sets up for Coded Dreams as she adds the hood for trainer David Hoffmans..........good win early pedigree and I think she will be right behind the speed........Seven furlongs is a tricky distance to go gate to wire with two pace setters. Her last race is was in post 12........I expect if she had a better post she would have a better finish.......Good speed number which are are respectable.......she drops in class adds the blinkers and gets Martin Pedroza to re-ride her.........I like her but this might be a race to watch and bot bet!

I bet Charlotte R in her last race which she was taken out of the race at the sound of the starting bell.......She dwell at the gate.......She switches to the bug boy and gets a weight break.........Her trainer has been red hot at this meet this year! I'am going to give her a second chance as she drops the class.........there will be betting value if she wins.


              1. Charlotte R
              2. Coded Dreams
              2. Blind Dreams       (WON)

              Long Shot Bernier






RACE 3    FOUR AND A HALF STATE RESTRICTED MAIDEN 2 YR. OLDS

The line up includes this race appraisal of two year old fillies!


1. Princess Pippa trained by Harrington was beaten by Esmeralda Belle in there debut's.......A contender


2. Some Caan Job sired by Smart Strike........Freeman has worked her nine times.......She should be cranked up with the pedigree that is bred for speed..........Beware!


3. Sheila's Angel trained by a old dude that knows how to get them ready.......Her dam has two winners.......do not just dismiss.......George Papa has strung five works in her and is known to work them slow....


4. Skye Diamonds......weird because Mike Machowsky trains them fast like Baffert does......Her works are slow but he is known not to have them cranked and ready first time out.........but it is your call.......pedigree is a turf pedigree but he has worked her six times since April 4th.......she is the first crop sire First Dude out of Extonated that is bred to have speed.........I can see her outrunning her odds as Joe Talamo takes the call!


5. Heartbreak Honey trained by trainer California Chrome Art Sherman......really like her five furlong gate work on May 9th.......tells me that she is fit!


6. Faith Pacer trained by Jeff Bonde.......sired by Lucky Pulpit out of the mare Meadowlake........who has produced 7 winners from 7 starters.....one was a stakes winner.......good connections bred by Mr. and Mrs. Williams......Remember California Chrome was sired by Lucky Pulpit........Fernando Perez has been on fire.............Beware because Jeff likes to get them ready and fit to win first time out.


7.    Esmeralda Belle finished a good second in her debut.......She was four lengths clear of the third place filly...........second time out........I expect she will be the favorite and the one to fear if she runs like she did in her debut!

8. Pulpit Rules trained by Steve Knapp who has been red hot at this track this yeae.........Sired by Lucky Pulpit who is the sire of California Chrome.........they win early.......Knapp is really good with babies...........Knapp has strung 8 works in her........His works are hard to judge because he does not work them fast like Baffert does.





               1. Faith Pacer              (WON)
               2. Esmeralada Belle
               3. Some Cann Job

              Long Shot Pulpit Rules







RACE 4   40 G CLAIMING SPRINT GOING DOWN THE TURF COURSE

                                      OFF THE TURF



ANALYSIS'S



The pace looks to have one speed horse.........Kill Shot who adds the hood for trainer Headly..........fast works but he always works them fast.......He looks like the one to catch........first time on turf as Mike Smith rides this dude.

Hawkedon I was impressed when he came back and won........the horse Incline Village who finish second came back and won........Bejarando re-rides him. He will be stalking the speed.........

Royal F J is a professional but I have bet him and he seems to get more seconds and thirds then win.......but still He is a Major Player as Caravan re claimed him.....

Mark Glatt claimed him.........Mistaken Identity and freshen him up.........He hikes him up in class which is a good sign.............A route to sprint angle and his speed numbers fit with this group..........He has both speed and tactical speed to show a good account of himself today....... like the morning odds off 8 to 1.........

Sofast a shipper that needed races under his belt.......His third start since 2013..........well bred........I like the long works Gary Mandella has drilled him in the morning........first time in for a tag............Let's bet him........red hot jockey and if his wheels has not come off........He has a shot to outrun his morning line of 8 to 1.


            
            1. Mistaken Identity
            2. Killshot......speed kills in a off track!
            3. Sinfully
            

            Long shot     Royal F J    (WON)







RACE 5    NW3 12 G CLAIMER ONE MILE FILLIES/MARES



ANALYSIS'S


PACE

Shopping Savannah will need to catch the speed who looks like Democracy Ruler but there appears to be plenty of speed in this race......Because two horses are stretch out sprinters........Brought To Justice and Dad's Honor.........Hard to trust horses in this racing condition..........non winners of three......!



          1. Shopping Savannah    (WON)
          2. Wildy Excessive           BET TO PLACE  PAID $14.80
          3. Democracy Ruler

          Long Shot   Garnisheed Wages
    


LATE PICK 4     1,2,3,4,5   WITH  4,7 WITH 7,8  WITH 6

COST $10.00

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL

                          1 WITH 4,7 WITH 7,8 WITH 6

COST $2.00

            




RACE 6     FIRST LEVEL ALLOWANCE TURF SPRINT


                             OFF THE TURF




ANALYSIS'S

The toughest race of the day...........many unknowns........I always have liked the looks of Corinthian's Song.........this is his fourth start after two years off.........Victor Garcia is a under-rated trainer.........Bejarando re-rides Song.........I expect he is getting fitter in this race........He has been facing much better horses then what he faces today..........


              1. Corinthian's Song
              2. Henry's Holiday
              3. Eddie's First

              Long Shot   Diamond Majestic

LATE PICK THREE   4,7,10 WITH 7,8,3 WITH 6,5

COST $18.00




RACE 7  8 G CLAIMING SPRINT FOR FILLIES AND MARES!



ANALYSIS'S

After handicapping today's races.......the track is a wet sloppy off track   Smilin From Above likes a off track...so take note of this!  Rich In Tradition loves a off track also..........Might be the one to fear if the track gets sloppy!


              1. Champion Risk
              2. Norastone
              2. Queen Of The Hill      (WON)

             Long Shot  Blue Bllzzard
     

     





RACE 8    50 G MAIDEN ONE MILE TURF RACE 


                     OFF THE TURF



ANALYSIS'S

On past performances Native Ride is making his 10th start.......He drops in class and his Beyer numbers outclass this modest field....He should be right behind the speed stalking then chillin then kicks the overdrive gear at the top of the lane when the real racing begins........If he runs a sub par race then there are others that can win high price turf maiden route race.

Broke The Mold bred by Harris Farms and trained by Gains has turf pedigree top to bottom........his turf debut I expect was a mere prep race.......He should be more on the muscle in his second race.

Bejarano rides Passinaflash which I have bet before with jockeys giving him horrible rides.......a three year old facing older gets the best post position he has had to date.......

Pyrotechnics trained by Donald Warren and is excellent in getting a lay off horse to fire fresh.........He is on my watch list and I have been waiting for some class relief.......Today He gets a modest field of maidens.........Joe Talamo rides and is Warren's main man when he thinks he has a live one.




              1. Native Ride          (WON)
              2. Pyrotechnics
              3. Passinaflash

             Long shot Broke The Mold












































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