Santa Anita Shakeup

11/30/18 By Michael Patricks It’s been a difficult week in racing news as good friend and weekly reader of this very column, Michael Wrona (also the voice of the Sonoma County Fair) was unceremoniously displaced by Frank Mirahmadi at Santa Anita for the 2018-2019 season.  The news came down last Saturday afternoon and left many…

Golden Gate Fields – Friday, Nov. 30

Golden Gate Fields Friday, November 30 Dynamite Ride…Looks strong here Invertigo…Been right there The Ref…Could complete the ticket   Krsto Skye…Seen much better races Hank the Tank…Figures to contend Marchtothemusic…Can run with these   Knust…Impressive win last start Atticism…Barn claims right back A New Trend…Looks like a player   Algorithmblues…Run okay vs. better Driveroff Thedeck…Could…

Golden Gate Fields – Thursday, Nov. 29

Golden Gate Fields Thursday, November 29 Another Redhead…Has to factor in Blazing Amanda…Hit board last two Wright Winged…Wired field last start   Warrens Lil Margie…Always a threat French Tart…Numbers out there D’s Two Thumbs Up…Could get some here   Skeeter Davis…Solid over the track Aries…Been tough recently Crimson Cloud…Two solid recent starts   Fiery Lady…Has…

Golden Gate Fields – Sunday, Nov. 25

Golden Gate Fields Sunday, November 25 Seau…Should love the spot Courtship…Perfect at distance Kronwall…Numbers add up   Speed Saver…The one to beat Sheila’s Footsteps…A major player My Friend George…Nearly won four straight   Cosa Nostra…Found his spot Capall…Appreciated ship north Union Rebel…Seems a good spot   Native Chieftain…Should be a player Symphony Forty One…Has been…

Golden Gate Fields – Saturday, Nov. 24

Golden Gate Fields Saturday, November 24 Boot Scootin’ Kid…Best in a bad race Meet’n On High…Been okay vs. similar Hot N Breezy…Decent numbers   You’ll Be Lucky…Looks strong here Unlawful Act…Has to be in the mix Kid Arcade…Could have late run   Apphia…Hit board last four Little Miss Hottie…Numbers give a shot International Diva…Should love…

Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II)

11/23/18 By Michael Patricks Happy Black Friday to everyone. Many consumers are out and about with umbrellas and raingear trying to get the jump on the best holiday sales possible.  That’s never been my speed and doubtful it ever will be.  Paying for parking and standing in long lines has never been a passion of…

Golden Gate Fields – Friday, Nov. 23

Golden Gate Fields Friday, November 23 Go Smiley Go…A must on tickets Night of Idiots…Claimed last two Quick Song…Will hit the board   Oh Scatty Oh…Running well vs. better My Audubon…Should be a good spot Euphemistic…Like the claim two back   Meeting Adjourned…Must fire fresh Plum Wild…Solid debut run Jennys Finest…Not a bad first start…

Golden Gate Fields – Thursday, Nov. 22

Golden Gate Fields Thursday, November 22 Out Ofthe Ordinary…Take a good look Ineedamaniandapedi…Right horse, right spot Tangled Up in Ju…A legit player   Who Nose It…Barn solid off the claim One Smart Gal…Could get there Neon Gypsy…Takes a decent drop   Maxinamillion…Love the barn confidence Perfect Come Back…Tries a softer spot I’m an Eight…Looks like…

Saturday’s Late Pick-4 at Del Mar

11/16/18 By Michael Patricks Here I sit, prepared to write another installment in the weekly Blog.  Just before powering up my laptop I was informed that Golden Gate Fields would be cancelling their Friday program due to unhealthy air levels stemming from the Camp Fire in Butte County where better than 600 people are still…

Golden Gate Fields – Friday, Nov. 16

Golden Gate Fields Friday, November 16 Union Legend…Will be right there Sojourn…Has to factor in On Fire…Hard knocker could get piece   Swanee…Back to back good runs Sophia Del Sol…Works look ready for return Go Smiley Go…Beaten favorite last start   Power of Nine…Should find spot inviting She Began Again…Do like the work tab Revenue…