Flores looks like a Million

David Flores, perhaps one of the most underrated jockeys around, is the all-time leading rider in the Sunshine Millions, which will be run for the fifth time Saturday at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. Flores has won five times. Now remember, that win total is from a total of 16 races because the eight-race program, which matches Cal-breds against Florida-breds, is split up each year — four at Santa Anita and four at Gulfstream. So he’s winning at close to a 30-percent clip with his Millions mounts. Not too shabby. Check our newspapers for a feature on Flores and how he feels about his mounts this year in Thursday’s editions.

Pick six flyer at Santa Anita

With Wednesday’s huge carryover of $723,774 at Santa Anita, I just have to take a stab at what figures to be close to a $2 million jackpot. It’s a tough card. I liked the carryover card on Jan. 10 at Santa Anita better, but with a few breaks, I think I could be in the hunt. The fifth and eighth races are real crap shoots.
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Pick six possibilities

There is a pick-six carryover today at Santa Anita and there are a couple of horses in the fifth race I think you need to take a really hard look at — Del Mar Ticket and In Reality. If you’re playing a small ticket, the Ron Ellis-trained Del Mar Ticket might be a good single. He’s 4-1 on the morning line and gets the services of Alex Solis.
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Kudos to Lava Man camp

You have to love the Lava Man connections — i.e. the owners and trainer Doug O’Neill — for deciding to campaign in California again this year and, even though there will be a priority put on grass races — O’Neill said today that they would love to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic again.
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Surf Cat back on track

One of the best, most versatile horses in training in 2006, Surf Cat, is back on the track and will begin training again in February. Surf Cat, who won three Grade II races last year before pulling up sore and taking the rest of the year off, was on the track both Friday and Monday mornings for trainer Bruce Headley along with stablemate Arson Squad.

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Santa Anita goodies

I like a few hores Saturday at Santa Anita, including the Brian Koriner-trained Wild Nekia in the first race, Range Roover in the second and Racketeer in the fifth.
I’ll bet Wild Nekia in the first at 3-1 or better and also play some doubles — Opimian, Hemet and Wild Nekia in the first to Range Roover in the second.

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Huge Santa Anita carryover

If you’re like me, you can’t pass up a chance to take a crack at today’s $623,111 pick-six carryover at Santa Anita. The seventh race to me is the toughest to figure out, with perhaps all seven of the runners having a shot to win the 6 1/2-furlong race down the hill. Here’s one $72 ticket to consider:
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Horse wisdom

Why is Bobby Frankel one of the top trainers around? Two words — knowledge and patience. After Latent Heat won the opening-day Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, Frankel said he’d probably skip the San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes because he doesn’t think the colt is a two-turn horse. So guess what?
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