Horse Race Handicapper best bets at Los Alamitos and Santa Anita

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LOS ALAMITOS, SANTA ANITA

(opens on Thursday, Sept. 29)

PATRON: Just blasted this group of $20k maiden claimers as Baffert dropped this $200k purchase in for this sale price. He got the claim but it was voided by the vet and now goes back to Baffert. We will be interested to see where he runs him. I’m sure the people who claimed him would have liked to have had a $200k colt for breeding purposes.

SHY: First time starter was steadied into the first turn in this mile turf race. She came out for room past midstretch but had to be steadied again when checking off heels. Once clear, ran on gamely to just miss by ¾ of a length in a race she may have been best.

TRUE TESTAMENT, NIGHTENGALE MISS, GOSEECAL: These three all exit a nice straight maiden race for 2yo fillies and all look to have some good ability. We think this will end up as a key race and will put all three runners on our watch list in the hopes they meet each other again next time out. If so, it will be exacta time. $$$

ROCKY’S RAINBOW: Trainer Mike Puype sent this filly 5½ furlongs in this $20k maiden claimer and she just blew this field away with the red hot Stew Elliott in the irons. She won by almost 12 lengths while under a hand ride; she looks like a repeater.

LORD SIMBA: First time starter for Bob Baffert took all the money in this maiden race, going off at 7/5, and is one of the few losers the aforementioned Elliott has been on. He was a clear second but had no shot at running down the lone speed. Will most likely be back at Santa Anita; a great single.

BIG MISS STEAK: First time starter tossed her head then bobbled in a slow start. She then chased four wide and ran an even fourth in what was a better-than-looked effort.

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