Horse Race Handicapper Selections for Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

ONLINE REQUEST: $30k maiden filly was squeezed off at the start. She then chased off the rail while between horses on the backstretch in this mile dirt race, angled in entering the stretch and came home fast, missing by a dwindling neck in a big effort at 9/1.

TINA’S EXCHANGE: First-time starter for trainer Phil D’Amato was let go at almost 20/1 in this $50k maiden claimer. He broke dead last in this 10 horse field going 6½ furlongs on the dirt. Made a four wide move into the stretch and got to the front down the lane, but was nailed on the money, losing the bob by the slimmest of nostrils. No 19/1 next time but a trip to the winner’s circle. $$$

DOC CURLIN: Was in from Gulfstream Park and landed in the barn of Kristin Mulhall who sent this gelding down the hill. He got off at 4/1 and stormed home showing a likeness for this tricky course. Look for a repeat if sent down the hill again next time out.

ALSATAIN: Was last seen winning at Del Mar last November. He came back in this downhill turf sprint, broke slow and was off last in this nine horse field. Made a four wide move into the stretch while crossing the dirt and came home really fast to be a clear second, running on late like he would love to go a mile on the grass. $$$

DENMAN’S CALL: Looked to be spotted for the win in this $40k optional claimer but as luck would have it he bobbled at the start as the ground broke behind him. Was way back and made a resolute run down the lane to finish third, beaten a little over a length in a race he probably was best.

WEST COAST: Baffert sent out three runners in this mile maiden race. Bronze Age was the winner and paid $11.60. West Coast at 5/1 was gaining ground with every big stride to finish a clear second by more than 7 lengths in front of the other Baffert runner, Glacier, who was a clear third. We would prefer Glacier on the grass when he comes back and will be singling West Coast in his next start. By the way, the Baffert trifecta paid $145.80 for a dollar. $$$$$

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