Horse Race Handicapper Selections for Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

LIFELINE: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella was being sent 1-1/8 on the grass. He was sent off as the second choice at 5/2 and just ran his eyeballs out. Broke slow, was pulling jockey Prat out of the saddle and had to be steadied. Passing the wire the first time, he came out at the top of the lane for racing room and finished up like a freight train. Missed by a neck and a head. No mistakes next time. He will be a solid single in the picks. $$$$$

SECRET TOUCH: First time starter made a big four-wide move into the stretch. Finished this six furlong race with a determined late run to be a clear second just a dwindling 1¾ lengths behind the odds-on lone speed.

COMPETING: Was in from Churchill Downs for Baffert and coming off a layoff. Ran like he needed this race, finishing third behind our above mentioned Secret Touch. We would like to see these two meet in the near future and will have an exacta on our mind.

SCANDAL: Just ran too well to lose this downhill turf sprint when coming off a long layoff. He battled tooth and nail only to miss by a head while never really giving in.

COULD BE MAGIC: Finished a nostril behind Scandal when surging late while three wide between runners. He will be very hard to beat next time out going down the hill. $$$

OREGON: Second time starter for trainer John Shirreffs was scheduled to go down the hill but the race was moved to the main track and he was scratched. Look for this 4yo colt when he resurfaces in a turf race. Down the hill or long, he is ready to roll.

GOLIATH’S GIRL: It pays to listen in more ways than one. If you tuned into to 1400 AM this past Sunday, Tom Quigley gave out this filly as a ready to win runner and she got the job done, paying a nice $9.80. So tune in and listen. Thanks, Tom, and see ya soon.

SECOND PROPOSAL, SWISS CHEESE: It pays to pay attention as these two runners exited the same race, finishing first and second with the exacta for $2 paying $110.60. Check those same race horses, it pays!

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