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SANTA ANITA

RAINBOW LUCK: Stalked off the rail in this 6½ furlong downhill sprint and was between horses coming down the hill heading into the first turn. Came out at the top of the stretch and made a huge late surge between horses missing by less than a length to the lone speed. This girl will be a winner next time out if she just gets some pace to chase. $$$$$

CONTEMPLATED: Was last seen here the day after Christmas. He was coming off the layoff for trainer Sadler and looked like a million dollars on the track. Dropped back to last after breaking sharp and stayed there until the top of the stretch when he flew to fourth. Just missed the show dough by a half a length. Will make no mistakes in his second start off the layoff. $$$

HOLLADAY ROAD: Was exiting our HTW list trying 1 1/8 on the grass in the Cal Cup Classic. Let go at 7-1, he ran a huge race finishing third while caught down on the inside of the track. This guy is still in tip top form. We will continue to keep him on our HTW list.

HOPE AND BELIEVE: Was last seen running against The Factor back on Dec. 26 when he had a troubled trip. No trouble this time around as he was bet down to the 8-5 chalk and got the money against some very promising 3yo. We will keep an eagle eye on this horse and others that ran in this key race. Those include Cyclometer (a close second) a first time starter for Bruce Headley, High Test (third) who was caught down on the rail in midstretch, Jim’s Decision (fifth) who came from Gulfstream Park and Hy Hand Poker (the second choice). We will keep all of these on our list. Any of them could pop next time out.

QUIET INVADER: Was last seen running at Pimlico back in May of 2010. Came in here off the long layoff and just smoked them going 21.3, 44, and 1:07.3 for the six furlongs. This is one fast Bob Baffert colt.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

I WILL FOLLOW: 20k Tommy Town first time starter ran big, but just could not catch the lone speed and settled for the place money. Was claimed for the 20k by trainer Vann Belvoir, who may have gotten a bargain. $$$

GRANITE GIRL: Was in from Del Mar going 1 1/16 on the grass and won like a good thing at 6-1. This filly may have found a home here on the green. Looks like she could come right back and repeat in a starter allowance race.

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