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HOLLYWOOD PARK

SANTA ANITA

(opens Dec. 26)

LUCKARACK: Won this 40k claiming race with such ease it was scary as jockey Bejarano had a long tight hold on him. This colt looks to be heading back up the ladder for trainer Doug O’Neil.

TRUCIAL STATE: Was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time in this his third lifetime start. This 2yo colt was fanned out into the first turn and had to go five wide into the second in this 1 1/16 route. Was kept five wide down the lane, but made a nice late run. One of three on the line finishing third some four lengths better than the fourth place horse in field of 11. $$$

AMELIA ROSE: Had no shot at the runaway lone speed winner in her last start but ran game till the end finishing a clear second. If able to find some pace to run at next time out this filly will be a very good single.

UNUSUAL JAZZ: Had been crying out to be sent long and it happened. Steve Knapp sent this colt by Unusual Heat 1 1/16 on the grass. He sat back off the pace and ran them down late under a Quinonez ride. Had plenty left at the wire. Could come right back at a nice price and repeat.

JUNE CLEAVER: Beaver’s mom a first time starter in this straight maiden race for 2yo fillies going 6 furlongs beat the .80 cent on the dollar odds on chalk with ease. Trainer Michael Ewing, who I know little about, snuck this filly in. The listed jockey was Vergara but Bejarano got the leg up. We will keep an eye out for horse and trainer.

SANIBEL SID: Was taking his first try on the grass but had the breeding that said yes. This 3yo gelding ran a winning race but just could not get to the 8/5 winner. Second place finish says keep me on the green.

CAL BAYERS: Third time starter by Mineshaft was getting blinkers on for this 5½ furlong, 30k maiden race. She was next to last until the half mile pole and made a big late run. Finished a clear and better than looked fourth losing the race by a length. If sent a little longer next time out we will be digging deep. $$$$$

GOLDEN GATE

SATURDAY’S MIRACLE: Was in from Keeneland for trainer Hollendorfer and just did fail to hold on for the win getting caught late by a live Steve Sherman first time starter. This filly will be a solid single next time out as she will go wire to wire.

HAYLEYSCUPCAKEBAKE: First time starter for trainer John Martin was in a good spot, but never did rally. Next time she may pop at a price.

WILD NICOLE: First time starter for trainer John Martin was very rank and hard to handle while being led to the paddock. Broke sharp and was in a good stalking position. She came four wide and finished strong just missing the place by a nostril. This girl has some run and looks like a next out winner. $$$$$

 

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