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SANTA ANITA 

PLAZARITA: Just a huge effort by this 20k maiden claimer. She was caught wide into the first turn and had to be steadied sharply off heels when trying to find room. Once clear she surged to the lead and drew clear. This filly could come back and repeat against low level claimers or a starter allowance group going long on the dirt.

AWESOMEMUNDO: Ran to her name off the layoff for trainer Bob Baffert, who seems to be winning every race of late with his arsenal of 3yo and older horses. This filly ran like something very special and will probably be meeting some stakes competition next time out. $$$$$

CLUE ME IN: Easy winner in this 8k claimer. Looks to be a good claim by trainer William E. Morey, who may be heading North with this one. If so we will follow him and use as a single in the picks.

TJ’S STORMY WIT: First time starter for trainer Doug O’Neill and ridden by Kevin Krigger, who is heating up a little since moving back here from Golden Gate. Was bet like a good thing but just failed to hold on losing by less than a length. She was more than two lengths clear from the rest of her field and will be tough to catch next time around.

TRUCIAL STATE: Was exiting our HTW list and running in this 50k maiden claimer off the layoff. Taken back to last and when making a move got caught wide around the turn. He swung down the middle of the track and closed fast to be one of three on the line just missing second by a head. Trainer John Sadler put up the 50k for the claim so look for a quick return on his big investment next time out. $$$

LUTESS: Baffert lost this filly one race back for 10 and re-claimed her for 8k. I figure he gets the filly back plus made 2k. The previous owner who put up the 10k ended up making 40 bucks for her third place finish, losing by a nostril for second and a head for all the money despite a troubled trip. $$$$$

PAYNTER: The word was out on this Baffert first time starter and about half the entries scratched out. They wanted no part of this 3yo colt so that left only four and it was a walk over. We will see how he does against a full field of winners next time.

KUMITE: First time starter ran a winning race but just did fail to run the lone speed by a slim dwindling head despite a wide trip. This one will not be a maiden for long as he has some run in him for trainer Cerin.

GOLDEN GATE

TOPS FROLIC: Was coming off the layoff in this 4k claimer, but ran huge winning for fun going away. She looks like a repeater.

DADDY NOSE BEST: Was making his 3yo debut for trainer Asmussen here in the El Camino Real Derby and jockey Leparoux flew in for the ride. He somehow got up for the win despite being blocked nearing the quarter pole. This race will do him a world of good as he stays on the Derby trail. The question is who will end up with the mount? Leparoux will be riding one of the top two pre-Derby favorites.

MIDNIGHT CROONER: Shipped in from Santa Anita and just blitzed this full field of straight maidens by more than seven lengths. He will come right back.

 

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