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SANTA ANITA

CAFFEINE HIGH: Had been away since last May when winning at Hollywood Park. He came back in top condition for this optional claiming race for trainer Ron Ellis but had no shot at running down the 7-5 chalk. Was a clear second and will be very hard to beat at these same conditions next time out.

CHIMI DEE: First time starter took plenty of action against the odds on Doug (all my horses are live) O’Neill filly who was uncatchable down the lane. She ran super finishing second more than six lengths clear of the rest. Will be a solid single next time out for trainer Victor Garcia who is having a solid meet. $$$$$

YOU KNOW I KNOW: First time starter was sent off as the second choice in this 50k maiden claimer. He ran a winning race, but just did fail to hold off the ultra hot Bob Baffert winner and lost the place late when down on the inside. He was claimed out of this race for the 50k by John Sadler, who must really like this 3yo gelding to put out that kind of dough. $$$

G’NIGHT: Was taking his second shot at sprinting on the grass. His first wasn’t much on the 6 furlong Hollywood course back in December. Running out of the 1 post really is not the place to be when going down the hill, but he did have Rosario in the irons. He took plenty of action but looked cooked when fanned eight wide into the stretch. Somehow this horse came back on and got the win by a half length in what was a super effort.

SUANCES CANDY: This first time starter was in the same race as G’night. Broke through the gate before the start, which is usually not a good sign for a first timer. He got the early lead but drifted far wide crossing the dirt. Came back on to pick up the place money in what was just another super effort in this race.

SWAY AWAY: Had one race after being on the Derby trail last year and that was a win going this 7 furlong distance at Hollywood Park. He just ran big time in this 7 furlong race when coming from last. Finished a fast closing second by a dwindling half length to ultra fast The Factor. A flat mile may be this one’s best distance, so look for the stretch out next time and a visit to the winner’s circle.

CLUTCH: First time starter for trainer John Sadler hesitated at the start to be off last. Never got untracked after finishing up the track in a no effort by Rosario when knowing he had no shot. Look for this one to rebound in a big way next time out.

STONEY FLEECE: Ran huge off the layoff but just could not get pass the hyped up O’Neill runner Tones. No mistakes next time out as this one will be a solid cinch going down the hill. $$$$$

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

BAILOUTTHEMINISTER: Was best in here but got caught behind heavy traffic and then was steadied to a stop near the five eighths pole. He recovered to lose a frantic decision by a nostril on the wire.

LILLY BELLE B: First time starter had no shot at catching the odds on Baze winner, but was a clear second. Won’t be a maiden for long.

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