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(Santa Anita opens Sept. 26)

GOLDENCENTS: Doug O’Neil who is on suspension will be the trainer of this colt when we get to Santa Anita. Assistant trainer Leandro Mora must have the key to his bag of tricks. Mora has turned into a .30% trainer. This first time starter with so so works was 8/1 on the morning line but opened at 6/5, went off at 8/5 and won like 1/9. Is he the next I’ll Have Another? I will not take any chances as I will be heading to Wynn as soon as Johnny Avello opens his Kentucky Derby future book odds!

KOKO LOCA: Was exiting our HTW list and got one of jockey Gomez’s patent horrible rides. He had this filly far back in another galaxy and then tried to make a wide run down the lane. A hopeless spot. We will keep her on our list, but must have a new jockey to bet!

SMART ELLIS: Is a much better colt than the one that ran in the Del Mar Derby. Had a horrible trip and lost any shot in the early going. We will keep an eye out for his return going long on the grass.

POWER FOOT: Ran a big race in the Del Mar Derby at 24/1 finishing fourth by two lengths between horses. This colt can run and will find a winning spot at Santa Anita.

BIG BANE THEORY: First time starter was sent off as the slight favorite in this mile turf straight maiden race. Battled the entire mile, finishing third while stuck between foes down the lane. He lost by a neck in what was a big time effort. Will be a solid single next time out for trainer Carla Gaines. $$$

PURE INDY: If you were board watching in this race you would have picked up on this winner. Bet down from 8/1 to 3/1 and being a first time starter you must take notice. She won like something special despite a slow start, being last till the 3/8 poll in this 5 ½ furlong sprint. She was under a long hold late, winning on her own by more than a length. $$$$$

CINCO DE MARIO: Was eliminated at the start as he was steadied hard between horses and then was pulling jockey Gomez who looked scared stiff along the rail. Gomez steadied him again as he did not want to go between horses. Took him back and made a useless wide run. Another terrible ride by what looks like a scared jockey.

STARRY SKIES: Just another Gomez debacle of a ride on a 9/5 shot as he broke her last and stayed last until the turn. Swung out as is usual for him and went six wide only to finish third. We will be looking for all these Gomez horses with jockey changes at Fairplex and especially Santa Anita.

QUIETASACAT: Broke a step slow and was last at .90 cents on the dollar. He did have some run finishing with interest just a half length behind the runner up. Next time with a good break he wins. 

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact him at [email protected].

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