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SANTA ANITA

FAST AND HARD: Took some action in this 50k maiden claimer after finishing a good second at Santa Anita back in October. He was steadied hard at the start when bumped between horses and the jockey almost lost his irons. Ran a nice even race afterwards that will set him up perfectly for the win next time out. 

DRESS CODE: Was a re-claim by trainer Vann Belvoir, who put him on the shelf for a few months. Came back running in this 6 furlong turf sprint as he made a big four wide push into the stretch to run them down at 13/1. This race will have him primed for a run down the hill at Santa Anita.

BROKER BRETT: has been off since February and showed little early speed in this 6 furlong turf sprint. Once in gear he came wide into the turn and blasted down the lane just missing by a neck. Will be hard to beat next time out going down the hill at Santa Anita with Tyler Baze riding. 

CHARM CATCHER: A first time starter for trainer Ron McAnally who rarely has one cranked up first out of the box. This filly bobbled at the start and was far back but looked like she wanted to run. Was pulling at her jockey Gomez to let her go, took to the inside, angled out past midstretch and surged  between horses late for the place in an outstanding effort. Look for the Hall of Famer to send this girl long next time out. $$$

CALIFORNIA ROLL: 20k maiden claimer looks to be just sitting on the win. She ran a much better then looked race, catching her best stride just a little late. Was flying down the lane and the price will be right next time out. 

FEARLESS CAT: First time starter looked good on the track for trainer Paul Aguirre who can pop at a price with a first timer now and then. This filly had some late run after breaking slow and being steadied at the start. Came from last to a good fifth in this 12 horse field. Will give her a big shot next time out at a price. 

DICE FLAVOR: Had been sprinting on the grass. Now trainer Paddy Gallagher sent him 1 1/16 on the grass. Had to steady off heels into the first turn but once clear stormed home to win going away. Looks to have found a home going long on the grass. Could come back and repeat against winners. 

GOLDEN GATE

PAPERCOVERSROCK: First time starter was let go at 15-1, Hesitated at the start and gave the field at least a three length head start. Moved past horses with every stride into the second turn when swinging widest of all. Came home like a freight train winning in hand in  a big time effort. $$$$$

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

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