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SANTA ANITA

ROSSI RESERVE: If you made a bet on this filly you really got it put to you by the all knowing Santa Anita stewards. Her number should have been put up as she was taken out by the winner down the lane. After a review that we all at the book agreed she was going up, they did nothing except make the lame decision that it did not cost her the race. The stewards who must like trainer Dan Blacker (the new young hubby of Christine Blacker the race analyst) again made a political decision not in the best interest of this struggling game. Just a few days later they took down a horse ridden by Garrett Gomez for a lesser infraction than what happened in this race.

WILD IN THE SADDLE: Kala Stra making her first ride of the meet since being away from Southern Cal for a while was wild in the saddle in this race. This filly got bumped hard at the start and then had to steady hard off heels into the turn. That cost her the race as she came flying late to miss by a head.

SPACECOAST: Ran a winning race but just could not hold off the odds on winner in this 20k maiden claimer. She was however more than nine lengths clear of the rest in this nine horse field and will be a solid single next time out. $$$

MARKET QUOTE: First time starter out of the loaded barn of John Shirreffs won like something special. She came from last to first in this mile race running down the well regarded Top Kisser with a four wide run down the lane under a strong Joe Talamo had ride. This was a big time performance by a first time starter. This filly looks to have a bright future on the grass. $$$$$

AIN: Carla Gaines comebacker was really far back in this mile turf race, but unleashed a huge late run turning for home. Came from last to fourth and just missed by the whole thing by a length. This race did this guy a world of good and will be the play next time out going long on the grass.

MORE CHOCOLATE: Was exiting our HTW list and won like a good thing at better than 5/1 paying $12.60. She is getting better and better with every start. We will continue to keep her on our HTW list. A must use in all exotics.

JK’S MISCHIEF: Trainer Doug O’Neill stated that this first time starter was the nuts and one of the best he has ever trained. She was the real deal. Ran ok in this 5½ furlong straight maiden race showing good early speed but had to settle for third. We will be on her next time out just to see if O’Neill is right.

GOLDEN GATE

YANKEE MINISTER: First time starter with top connections tried to take them wire to wire but tired in the late going. With that race under his belt we will be betting next time out. $$$

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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