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SANTA ANITA

BRIGHT THOUGHT: Was in from Penn National and the question was why come out West when he could have been running with state breds back there? I guess they knew what they were doing as this colt ran super on the grass wire to wire against some good company.

TIME TO DOUBLEDOWN: Did not break well from his inside post, got in tight on the turn and had to check. He had to swing out five wide into the stretch and made one big moving coming from next to last. Picked up the show dough in a big time effort. $$$

ZACKN’MAT: Was coming off a long layoff and ran a better than looked race, finishing fifth in this field of 11. With this race under his belt he will be ready for the score next time out.

SCOOTER BIRD: Made a nice late run in this mile turf race for straight maiden 3yo fillies. Looks ready to win next time out going long on the dirt or grass.

FARAYYA: First time starter for trainer Richard Baltas was getting all the early action in this mile turf race for straight maiden fillies and mares. She showed good early speed while stalking the pace and battled it out till the end, tiring late. Missed the show by a nostril in a big effort and this filly will be hard to beat next time out. $$$$$

REAL CONUNDRUM: Last race he bobbled and broke inward at the start, then was steadied hard midway on the backstretch. He took back and swung four wide into the stretch and was coming fast at the end. Ready to win next out.

MY CINSATION: First time starter for trainer Jeff Bonde battled tooth and nail in this downhill grass race. Looked beat down the lane, but would not quit and got the big win. This girl can run.

SAMURAI JESS: First time starter showed good early speed. He inched away down the lane and looked like the winner, but could not hold off the chalk. Still, was more than four lengths clear of the rest and will be a good single next time out.

TOLUCA: Took a shot with this one at 19/1 and needed her to finish second at least. She was too late and had to settle for fourth, beaten by a dwindling head for the place money. Will be a good price play 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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