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FAIRPLEX/SANTA ANITA

CLEMKADIDDLEHOPPER: One of my favorite bums played by Red Skelton way back when. This first time starter did not run like a bum. Was forced out and steadied on the first turn, made a quick move and battled tooth and nail for the front end. Had to settle for second in a big effort. 

MAJESTIC STRIDE: Was in from Oaklawn Park for trainer Jeff Bonde and won like something good. This gelding can run and will be set for the dirt at Santa Anita. 

U R LUCKY: First time starter got squeezed back at the start and then had to chase wide into the stretch. She kept to her task finishing a clear second. 

HEAVEN’S BARGAIN: Jeff Mullins’ first time starter ran second five lengths clear of the rest as he had no shot at running down the odds on .50 cents on the dollar runaway winner. Next time. 

LADY ROSAMOND: Was a very easy winner on closer at Del Mar going wire to wire while under a long hold late. Look for the move up and another win next time out. 

KATHLEEN ROSE: A filly we liked on our web page when coming off the layoff for Mike Machowsky. She was let go at 21-1 and had the lead down the lane but could not hold off the 3-1 winner. She did pay a whopping $20 to place and will be set next time out but we won’t get 21-1. 

DANCE WITH FATE: Was down on the inside and got boxed in. Checked off heels into the turn, he swung out for room and made a big five wide run down the lane just missing by a ½ length in a race he may have been best. $$$

GOLDEN GATE

POWER OF ELEVEN: We liked this first time starter on our daily picks web site here at www.gamingtoday.com. He somehow got off at 11-1 and despite breaking slow and being forced five wide into the stretch. Made a steady late run and got the money paying $25.40. We also had the $2 dollar exacta for $106.20.

EL SCRIFICIO: First time starter ran huge at 16-1. He was stuck leaving the quarter pole when caught behind horses. Once clear he flew home and got the win paying $35.80. Could come right back and pay boxcars again. 

MR. SPLASH: First time starter lacked any early speed. He weaved his way through horses behind a bevy of heavy traffic at the top of the stretch. Made a bold rally and got up for the big win. 

TANNED REFLECTION: First time starter made a steady late run while down on the inside, finishing second well clear of the rest. Will be hard to beat 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.  Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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