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SANTA ANITA

PUBLIC DEFENDER: Ran a huge race at Fairplex for Mike Mitchell on Sept. 18. He was squeezed at the start and was far back with little chance. Angled out on the second turn and made a five wide run into the stretch storming home to get up at the wire and actually pulling away. Look for this guy to come back and run another big race possibly going long in a starter allowance  on the Santa Anita dirt. 

WOULD YOU: Michael Pender runner battled it out tooth and nail from the bell in this 1 3/8 marathon as they went around this Fairplex course so many times that I got dizzy. He hooked up in a dazzling stretch duel after putting two horses away from his early fighting. Got to the wire nose to nose but lost the bob in a heartbreaker more than seven lengths clear of the rest. 

LINDA WINZ: Was coming back in just 7 days off a big win and moving up in class. She ran another winning race and at the wire I would have bet that she won the bob. After viewing the photo she lost by the slimmest of nostrils in a tough decision. She was claimed out of the race by top Northern California trainer John Martin so this girl may be heading North. We will be following her. 

JK’S MISCHIEF: Came to Fariplex in top form for trainer O’Neill who had a great meet. He put Saul Arias in the irons, a highly underrated jockey who won some big races for O’Neill at the meet. He rode her perfectly for the easy win and now heads to Santa Anita in tip top form. 

POSHSKY: Took to the dirt like a duck to water and just crushed this field of 25k maiden claimer by almost 10 lengths going off at 20/1. Trainer Donald Warren must have been in shock watching this colt storm home down the lane looking like a miniature Secretariat. With this win under his belt look for him to come right back on the Santa Anita dirt and run big again. 

TREE OF LIFE: Ran a winning race in the Pomona Derby but just failed to run down the lone speed. The early trouble hurt him as he had to check off heels right after the first turn and then made what looked to be a winning move. The winner would not stop and he came up ¾ of a length short but was seven lengths clear of the rest. Santa Anita here he comes. $$$$$

CHARLIE TIME: Real nice effort by this filly for trainer Eddie Truman who doesn’t win many nowadays but should put this 2yo across at the Santa Anita meet. She would have won this race on most days as she finished second behind the Mike Machowsky Calder shipper and was more than five lengths clear of the rest. 

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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