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HOLLYWOOD PARK

(Santa Anita opens Dec. 26 as HP closes for good)

MONEY CLIP

Gary Stevens was listed to ride this gelding and the race was scheduled to be run on the grass, but the rains came. It went 6 furlongs on the cushion surface with D VanDyke in the irons (no relation to who you are thinking of). Van Dyke got him home with a big four wide run and just a tap of the whip. We will be watching closely for this one to return on the grass.

PRAYER BE MINE

Was sent off at 60 cents on the dollar and just had a horrible trip. She hopped in a very slow start and then had to wait when running up on the heels of a horse in front of her. Came out for room and ran on just missing the show dough, but had no shot after all of her escapades.

FRANDONTJUDGE

Was sent off at 7/5 in this race and looked it on the form. As luck would have it when you are singling a 7/5 shot, she was bumped and steadied hard at the start. Had to make a four wide run leaving the turn, losing ground, but did run on to finish a game third. Will be hard to beat with a better trip next time out.

ENGLISH PUDDIN

Is in good form for an $8k claimer. Can be depended on for her late run and getting a piece of the exotics. She ran a strange race in her last start as she was sitting in a good spot at the quarter pole but dropped back to eighth. Came on again to pick up the place.

FAMOUS ALICE

First time starter was listed at 4/1 on the morning line and got bet like the race was over, going off at 8/5. She won by 1½ but it could have been more as Stevens just sat and gave her a turn down little tap of the whip. This girl is a flat out runner and we will follow her up the ladder going long on the grass. $$$$$

BROWSING

Most likely would not have caught the freaky first time starter but would have been much closer if she didn’t get wiped out at the start when bumped. Steadied, falling back to dead last until the top of the lane when she unleashed a big run to be a clear second. $$$

BUENOS DIAS

Was coming off the layoff for trainer Ron McAnally, who doesn’t win many anymore. He had this one ready to run but he was steadied and crowded at the start. When he got going he made a big wide run to just miss the place money. Will be a solid play next time out.

OLD MAN LAKE

This will be a good long shot play next time out as he got off at 20-1 in this allowance turf sprint and ran a much better than looked fourth. He is sitting on a big run next time out.

INDIANAPOLIS

This 2yo Bob Baffert first time starter blasted home with a big five wide move to win going away. He is one to watch as the distances get longer on the road to Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

ICY RIDE

Was the other Baffert in the race that Indianapolis won. This first time starter, owned by Baffert’s wife Natalie, took no action but was really finding his big stride late in the race and closed to split the field. We want to see this guy going long. He may end up being a real good one. $$$

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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