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HOLLYWOOD PARK

(Closes permanently Dec. 22; Santa Anita opens Dec. 26)

DEMONIC

Was coming off a layoff for Sadler and a nice win at Santa Anita on the dirt. He looked ready to run a good race, but had to go very wide when caught outside the entire trip. Made a big six-wide run into the stretch losing several lengths but was still running late to finish a much better than looked fifth. We will be on him next time out. $$$

SANDYS DIAMOND

Was exiting our HTW list and getting his first start off the Doug O’Neill claim. We got the good 4/1 price, but he failed to run down the lone speed, finishing second by ¾ dwindling lengths while down on the inside. We will keep him on our HTW list. A perfect fit at this level.

GLAD’S GALS

Just absolutely freaked when stretched out for the first time as she destroyed them by more than 12 lengths while under a hand ride. We look for this girl to come back in a starter allowance race and get the job done again before meet’s end.

MESANA

First time starter for trainer John Shirreffs won by more than three lengths and it could have been more. This filly will really love going long and should also handle the grass. We look for Mr. Shirreffs to stretch her out in the next start. $$$

ROYAL BANKER

Euro invader for trainer Eoin Harty ran a very good race after breaking very slow in this six horse field. Really got into stride late and split horses in deep stretch to get the show dough. This one really wants longer.

GO TO THE PULPIT

Was one of our picks on www.gamingtoday.com and just failed to get there, losing by a neck at 15-1. He ran bang up battling tooth and nail from the bell. We will be using him next time out in our exotics.

GOLDEN GATE

NEVAEH’S PROMISE

First time starter took plenty of cash in the betting. She tracked the front runner from the bell and the front runner was on a very easy lead. She made her late run at the lone speed and just failed to get up by a dwindling neck. We will be using her as a single next time out.

HOPEFUL HAZEL

Was exiting the same race as the winner who went off at 4/1. Hazel was let go at 22/1 and the price was more than right. She looked to be making a winning move and had to be steadied hard near the furlong pole, but got clear. Stormed home to finish a clear third, losing by two lengths.

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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