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SANTA ANITA

INDYGO ANDY

Was ready to run off the layoff for trainer John Sadler. Would have won this $20k maiden claimer but for a 40-1 first time starter that freaked and blasted home by more than three lengths. Indy will get them at Santa Anita.

NEXT BOOK

Finished second at 31/1 first time out of the box for trainer Marty Jones. He broke sharp to stalk the pace along the rail but had to wait off heels leaving the turn. When he found no place to go, he swung out for room into the stretch and got the front in deep stretch. Just failed to hold off the fast closing winner, losing by a head.

WILDCAT JANINE

First time starter with the hot connections of trainer Paul Aguirre and jockey Iggy Puglisi. She broke slow and was steadied hard; fell to dead last in this 12 horse field and stayed there until the half-mile pole when she swung out for room. Closed like a rocket to pick up the place while gaining on the winner with every stride. We will be on her next time out and will follow this hook up of Iggy and Aguirre. $$$

PRINCESS GENEVIEVE

The word was out on this first time starter who was 12-1 on the morning line but got hammered at the betting windows and was sent off at 3-1. She ran a bang up race but had to settle for fourth, missing the show by a half-length. Next time she gets the money.

HIGHLY RATED

This filly, going a mile on the grass, shot to the front and, while down on the inside, shook off several bids, leaving the second turn inching away down the lane. Got caught late in what was a very game performance.

KOUKLA

First time starter took all the action and ran like something good to eat at 9/5. This filly looks like the real deal for trainer John Sadler and will be looking at some big races coming up at Santa Anita. We will follow her to the betting window. $$$$$

GOUYEN

This is the first time starter I played to beat Koukla in the race mentioned above. She got off at 5/1, struck to the front down the lane and opened up a two length lead only to be run over by the winner. She was five clear of the rest and will be a solid single 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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