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SANTA ANITA

RIGHT ON SCHEDULE

First time starter out of the barn of Kathy Walsh was squeezed at the start to hurt any chances of winning this $20k, 5½ furlong sprint. He swung outside to make a late run down the lane and came storming home just missing the show dough. This filly will be cranked for the win next time out, especially if she goes 6 furlongs.

MONSTRO NESS

Won her last start here back in October. She was dismissed on the tote in this $40k optional claimer but ran a much better-than-looked fourth,  finishing more than five lengths clear of the rest. She was claimed for the $40k by Michael Pender who will have her spotted for the win. Look for a rider upgrade.

JOHN’S JOURNEY

Ran lights out in this $30k maiden claimer, opening up down the lane. Could not hold off the 2-1 winner but was more than 10 lengths clear of the rest. He will be hard to beat at this level next time out and could be a single.

HOPPERTUNITY

One of three Baffert runners in this 7 furlong maiden race. This one hesitated at the start to be last and stayed last until the top of the lane when making a five-wide run, picking up a few pieces late. There is more here than meets the eye and the price will be right in his next start.

LA SORELLA

First time starter settled very nice down on the inside under the hot riding Mike Smith in this 6½ furlong downhill sprint. She came out in the stretch to make her run and was just picking them up and laying them down near the finish to end up a solid fourth. She wants to go long! $$$$$

PROSPECTOR ALLEY

Ran a good fourth in his first start and was claimed by John Sadler for $50k. He will put a new jockey on next time out and that could get this one home on top.

HANNA NO SIR

First time starter for trainer Mike Mitchell was a live item in this race and almost took them wire to wire. Got caught late, finishing second more than three lengths clear of the other nine girls. We will be using her as a single next time. $$$

GOLDEN GATE

RULE BREAKER

Was coming out of post position 10 in this mile race. He got fanned five wide on the second turn but still closed strong, despite the wide trip, to just miss by a dwindling ¾ of a length. We will be all over this one 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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