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SANTA ANITA

COWTOWNMARY

First time starter was let go at 10/1 and showed good early speed when battling head to head until the stretch when he opened up. He got caught late, finishing a solid fourth, battling it out till the end. If he can clear early next time out, it will be over. $$$

CANDY’S SUNRISE

Great effort off the layoff in this downhill turf sprint as he finished third, losing a three-way photo after a wide trip. He was claimed for $25k by trainer Vann Belvoir who is excellent first off the claim. He will have this one spotted for the win next time out.

AMONG THE STARS

Really looked to have a solid shot at the win in this $30k maiden claimer but ran an even fourth. He was claimed by trainer John Sadler who is having a cold meet but will heat up soon. We look for this one to come back and get the win.

DIAMINDA

Import looked great on the track and took some action going off at 4/1. Broke slow but really wanted to run as she was pulling jockey Smith out of the saddle. Once untracked, she finished strong to be a good third. With this race in the books she is set for the win next time out may be going long on the grass. If she does go long we will dig deep and take a big shot. $$$

PUBLIC INTEREST

Hesitated at the start and was off dead last. He settled in the back and made a wide run into the stretch, then just stormed home to get the show dough. This one is sitting on the win. Needs a good early pace and a clean break to get it.

SEA JOHN’S SPIRIT

Mare who always had the looks of a good one finally got the maiden breaker when crushing foes going 6 furlongs. She will move up the ranks and repeat next time out for trainer Ron Ellis who has really taken his time with this mare.

ANNIVERSARY KITTY

Had the worst of it breaking from the 14 post in this mile turf race. She broke slow to top things off, was hooked wide and made a seven-wide run into the stretch. Came running like she wanted it, but just had too much ground to make up. Finished second behind the 65/1 winner who had a prefect trip from post No. 2. $$$$$

MANK

Was making his first start since January 2012 for trainer John Shirreffs, who can have them ready off the layoff. He was ready and ran a good race but had to settle for second when run down at the wire. Next time he gets the money.

GOLDEN GATE

BLACKFORD

Ran huge when dead heated for the win. He stumbled at the start and trailed to the second turn in this 1 1/16 route. Circled six wide and came home like a freight train to get up for what looked like the win, but after the photo it was ruled a dead heat.

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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