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SANTA ANITA

SWEET SPELL

First time starter by Candy Ride was being sent down the hill by trainer Marty Jones. Ran like something good, winning for fun at 7/1 despite breaking slow from her inside post and then dueling head to head till midstretch. Just fled away from the rest of the girls. This filly can flat out run and will love going a mile on the grass.

AMINA PERFECT

Loved the filly in this $20k maiden claimer, especially when let go at 7/1. We fired with both hands using her as a single in the late pick four and in the exotics. She looked to have a good position when between fillies but got bogged down on the inside. By the time jockey Van Dyke got her outside it was too late and she had to settle for fourth, but was more than 12 lengths clear of the others. We will give her another shot next time out, maybe at 6 furlongs.

LIL CHEYENNE

Looked to be a real nice price play in this $12,500 claiming race for fillies and mares. She was steadied hard and squeezed off at the start, then angled in and came out on the turn. Went back to the inside into the stretch as jockey Perez had her all over the track. She came out again in deep stretch and finished with a good late run in what was a good try on her part. We will be looking for a jockey change.

SCOOTER BIRD

Was exiting our HTW list and let go at almost 13/1. She broke slow as our luck would have it and got squeezed back to last. Way back and hopelessly beaten at the top of the lane, she made a last to third place eye-popping, four-wide run. We will keep her on our list of ones that are ready to win.

OMEGA STAR

Was all over this gelding and thought we blew our cash when he was steadied hard after being squeezed back at the start. He settled nicely down on the inside and once clear down the lane stormed home to get the win in what was a big time performance. We look for him to come right back and repeat for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, but doubt we will get that $9.20 price next time out.

GOLDEN GATE

HILLSIDE SELECT

We took a good shot with this first time starter going 5½ furlongs on the synthetic surface. She just sat in the back of the pack until the top of the lane and then unleashed a big late five-wide run to finish a fast closing fourth at 17-1. We will be hoping for 6 furlongs next time out but will still be using him no matter what at a price. $$$

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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