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SANTA ANITA

MIDNIGHT LADY

Ran lights out coming off the little layoff for trainer John Sadler but got caught four wide crossing the dirt into the stretch. Stormed home to finish third beaten by a half-length for all the marbles. She was claimed by trainer Mike Pender who can strike quick off the claim. $$$

MAMBO MAN

Hopped in a slow start and was taken down on the inside just off the rail. He came out on the second turn and made a three wide run down the lane to finish fast just missing by a dwindling half a length. He is sitting on a win.

QUOTIENT

Love these Tom Proctor Gulfstream Park shippers, and like the fact he used Flavien Prat who is very underrated but can ride with anyone on the grass. This gelding just smoked them in this 1 1/8 straight maiden turf route and we look for him to move up and repeat. $$$

SIMON KENTON

Trainer Richard Mandella put some good work into this first time starter, especially the 7 furlong, which looked to have him ready to run a good race. He was held hard by the jockey as he must have been told to take hold and let him run late. When it came time to run he just didn’t have it. We may see different tactics next time out and the price will be right.

SNAPS

This time it was Prat riding for Mandella and he rated Snaps perfectly on the front end to breeze home for the easy win. We think he has a lot of upside and will follow down the line. Has the look of a horse that can go longer than this mile race. 

PASEO ALEGRO

The early money was all over this Golden Gate shipper who was getting his first start off the Vann Belvoir claim, but he broke in the back of the pack and just stayed there until the top of the lane when unleashing a real nice run down on the inside. Was one of four heads on the line in a very long photo finish. Came up on the short end finishing fourth but may have won it with a better trip. Next time!

GANGNAM GUY

Was probably best in this race but got hung out to dry when fanned five wide into the stretch in this downhill turf sprint. He bumped with the winner when trying to pass in midstretch but Rosario would not let him get by and he had to settle for second. We will be using him as a single next time out if he goes down the hill again.

WHINE FOR WINE

First time starter for Jerry Hollendorfer ran a big race at 7/1 when coming four wide to finish with a lot of interest. He may want to go long.

GOLDEN GATE

TIME JUMPER

Took a horrible beat. He would have won on any other day but for trainer Peter Eurton who shipped in On Draft to get the wire-to-wire win by a dwindling head. This one 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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