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SANTA ANITA

COUNTY LINEMAN

Was in from Woodbine Canada looking for the grass. The race was taken off the grass but his new trainer Vladimir Cerin left this colt in to run in this five horse field. He got the job done at 5/1. We will wait and play him again when he comes back to run on the grass.

NEW NATURE

Just missed pulling off the huge upset as this filly could not get by the 50 cents-on-the-dollar winner, losing by a dwindling neck despite coming wide down the lane and drifting in at the wire. If she would have stayed straight the win was hers as she was more than five lengths clear of the rest.

TIZAPALOOZA

Looked to be spotted for the win going down the hill on the grass off a solid work tab. The rains came and the grass went so Tizapalooza was scratched. We will wait till he comes back on the grass and we will be firing away. $$$$$

A RED TIE DAY

Was coming off the layoff for trainer Ron Ellis who left this closer in to run on this wet fast surface. He had little or no shot with his running style but came on against the bias and was actually making up some ground late in what was a much better than looked effort. We will take a big shot on a fair surface next time out. $$$

L X SUNRISE

Ran a winning race despite trouble as she was steadied on the first turn and then taken down on the inside. She came out for room into the stretch and made a four wide run down the lane, but the big drop down was more than she could handle. Had to settle for second but looks to be sitting on the win next time out.

RAVEN WILD

Looked to be the winner in this 1 1/16 route but the way the track was playing she just had no shot at running down the lone speed. She finished a solid second more than two lengths clear of the 6/5 favorite and will be very hard to beat next time out. We will use her as a single in our picks.

CHARBROILED

Just tried his heart out but could not run down the lone speed in here who simply popped and never looked back. Charbroiled finished second in a race he would have won on any other day and was more than nine lengths clear of the others. $$$$$

GOLDEN GATE

TRIBAL WATERS

First time starter took plenty of action but hopped and broke very slow at the start. He was green as grass and raced wide on the turn. Then he swung wider for room to run and came with a big late rush in what was an outstanding debut. He will be ready for his photo next time out. $$$

LOVE RULES ALL

Great name for a horse, and it’s very true. This guy took big action in his first start but was another that raced green. Was tossing his head all over the place down the backstretch. Once in gear he ran on like he could be something good. Finished a good third just missing the place by a ½ length. $$$

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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