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SANTA ANITA

LE FASCINATOR

Tom Proctor East Coast shipper was being sent down the hill and was let go at 5/1. She stalked the pace while a little wide and stayed there into the stretch, trying to catch the lone speed who had opened up a three length lead. She was between horses and made a huge late surge, finishing between the top two. Missed by a ½ and a head in what was a very good try first here on the West Coast.

CRONUT

Sometimes if you simply pay attention you get rewarded. We got a nice payout on this runner, trained by John Sadler, at 10/1. He was dropping into this high level $75k maiden claimer, going down the hill and getting the new but very capable jock, Pereira. He gave this filly a perfect ride to win going away and paying $23. He can come right back and get another score going down the hill.

CIAO BELLA LUNA

This filly was compromised as she broke in the air at the start and was dead last in this downhill turf sprint. She moved up along the inside leaving the hill and into the stretch. Made a game late run but just could not catch the lone speed, having to settle for the place.

MARGOT MACHANCE

Euro shipper for the Frenchman Leonard Power was ridden by the Frenchman J. Couton. She was forced out at the start in this mile turf race from her far outside post. Really wanted to be let loose, pulling the jockey out of the saddle. He took hold while still on the outside, let her loose turning for home and she stormed in, actually pulling clear past the wire in a very big effort in this 12 horse field. $$$$$

ROOKIE SENSATION

Would have won on any other day in this allowance race but broke slow and was far back, with the winner being the lone speed of the race. He made a huge inside run and was gaining with every stride but came up a head short in a terrific effort. No mistakes next time out. $$$

NEXT BOOK

Was coming off the layoff for trainer Marty Jones and making his 3yo debut. He dueled between horses on the backstretch and staked outside on the turn. Had to swing out for room past midstretch and came with a determined run. Finished third by a nostril and missed the win by a neck.

GOLDEN GATE

THIS SOULS FOR YOU

$8k maiden claimer looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker at a price but needs some pace to run at. If he finds a good early pace he can get up at boxcars.

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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