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SANTA ANITA

ROOKIE SENSATION

Was best in here going 1 1/8 on the grass and at 3/1 it was time to take a big shot but the 8/1 winner got the easy trip on the front end with no pressure. Rookie Sensation, who was making his winning move on the inside, had to take up when closed off. Once clear he came home like rookie of the year to just miss by a dwindling head. $$$$$

MARGOT MACHANCE

Irish filly was making her first start in the country for the Irish trainer Leonard Powell with the Irish jockey Julien Couton in the irons. She was breaking from post 11 in this 12 horse field going a mile on the grass thus her 10/1 odds. Was force out at the start and stayed outside into the stretch when let loose. She came home fast to get the win in a very good performance. Can repeat.

LE FASCINATOR

East Coast shipper had the good connections of Tom Proctor and Drayden Van Dyke. She was going down the hill which is not an easy task but ran a winning race just missing finishing third by a half-length and a head for the win. Next time out no mistakes.

MAMBO MAN

Was exiting our HTW list and going 1 ¼ on the grass. Just what we were looking for, he stormed home down the lane and was an easy winner by more than 3 lengths. He did get claimed by Robertino Diodoro who can flat out train. We look for this gelding to be spotted for a repeat win. $$$

QUOTIENT

Was exiting our HTW list as a $$$ play. He was let go in the betting at 6/1 and we went plunging. Made a four wide move down the lane and looked like he got up on the line but lost the bob causing our big exacta and tri to go up in smoke. We will keep him on our list but we won’t see 6/1 next time. Will be singling in the picks.

TWIN SIX

Steady cheap claimer always puts in his best. Now moves to the barn of Diodoro who will get a win out of him very soon.

BAYVIEW DRIVE

Was coming off the layoff in this 5½ furlong sprint for straight maidens and ran a much better than looked third. Being steadied hard off heels midway on the turn cost him. He will be hard to beat next time out.

MUCHOS BESOS

Had a horrible wide trip on a speed favoring strip, he needs some pace to run at and a better ride, he now moves to the barn of Art Sherman so look for a new jock and the win.

RED N BLACK ATTACK

Don’t know what the jock was thinking in this downhill race as he had this guy so far back it was a joke. Usually on or near the front end he was 10th in this field of 11 and stayed there until the top of the lane when coming home fast to finish fifth. He just need a better start next time out.

GOLDEN GATE

NOBLE KENT

Came in from Santa Anita for trainer Mathis off the claim and showed his liking for the synthetic surface beating this solid field of 25k optional claimers.He will be back soon for another trip to the winner’s circle. $$$$$

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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