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SANTA ANITA

UNCLE LUCK

First time starter for trainer Art Sherman, who is having a great meet. He broke slow, then was steadied hard and fell back to last. He came out turning for home and launched a good late run to pick up the show dough. Will be a must use next time out.

CHATTERING CLASS

Was just another live runner in from Sunland Park for trainer Peter Miller. He showed good early speed and battled from the bell with the winner but the Mike Mitchell colt was just too much for this one to handle. He finished second some five lengths clear of the rest and will be a good single next time out. $$$

FOREVER JUANITO

Was last seen winning at Del Mar last July and now was coming back in this very high $80k optional claiming race. He ran great but just could not catch the lone speed. Finished a solid second and will be tough to beat next time out.

JOVITA’S TUFFY

Had the tough 1 post in this 6 furlong sprint. He chased inside but got off the rail leaving the backstretch. Came out into the lane and made a big five wide run down the stretch, picking up the place money behind the 7/5 winner. This one has some run and looks solid off the Ron Ellis claim next time out.

HONDURAN

Was in from Woodbine via Gulfstream Park where he was trained by the very capable Mark Frostad. He landed in the barn of Vladimir Cerin in what may have been a private purchase by David and Holly Wilson, the owners. Was a steady runner in Florida and Canada and fits with these. His first start here he broke very slow and the jockey Nakatani took a strong hold. Looked like he really wanted to be let loose but when he did let him run it was way too late. Was coming on late to split the field. We will be on him next time out at what will be a good price. $$$

VAN DIEN AVENUE

It took this filly 12 starts to finally break her maiden and they never gave up on her, keeping her claim proof. We like when these type finally get the job done, and she will come right back to run another big race.

IRISH SURF

Was making his first off the layoff and really never got into the race until it was too late. He did come flying late to split the large field and this race will have him set up for a big run next time out.

MAYIE

First time starter for trainer Marty Jones was dismissed at the windows and let go at 24/1, mostly due to the jockey Franco who was riding. He ran bang up finishing third and could surprise 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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