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SANTA ANITA

WILD OPTIMISM

Trainer Peter Miller has been deadly with horses he has been bringing in from Sunland Park. He brought this Afleet Alex filly in off a fifth place finish there. She was let go on the betting line at almost 10/1 and blasted out of the gate. Took these girls wire to wire winning by more than five lengths with the bug boy G. Nicolas in the irons. Look for this filly to come back and run another big race. We like Nicolas getting back on as he has been heating up of late. $$$

JADE WITH ENVY

We go from Optimism to Envy. This filly was last seen running up the track at recently closed Hollywood Park last April. Trainer Mike Puype brought her back in top form. She split horses past midstretch and surged late to just miss by a very fast dwindling neck. We will be using her as a single next time out going down the hill, or even a mile looks like a perfect fit.

GRAY MADAM

Top Northern California trainer Steven Miyadi shipped this filly in from the Gate off a good win. She just cruised to victory in this $8k maiden claimer going 1 1/16 displaying her fondness for conventional dirt. She drew away easily with the new jockey Franco in the irons. She will find a nice starter allowance race next time out and we will be on her!

MARTHAJEAN

It took some time for this mare to make it to the races but she finally did and was ready to run going off at 8/5. This was a very weak field but she did it impressively after being pressed for the bell and then drawing away late. She has some good turf breeding and the looks of a horse that will like to go long on the grass. 

DULCEMIA

Went off at 5/2 when facing Marthajean (above). She broke in the air and very slow to be dead last, but made a quick move to finish clear second.

CEE’S TIZZY BELLE

Maiden was coming off the layoff for trainer Marty Jones who can have them ready to roll off rest. This filly broke slow in this downhill turf sprint, went down on the inside but had to come out for room into the stretch and again in upper stretch. Once in gear she came home strong to finish fourth just missing the show dough by ¾ of a length. She will be ready for the win next time out going down the hill or longer on the grass. $$$

ROBERT E LEE

Ran a much better than looked race going down the hill as he had to make a six wide spurt into the stretch. Once straightened out, he came home fast and looks ready to pop at a price.

GOLDEN GATE

PARTY WITH ARTIE

Cheap claimer got forced out five deep to the stretch but still managed to close with determination. He was gaining on the even money winner with every late stride, just missing by a dwindling 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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