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SANTA ANITA

STADTPARK

First time starter for trainer Paul Aguirre with his “go to” rider Iggy Puglisi in the irons took plenty of action but had no shot at running down the runaway even money shot. He finished second more than five lengths clear of the rest and will be a solid single next time out at this level.

BOOMBOYS

Showed good early speed as he battled tooth and nail from the bell. He put a head in front a furlong out and fought it out gamely while between horses to finish third. He will be very hard to beat next time out. $$$

VOLKONSKY

Made a big four-wide move into the stretch taking the lead while three across the track and just failed to hold on as he continued willingly till the end. He is sitting on the win and should get there next time out.

PATRIOTS RULE

Was exiting our HTW list and got off in this 1-1/8 turf route at almost 6/1. He ran a huge race to finish second by ¾ of a length and looks to have found a home on the grass. We will continue to follow him as long as he stays on the grass.

RELATIVE TIME

Threw his head just after the start and dropped back to last. Angled in on the hill to save ground and got through along the inside turning for home. Made a big late run to finish second by a dwindling 1¼ lengths and will be our play next time out.

RHODIUM

Chased between horses then got off the inside to make a three-wide run while losing a position on the turn. Angled back in nearing midstretch and came on to get the place money. Lost by a half-length in what was a nice effort.

BURNING ARCH

We send out a big WOW for this filly as she made a huge, eye-popping explosive run down the lane to get up for second in this 6½ furlong downhill turf sprint. Would love to see her go a mile on the grass next time. If so, we are all in. $$$$$

PARRANDA

Was in from Gulfstream Park for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and looked great winning the Grade 3 Wilshire. She looks like a real player in the filly and mare turf division this summer.

LOS BAMBINOS

Ran his race but had the speed-favoring track to deal with. Finished a much-better-than-looked third and with the right pace can win next time out. He is in top form.

GOLDEN GATE

LOVEINTHESHADOWS

Was sent off at 23/1 in this 1-1/16 turf route. She ran into traffic problems, was checked hard nearing the quarter pole and lost valuable ground. She found her stride again and surged late to just miss by a neck in a race she was best. We will follow this one on the grass.

PRIVATE STEVENS

First time starter ran an even race and was claimed for $25k by the very astute Bill Morey. Not many give up $25k for a horse at the Gate.

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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