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SANTA ANITA

STARRY SKIES

Was dead last for the first half mile in this downhill turf sprint. He swung out in midstretch and came home fast to pick up the place. May need a mile next time out.

INTOXICATING MOVE

Returns to our ready-to-win list. She ran a nice second despite a slow start in this $40k claimer. Love that she was claimed by Philip D’Amato who learned from Mike Mitchell who now is his assistant. Look for her to be spotted for the win next time out.

STORY TO TELL

This is the time of year to try and spot future stars in order to get some big prices in next year’s Kentucky Derby future book. This 2yo colt just won in scary fashion while under a stranglehold for trainer Dan Hendricks. $$$$$

GOTTA GET PAID

Bobbled at the start and then chased Story to Tell. He had no shot at getting to him but finished a very game second while more than nine lengths clear of the rest. $$$

AGUAFRIA

“Cold Water” was making her first start in the country for trainer Neil Drysdale. She looked good on the track and ran a big race to finish third. Agua is going to love it here and will be hard to beat next time out.

NONNA REESE

Does the jockey make a difference? Well if you ask trainer AC Avila he will most likely say it has. Since he has been using jockey Tiago Pereira, his barn has really gotten hot. This filly looks to be just sitting on a win. We would love to see her go 7 furlongs or a mile next time out.

TAELYNS PRINCE

Trainer Jeff Mullins had this gelding ready to roll off the layoff. He blasted home to win going away to beat the Bob Baffert speedy runner SUPERLOOPER and the hot 8/5 first time starter CLICKJAB. We look for both of those to come back strong and Taelyns Prince to come right back and score. This could end up being a key race.

CHATTERING GAMBLER

Was breaking from the rail in this mile turf race and really had no place to run until midstretch when getting through a hole. He battled it out with the winner only to lose by a neck. He is ready to win with a better trip. 

PEG’S JOURNEY

First time starter with the return of jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons. Just ran these $50k maiden claimers off their feet. She could come back in a starter allowance race and repeat with Kent D. riding like his Hall of Fame status in a jockey colony that looks like the 1990’s.

GOLDEN GATE

SECURE DIVDEND

First time starter broke slow and lost several lengths at the start as he trailed the field. Shifted out for room and kept coming late despite being bumped by the place horse. Finished a much better-than-looked third.

 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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