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SANTA ANITA

ENTRECHAT: Took some action first out of the box for trainer Neil Drysdale. This filly chased outside then three deep on the hill in this downhill turf sprint. She was forced out five wide into the stretch but continued on resolutely to just miss by a neck in what was a big time effort. $$$

WILD AT HEART: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella was well bet even with the 80 cents odds-on runner in the race. She broke in a bit at the start and went outside a rival on the backstretch. Made a nice late run but had no shot at running down the odds-on winner. Did finish second more than 9 lengths clear of the rest. Single next time out.

WILDCAT SAILOR: Had been seeking a race and looked good in this spot. Sailor ran a winning race but just could not get to the lone 9/5 speed winner. Still, was second almost 10 lengths clear of the rest.

APOLLO TEN: Came into this $50k mile route with a sparkling work over the track. He had the misfortune of rain but still ran huge despite breaking in the air and very slow. Saved ground on this wet, fast, sealed track and ran on huge once clear, finishing third. Missed the place by a neck and the win by a dwindling half length. $$$$$

WHISKEY WILD: Another huge effort on this wet, fast, speed-favoring course as WW stalked the odds-on speed from the bell and was getting to the winner late with every stride. Lost by a fast dwindling 3/4 of a length while more than 11 clear of the field in this $30k maiden claimer. We will be all over this one next time out. $$$$$

GOLDEN GATE

DANE O MITE: Looked to be making a winning move but got caught in traffic in upper stretch and switched to the outside for running room. Once clear, he surged late but missed by a half-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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