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(NOTE: Santa Anita closing day is this Sunday. Los Alamitos opens July 2 and will run two weeks then Del Mar opens Thursday, July 16.)

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GRAPE FIZZ: 2yo first time starter for trainer Robertino Diodoro showed good early speed when angling in and dueling on the outside of a rival. She kicked clear down the lane, but could not hold off the winner. Look for her to win next time out wire-to-wire.

ASPARAGUS: Was coming off the layoff for trainer Dean Peterson. Ran huge despite getting in tight and checking off heels in deep stretch. She was a close third at 8/1 and looks ready to score next time out going long on the grass.

FRAC CANDY: 2yo first time starter for the brother combo of trainer Keith Desormeaux and jockey Kent. Had no shot at the runaway odds on the winner but ran his own race, beating the rest while more than 3 lengths clear of the third place finisher. He will be very hard to beat next out and we will be singling. $$$$$

LAROCCO: Looks to have really wanted to run as she was pulling her jock out of the irons. She was bumped hard past the quarter pole and had little to offer afterward. Was claimed out of this race for $25k by trainer Ted West so look for a big run next out.

COWTOWNMARY: $20k maiden claimer has good early speed and is in good form for this level. Would have taken the race on most days with the exception of the live John Sadler first-time starter who won going away. Finished a solid second more than four lengths clear of the rest in this 10 horse field. $$$

FRANDONTJUDGE: Took a horrible beat in this downhill turf sprint for $25k claimers as the even-money-shot ridden by the hot Bejarano got her on the money. Fran was claimed by Jerry Hollendorfer for one of his top owners. Look for this girl in the winner’s circle 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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