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SANTA ANITA

PAGEANT MATERIAL: Second-time starter for Richard Baltas was being sent a mile after running 5½ furlongs first out of the gate. She was breaking from post 10 and had a very wide trip. Came four wide into the stretch and made a good late run to be a clear second. Just a huge effort at 15/1 and this Bernardini filly will be hard to beat next time out. $$$

MISS BLISS: Was coming off the layoff for trainer Mike Puype and just ran her eyeballs out to just miss by a dwindling neck behind the even money winner. She was almost 10 lengths clear of the rest of this field and will be a solid single next time out.

SUTTON’S SMILE: Looked much the best in this downhill turf sprint for maiden 2yo fillies and was sent off at .70 cents on the dollar. Jockey Bejarano just would not let her run as she was pulling him out of the saddle. He took her under a very strong hold and never really had her best shot after that. Had to settle for third in what was not one of Bejarano’s best rides, especially on an odds on runner.

MELATONIN: Was getting a move up in class by trainer David Hofmans and the bettors let him go off at 28/1 in this downhill turf sprint. He ran a winning race but had the rider lose his whip in midstretch and was five wide down the lane losing several positions. This one loved the course and gets the win with a better trip next time out.

KOBE’S BACK: Well maybe not but this Kobe’s Back just will not break from the gate. It cost him once again as he hopped and threw his head and was far back. Made a huge late run just missing by a neck. Maybe Pat Val is the answer.

ALEXIS TANGIER: Was going a mile on the grass here in the Swingtime which was a good class drop for this filly and was amazed she was let go at 9/2 in the betting. Was ready to roll but had to wait for room then came out seeking a place to run. Had to check off heels in upper stretch and once clear proved she was much the best to win going away. 

DR. PFEIFER: Was getting his second start and also some extra distance. He came on fast late but the race was over by then. This one needs a mile or longer.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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