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OKAAD: Whenever Iggy and Aguirre hook up we take notice, and we had that in this race but after the break we had our doubts. Okaad broke slow and was steadied to be dead last in this nine horse field. He looked hopelessly beaten until the top of the lane when he unleashed a four-wide run and stormed home to get the win going away.

GOLDRUSHCAT: Was working like a real runner for this $30k maiden race for 2yo fillies. She got hammered at the windows and was sent off at 6/5. She battled down on the inside head to head but was caught late as the rail was no place to be. She ran just super against the bias and will be a solid single next time out with a better post. $$$$$

FREEMARK: First time starter for Baffert had the worst of it going 5½ furlongs and being stuck down on the rail. He broke sharp and ran as well as he could but had to settle for third in this very tough straight maiden race. We will mark this as a possible key race down the road but will be betting this horse next time out with a better post. $$$

LORD WALTON: First time starter for Hollendorfer was bet down to 70 cents on the dollar but had no excuse breaking from the good outside at Los Alamitos. Finished fourth behind Freemark, but will give him another look next time out.

MAD MANGO: First time starter was bet like a good thing going off at 8/5 but had to chase the lone speed and just could not run her down. Next time out no mistakes if able to clear early.

LET’S MEET IN RIO: Sneaky looking Baffert runner just broke his maiden going a flat mile with ease coming from off the pace in a wide trip. This one has a ton of upside with the great owners of Juddmonte and could end up being any kind. We will be riding along for a possible trip to Kentucky on that first Saturday in May.

MY SILVER CAT: Was stalking between horses, came out for room and found her best stride last in this 6 furlong claimer. She was flying late and is sitting on the win.

GUNS LOADED: Has been one popular item as he was coming into this race off his third straight claim. This time was getting his first start both for Peter Miller and as a gelding. Ran a good race but could not chase down the 6/5 winner thoughn he was gaining at the end. He was claimed for the fourth straight time out of this race and will be getting his next start for O’Neill.

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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