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ROCKINATTEN: California has lost a lot, especially when it comes to horse racing with such closings as Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park. And, the new voided claims rule is a joke. It’s called gambling my friends. When you buy a horse to race it’s a gamble and the claiming game is just that, buyers beware. This gelding took a deep drop in class and won at 30 cents on the dollar and was claimed. Then the claim was voided. Very interesting to see where he resurfaces in his next start.

CODACIOUS: Was on the far outside in this six furlong race with 10 runners. She went four wide into the bend and was again caught five wide into the lane. Once straightened for the drive she just zoomed away to win by more than three lengths in a powerful effort. She can repeat.

GAME ON AT MIDNITE: That was our saying when I was in basic training down in Texas back in 1966 and the game was on. This Baffert first time starter ran very game when battling head to head with the eventual winner and then holding off the even money horse to get the place money. We think she will clear next time out and be gone! $$$$$

STREET FANCY: The filly was in tight from between horses and had to steady hard after the break. She was down along the inside saving ground, hoping to find an opening. Turning into the stretch she got clear and just inhaled her rivals, storming home like a freight train to win going away. Kentucky Oaks future bet looks the way to go.

DIXIE SPICE: First time starter was breaking from a bad inside post in the 5½ furlong sprint at Los Al TB but she got a good spot and split rivals inside the quarter pole drawing clear early. She then turned back a bid and motored home to win by three lengths in a big time effort first out for trainer Puype. She will be able to move up and face winners at Santa Anita, which opens the day after Christmas.

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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