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SANTA ANITA

MR. GAME SEVEN: Well backed in this $30k maiden race but was eliminated at the start when steadied after being crowded and again in the early part of the race. Was far back and very wide on the turn and had nothing to offer turning for home. Just toss the race and give this one a big shot to redeem next time out.

PEE WEE REESE: First time starter was breaking from 1 post in this six furlong sprint for straight maidens at Los Al, and that was not the place to be at this meet. Look for him to run big next out with a better post at Santa Anita for trainer Phil D’Amato.

HOLOGRAEME: Broke slow and settled down on the inside in this mile race at Los Al. She came out on the second turn, swung four wide into the stretch and stormed home to miss by a nostril in what was a tough beat for this hard knocking filly. No mistakes next time out, dirt or turf, going long at the great race place. $$$$$

ADIOS PRINCESS: Mike Puype trained filly ran her heart out but could not get to the 5/2 favorite in this straight maiden race at Los Al. She was four wide into the stretch and went willingly to the wire more than three lengths clear of the rest of this full field. Will be our single next time out. $$$

ALOHA KE AKUA: In English it means “God is Love.” Was coming into this $8k claimer with some great works. She ran to them, winning with the whipped turned down under a soft hand ride to the wire. This one has a lot left in the tank and we think she will move up a notch and repeat.

CUPID: $900k purchase under the care of Bob Baffert who again is loaded with a barn of 2yo potential Kentucky Derby candidates. Looked to have this one ready to roll and the bettors agreed as he was sent off at 9/5. Did show some early speed and interest but didn’t like the fact Garcia took him to the inside. He did come out into the lane but could not move forward and had to settle for fourth. If Mr. B sends him long next time out we will be on him. This was a loaded maiden race so keep an eye out for all runners exiting this race.

MAD MANGO: Was sent off at 90-cents-on-the-dollar but got blitzed by a filly named Zeekid who blasted home by nine lengths. Mad Mango was claimed by a very sharp trainer and will be all over her next time out. $$$

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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