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SANTA ANITA

MCHEAT

Came off the layoff for trainer Barry Abrams and was being sent the flat mile on this speed-favoring turf course. He was bumped between horses at the start and again into the first turn. Swung out into the stretch as jockey Perez was sitting on a stick of dynamite. Once let loose he came five wide and just mowed them all down to win going away in a powerful effort.

DIPLODOCUS

Out of the hot barn of Richard Baltas this colt just grinded out the 1-1/8 turf distance to win by 1¾ under a good ride by Abel Lezcano in a real nice effort. This colt will be able to step up vs. winners for the hot Baltas who gears his stable for this meet.

RADIO SILENT

Would have won this $20k maiden claimer most days but for the freakish effort by the winner Lucky Shoes to Win. Silent was closing the gap on the winner at the end and was more than five lengths clear of the rest in this 12 horse field. We will be singling next time out going long on the dirt. $$$$$

STREET VISION

Looked very tough in this 6½ furlong sprint but had to wait when coming out into the stretch. Angled back in as this was not one of Bejarano’s best rides. Vision lost this race when having to wait and then moving back to the inside. He finished fourth beaten by ¾ of a length while 10¼ better than the rest.

AUDACIOUS ANGEL

Got caught up in another goofy race at the Great Race Place with the winner who had never run a good race. Going off at 38/1 somehow held her off on the line. Angel was flying, had to wait off heels and then swung three wide to just miss. No mistakes next time out. $$$

FAITHFULLY

First time Baffert runner was sent off at 7/5 in this 7 furlong elongated sprint when finishing fourth some 5½ lengths behind Audacious Angel. She broke slow and ran on like a router. We look for Baffert to send her long next time out. If so we will be wagering.

ARABIAN LEOPARD

May have been best in the Eddie Logan going a mile on the grass but he hesitated at the start and was far back in another galaxy. Somehow he swung out into the stretch and made a big four wide run. Finished a clear third just a half length behind the second place horse and 1½ from the even money winner. $$$

CHINA GIRL LOVER

Just ran huge in this 1-1/8 race on the dirt coming from last to fourth in a big five wide move. Just missed the show dough by a head and only ¾ behind the winner. With the right pace this one wins next time out.

SHE’S A WARRIOR

Tough loss here if you were on this filly, as the 17/1 winner somehow got away on the front end and held her off late. Warrior came four wide and was gaining with every stride to just miss while almost 8 lengths clear of the rest.

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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