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SANTA ANITA

WISHFUL WINKING/TINDERELLA/WHISPERING SOFTLY: Just a little tutorial: I have often written in this section about horses exiting the same race. We had a perfect example in this mile turf race at SA on Jan. 22 as all three of these fillies were exiting the same race. Whispering Softly finished third, Tinderella seventh and Wishful Winking tenth. In this race Softly was sent off as the 2-1 favorite with Wishful Winking 17-1 and Tinderella 13-1. In another common race Wishful Winking won and paid $36.60, Tinderella paid $12.40 to place and Whispering Softly ran up the track. The exacta paid $472.80 for $2. A reminder: If you play the favorite use the horses that ran with him or her last time out.

LOGANS MOON: Stalked off the rail but for some reason Mike Smith took him back losing several positions. He then made a four-wide late run, finishing third in what was a goofy race. Trainer Eurton may need to switch to Iggy Puglisi next time out.

TARAS TANGO: Just loved this filly in the Santa Monica but the top two runners refused to quit with the winner paying $131.20. Tango surged late to just miss by a neck for second and a head and a neck for the win. Interestingly, the winner Lost Bus and Tango were exiting the same race and Lost Bus beat Tango, who was sent off as the light 3-1 chalk. This bettor missed the exacta by a neck but it was the play.

WIFE APPROVED: First time starter for trainer Tom Proctor took some action but could not run down the speedy 2-1 chalk. Approved did finish a clear second more than six lengths clear of the rest. She will be a solid single next time out. $$$$$

IT’S THE ICE: Phil D’Amato shipper from over the pond ran a big second in this mile turf race behind the lone speed. He may need just a little longer next time out. If so, we will be all over him. $$$$$

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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