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SANTA ANITA

SURFING THE MENU: This mare had been off since Nov. 2014 and trainer Karen Headley brought her back in this $20k maiden claimer. She was made the 2/1 favorite and went wire to wire, winning by almost nine lengths. This is more about the trainer than the runner. There are times when we need to put trainers on our watch list as Karen has now won with 3 of her 5 runners coming off a layoff of 180 days or longer with an ROI of over $5 on a $2 bet. Karen will be on our watch list with layoff horses.

BROWNS BABY BOY: First-time starter by Big Brown ran a huge second behind the even money winner. He has the looks of a horse that would love to go long on the grass or maybe even down the hill. We will be betting on the green.

INFINITE LOOP-COUNTRY ROAD-LORD OF CHAOS: All three are exiting the cool green mile turf race for straight maidens. Infinite Loop finished second with his barn mate Country Road just a half-length behind. Lord of Chaos finished third after setting the pace till the mid-stretch and held on gamely to finish a clear fourth. We would love to see all three come back in the same race. If so we will be betting an exacta box, a trifecta box and on the longest price of the three.

SMALL TOWN COP: The winner got away with an easy lead in this 1-1/8 turf route on a course that was playing to early speed. Small Town Cop made a big four-wide run into the stretch to finish a solid second. He was claimed by top Northern California trainer Andy Mathis, who is very apt at winning first off the claim. We will be watching where he places this one as he could have a spot in mind at the Gate.

LORI’S ATTITUDE: First time starter was sent down the hill and faced some tough 3yo fillies. Showed good early speed chasing the front runner and was gaining at the end. Will be very tough to beat next out. Carla Gaines looks to have a nice prospect in this filly.

PERFECTLY MAJESTIC: May have been best in this mile race but we didn’t get the finest of trips as he was sitting in a perfect spot. Was steadied hard when Desormeaux got him in tight off heels a quarter of a mile out and that cost him the race. He got going again, splitting horses in the drive to finish third just a length and a quarter behind the winner. $$$

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