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SANTA ANITA

JONNY’S CHOICE: This one is more about a jockey to watch than the horse. Chad Lindsay rode this gelding to a nice win and did it with some quality riding. We look for him to score on some nice price horses at this SA meet. Do not be afraid to bet him.

ABETS ABET: Was steadied hard in an awkward start and again on the backstretch. He then was taken outside and split horses but had little left and could only settle for fourth. We look for a jock switch next time out and a visit to the winners circle at a square price. $$$

GABRIEL CHARLES: Came off the layoff as he had not been seen since winning a big race at Del Mar last July. Was sent to Golden Gate to run in the Grade 3 San Fran mile. Ran a huge race to just miss by a dwindling neck and will be a nice bet next time out.

BEBA: Was slow into stride to be last in this mile race for $30k maiden claimers. He launched three deep to close with determination, getting up for the big win at 7-1. We think this one can come back and score again at another nice price.

STORMIN EAGLE: it was nice to see Stewart Elliott get a chance to ride a Baffert first-time starter and this one won for fun with a lot left in the tank. It was one of those sneaky wins by Baffert and we look for a repeat.

CHEEKABOO: Trainer Peter Eurton sent this filly to Golden Gate for the turf festival. She was fanned four wide while making a big move on the second turn. Was shifted widest of all into the stretch but zoomed home to get the big win in the $100k Campanile. We see more good stuff coming from this filly.

GOLDEN GATE

THE BIG TRAIN: Swung out from last to be four wide into the stretch and was angled widest of all in mid-stretch. Closed like a big freight train to miss by a fast dwindling ¾ of a length. With a better trip he gets the win 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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