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SANTA ANITA

(Del Mar opens Friday, July 15)

THERMODYNAMICS: Was last seen running at Del Mar back on July 16 of last year. She came back in this spot with some big time works and crushed the field going a mile on the grass. This will have her set up for something big at Del Mar. $$$

SASSY ASHLEY: Was sitting on the win, battling tooth and nail till the end after looking beat. She came back late while between horses to lose by a half-length in a big time effort. We will be singling next time out.

HANDFUL OF STRIPES: Really wanted to run and was pulling jockey Prat out of the saddle. Got in tight and steadied off heels early on, which cost him big time. He looked to be making a winning move but was floated out by the winner and just did lose by a head. No mistakes next time out.

EILEEN’S GIRL: Is just sitting on the maiden breaker. In here she showed early speed to lead all the way only to get nailed late by the even money chalk but was more than five lengths clear of the rest. She will in the winner’s circle next time out.

MISS SOUTHERN MISS: 2yo first time starter for Keith Desormeaux won like a good thing at 7/1 when crushing the odds-on O’Neill runner. This filly looks to have a ton of upside and we will follow up the ladder. Maybe see her in the Del Mar debutante.

YA YA GIRL: It took her 13 attempts to break maiden. Now she has won two in a row, including this mile turf race by more than four lengths while under a long tight Bejarano hold. She was always considered a turf router and now at age 4 has put it all together. More wins on the docket for her as she moves up the ladder. $$$$$

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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