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SANTA ANITA-DEL MAR

(Opens Nov. 1)

MY BOY JACK: Had some nice works coming into the $100k Zuma Beach going a mile on the grass. He made a big four-wide move and cruised home while under a snug Kent Desormeaux tight hold. This colt had a ton of gas left in the tank and will love going longer with Kent D. riding just great on the grass. $$$

WILLOWS BABE: This 2yo filly is a place player’s dream, and if you like keying a runner in trifectas she fits the bill. She finished second for the 4th straight time in four starts and was more than nine lengths clear of the rest in this 12 horse field with the second choice winning. If you used her second with the second choice and the all you would have hit a trifecta paying $301.55 for a 50-cent punch, which would have cost five bucks. Willow Babe will get the win soon but she is a must use in the place hole next out also.

MOON DASH: Two-year-old filly running in the $100k Surfer Girl at a mile on the grass was probably best but the six-wide Mike Smith trip didn’t help her get up for the win as she came a nostril short. We hope to see her again here on the West Coast as she was shipping in for trainer Mike Stidham. If not we will be looking for her around the country. She could stick around for Del Mar, we hope. $$$

ACHIRA: First time starter for trainer John Shirreffs was very live in this mile turf race for maiden fillies and mares, but she was steadied leaving the second turn and that cost her. Jockey Espinoza had her five wide as she came storming home to just miss the place money by a half a length. This filly has a ton of upside and we will be on her next out.

MY ITALIAN BABBO: May have been best here in this 1-1/8 turf route but lost two positions when having to angle out at the 3/4-pole. He came on strong to just miss by a head. No mistakes next out at this level.

MY MAN CHUCKLES: Looks to be improving and showed a liking to the grass in this downhill turf sprint. He was steadied hard when in tight at the curve but made a big late run when between runners, just missing the show by a half-length and the place by a half-length and a head. Looks like he will love going a mile on the grass and the price will be right.

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