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SANTA ANITA

HECK YEAH: Just another 2yo colt trained by Baffert winning at first asking by more than five lengths, drawing off down the lane. He has the looks of a real up and comer as the distances get longer and we love it when Van Dyke rides for this barn. $$$$$

THIRTEEN SQUARED, TWO STEPS FASTER, DANCING BELLE: This could turn out to be a key race. SQUARED freaked out, winning by more than six lengths. This 2yo woke up fast. TWO STEPS needed to be more than two faster to beat THIRTEEN but she did run a game second, beating BELLE by a neck. BELLE had a horrible seven wide trip into the first turn and wide again on the second. She will be tough to beat next out at Santa Anita for the Desormeaux boys.

RUN LIKE RHETT: Finished a better than looked fourth as he broke a step slow and that cost him. Had to angle in and was forced out on the first turn. He chased wide the entire trip and could not pick up any ground. Look for much better next time out at SA.

STARR OF QUALITY: Was getting her first start off the Bill Spawr claim. Wound up six wide into the first turn costing her valuable ground. She was five wide into the second turn but still ran on, just missing the place money by a dwindling half a length. Look for her in the winner’s circle next out with a better trip. $$$

SOLOMINI: Ran a super race in the $300K Grade-1 Cash Call Futurity, winning while closing against the speed bias, beating stablemate McKinzie, the odds-on favorite, by ¾ of a length. This bettor was very surprised to see the inquiry go up. After seeing every angle we were sure his number would stay up. No way did he cost any horse a position, which we thought were the rules in SoCal. We guessed wrong; two of the three stewards voted to take him down. At least one among them who knew the rules. We say the rules need to be changed: in order for a horse to come down it needs to be unanimous. The SOLOMINI owners should be very upset.

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