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LEMON DROP RIDGE: Was far back in this 32k maiden claimer. She went four wide leaving the second turn and wide down the lane. Closed fast on the lone speed but had to settle for second money almost seven lengths clear of the rest. This girl is due for a break and only needs to find a field with some early pace up front.

ELUSIVE MOMENT: This is one of my best plays. He exited the same race as did the winner of the second race on the card. A same day key, he broke slow but ran huge to get up for the win at 5-1.

GHOST N YOUR HEART: Subscribers to had this $58.80 winner. She was the only first time starter in a maiden claiming race. Kenny and the boys at Palace Station call this the “Ping Pong Dave” play. This grey just looked great on the track and was the first mount for Iggy Puglisi in a real long time as he makes his way back to riding. We think this one can come right back and repeat.

GONELIKEAHURRICANE: First time starter for trainer John Shirreffs (Zenyatta), showed good early speed. He dueled tooth and nail the entire trip to barely miss second. Still, was a gusty third and looks to have a ton of upside. We will follow. $$$$$

SEBASTIAN FLYTE: Was much the best in the Hollywood Derby but jockey Joel Rosario got him in a ton of trouble. He got squeezed back at the start, pulled his way along the rail and had to wait off heels with no place to go leaving the second turn. Came out for room but was steadied and bumped when pinballed between horses. Bulled his way through but just got nailed late on the line by Haimish Hy, who exiting the same race paid $25.80. The $2 exacta was worth $85.40. You just must use horses exiting common races.

THE FACTOR: First time starter for trainer Bob Baffert was sent off at .70 cents on the dollar and ran a very goofy race. Rosario had him in contention early but then dropped back to eighth and came on again to run fourth. Maybe next time.

TASHZARA: Was last seen running at Santa Anita last April but took plenty of action against the odds on Dubawi Heights. She ran her eyeballs out to finish second, beaten by less than a length. Was eight lengths clear of the rest and will be a good single next time out. $$$$$


LEGAL SEPARATION: He was one of three at the line and may have been best if not for trouble. Still finished third, missing first by a head.

YOU HAVE POTENIAL: Now just mark this one down and don’t miss. The price will be right. In her first start she broke slow and got caught behind horses when trying to make move in this 5½ furlong sprint. She had to check hard, got going again late and moving like the wind. Had too much ground to make up and finished fifth. $$$$$

GREY STORM: Was best in here, but a ton of trouble cost him the race. Will use as a single next time out going long on the grass.

FREEDOM’S HALO: Was looking for grass, but the race was switched to the main. He still ran but never really got untracked. We will make a play when he finds a grass race.

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