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SANTA ANITA

RACE 6

NO. 4 DIVINA COMEDIA: Was in from France for trainer Julio Canani, who has done well with shippers like this in the past. This filly took all the action but as luck would have it she broke behind the field, spotting them several lengths in this 6-1/2 furlong downhill turf sprint. She was unleashed turning for home and made a big four-wide run down the lane but had to settle for 3rd, missing the place by less than a length and the win by a length…next time. $$$$$

SANTA ANITA

RACE 2

NO. 7 SCANDAL: Thought this filly could be singled in the players pick five and did on one ticket. Got the bad Mike Smith ride as she was steadied hard off heels nearing the quarter pole and again into the stretch, costing her any shot she had left. She closed strong, just missing the place by a head. No mistakes next time out. $$$

RACE 5

NO. 11 IRON FIST: It was ironic that the last time this horse ran was last year when finishing 3rd behind American Pharoah in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity as a maiden. He was only 4-1 that day. The amazing thing is, coming back here on Kentucky Derby day after American Pharoah had just won the Kentucky Derby, he was sent off as the 7/5 favorite and may have been best but for a tough trip. He just did fail to run down the lone speed who just happened to be a first time Bob Baffert starter. No mistakes next time out, he will be a solid single. $$$$$

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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