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WEIRDHAIRCUT SETH: Stupid name for a horse but this 2yo was well bet in this his first start for Hess. He battled tooth and nail the entire 5 furlong trip but could not run with the odds-on winner though almost seven lengths clear of the field in this race. If able to clear early next time the WEIRDO will be gone with his mane blowing in the wind.

A LUCKY CARRY: Took a good shot with this first time starter and with a better trip may have gotten there at 7/1. The bug boy Lopez, who likes to come with that wide sweeping move, took this filly four wide into the stretch and that cost her the win. Was one of three necks on the line and just failed to get up for second by a nostril. No mistakes next time out. $$$$$

KIHEI SUNSET/JEREMY’S LEGACY: Second time starter was being sent long on the grass and her breeding said she would love it. Was let go in the betting at 13/1 and we pounced, but the Irish import Jeremy’s Legacy for the hot training O’Neill with Bejarano riding was too much for her to handle. She was a clear second with the $2 exacta paying $211.60, We will put both on our HTW list.

VELVET MESQUITE: Was steadied at the start in this five furlong turf sprint and that cost her the race as she came flying late just missing to get up at the wire. This race will have her perfectly setup for going down the hill at Santa Anita. She will be a solid single.

MOUNTAIN HERO: Was stuck down on the inside in this 5½ furlong sprint. He dueled down on the rail but could not run with the odds-on winner, holding on stubbornly for the place. With an outside post he gets the win next time out.

NODIAC: Euro shipper for D’Amato was well prepped. She ran her race but this speed-favoring turf course took the lone speed home. Had to settle for second in what was a big time effort. She will be very hard to beat at Santa Anita. $$$$$

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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