Horses to Watch Alert

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SANTA ANITA

RACE 5

NO. 10 ALWAYS BELIEVE: First time starter for Britney’s dad Peter Eurton, this filly somehow got off at 49/1 with Prat riding. She opened up down the lane and just failed to hold while clear of the rest of the eight runners. This was a good field and this filly will not get caught next time out.

RACE 7

NO. 1 SLEEPWALKER: Broke slow in this 11 horse field going 6½ furlongs and was next to last. He split horses in midstretch and was charging late to just miss the place money by a dwindling neck and the win by a dwindling ¾ of a length in what was a big try. If he gets the right pace and breaks better will get the money next time out.

RACE 8

NO. 9 TARA’S TANGO: Just loved this filly in the Santa Monica but the top two runners refused to quit with the winner paying $131.20. Tango surged late to just miss by a neck for second and a head and a neck for the win. Interestingly, the winner Lost Bus and Tango were exiting the same race and Lost Bus beat Tango, who was sent off as the light 3-1 chalk. This bettor missed the exacta by a neck but it was the play.

RACE 9

NO. 10 TINDERELLA: Just a little tutorial: I have often written in this section about horses exiting the same race. We had a perfect example in this mile turf race at SA on Jan. 22 as all three of these fillies were exiting the same race. Whispering Softly finished third, Tinderella seventh and Wishful Winking tenth. In this race Softly was sent off as the 2-1 favorite with Wishful Winking 17-1 and Tinderella 13-1. In another common race Wishful Winking won and paid $36.60, Tinderella paid $12.40 to place and Whispering Softly ran up the track. The exacta paid $472.80 for $2. A reminder: If you play the favorite use the horses that ran with him or her last time out.

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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