Horses to Watch at Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

QUEEN OF MEAN: First-time starter for trainer Mark Glatt was going five furlongs on the grass and just ran her eyeballs out to finish second, just missing by a half length after a slow start. She will be very tough to beat next out with a better break.

AUSSIE FOX: It took some races for this gelding to find the winner’s circle but after a slow start in this $50k maiden claimer and after lacking room and checking off heels in upper stretch, once clear he stormed home to win going away. There was a lot to like about this effort and we will be right back on him next out going long on the grass in a possible starter allowance race.

THANKS MR. EIDSON: First-time starter for trainer Jeff Bonde had no shot at running down the speed in this 4½-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds, but he was a clear second, almost four lengths better than the rest. Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. looks to have his problems behind him and is riding with a purpose. 

LA SHIRIMP: We liked this filly chances in my daily selections at GT and she ran a top-notch effort here to finish second at 15-1. She is moving forward and will be right there again next out sprinting on the grass. She may even be able to handle a mile on the grass.

PAS DE PANIQUE: Is French for Don’t Panic! This first-time starter would have won on most days in this 4½ furlong maiden race but had the misfortune of meeting up with the odds-on Phantom Boss who went off at 2-5 and went wire to wire. Pas de Panique ran a very game second and was almost nine lengths clear of the rest. He will be a solid single next out.

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