Horses to Watch at Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

CROUGHAVOUKE: Looked to be making a winning run but was taken out wide. She looked done after that but came back on to pick up the place money in a very good effort. Look for her in the winner’s circle next time out going long on the grass.

SMILING ANNIE: In this 5½ furlong  turf sprint she sat off the lone speed while down on the inside, then switched to the outside down the lane and blasted home late and just did miss by a dwindling neck. All she needs is some pace up front.

WINNING ELEMENT: Was coming off the layoff for trainer Doug O’Neill but was sent off the co-favorite in this $32k claimer. He made a big late run to just miss by a head in what was a top effort off the layoff.

AWESOME ELLA: 2-year-old filly was making her first start going five furlongs on the grass for trainer Bob Hess Jr. She was dead last in this 10-horse field until the top of the lane when she unleashed a big late run finding her best stride late, kicking home to finish a much better-than- looked fourth.

BULLETPROOF ONE: Peter Miller 2-year-old was going five furlongs on the grass in the $100k Speakeasy. He got through down on the rail but came out for room in deep stretch brushing with his stablemate and had to settle for the place money while losing by a head. We have said this in the past, always bet the longer shot when Miller enters two runners; The winner paid $49.20 with the exacta paying $464 for $2.

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