Horses to Watch at Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

CONO: Was let go in the wagering at 9-2 with Mike Smith riding for Mike McCarthy. This guy was on the engine and really wanted to be let loose as he was pulling old Mike out of his saddle, Mike took hold and Cono had to steady hard when in tight quarters. He continued to save ground and finally was let loose and shot home to just miss by a half length.

CARNIVOROUS: What a huge winning effort here as he was boxed in behind runners in midstretch and looked to have no shot. Jockey Abel Cedillo, who is riding great, did not panic and shot him outside and with just a tap of his whip he sprung home to get the win. Look for this up-and-comer to repeat sprinting on the grass.

BODHICITTA: Maiden filly was sent off at even money for trainer Richard Baltas and just won with such ease it was scary as jockey Flavien Prat had her under a very snug hold from the sixteenth pole to the wire. This filly looks like she will move up and run in stakes company going long on the grass. One to watch as she moves up in class.

GOALIE: Maiden first-time starter was best in this 5½-furlong turf sprint. He was absolutely left at the gate and was last until the top of the lane when he unleashed a big run and was flying home only to come up a dwindling three-quarters of a length short. He flew by the winner past the wire and may love going a mile on the grass.

CANYON CREST: Trainer Michael McCarthy must wonder who is mad at him as this was another runner who had trouble. He was crowded and steadied hard at the start and was dropped back to last in this mile turf race. He made a big-time late run to finish a fast-closing second and looks to be sitting on the maiden score.

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