Horses to Watch at Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

MISS LADY ANN: Ran a much better-than-looked fourth when last seen at Los Alamitos TB on the 15th when jockey Abel Cedillo put his whip away less than a furlong out. He probably could have got up for second or at least third as this filly lost the show by a neck and the place by another neck. In her last start at Santa Anita back in October, this filly ran a nice second, this race will have her set for the win at a nice price.

LADY ADARE-MAYAN WARRIOR: As has been written in this column in the past, when handicapping a race always look for contenders exiting the same last race and that is just what we found in this race with Lady Adare and Mayan Warrior. They finished fifth and sixth out of the same race at Del Mar and now were facing each other again in this starter allowance race. They ran first and second with the exacta paying a nice $61.60 for two bucks. Mayan Warrior was getting to the winner, Lady Adare and we will be looking for him in the winner’s circle next out at Santa Anita.

VIOLETTE SZABO: Filly ran huge in this $20k optional claimer going 5½ furlongs at Los Alamitos TB. She staked between runners when off the rail on the turn and then jockey Giovanni Franco may have made the wrong decision to swing to the inside entering the stretch. She did rally up the inside but just missed the place by the shortest of noses and the win by a half length. We would like to see this filly going six furlongs next out at Santa Anita.

K P WHIRLWIND: $30k maiden filly was going a flat mile and jockey Tyler Baze had her relaxing nicely in the early going when sitting seventh in this eight-horse field. He then shifted her out on the second turn and made an eye-popping move as she quickly opened up a two-length lead and then she just blasted away to win by five lengths. This was a big wakeup win and she could repeat next out in a nice little starter allowance race.

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