Horses to Watch at Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

SEASIDE DANCER-DRIFT AWAY: Both of these exit the same 5½-furlong turf sprint. Seaside Dancer finished second, just beaten by a dwindling neck after she had to check behind runners and had to wait for an opening leaving the turn. Once clear she blasted home to just miss while four wide. Drift Away was sent off as the even money favorite but just had a bad trip after a slow start and was last until the top of the lane when she was in tight and checked off heels. She did make a little late run to get up for fourth. We would love to see this two meet up next out as it will be exacta box time.

WINE AT SUNSET: This filly was running in a $75k maiden claimer for 3-year-olds and took some action with Mike Smith riding for Eric Kruljac in this mile turf race. As luck would have it, she hopped and tossed her head in a very slow start, Mike took to the inside and she settled off the pace, came out for room into the stretch and made up some ground late in what was a better-than-looked effort. We will give her a big shot to hit the board next out going long on the grass.

TRUE VALOUR: Simon Callaghan runner was going a flat mile on the grass in the Grade 3 Thunder Road with jockey Andrea Atzeni riding. He is here from Italy and Simon must think he can horseback. True Valour threw his head around and had to be steadied hard in the early going. He was angled in and was really pulling hard and he looked to be ready to make his move. But he got in tight and had to wait for room leaving the second turn. He swung out for room and came home strong to split runners late and just missed the place money by a nostril. We will keep an eye out for Atzeni as he could pop at a price.

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