Horses to Watch at Santa Anita

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SANTA ANITA

EXCELLENT SUNSET: Filly ran too good to lose as she broke slow and then chased outside runners, she came three deep into the stretch but just could not run down the lone speed on this speed favoring turf course. If she can gets a little pace to run at next time out she will get the money.

CATOCA: Was in from over the pond for new trainer Anna Meah who has been sending out live horses. This filly was pulling jockey Mike Smith out of the saddle as she looked just too keen first out off the layoff, she ran a big race to finish second and will be very hard to beat next out for a barn who will start to win races very soon.

COLONIAL CREED-THRIVING-LADY PRANCEALOT: These three girls finished second, third and fourth in the $75K Blue Northern, with Colonial Creed, a filly we liked on our website in our weekly coverage of Santa Anita. COLONIAL CREED got in tight on the second turn or may have won this race at odds of 6-1. THRIVING was fanned out into the first turn and that cost her a better position and LADY PRANCEALOT got in tight and had to check off heels, costing her big time. We would love to see these three ladies hook up again next out. Exacta and trifecta time.

MISS AVA’S UNION: First-time starter for the red hot Richard Baltas barn just ran her race to be a clear second behind the runaway odds on Baffert runner Anuket. Miss Ava’s Union was more than two lengths clear of the rest and will be nice single next out.

DULCE RIDE: Was in from Keeneland for the aforementioned trainer Anna Meah, and she made a four-wide run to finish second. What was good about this effort was she re-bid between horses and was very game. Joel Rosario will get her home on top next out.

UNICORN: This was another Baltas first-time starter who finished second at 6-1 going down the hill. She ran on late and has the looks of a filly who will love going mile or longer on the grass. We will be on her next out if she gets the stretch out.

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