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Santa Anita Horses To Watch 5/19/2020

MOONHALL MILLY  (May 16): Three year old filly for Leonard Powell could use a little racing luck as she had none in Saturday’s third, a maiden special weight affair at five and a half on the turf for fillies and mares 3 and up. Off at 4/1 and breaking from the 9 hole, she got cut off at the start as both the 8 horse and 10 horse veered inward on her and she was away in last. Rispoli then rushed her up on the inside, checked off a horse’s heels at the 3/8 pole, but was still loaded at the top of the lane with nowhere to run on the inside. She checked again at the 1/8 pole, then lost her momentum late and finished third, but still only beaten two at the wire by the heavy favorite who went wire to wire. This filly also broke slowly in her U.S. debut and had a rough trip that day. It might be time for Powell to send her two turns. She has loads of talent and just needs things to go her way to find the winners circle, which is somewhere in the tunnel heading back to the paddock these days.       
LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN (May 16): Six year old gelding for Mark Glatt ran too good to lose in Saturday’s 4th, a third condition allowance race for older runners at a flat mile on the main track. Off at 3/1 in a field of just six, he was forced to make the lead from the one hole, but never really got a breather the entire trip as the winner laid on him down the back side and through most of the stretch. “Citizen” shook loose at the top of the lane, but the Baffert runner came back at him again and then got the head bob right on the wire. This gelding runs best when he has a target to chase and is not THEE target himself. But when the other speed in the race didn’t break well, he was forced to go early. He’s a multiple Grade 3 winner, is best from six and a half to a mile, and handles either dirt or turf. The Glatt barn is loaded for the last six weeks of the meet and he will find a good spot for this versatile runner. Tab and follow.                                                             
ROOKIE MISTAKE (May 16): Three year colt for Doug O’Neill ran huge on Saturday coming off a 10 week freshening in the six furlong Echo Eddie stakes for Cal bred sophomores. Off at 13/1 in a field of 8, he broke well under stable rider Gutierrez and sat 4 lengths off the pace in 4th down the back side. He went to the lead on his own at the ¼ pole without being asked, opened up a length in the stretch, and then just failed to last as the even money favorite nailed him right on the wire. He still galloped out well past the winner. In a race he obviously needed, he will be much tighter next time out. He’s a late running sprinter and doesn’t really want to go two turns. He still has the first “open” allowance condition available to him and as long as he’s sprinting, he’s a threat wherever O’Neill runs him. Follow.  
LIBERALISM (May 17): Three year old filly for Brian Koriner, away from the races since last August at Del Mar, made her third career start on Sunday in a maiden special weight event at five and a half on the main for fillies and mares 3 and up Cal bred. Off at 7/2 and coming out of the 10 hole, she broke running under Rispoli, but never got a breather the entire trip as the 11 horse was laying on her throughout. They went a quick opening quarter in 21.70. She put her away at the top of the lane but the damage had been done. She still battled gamely down the lane but ended up third, only beaten one length for all of it. She should be much tighter for start #2 and her speed will make her tough to beat in her next outing. Be ready.                                                                                     
COLLUSION ILLUSION (May 17) Three year old colt for the red hot Mark Glatt barn, who had not been to the post since September of last year, came out running on Sunday in this second allowance condition for 3 and up on the main at six furlongs. Off at 5/2, he broke well under Prat and sat 5th down the back side four lengths off a moderate pace. He made his move at the ¼ pole, and went by the leaders with ease when straightened for the drive, then blew away the field by three with a very impressive gallop out. He had worked strong coming into this race and this Grade 2 winner as a juvenile is ready for stakes company right now. Prat was winning his 4th on the day. Up the ladder.    

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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