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Santa Anita Horses To Watch May 28

NOLO CONTESTO  (May 22): Four year old ridgling for John Sadler, who had not been to the post since last October, ran for the first allowance condition on Friday at a mile on the main track for horses 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in a 10 horse field, he broke running under hot rider Rispoli, and got parked a bit wide into the clubhouse turn. He ended up third down the back side about 3 lengths off a pretty fast pace. He made a move at the ¼ pole to reach contention, but the wire to wire winner had plenty left and he was never able to get to him. He was beaten a length and a half at the wire and it was two and a half back to the third horse. Sadler has always been high on this one and he’s good enough to knock out this condition on either turf or the main track. He’ll be much tighter for his next start. Be ready.                                                          

SOLO ANIMO (May 23): Three year old colt for Phil D’Amato made his debut in Saturday’s opener, a turf dash at five and a half for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at 17/1 in a 12 horse field, he broke terribly slow away from the gate, was last early, a good 12 lengths back. Rispoli kept him on the fence to save ground, wound his way through heavy traffic at the 1/8 pole, then finally found a seam and finished full of run to get third, beaten two at the wire. The bad start cost him dearly. This son of Carpe Diem is a runner and he trained well coming into the race, albeit at Los Alamitos. He is bred to go long as well, and he should be a soon winner for a barn that is off to a slow start for 2020.        
STUBBINS (May 23): Trainer Doug O’Neill had this four year old colt ready to rumble as he came off a six month layoff on Saturday in the Grade 2 Daytona stakes. Off at 5/2 in a field of 7, he broke running and was much closer to the pace than usual under Umberto Rispoli, sitting fifth down the back side, but just two lengths back of the dueling leaders. A hole opened up turning for home and when he tried to go through, the hole closed from both sides and he was forced to check sharply losing his momentum. He re-rallied in the last 50 yards but the damage was done. He finished third and only lost by a half length. Needless to say, he was best. This colt is a late running sprinter through and through and looks to have come back better than ever after his sophomore campaign. Put this one on your stable watch as O’Neill will ship him anywhere in the country where there is a good purse for a turf sprint. His long term goal will be the Breeders Cup at Keeneland in November and he already has a win on that course.                              
POLAR WIND (May 24): Three year old colt for Cliff Sise made the second start of his career in Sunday’s 7th, a maiden claimer for $40K at six and a half on the main track 3 and up. Off at 8/1 in a 9 horse field, he was bumped at the start from both sides to be away a step slow. He settled down in fifth down the back side traveling on the rail and saving every inch of ground. He had a wall of horses in front of him at the top of the lane, but found a seam and steamrolled through it and burst clear of the field. He won by four geared down late. This son of Super Saver will no doubt be protected from here on out, and should have no problem with the starter allowance race, non winners twice. Look for Evin Roman to retain the mount. Tab and follow.                                                                                    
LITTLE RACHEL (May 25) Three year old filly for Victor Garcia made her debut in Monday’s 4th, a maiden claimer for $40,000 at six and a half on the main track 3 and up. Off at 12/1 in a field of 10, she missed the start out of the two hole, when she veered in and made a left hand turn and was away last. She was 10 back down the back side and Fuentes took her out in the middle of the track where she slowly started picking off runners. She was still 4th at the top of the stretch, but put in a good run on the outside to get second, but never threatened the wire to wire winner. She was beaten four but it was another three back to the third horse. She can run some and Garcia is an underrated conditioner who does well with non winners. As long as they keep her in for a tag, she’s a soon winner. She is bred to go long as well. Stay with her.

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