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Santa Anita Race 1. Post: 12:30 PT
6-Carmelita’s Man (2-1)
Has improved in each of his three career starts and was most recently a very good runner-up under these conditions at Del Mar last month. The 3-year-old colt was forced to check sharply and lose all of his momentum entering the far turn but managed to regather himself entering the lane and then finish with courage. An easy, healthy series of workouts since that race should have him primed for another forward move, so with clear sailing today the son of Mucho Macho Man should be along in time.
Santa Anita Race 6. Post: 3:13 PT
Was three-wide without cover yet kept to his task and was well clear of the rest when a good runner-up in a maiden turf miler at Del Mar in August. The progressive colt in John Sadler’s barn switches to Umberto Rispoli and though drawn on the extreme outside should have enough tactical to get over a secure a reasonable early position. The Irish-bred appears capable of earning his diploma in his third start since being imported from Europe and offers value at or near his morning line of 8/5.
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