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ST.VALENTINO: Was listed at 20-1 on the morning line but took a ton of early and late money and was sent off at 8-1. He chased off the rail, but got between horses leaving the backstretch. Was steadied sharply into the turn and had to swing five wide into the stretch. Made a strong late run to pick up the show dough.

MYHORSEOFCOURSE: Was last in this eight horse field going a flat mile on the grass. He stayed last until the top of the lane when jockey Mike Smith took him widest of all for the run down the lane. Unleashed a huge late run going from last to second in one big swoop while five wide on the line. If he can find some pace to run at next time out he will win. $$$

SOMENCHANTDEVENIN: 20k maiden claimer would have won on any other day except for the live comebacker who went wire to wire. She chased the winner, but just had no shot at running down the lone speed. Finished second more than eight lengths clear of the rest in this 13 horse field. This girl will be a nice single next time out.

SALTY ROBBIN: Another who would have won on any other day except for having to run against the 6-5 chalk who coasted for fun, Robbin finished second more than six lengths clear of the rest and is just sitting on a win for this 20k maiden tag.

CROSSING THE LINE: In the past these 6½ furlong turf sprints going down the hill favored the outside horses, but at this meet the inside has been the place to be. CTL looked to have a big shot with Rosario riding from the 4 post. The horse breaking from the inside post shot to the front, took a six length lead and held off CTL by less than a length after being far back until the top of the stretch. With some pace to run at next time out this guy will be a winner.

LA MALAGUENA: First time starter was coming out of the 8 post in this 6½ furlong downhill turf sprint. She broke slow and was next to last at the half mile pole. The HTW filly Kilted Tilt broke from the inside post and shot to the front. Tilt went wire to wire while this filly made a big late run to pick up the place. Malaguena is another who will only need some pace to run at to get the win.

CHICKIE CHARMS: In another 6½ furlong turf sprint, this guy was breaking from the 1 post. Started next to last and had to be gunned from that point to get to the front end at the half mile mark. That move took something out of him but he dug in and was a clear second. Look for inside speed in these downhill turf sprints as that is the place to be.

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