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HORSEANDDIVORCES: I try and single out one race each week that could turn out to be a good future key. Horsesanddivorces (stupid name) was making her second start and first on the grass. Showed big early speed in her first try on the synthetic. She opened a two length lead down the lane, but tired late and finished fourth. Today she sat right off the pace set by AUTUMN VIEW and pounced down the lane to win going away. VIEW settled for the place. The three girls ANGELS MOON, TIZ A DAISY AND GYPSY FRIDAY finished third, fourth and fifth. We will keep them all on our HTW list.

JET BLUE GIRL: Exploded down the lane in this six furlong turf sprint to win going away. She looked great on the track and trainer Doug O’Neill put up the big number ($62,500) for the claim. He will have her spotted for the win next time out.

COTTON’S POINT: Just loved this Jeff Bonde second time starter and singled her in the late pick four and the pick six. She ran a winning race, but just could not get by the live first time starter trained by John Sadler who was able to set some lone fractions on the front end. Cotton’s Point was floated out down the lane ending up way outside. There was no inquiry even though she only lost by a half length and was more than eight lengths clear of the rest. $$$$$

SALUTOS AMIGOS: First time starter ran super for her inside post losing by less than a length while more than four clear of the rest. If she draws outside next time out will be a good single. $$$

PATS BACK: First time starter for the low profile connections of trainer Michael Pender and jockey Saul Arias. The opening line on this filly was 20-1, but she opened at 4-1 in the betting and closed at just 6-1. She ran super, just missing the place by a neck despite trouble. The odds-on choice won. We will give her a big shot next time out. 

DECEPTION FREE: First time starter broke slow and to the outside from the 12 post. He angled in on the turn and made a big late run when finding his long stride late in this 5 ½ furlong sprint. This one has some run. Will be hard to beat next time out with a clean break and six furlongs.

DISTRACTING: One of two Bob Baffert first time starters in here and this one was the longer of the two. She won like something special, drawing away down the lane. Looks to have a big future.

STANWYCK: Took a shot on this filly at 20-1, but she broke well behind this field. Once in gear she unleashed a huge late run just storming by the girls in front of her. Finished a clear second by more than three lengths. She may want to go long so we will keep an eye out for her. May be pointing to Del Mar.

HUNTINGMAN: Was making his first start in the country and really didn’t take much action running a fairly even race. He was claimed for 40k by John Sadler so we need to take notice and upgrade his chances next time out. Maybe grass?

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