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MISS PIPPA: There are simple reasons why some jockeys win big races. They don’t panic and can get a good feel of the pace. Jockey Mike Smith showed both attributes in this win aboard Miss Pippa, who broke awkwardly and behind the field. Mike did not panic and when it was time he unleashed her. She ran them all down at the wire in what was a huge effort. Smith fits the filly like a glove. 

DEPRECIABLE: Ran a much better than looked fourth in this 6½ furlong downhill turf sprint losing by about a length despite trouble. He will be set for his best next time out for trainer Jeff Mullins. 

IVANO: Was far back in this race going down the hill. He swung out for room crossing the dirt and was just flying late finishing a very close seventh in this 12 horse field. He may want a little longer. 

LOUFOQUE: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella looked like she really wanted to run but jockey Espinoza took a mighty hold of her as she tried to pull him out of the saddle. He took her out into the stretch and made a big late run to finish a good second at 22-1. If sent long on the grass next time out we will be heading to the window. $$$

MAJESTIC STRIDE: Was exiting our HTW list and was sent out on our horses to watch alert on www.gamingtoday.com. She rewarded us with a very easy win paying a whopping $38.80. This gelding is in top form and loves the dirt. We will keep in on our HTW list. 

GRAZENETTE: Majestic Stride (above) ran in the second race and Grazenette ran in race 3. He was also exiting our HTW list and alert page, let go at 7/1 and just missed by a head costing us a huge double. He set down on the inside and made a huge five wide run on the second turn in this mile race. He battled the winner down the lane in an epic stretch run but could not get by. We will play again next time out. 

NUMBER FIVE: Just another first time starter for trainer Mandella who put Victor Espinoza up. Again he was far back as it looks like he just does not want to spring the gate and will not go down on the rail. He made a late run but got into trouble between horses late and took up. This colt looks to have some talent and will be a solid play next time out. 

EMPTY HEADED: Was the third horse exiting our HTW list on Oct. 6h along with Grazenette and Majestic Stride. This gelding got off at 5/2 and won for fun paying $7.40. He looks to be a real up and comer for trainer Barry Abrams on the grass. We will keep him on our list. 

PUBLIC INTEREST: Believe it or not Espinoza rode this one for trainer John Shirreffs and yes got left again. Was far back and made a big four wide run into the stretch. Came on strong to pick up the place money at 9/1. That was this colt’s first try going long on the grass. We will be all over him next time out. $$$$$

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper.  Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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