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APOLLO TEN:

Came into this 6-1/2 furlong downhill turf sprint with some very nice works. He was in the 1 post, which is not the best of positions for these downhill turf sprints as they make a right turn. He made a big late, four wide run to get up for the place money. May need a flat mile, but if we see him going longer next time out we will be betting.

THEATRICAL CAST:

Filly got off at almost 9/1 in this $20k maiden claimer. She won for fun showing her liking for this dirt course. We can see her coming back to score next out at another good price.

FANTASTIC MIZZ:

Was coming out of 1 post in this downhill turf sprint. She sat back trying to save ground but had no place to go and had to come out for room in upper stretch. She sprung between horses to just miss the place by a nostril. Was claimed for the $40k price by trainer Vann Belvoir who can strike first.

PRESS BARON:

Received a rare poor ride by jockey Rafael Bejarano, who had this one all over the race track. Despite the poor ride he just missed getting up for the place money by a nose. Look for much better next time out.

MAL VERDE:

Broke out and was bumped. He was pulling hard and was bumped and steadied again when in tight. Settled down on the inside and got to the front end in deep stretch to hold on for the impressive win. Should repeat going long on the grass. $$$

HENNYTHELOVEPENNY:

Ran second in her last start at Del Mar but was dismissed by the betting public in this 7 furlong straight maiden race. She dueled while four wide and battled outside on the turn. Was let loose at the quarter pole and just blitzed home, winning by more than 6 lengths in an eye-popping performance.

RASPBERRY ALA MODE:

Was 9/2 on the morning line in this $20k maiden claimer, but took some serious action with Kayla Stra in the irons and was sent off at 7/2. He just scampered home by 13 lengths while under a snug Stra hold. Will come right back and repeat.

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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