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DEL MAR

(closes Nov. 30)

Los Alamitos opens Dec. 4th

PLAY HARD TO GET: Ran huge on this speed-favorite oval as he was angled to the inside to save ground. Got stuck at the 3/4 mark but once clear he came home strong to win going away at the end. $$$

DANCE DEE A DOOR O: Ran a much better than looked third in this $30k maiden claimer when staying with the top two speed horses while on the outside. Was still going strong at the end, just missing the place by a 1/2 length. This one is sitting on the win.

TEMPLE KEYS: Was exiting our HTW list and let go at 8/1 post time. His problem was he was coming out of the 12 post in this mile turf route. Was last till the top of the lane when unleashing a huge late run gaining his best stride. We will be all over this one next time out with a better post. $$$$$

VICTORIA FALLS: First-time starter for trainer Mora (O’Neill) ran huge in this 5½ furlong sprint when breaking slow from her inside post. She made a big late run and has the looks of a filly that wants to go longer. Will be on our radar.

COUNTING QUEENS: Finished right behind Victoria Falls in a race that she was sent off at even money. Also broke slow and got in tight midway on the backstretch. Came out leaving the turn while four wide into the stretch and made a nice late run to get up for the show dough. She was claimed for $30k by John Sadler in what looks like a real nice pick up.

DYNAMO DIXIE: Just did not get the best of trips in this $16k claimer as he broke slow and was bumped. Bejarano took him wide the entire trip, not where you wanted to be on this course. Despite the wide and troubled trip, he made a nice, late, wide run to just miss the place. No mistakes next time out.

CRUX: Really wanted to be let loose in this mile turf race as he was pulling jockey Van Dyke out of his irons. He stalked the front runner from the bell and surged late but just missed by a dwindling head. We will be singling next time out. $$$

LAW DOG: Was in a good stalking position from his rail post in this 5 furlong turf sprint. He came out for room in midstretch and finished strong to pick up the place money. Looks to be ready to win 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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