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JAN’S SPIRIT: Maiden filly was last seen running up the track at Del Mar last July. She broke slow in this $30k six furlong sprint, was making her move but had to wait. Once clear she surged home to win going away and could have kept going. She was claimed for the $30k by trainer Richard Baltas who will spot her in a starter allowance race next out.

NOB HILL: Returns to our HTW list after losing a race he should have won, he had the cozy rail in this 1-1/16 route but jockey Espinoza, who wants to be a hall of fame rider, wanted no part of the rail. He took him back to last in a far away galaxy, then came four wide into the stretch to finish third, beaten a nose for the place and a 1/2 length for the win.

AUTUMN TWILIGHT: Was working like a filly set to do some damage, but she came out very washy in the post parade. She still ran big to finish second at 5/1 in a real tough straight maiden race. She will be very hard to beat next time out if she can stay calm.

SADIE CLARE: First time starter exiting the same race as Autumn Twilight, one that could end up being key. She hopped in a slow start and looked out of the race when far back, but got going turning for home and made a big late run to finish fourth in this 10 horse field. She will be very tough next time out with a clean break. $$$$$

MR. JAY D: Was in from Tampa Bay for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and sent off at 60 cents on the dollar. She was steadied hard when bumped at the start to be off last and it looked like all the cash was going down the drain. But he picked it up down the lane and somehow got up to win by a half-length. This gelding can flat out run. $$$

GNARLY HARLY: Was getting his first start off the Wesley Ward claim and ran huge, finishing second while seven lengths clear of the rest in this 11 horse field. No mistake next time out. He will be a good single.

FROSTY FRIDAY: Was in from Churchill Downs for trainer Mark Casse who is having a big meet. Casse sent this second time starter long on the grass and she responded with a huge win going away while under a long Nakatani hold. Lots of upside on the grass for this filly. By the way, I tweeted this one out on my twitter handle @sabesbet. If you tweet, check out all my tweets during the week. $$$$$

HOUSEMAKER: Was in from over the pond for trainer O’Neill. She broke slow, made a six wide move into the stretch and stormed home late to pick up the show dough. She may want longer.

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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