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BUCKLEBERRY GREY: Was coming off the long layoff for trainer D’Amato and he dropped this once highly thought of gelding into a $20k maiden claiming race. He won for fun while under a long hold late. Will come back in a claim proof starter allowance race next out and repeat.

SWIPE: This 2yo first time starter had the connections of Keith and Kent Desormeaux. Ran a good second at 28/1 but had no shot at chasing down the lone speed in this 4½ furlong sprint. Longer will be his game.

GREY GIRL GONE: $12,500 claimer took plenty of action but faded into the stretch. She was claimed by Quinn Howey who will have her spotted for the win next time out either at the Gate or the Fair circuit. We will keep an eye out for this filly.

TIZ JOLIE: Got off at 9/1 for trainer Bill Spawr. Was stalking along the inside when he got crowded behind the eventual winner in midstretch. Was then carried out but still kept going and was closing the gap at the end, losing by a dwindling half a length. $$$$$

CARDIAC: Ran huge at 28/1 in the 22nd edition of the Snow Chief. Was steadied hard when down on the inside looking for room and again leaving the second turn. Finally swung out for room in midstretch and was still running hard at the end to finish a much better-than-looked fourth.

THE CUSTODIAN: Was making his first start as a gelding but broke 10th in this 12 horse field and stayed there until the 3/4 pole. Split rivals to come home with good energy and pick up the show dough. He is sitting on the win.

PERDONA: First time starter for trainer Peter Eurton took some action in the betting but broke slow and was pulling hard. Was steadied off heels into the turn and could not move forward after his early antics. This filly can run and with a good trip next time out could pop at a price. 

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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