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OH MERCY ME: Tommy Town first time starter for trainer Steven Miyadi ran huge while stalking outside in this five furlong sprint for 2yo. He made a nice four wide run into the stretch and came home fast to get the place money. Longer will be his game.

SMACK TALK: 3yo was last seen running last November in the Golden State Juvenile. He was ready to roll in this race, winning going away by more than two lengths. Won at Del Mar first out of the box last year and looks like he is much better as a 3yo.

ASPARAGUS: Looked ready to run a big race in this mile starter allowance affair but was steadied and squeezed off at the start. That cost her any shot as she was dead last. Did find her best stride late and came home strong to get fourth money. She is set for the win next time out at a square price. $$$$$

LAND OVER SEA: 2yo filly has the top connections of Reddam Racing and Doug O’Neill. She ran this 5½ furlong sprint just like her owner said before the race: “She will love to go longer.” Finished a strong second behind the even money favorite and will be a solid single going 6 furlongs or longer. $$$

RELATIVE TIME: Really looked the one in this $20k maiden claimer but he popped the gate before the start and that compromised his chances. Did make an even run to finish third, missing second by a neck. Next time no mistakes.

GRACE AND TRUTH: Exiting the same race as Relative Time and he was 7/2 in the race. Drew in from the also list but after breaking slow he never got into the race. We will toss this effort and give him another shot.

JONNY’S CHOICE: Lost a heartbreaker when bobbed on the line after battling the entire mile distance. He actually was passed down the lane and fell back to third but came on again just missing by the slimmest of nostrils. We will single 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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