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DEL MAR

STEEL PLANK: First time starter for trainer Clifford Sise was let go at 21/1 but really ran a much better-than-looked fifth as he was steadied and squeezed off at the start. Was last and far back, but he made a nice run down the lane to just miss fourth by a dwindling neck. Will be a nice price play next time out. $$$

CHIROPRACTOR: Was exiting our HTW list and making his first start as a gelding. He was squeezed off after the start and was last. Came five wide into the stretch but just could never get by the winner.  May have been best if not for the early trouble as he lost by just a half-length but was more than two clear of the rest. We will keep him on our list. $$$

PERSONAL DIARY: Was in from Churchill for trainer Victoria Oliver who won here last year with one. Had a horrible trip as she lacked room off heels in midstretch and that may have cost her a much better finish if not the win. Was one of five on the line and hope to see her one more time before meet’s end.

UNFORGETTABLE U: Took a real bad beat in this race as she led on the line but lost a heartbreaking bob that many thought went her way. Sent off at 9/1, she was coming off the layoff and will be very hard to beat next time out.

HOLOGRAEME: Was breaking from the far outside in this 1-1/16 turf route, making her second start on the grass. Her first was down the hill at Santa Anita when splitting the field. She was coming off a nice maiden breaker going a flat mile at a real nice 10/1 in here. Made a nice late run just missing the show dough. Has a lot of upside, turf or dirt.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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