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DEL MAR

RUSH OF DAY: Hadn’t run since the November meet here at Del Mar and was making her 3yo debut in this $20k maiden claimer for trainer Gary Stute, who had this filly very ready for the win. She chased outside coming four wide into the stretch but had to be steadied off heels. Re-grouped and stormed home to win going away.

SWISS CHEESE: Really made Swiss cheese out of this group of $20k maiden claimers. This first time starter won for fun going 5½ furlongs and looked like he wanted longer. He was claimed for the $20k by the very sharp Steven Miyadi for top owners Gary and Cecil Barber. He will have him spotted for action next time out.

GIO MIO: First time starter for trainer Art Sherman was very fractious in the post parade and the warmup. He was reluctant to load and when the gate opened broke slow. Was squeezed back and looked done but made a big four wide run closing with a rush to just miss in what was a huge effort after all his pre-race antics.

MOONIE: Was making her second start off the layoff and first on the grass. She led till midstretch and was overtaken but fought on late. Tired to finish a much better-than-looked fifth. She is sitting on the win next out. $$$

REDHEADS RULE: Was coming off the layoff for trainer Peter Miller and he had this filly ready to run. She ran big but came up a half-length short. Will be very hard to beat next time out. Look for Miller to wheel this one back soon. $$$$$

CLASSIC GENT/WIDLING: These two ran together with Classic Gent getting left at the gate but coming home like a runaway train to just miss on the bob. Widling took a ton of barn action off the layoff, opening up at even money in the betting. Was just so eager to run that he was steadied several times and never did get untracked. This will be a good exacta if these two meet next time out.

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

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