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NIGHTLY NEWS: Fires a huge shot first out of the box going a mile. He came up a half a length short and with this race under his belt will be very hard to beat next out going long.

POP POP’S PIZZA: Was coming off the layoff for trainer Phil D’Amato and was let go at almost 9/1. He ran a winning race but just could not run down the lone speed. Was two lengths clear of the rest in this 12 horse field. We will be singling next time out. $$$

MIA’S STORM: Looked to be sitting on the win here but lacked room and checked off-heels in midstretch. That cost her the race as she split rivals late to get up for the show dough, missing all the marbles by 1-1/2 lengths. $$$$$

DON’T TELL JUDY: First-time starter for trainer Kory Owens was bumped and steadied at the start and that really compromised her chances. She showed some speed after that but was steadied again. Regained her running and came again late just missing the show but ran a much better-than-looked fourth.

WHAT’S UP GUS: Was in tight between horses leaving the chute, then shuffled back when in tight. Made a late run to be a clear third and is sitting on the maiden breaker at this level or one notch below.

HUNT: Was in from Ireland and ran a huge second at 5/1, just missing when failing to hold off the 2/1 chalk after gaining the lead late. He will be very hard to beat next out going a mile or longer on the grass.

BLUE ANCHOR: Was working well for his first off the layoff. Showed good early speed but just was not good enough to hold off the even money winner. He will get the job done next out.

GUSTO DOLCE: Big effort here at 7/1 when making a five wide run into the stretch and finishing with a surge to just miss. Papa Mandella has this filly ready to win next out.

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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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