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CHERUBIM: Ran last race as a first-time gelding and finished a good second behind the even money winner despite lacking room. Had to check off heels into the stretch, Gets the win next out.

C.C.ZIPP: Broke on top but dropped back when between horses. Came on strong just missing the place by a nostril while caught down on the inside. She will be a solid single next out. $$$$$

EILEEN’S GIRL: First-time starter broke slow and was pulling her jockey out of the saddle as she really wanted to be let go. She began to make a nice run but had to wait for room on the second turn. Managed to come on in a nice rally to pick up the show dough in this mile turf race. This 2yo filly for Hollendorfer has a ton of upside and we will be watching her move up the ladder starting with a win next out. $$$

LEMHILL BASR: First time starter for Bob Baffert got off at almost 5/1 and just put it to this group of maiden 2yo fillies, pulling clear at the end to win by more than four lengths. She will love longer next out.

HIJIKI: First time starter leaned back at the start and was off dead last. Was very green down the backstretch but turning for home she ran on big time just missing the place by a dwindling neck.

STORMY ANGEL: Just loved this filly first out of the box for Baltas but she broke slow and then had to make a four wide run into the stretch. Came home fast missing by a length at 16/1. No such price next time but a trip to the winner’s circle.

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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