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DEL MAR 

Note: Opening day of the Bing Crosby meet is Thursday, Oct. 29 with closing day Sunday, Nov. 29.

ART OF WAR: Just had a horrible trip going a mile on the grass for  $50k maiden fillies and mares as she had to wait for room leaving the second turn when looking to have a ton of run, she came out into the stretch but then lacked room, checking off heels and then was in  tight again late. She may have been best here. $$$

SHE’S A WARRIOR: First time starter was totally dismissed in the betting being let go at almost 26/1. She was stuck down on the inside, a place you did not want to be on the 18th, battled along the rail and then switched to the outside in upper stretch, finishing like a race horse. No mistakes next time out with a better post but no 25-1 next time.

COMMANDER KING: There were three runners in this mile turf race exiting the same race and Commander King was one of them. He was let go at 7-1 while the winner, who was out of the same race, was sent off as the 5/2 favorite. He beat CK by a dwindling half a length as he was just flying late. You will see this one in the winner’s circle at Del Mar next time out.

FIVE PALMS: Was coming off the layoff for Baffert and looked best with these. But the longest shot in the race, breaking from the outside on this outside-biased course (Oct. 18), got the runaway win with Five Palms settling to be a clear second after a slow break. Next time out going six furlongs we will be singling. $$$$$

FILM BREAK: Was being sent down the hill and may have been best. He was launching when all heck broke loose. The leader came out in front of three runners and he was the one who took the worst of it, steadying to a halt. He never did get back into gear and had to settle for fourth. His number moved up to third, which did not help those who had him in the pick four.

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

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