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DEL MAR

(NOTE: Del Mar closes Sunday, Nov. 29. Los Alamitos TB opens Thursday, Dec. 3.)

DIAL A DATE: First time starter for trainer Carla Gaines was ready to roll in this five furlong turf sprint. She stalked between horses but got in tight while trying to get in leaving the backstretch. Had to go outside and came on strong between foes to just miss at the line. A huge effort first out of the box. $$$

BUYMEABOND: Trained by the hot Northern California trainer Jonathan Wong, who was an assistant to Bill Morey. This one somehow got off at almost 11-1 in the betting and came from last to just missing by a nostril after a very wide run down the lane. He raced against this speed favoring turf bias and would have been best on any other day. No mistakes next time out. $$$$$

PERDONA-MISS GIFTED: Both exit the same race and we would love to see them come back together. Perdona was pulling his jock down on the inside, then got in tight and checked off heels. He continued willingly till the end, finishing a close third. Miss Gifted was running against this speed favoring turf bias but ran her heart out. Just missed the show dough by a nostril after getting squeezed back at the start in this five furlong turf sprint.

MARKET NOTES: Broke slow and was dead last, lagging until the top of the lane. Unleashed a big late run, finding his best stride late. Was mowing them down finishing fourth, two necks from the win. Fits at this level.

DR. DORR: Was exiting our HTW list and really took it on the chin in the Grade 3 Bob Hope. He stumbled at the start and went to the inside fence. Did his best to run on late and was closing in on the third place finisher. A much better-than-looked effort on paper; he will get redemption.

DURANGO FLIER: Was best in this 1-1-16 turf route but he was squeezed back at the start and was dead last. Came out for room past midstretch and made a huge late run just missing by a dwindling neck. This one will be a solid single next time out going long on the grass.

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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