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OUR FIRST GIRL: Was getting her second start and second going down the hill. She also was exiting a key race and looks to be a solid play in here but was sent off at 80 cents on the dollar. Looked all the winner down the lane when opening up by 1½ lengths with Gary Stevens in the irons but Gary just could not hold off the winner. This filly has some big time turf ability being by War Front and may want to go long.

SHEZROXIIE: First time starter by Scat Daddy was being sent down the hill and that is not an easy task let alone for a first time starter. We had to take our shot with this breeding at 25/1 and she gave us a thrill making a nice late run to finish a nostril behind Our First Girl, losing the entire race by a half-length. No 25/1 next time out but we will be playing. $$$

MOON OVER PARIS: Was last seen running up the track at Del Mar for trainer Graham Motion who was sending her 1-1/8 on the grass in this race. Did not want to get in the gate but, when she did, ran a super race to finish a game second after battling tooth and nail the entire distance with the winner. She is sitting on the win.

HOLOGRAEME: Was steadied hard when in tight off heels on the first turn, lost several positions and never really did recover. We will toss this race and give Holo a big shot to rebound next time out.

SHY CARMELITA/DESPERATE CHICK: Trainer Philip D’Amato sent this uncoupled entry out. A first time starter, Shy Carmelita got off at 12/1 and the second choice Desperate Chick got off at 2/1. Again he ran one two, with first time starter Carmelita getting the best of Chick down at the wire winning by a half-length. Chick was three lengths clear of the rest. We like them both right back.

IPRAY: Most likely would have won on any other day but today on this speed-favoring, wet, fast sealed track. She made a huge late run and just failed by a nostril to run down the lone speed. Cleared her rival by several lengths past wire. No mistakes next time out. By the way, if you liked this filly at 5/1 you could have hit the exacta with the winner Easter Fever. $$$$$

EIGHTY THREE: Was in from Aqueduct for trainer David Jacobson who looks to start heating it up. This one also was hampered by a wet sealed track and gaining on the winner at the end despite a not so great ride by Stevens. $$$

ZIP THE MONKEY: This race scheduled for the grass was moved to the main. The winner freaked on the wet course but Monkey made a big late run to pick up the place money. We will be all over the Monkey next time out 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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