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BRANJAMMAS TRIO: First time starter for trainer Peter Eurton had no shot at beating the runaway winner in this $30k maiden claimer after having trouble when being steadied following a bad spill on the turn. This filly was angled to the inside to avoid trouble then outside for room and back inside as Mario Gutierrez had her all over the track. She still managed to finish a good third just missing the place money.

LUCKY CHERRY: Really liked this filly in here at almost 7/1 but she lost all chance when having to be steadied hard at the same spill as BRANJAMMAS TRIO. She did make a late run, finishing a neck behind BRANJAMMAS. We would love to see these two come back in the same race next time out.

TRIPSKI: Trainer David Jacobson looks to be getting his barn together here. Tripski tossed his head at the start and then really wanted to be let loose as he was pulling jockey Bejarano out of his saddle. Made a four-wide run into the lane just missing the place by a head and looks ready to win next out on the grass.

LADY VALEUR: Was exiting our HTW list as a $$$$$ play and just got hammered at the betting windows, going off at even money in this field of 10. She won like even money by more than five lengths, just drawing away with ease in this 1-1/8 turf race for straight maidens. This filly has a big future and we will be seeing her in a stakes race very soon. $$$$$

BOURBON SOUL: Got in tight after pulling his jockey hard. Baze did all he could do while having to hold this gelding when checking off-heels in upper stretch. He angled him to the inside and surged late for the huge win by a nostril. Could come right back and repeat at another good price.

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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