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SMART JOURNEY: Hadn’t been seen since last April and was being sent a mile on the grass with Flavien Prat getting the ride for trainer Richard Baltas. He broke sharp and really wanted to run as he was pulling Prat hard to the inside. Had to be steadied into the first turn, costing him a positon. Made a bid on the second turn but could not get to the winner. Finished a game second and will be a much tighter animal next time out.

THE LAST EXPRESS: Was running in the same race as Smart Journey and also coming off the layoff for trainer Richard Baltas. He was pulling the jock hard and steadied into the first turn when getting in tight. He was in a good stalking position on the inside when there was a breakdown and he had to be steadied hard. He came out for room on the second turn and finished with a good late run just failing to run down his stablemate Smart Journey by a neck. No mistakes next time out with a better trip. $$$$$

DURANGO FLIER: Exits the same race as the top two runners we have mentioned in this layout. This one finished a fast closing fourth to just miss the show dough by a nostril. We would love to see this trio back in the same race. It will be exacta and trifecta time.

FERVENT FEMME: First time starter looked good on the track but was let go in the wagering at almost 18/1. Had to take a shot with her and did make a race of it to finish third just missing the place by a half-length. She will be a must-use next time out especially if stretched out to a flat mile.

AUDACIOUS ANGEL: Maiden was making her first start on the grass and had good dirt form the last two starts but didn’t get the best of Gary Stevens. She lacked room and checked off heels in midstretch. Gary then swung her out for room but got in tight late to finish a much better than looked fifth. We think trainer Eddie Truman needs to make a jockey switch.

WATCH ME NOW: First time starter had the connections we like with Kent Desormeaux riding for his brother Keith, but as luck would have it she broke slow and had to be steadied when shut off. Made a good run down the lane to finish a solid third and will be tough to beat at this $50k level next out.

INSUBORDINATION: First timer for the underrated Ken Black took plenty of action at the betting windows, going off the 3-1 favorite. He ran a winning race but had to settle for third, two heads behind the winner. Went willingly till the end and looks like a nice single next time out. $$$

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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