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MYSTERIOUS MIRACLE: This filly was working just great for D’Amato coming into this downhill turf sprint. She took action but had to settle for second better than three lengths clear of the rest in this 10 horse field. Ran like she will love going a mile on the grass and that is the spot we will be betting. $$$$$

ATYPIQUE: First time starter for papa Mandella who usually doesn’t have them cranked first out of the box. Had this one ready to run, storming home and was closing in on the winner before running out of ground. He was more than five lengths clear of the rest in this 11 horse field and will be ready for the winner’s circle next time out. $$$

SONGBIRD: The value of the take out in horse racing. GT writer Steve Davidowitz has been saying this all along and everyone who reads his column on the take out fully agree and this is a perfect spot to make the case for horse players. Songbird was the last leg in the players pick five and the name was given to this bet because of the low 14% takeout. She was sent off at .05 cents on the dollar and most bettors used her as their single in the pick five. Got home paying $2.10, the $1 pick three to her with a 22.68 take out paid $59.40, the early pick four with a 23.68 take out paid $85.85 for .50 cents and the players pick five with a 14% take out paid $543.40 starting with an $8 winner. We rest our case.

PAPA JOEY: First time starter who we took a shot with at 14/1 broke slow, made a big five wide run into the stretch and came storming home to finish a solid second. Longer the better for this one next time out.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL: This Hollendorfer gelding is in the best form you can have. He looks ready to take on stakes runners in the very near future. Jerry may send him on a little road trip if he can’t find a good spot here.

RUN FOR RETTS: Hopped and then bobbled in a very slow start to be dead last in this field of 11 going six furlongs, She made a four wide run and was making hay late to finish a clear second in what was a super effort.

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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