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CHURCHILL DOWNS

EXAGGERATOR: After watching his past two races, including his last in person, this bettor sees Kentucky Derby all over him. He made the big move in his previous start, the San Felipe, but could not finish it. Then in the Santa Anita Derby he made it while going a little wide and just blew them off their feet. Now he is on his way to Louisville to meet Nyquist, who he ran fourth behind in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. We think he gets his revenge.

LOS ALIMITOS

BOOMPA: Was coming off a layoff for Mike Puype but had a top workout. He made a big five-wide run on the turn but the winner got away from him. Kept to his task to finish a clear second and will be tough to beat at this level next time out.

LARRY BIRDSTONE: Was sitting in a perfect spot in this 1-1/16 route on the dirt but the jock did not seem to want the inside and took back to lose position. He went to the outside and came running again late to finish a fast-closing third. Missed the place by a half-length and the win by a length. No mistakes next time out.

WILD ABOUT DEB: Was coming off the layoff for D’Amato and just blasted this group of straight maidens going 1-1/8 on a sloppy sealed track. Won by six lengths while under a long tight hold. He will be able to handle winners next time out.

DECKED OUT/JEREMY’S LEGACY/NODIAC: These three finished first, second and third in the Grade 3 Providencia and we would love to see a rematch next time out with the results maybe a little different. Decked out was 8/1 on the morning line and got hammered early, then settled at 3/1, winning like a good thing. Jeremy’s Legacy opened up two down the lane and just held second in front of the fast-closing Nodiac who is sitting on the win.

AMERICAN FREEDOM: First time starter ran like the betting as he went off at 9/5 and grinded out a big win. Was actually inching clear at the end to leave the others in his sloppy dust. This Pulpit colt has a ton of upside for top owners Gary and Mary West. $$$$$

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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