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MOONLIGHT DRIVE: Trainer Bob Baffert had some high hopes for this one but his turf record has always been dismal. He ran a solid fourth here and was claimed for $50K by John Sadler, who will have him spotted for the win next out. This looks like a real good pick up for Sadler.

CORE BELIEFS: First time starter for Peter Eurton with the hot riding Bejarano riding his eyeballs out in this tough maiden special race for 3yo. He just missed the place by less than a length and the win by an even smaller margin, 5 clear of the fourth-place finisher. Six furlongs will get him home on top next time out. $$$$$

MAESTRO DEARTE: Looked all the winner in this mile turf race for straight maidens but looked to be stopped in mid-stretch when having to check with no room down on the inside. Got out in deep stretch and blasted home for the win with a ton of horse left. This one can move up and repeat on the grass vs. winners next time out.

MONEIGH MOPROBLEMS: This goofy named runner for George Weaver ran big here at 11/1 with Prat riding a mile on the grass. We keep waiting for Prat to get hot. It looked like he had a ton of horse here as he was pulling him out of the saddle but he took hold and pressed the pace. Was between horses late but still ran tough to just miss by a half-length for the place and a neck and a half for the win. No mistakes next time out.

BIG SKY LOGAN: Was last seen running here back in March for the hot training Cerin. He took plenty of action in this $50K maiden claimer but could not run with the 6/5 chalk though finishing a solid second. With this race under his belt he will get the maiden score next out and will be a good single in the picks.

OLD SCHOOL IKE: In this $30K maiden claimer Old School Ike blasted out to the front end in this mile dirt race. Had the lead till the top of the lane but just could not hold off the 2/1 favorite, losing by a half-length as he battled that one tooth and nail to the wire. He was eight lengths clear of the rest and will not be a maiden for long. Look for the score next out.

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