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LOS ALAMITOS TB/DEL MAR

INSTAGRAND: The bettors were in line at Wynn looking to bet on this colt for next year’s Kentucky Derby after his freakish win by ten lengths in his debut race while under a long hold by jockey van Dyke. Looks to have a real nice Derby prospect for next year if trainer Jerry Hollendorfer can keep him on the trail.

MORNING DANCE: Got home on top in this mile race at Los Al by jockey Santiago Gonzalez, who really knows how to ride this course. We would love to see this filly come back before meet’s end as she will be a very good single. Won’t get 9/1 next time around.

STOP THE VIOLENCE: Was last seen back in May of 2017 at Santa Anita. He came back in this straight maiden race as a gelding and just blasted this crew by six lengths for trainer Peter Miller. Looks like he can repeat next out. $$$

TUNWOO: First timer for Bob Baffert was sent off as the 9/5 chalk vs. STOP THE VIOLENCE. He hopped at the start and was last till the half mile pole. Made a nice late run to pick up the show dough. No mistakes next out, maybe going a mile at Del Mar.

MAGICALCHIC: Filly somehow got off at 43/1 with Joanne McDaid riding. This jockey knows this track and can be bet on price horses who have been running at Los Al. We could see this filly back before meet’s end. Won’t get 43/1 or the $88.60 price next out but she could repeat at boxcars again.

MR. VARGAS: Was last seen running at Del Mar last November. He came back in this optional $40K 5½ furlong sprint and went wire to wire, winning by more than two lengths. It could have been more but Talamo took a hard hold late. This was no easy group he beat so look for him to repeat. $$$

WESTERN MONGOLIA: Made a big mid-race move to get the lead but could not hold off the closers in this mile race. We love this trainer when she puts her runners sprinting on the grass. If we see this filly going five furlongs or longer at Del Mar on the grass we will be going to the betting windows.

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