Horses to Watch 7.15.14

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DEL MAR

STARLET O’HARA

First time starter for trainer Bob Baffert was fractious at the gate and broke slow in this 5 furlong sprint. She had no shot at the lone speed but then she made a four-wide, eye popping move turning for home and was flying by her foes late. She picked up ground on the winner with every big stride, finishing second less than two dwindling lengths behind the winner. She will be a solid single next time out at Del Mar. $$$$$

LUCKY S.J

First time starter for the hot trainer Philip D’Amato was a filly we liked on our daily horse selections. Had the disadvantage of coming out of the one hole but she streaked to the front to win wire to wire at 9/1. We will play her right back.

GO BLACK TIE

Ran a bang up race in this $25k mile route as he stalked the pace while three deep. He stayed wide leaving the backstretch and finished with good energy to be a clear second. Was claimed for the $25k by Vann Belvoir who can strike first off. We hope he rides the hot riding Van Dyke. $$$

PRONTEZZO

First time starter for trainer D’Amato was very unlucky to lose this race. He had the lead but got caught on the line, losing the bob. Will be very hard to beat next time out.

OPSEC

First time starter for trainer Bob Baffert also ran a winning race coming from off the pace to be one of three heads on the line. Finished third just a neck behind Prontezzo and we would love to see these two hook up next time out. Will be playing a nice exacta box.

CAPRAIA

Was let go at the windows at 28/1. She broke slow but jockey Fernando Perez, who we think will have a real good Del Mar meet, did not panic. He settled her off the rail, then went to the inside saving ground. She came out into the stretch and made a nice late run finishing a clear second.

DREAM POLICE

Took all the money in this 5 furlong sprint for 2yo. She ran her race but just could not handle the second choice. Did finish almost 3 lengths clear of the third place finisher and will be our single next out at Del Mar.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper.  Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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