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First time starter for trainer Peter Miller, who’s trying to win the trainer’s title at Del Mar, was well meant in this $30k maiden claimer. Won while battling tooth and nail on the front end, drawing away late with something left over. Look for one more race before meet’s end and a repeat win.


Squeezed off at the start to be dead last in this field of 12 $8k claimers going 6 furlongs. Usually that means done in these cheap claiming races but she went between horses on the backstretch. Had to be steadied hard off heels leaving the turn and in the stretch. She split rivals again in deep stretch and got up for the place in a huge effort. $$$


Angled in on the first turn to stalk the pace. She had to come out while losing ground and position into the stretch while looking for room. Got going again and got up for the place in a nice effort. This filly is in good form and sitting on the win.


In from Churchill Downs for trainer Tom Proctor and  wanted to run as she was pulling jockey Van Dyke out of the saddle in the early going. He got her to relax and she took the lead turning for home and won. Looks like a winner right back.


Just love horses exiting the same race and we had three in this maiden for 2yo with Kantune  sent off at even money. The one he beat last time out, who finished 9th, somehow held off Kantune late, paying $34.20. Kantune came fast but just could not catch the lone speed winner. Will be a solid single in the picks next time out.


First time starter for trainer Mark Casse who has sent out some very live runners but had some bad luck. Casse put Mike Smith on this filly and Mike delivered, winning going away.  We hope to see her one more time at the meet. $$$$$


Was coming off the layoff for trainer Mark Glatt and in a very tough field of allowance turf runners. Ran his gut out in finishing  second. Will be on him next time out.

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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