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HOLLYWOOD PARK

REMUS: Was coming off almost a year on the shelf and just freaked in this 7 furlong claiming race. Came from last to first in one gigantic swoop to win going away under a hand ride by jockey Bejarano. This gelding likes it here on the Hollywood cushy surface and has the looks of a horse that will come back in one of those starter allowance races and repeat. $$$$$

MARRYMEONEMORETIME: Was going 6 furlongs in this 25k claimer for 3-year-olds and up. Got into a good stalking position and looked like he was going to make his move when behind the winner in midstretch. Never made it, but held for the show dough. Claimed by Mike Mitchell for the 25k. May see Mike send him long.

VICKI VICTORIA: First-time starter broke slow and was steadied in the early going, which cost whatever shot she may have had trying to run down the lone speed. Came home fast to pick up the place and has the looks of a filly that won’t be a maiden for long.

JESSAKAR: First-time starter was in the same race as Vicki Victoria. She bobbled and steadied at the start, but shot up quickly to run a good even race. Finished third right behind Vicki by a head. If these two girls happen to come back in the same race it could be a good exacta box.

WAR PILOT: Ran big as a 2yo winning his last start last November. His numbers fit here and should be faster in this his first start as a 3yo off the layoff. Somehow he was let go at 5-1, but came home fast to win going away. Looks like he can move up and repeat. $$$

CHOKECHERYMARY: Was exiting this list when declared a nonstarter in her last race. She broke in, got bumped and had to be steadied hard in the early going. Looked like that may be it for Mary, but jockey Chantal Sutherland gathered her in nicely and made a big late run to win going away. Rewarded followers of this column with a winning price of $13.20. Will keep her on our list.

MAGIC SCHOOL: First time starter ran third behind Chokecherymary when closing like a rocket after being far behind the field. Shot home and just did miss the place as the 5-2 chalk. Will be hard to beat with a clean break next time out. $$$

SMUG: In first try on the grass for trainer Neil Drysdale with blinkers on plus coming off the also list, you had to take a shot. And, it was a good one as Smug won at almost 6-1 in a big effort. Will come back and run another big race on the grass.

HUNTSVILLE: The word was out that this 2yo colt was a runner and he got the money as the 3-2 chalk. Never really got into the race, but did make a late run to finish a well beaten fourth. Will give him another shot.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

NOTJONNY: Was being stretched out for the first time in this 8k maiden claimer. Ran a much better than looked race. Will take a shot with him next time out at what will be a big price.

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