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DEL MAR

GLAMORISTA: First time Bob Baffert starter somehow was let go at almost 6-1. This filly won like a 1-5 shot and looks like a major player in the upcoming season.

MAYAKOBA MESA: Was last seen running against some good ones last year in her 2yo season. She came back running, but had the misfortune of meeting up with the ultra tough Baffert first time starter Glamorista. This filly was a clear second and will be a good single in the picks next time out. Her trainer Bill Spawr usually has a good Del Mar meet.

MAESTRO: Second time starter for trainer John Shirreffs ran huge at 8-1, but had his number taken down by the all knowing stewards who never seem to be consistent. The horse he beat was never going to get by, but the all-knowing stewards made the call and jockey Bejarano was put up and young Joe Talamo, who has been riding great, got taken down. It could have been a little “get even” move. The Maestro looks to be a good one and will break his maiden at Del Mar. $$$

IVANHO: May have been best in this 6 furlong turf sprint. He really wanted to run, but got caught down on the inside into the turn and just could not get out. Remained pinned down on the rail and was steadied almost to a stop in midstretch. Got in tight again, but kept going and ran strong fourth just 1½ lengths behind the winner. $$$

HALFAPONDAROSA: This girl was super live off the layoff and the money just poured in on her. Tracked the odds on 2-1 shot and looked to have nailed her on the line. A very long look eventually determined the chalk winning by less than an inch in one of the tightest photo finishes I have ever seen. No mistakes for this girl next time out.

LA SOMBRE: Was last seen running second at Del Mar last Aug. 10. She came back running in this 6 furlong straight maiden race, but came up a half length short despite running a winning race. Expect her to break maiden next time out, maybe Aug. 10.

CELTIC PRINCESS: Just won The Royal Heroine mile in a freakish effort. After the finish she continued to run on like she said please let me go around one more time. This is a serious Mare, look for more good things from her in the future. She is one to definitely follow.

KELLY LEAK: Back classer may have found his level and a jock (the young Eswan Flores) who fits him like a glove. This high school kid can ride. Look for another winning run next time out sprinting on the Del Mar grass. $$$

HUNTINGTON HARBOUR : Ran a big race off the layoff for trainer Bill Spawr, who looks to be bringing back a nice group, for the Del Mar meet. This girl was right there but got shuffled back and steadied into the turn. It cost her the place dough, but she looks ready to win next time out. $$$

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