Horses to Watch at Del Mar

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DEL MAR

HIGHER POWER: May have been best in this mile turf race but had to take up when down on the inside. He was switched out for room in the drive and finished strong to just miss by a dwindling half a length while almost two lengths clear of the rest in this nine-horse field. We will be looking to single him next out going long on the grass.

OVERDUE: He looked to be in a good spot in this mile turf race with Flavien Prat riding for Phil D’Amato, but he swung out six-wide and lost a good position, He was finishing fast to just miss the place money by a half length. No mistakes next out and he will get the money.

STRIKE AT DAWN: Richard Baltas runner with Drayden Van Dyke riding somehow got off at 15-1. She was down on the inside stalking the pace and really looked loaded but had to check leaving the second turn. She came out into the stretch and blasted to the lead and held for the big win.

OUT OF BALANCE: Was sent off as the 9-5 favorite vs. the aforementioned Strike At Dawn. She was very wide leaving the chute and made a six-wide last run to get up for the show money. We can expect better next out if she draws an inside post.

FANTASY HEAT: Was let go in the wagering at 15-1 and outran her odds to finish a fast-closing third. Despite a very wide trip, she had a lot left in the tank and Joe Talamo looks like a great fit in the saddle. We could get another good price next out.

OVER EMPHASIZE: Last seen in the Grade 2 San Clemente on July 20. Was down on the inside saving ground but just had nowhere to run when looking to be let loose by her jockey, Alonzo Quinonez. She swung out but lost two positions doing so, then regrouped and made a nice last run to be a fast-closing third. We will be all over this filly next out with a jockey change.

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