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HOLIDAY MOVIE: Initial start for trainer James Cassidy, who usually doesn’t have his maidens ready to run first out of the box and was working like a real runner. She was four and five wide the entire 6½ furlong trip but ran a nice even race late to finish a clear fourth in a much better-than-looked effort. May want to go long but we give her a big shot next time out.

HE COULD: Was last seen finishing sixth here last June. He was going down the hill off the long layoff but was taking plenty of action and was sent off as the 5/2 favorite in this straight maiden race. Was fanned four wide into the stretch but kept running to finish a solid third, well clear of the field. We will see this one in the winner’s circle in the very near future for underrated trainer Ken Black. $$$

SPACE CADET: First time starter was very live in this spot and had the hot combo of jockey Rafael Bejarano and trainer Richard Baltas. She did her best but the lone speed opened up a 7 length lead down the lane. Space Cadet made a big late run and was gaining fast at the end to lose by just ¾ of a length. This filly will be a solid single next time out. $$$$$

ROMAN TIZZY: Had a real goofy trip in this race as he broke good and was taken to the inside. Then jockey Lopez took back and lost several positions when swinging out for room on the second turn. He was able to come on for the show dough but could have been much closer.

LOTTIE: Just a huge winning effort here as this filly broke slow and then was jostled and steadied. She went three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch. Got to the front and was actually pulling away at the end. We think she can come back and repeat vs. winners.

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

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