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Churchill Downs – 8th race: Post time: 4:36 ET
Debuting daughter of Firing Line brought $150,000 at the OBS March Sale after impressing during the preview session with a :10 flat breeze and has continued to do well in the a.m. while preparing for this six furlong dash for top class connections. A healthy recent work tab should have her fit and ready, and in a field in which the known element looks moderate at best, the B. Cox-trained juvenile appears well-placed for a winning effort. She’s listed at 5-1 on the morning line and is worth a play at or near that price.
Del Mar – 6th race: Post time: 3:00 PT
3 – From the Get Go (3-1)
Though he’s moving up from maiden $32,000 to maiden $50,000, this second-time starter exits a fast, highly rated race and should find this group well within his range. The L. Mendez-trained colt closed with interest to be a distant second at Santa Anita 19 days ago while finishing more than seven lengths clear of the rest and won’t need much improvement to graduate for a barn that has strong stats with second-timers. The weight break with the switch to bug boy D. Centeno won’t hurt, either.
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