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GULFSTREAM PARK – EIGHTH RACE
2 - Ghostly Beauty (3-1)
Was a somewhat unlucky runner-up last month when she found herself pressing the pace 3-wide without cover every step of the way, and after striking the front in mid-stretch couldn’t quite hold off the late-running winner. Today, she’s assured a ground-saving trip from her 2-hole post, switches to Luis Saez, and sports a bullet half-mile main track breeze (:46 3/5, fastest of 39) since raced. Let’s make her a win play and rolling exotic single.
OAKLAWN PARK – SEVENTH RACE
3 – Maryanorginger (7/2)
Maryanorginger (yes, you read it right, "MaryAnn or Ginger") won her only start last summer as a 2-year-old first-time starter in the Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park, scoring as much best after overcoming a stumbling start and severe traffic down the backstretch in a fast, productive heat. Missed the remainder of the year but returns with a series of good works that should have her fit and ready. At 7/2 on the morning line, the daughter of Strong Mandate simply should outclass this first-level allowance field.
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