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Del Mar - Third Race – Post Time: 3 p.m. PT
6 - Lambeau (3-1)
Lightly-raced and progressing with each start, this John Shirreffs-trained colt earned a career top speed figure in winning a first-level allowance main track miler at Santa Anita in May and trained consistently well since, so despite the raise in class the son of First Samurai looks capable of scoring right back. In a race that doesn’t have a whole lot of early speed, this devout front-runner should make the running without much pressure and then be tough to catch under regular rider Mike Smith. He’s 3-1 on the morning line; let’s hope we can get it.
Del Mar - Seventh Race – Post Time: 5 p.m. PT
5-Mystery Man (3-1)
Was well-meant in his debut sprinting on dirt last month, but may have been a tad short, and after pressing the highly-regarded Cezanne to the head of the lane, lost his steam and weakened to finish fourth, beaten almost six lengths. The son of Violence shortens up a furlong, switches to grass, retains Mike Smith, and seems likely to improve considerably with that bit of experience behind him. There’s good value here at or near his morning line of 3-1.
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