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8/8: Saratoga (Day 17); Del Mar ($91k C/O)

SARATOGA

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1st: CLM/N3L, 3+, 9f (P5, P3, DD)

Best Value: #3 Brockton George 3-1 3rd
Next Best: #4 Fillet of Sole 7-5 2nd
Exotics Use: #1 Sumner 9-5 WON ($5.30)

2nd: NY-MCLM/$40k, F&M-3+, 5.5f-T (P4, P3, DD)

Best Value: #10 Nazay 8-1 7th
Next Best: #3 Ailish 5-1 WON ($7.20)
Exotics Use: #5 Truly Courageous 8-1 2nd
Super Add: #4 Paz the Wine 4-1 4th

3rd: CLM/N2L, F&M-3+, 6f (P3, DD)

Most Likely: #4 Beautiful Buzz 2-1 WON ($5.50)
Next Best: #6 Kid Croft 5-1 4th
Best Value: #5 Impazible Creek 15-1 6th
Exotics Use: #7 Elizabeth Nicole 8-1 3rd
Super Add: #3 Animauxselle 5-2 …

7/18: Del Mar ~ Opening Day (5th-10th)

DEL MAR ~ OPENING DAY

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5th: OC/N2X, 3+, 8.5f-T (P6, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #2 Arms Runner 9-2 10th
Best Value: #5 Play Hard to Get 20-1 9th
Next Best: #7 Eckersly 6-1 5th
Exotics Use: #8 Ritzy A.P. 7-2 2nd

.50 TRI:2-5-7 with 2-3-5-7-8 with 2-3-5-7-8 (3x4x3 = 36 x .50 = $18)

Alternately, a good spot for small budgets to use the REVERSE TRI KEYstrategy with late running price #5 Play Hard to Get (20-1): 2-3-7-8 with 2-3-7-8 with 5 (4x3x1 = 12 x .50 = $6)..

6th: OC/N1X, 3+, 1m (P5, P3, DD)

Tricky read to start late P5 with 3yo company-keepers Shivermetimbers (Broke MDN this trip/strip) & Regulate (2nd …

11/25: Del Mar ($148k DBL C/O)

DEL MAR

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4th: OC/N1X, 3+, 1m-T (P6, P3, DD)

$148k DBL P6 C/O starts here..

Most Likely: #2 Spanish Hombre 7-2 3rd
Best Value: #11 Lazzam 6-1 2nd
Next Best: #8 Tristan’s Trilogy 9-2 8th
Exotics Use: #6 Air Vice Marshall 5-1 WON ($9.80)

5th: 39th Native Diver (G3), 3+, 9f (P3, DD)

Most Likely: #5 Irish Freedom 3-1 2nd
Next Best: #2 Top of the Game 5-2 4th
Best Value: #3 Curlin Rules 10-1 6th
Exotics Use: #1 Mubtaahij 2-1 3rd

6th: Cal-OC/N1X, 3+, 6.5f (P4, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #3 The Street Fighter 5-2 3rd
Best Value: #9 Boy Howdy 8-1 2nd…

11/4 (DMR): 34th Breeders’ Cup ~ Saturday

Fun start to the BC weekend Friday with Forever Unbridled capping the day under Johnny V. in a well-orchestrated Distaff triumph. While a 3-start campaign doesn’t sit well with purists, no one can argue with the result produced by Dallas Stewart’s deliberate Championship path. Nice though that she’ll go forward into a 6yo season with the unusual Mr. Fipke eager to try some ambitious spots.

Wagering bumped along throughout the day with Rushing Fall ($8.00) & Best Performance (16-1) keying a great Juvy Filly Turf outcome that produced big returns. Chad Brown and Bob Edwards repeated in the event (New Money Honey in ’16) and have a shot to upset Bolt d’Oro today with Good Magic.

Mendelssohn, the Beholder brother who took …

11/3 (DMR): 34th Breeders’ Cup ~ Friday

DEL MAR ~ BREEDERS’ CUP FRIDAY

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Once more into the breach dear friends.. The ‘Breeders’ Cup invocation’. These 2 days offer unique opportunities with chances to be rewarded for creative thinking and audacious risk-taking. Some will come away delighted and some maddeningly frustrated, but all should approach these races as the curious and challenging puzzles they’ve become. No matter how well you ‘handicap’ the races, fields this deep and mysterious will produce several nearly unforeseeable results. Remember that you could be taking an ‘0-fer’ well into Saturday and get it all back (and more) in the weekend’s waning moments. But no matter how the ledger looks when it’s over, appreciate that your ability …