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#5 Proud Garrison is 8/5 on the morning line in today’s first race and she may go lower. However, this appearance at the bottom level will be her fifth straight class drop, so Mullins, who seems to have been trying to lose her, may finally get his wish. Despite the fact that she’s coming off a win, the 4-year-old filly is scheduled to add blinkers. That’s too many question marks on a short priced favorite for me.
Stardom Bound earned an 84 Beyer figure in her sophomore debut Saturday when she captured the Gr. 1 Las Virgenes Stakes. An 84 Beyer - that’s par for a first level allowance race around these parts. It makes you wonder how good, really, is this stretch-running champion filly, who in six career starts, four of them wins, has managed to earn a number in excess of 90 only one time in her career. Her career top of 94 was accomplished in her Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly score, although that figure was aided by a pro rally-wide track that complimented her style.
Not much value in Sunday’s opener, with class dropper #6 Deep Pockets listed as the 4/5 morning line favorite. He’s a first-time-in-a-claimer play after failing as the heavy choice in straight maiden state-bred company last month. On numbers, he’s a standout but since he’s backed up from the stretch call to the wire in every one of his four lifetime starts, he may not be one to trust. Let him win, we’ll pass.