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Queenofcalifornia was virtually distanced in her only outing last summer at Del Mar but has trained like a decent sort for her comeback and deserves another chance. She represents inside speed with P. Val in an abbreviated sprint so she’s a “must use” in the exotics. Pink Blanket is a first timer from the Glatt barn with good enough works to be given strong consideration. She looks like a very live item with Bejarano in the saddle. One Bad Reason exits a pretty good race in a maiden $50,000 seller and this raise in class can be interpreted as a sign of confidence. Talamo stays aboard for Mitchell and if the pace types melt down she’s the most likely to come and pick them up. Let’s use all three in an exacta/trifecta box and all three in our rolling exotics as well.

SEVENTH RACE - #3 SAYIF x #4 DILEMMA x #7 REGALLY READY This is a good, competitive downhill turf sprint and anyone of the three listed above could win. Together they form an intriguing exacta/trifecta box. Sayif was a high class turf sprinter in Europe a couple of years ago and makes his U.S. debut following a string of sharp workouts that should have him fit and ready to roll. P. Val takes the mount and should have him within striking range throughout. Dilemma, most effective as a late running turf sprinter, took advantage of ideal conditions to win the Daytona Stakes last month and has trained in sharp style since, so a repeat performance is entirely possible. Regally Ready got cooked in a hot pace duel in the Daytona yet still hung on bravely to be third; today’s pace scenario looks considerably softer so he could very well keep going. All three are worth using in whatever rolling exotics you might be playing.

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