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This is a very competitive first level allowance event and if you’re playing the Pick-6 we suggest you use as many as you can afford to. We’ll boil it down to three, with slight preference to Streakin’ Mohican, a consistent sprinter who should appreciate this drop in class. The Hess-trained gelding earned a giant figure when demolishing an allowance field in the Bay Area two runs back and ran well right back when second in a tougher spot at Hollywood Park last month. He’s trained well of late so another top effort can be expected. Corey Nakatani picks up the mount from the injured P. Val. Hot Damon just won at this level against state breds and today tackles open company. He’s got the right style for this extended sprint distance, retains Rosario, and should be rolling late. Nextdoorneighbor, a route to sprint play and exiting the powerful and productive Sir Beaufort Stakes, should settle in mid pack and make his run late. He’s overdue for a win and shouldn’t have any excuses today.

Class dropper El Scorpio seems to have found a good spot to regain his winning form. Overmatched in the Miles Tyson Stakes last month at Hollywood Park, he drops to a realistic spot for O’Neill, switches to Bejarano and should be the best of the speed types. His effectiveness could be dictated by the amount of early zip Slam Slew displays; if he can shake loose from that one early, El Scorpio will be hard to handle. We like his chances at anything close to his 5-1 morning line odds.

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