TimeformUS Del Mar Top Play – Thursday, August 1

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Race 8

Selection: #4 Grand Gambler

The Gary Sherlock-trained gelding Grand Gambler is 15-1 on the morning line, and that leaves us inclined to be forgiving toward the negative aspects of his record and toward the mediocre trainer ratings of his veteran, competent trainer. In his most-recent start, Grand Gambler received a trip that was a bit claustrophobic while being soundly beaten by the impressive winner, Spring Up, who has since stepped up in class and won again.

Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 1.59.42 PMOur feeling is that there might be a little bit more to Grand Gambler than he was able to show in that race or his previous races. He has always trained better than he has raced. He took a bit of money in his first two starts. He has run a couple of sneaky-fast speed figures. And the TFUS Pace Projector shows him close to the early lead today.

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We are going to give Grand Gambler a shot at a price today, but because the things that interest us about him are so speculative, we are going to insist that this price be a big one.

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