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Sunday, November 01: National Best Plays

by Jeff Siegel

November 1, 2020

Del Mar – First Race: Post time: 12:30 PT
2 – The Great One (6-1)

Was considered good enough to debut in a turf sprint stakes last month at Santa Anita and didn’t run badly at all when winding up a respectable sixth, beaten less than three lengths. The son of Nyquist was off a bit slowly, raced in traffic much of the way and then finished with some interest before galloping out nicely while giving indication he’ll enjoy more distance. Shows up in a maiden race at a mile on the main track today while switching to U. Rispoli and has worked very well (on dirt) since, so we’re expecting a significant forward move from the D. O’Neill-trained colt. At 6-1 on the morning line this juvenile colt offers value in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.

Del Mar – Seventh Race: Post time: 3:30 PT
2 – Policy (5-1)

Returns protected in his first start since winning at Santa Anita in February and shows a series of solid drills to indicate he’s fit and ready for this extended first-level allowance sprint. The M. Glatt-trained gelding can fire fresh (he won his debut) and shows excellent form over the Del Mar main track, so with “win rider” A. Cedillo staying aboard we’re hoping this late-running sprinter gets some help up front and clear sailing through the lane. He’s worth a bit of a gamble at or near his morning line of 5-1.