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The 16-day Del Mar Fall Racing Festival gets underway on Friday, and the featured race is the Kathryn Crosby Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on the turf. Let’s see if we can hit the ground running and make some money on opening day.
Best Bet: Marjorie E (Race 3)
#8 Marjorie E (5-2) won back-to-back turf routes at Del Mar over the summer, and she was favored again to win Aug. 30 but was a flat fourth that day. Paddy Gallagher freshened her up, and she might start a new streak under Flavien Prat.
Vulnerable Favorite: Easy Shot (Race 4)
#3 Easy Shot (2-1) finished fourth in both local straight maiden starts, and this is his first tagged outing for Team Desormeaux. He could go better today, but his trainer is 0-for-11 with special weight droppers. He does not seem to possess much speed, and he won’t offer value.
Live Longshot: Excellent Sunset (Race 7)
#4 Excellent Sunset (8-1) was right there in all three flat mile turf starts this year. She won as the favorite in an entry level affair at Saratoga Sept. 2, and she missed by a neck as the even money favorite at Keeneland last time. She shows up in the low profile Anna Meah barn, and her first two starters ran okay without winning.
Most Likely Winner: Norwegian (Race 8)
#5 Norwegian (8-5) dropped, added blinkers, and finished a clear second as the strong favorite at Santa Anita on Oct. 18. Flavien Prat sticks with the early/pressing filly, and Michael McCarthy shows a profit with his maiden claiming dirt starters.