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We are going to try to double on fun at the beginning of the race week in Hallandale. So, with no “sexy” plays on the Thursday program, we’re betting an instant double and thought we’d pass it along.

We’re starting with the seventh event in which Green Up (4-5) is a complete layover, In fact, we’d be surprised if she weren’t 2-5 or less ante post. How often have you seen a maiden with boss pace and final figures in their debut score?

If that weren’t enough, see how she did it: Gulfstream Park, MAR 13, Race 4. Completely dominant and her pedigree will get her today’s additional quarter-mile. She’s nicely posted with Junior Alvarado on the re-ride.

Speaking of Alvarado, we will use him to complete the 7th and 8th double aboard Kodama (3-1), a winner here for Christophe Clement after getting first Lasix in her return from a August 1, 2021 layup.

She returns under identical dynamics–5 furlongs on turf–which she handled with aplomb in her MAR 24, Race 4 return. Check it to see whether or not you agree.

She stalked an opening gambit of 21 2/5 and a half-mile in 45-flat, getting her last furlongs in a tick over 12 seconds. The filly she needs to beat is barn mate The Club (4-1), Clement also going first Lasix here on a filly who broke her maiden on turf at 5-1/2 at the Spa before twice trying stakes company.

She returns at a suitably shorter trip here with Miguel Vasquez, underrated as a grass rider in our view and not coincidentally a winner of his only ride for this barn recently.

If you want to use both Clements in double feel free. We are playing a cold double with Kodama and whatever happens in the seventh, we coming back with a Clement quinella in the eighth.

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