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SPA DAY 2: STAKES DAY 2

Two overnight stakes on Day 2 at the Spa, the De La Rose for older turf fillies and the Shine Again for older filly sprinters at 7 furlongs.

We left four fillies open in the De La Rose, three of them trained by Chad Brown, the other by Shug McGaughey. Will opt for one of the Chad’s:  

Blowout (3-1) owns the best company lines but it will be up to Johnny to ration her speed throughout.

The inner course has tighter turns but a longer stretch, and closers as a rule tend to have an edge early in the meet.

Speed held fairly well opening day but pressers and closers won the day. Class on grass is our default mode.

We’ll take Blowout to win at 3-1 or greater and key-box exactas with Noor Sahara (4-1), who rates to improve, and Passing Out (7-2) who will appreciate today’s second turn.

Indian Bridge (6-5) obviously has had her issues–making only her fourth lifetime start at 4. But she’s absolutely brilliant and cruised throughout in winning her season’s debut.

Healthy, she could be a monster in the filly sprint division, a class that’s already deep in talent.

Taking Indian Bridge to win, no price restrictions, will key-box exactas with Risky Mandate (9-2) and Blamed (7-2) and key her on top in trifectas including price shot Slimey (30-1).

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