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Yesterday's Impressions

Runhappy was assigned a Beyer speed figure of 102 for his victory in the Malibu S.-G1, and if you accept it as being accurate then it's his lowest number in his last four starts, falling well short of his 113 career top that he earned in the King's Bishop S.-G1 at Saratoga last summer. I'm sure Runhappy got shortchanged yesterday by the Beyer boys but, hey, it's their number. Considering he was making just his third career start, Marking performed admirably to be second and with his pedigree (Bernardini) she hould excel around two-turns. I thought Lord Nelson offered a bit of value at 7-1 but he was simply third best without mishap.

I'm still trying to figure out how Birdatthewire nailed Hot City Girl in the La Brea S.-G1 after the latter got away with the easiest front-running trip she's ever going to get. I'm also curious how the daughter of Summer Bird only earned an 89 Beyer figure, when in winning the race she defeated fillies (Cavorting, Ben's Duchess) that have recently earned triple digit Beyers and another (Hot City Girl) that just was assigned a 95 in her non-graded Safely Kept victory at Laurel last month.

In both races, the Beyer number seems at least six points short of common sense. Got to think there will be some readjusting down the road.


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