08/01/2014 7:54AM

Hammersly: How I'd play Del Mar on Friday, Aug. 1

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Three maiden races in the first four contests on the card make diving in early a tad risky, though one option that may play well in your multi-race wagers is to key likely Race 2 favorite WONDERFUL UNION. The 4-year-old gelding has speed, which has played well here, has been freshened, drops and boasts some sharp works for Ron Ellis, who is certainly strong off this kind of layoff (22 percent) and whose runners are firing. That gives you a chance to spread in Races 1, 3 and 4.

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