You might believe that somehow I’m into the wacky tobacco as I’m writing this but today’s G2 Gallant Bloom for filly and mare sprinters at 6-½ furlongs is not completely open and shut because a 3-5 favorite looms over her four rivals.

Obviously, Indian Blessing is the one to beat, especially now that she’s been rating kindly while going short, Bob Baffert declining the recent Ruffian in order to keep her sprinting. Clearly, she will be a most difficult out.

But there’s a filly coming out of a “non-winners of 2 lifetime” allowances that could give her fits if her most recent effort is any indication of what she has become at four. But Elope (8-1) last effort was truly awesome, and if there’s a replay center of some kind near you we suggest to take a look and see for yourself.

Elope (8-1) won laughing on Aug. 3, an absolute romp, by nearly a dozen lengths, and her jockey never moved a muscle in the late stages. Her performance figure was off the charts but she’s had seven weeks recovery time. And given that she sheds seven pounds--getting six from today’s favorite--is drawn outside for her return at last month’s winning distance, and draws Ramon Dominguez, who rides 41 percent winners for this barn over his career, for that trainer Bruce Levine who’s 33 percent lifetime with repeaters, fashioning an upset is a real possibility.

Indian Blessing is the most probable winner but anything more than 5-1 would represent value on Elope. Given the short field, we’ll make an exacta part wheel using Indian Blessing and Elope first and second, with Zada Belle (6-1) in the second slot only, taking an extra ticket with the favorite first. The exacta value in here is predicated on the elimination of Sugar Swirl (3-1) from the first two positions.

Running Totals: (278) 85-56-32. Total Dollar Return: $513.10 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}