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Interesting feature to begin the racing weekend in Hallandale, an optional-allowances for fillies and mares going a mile. It’s not a large field but a competitive one with several live entrants.

We’ve narrowed it down among Poiema (7-5), Let’s Be Honest (9-2), and the ever popular Our Fantasy (7-2). We say that because she’s been claimed from her last six of seven starts.

And we like her for several reasons. First was her race two back: Gulfstream Park, JUL 31, Race 7, a trip in which she had a troubled start, moved prematurely and wide to reach contention, and just missed after a long drive. Decide for yourself.

Today, first and foremost, is first-time Claudio Gonzalez, who remains profitable first time off the claim from a huge sample and is double tough when he stretches his charges out off back-to-back sprints.

And today’s trip is this fillies game. Not only has she won five races over this strip with five more exacta finishes, but is 6-for-14 lifetime at the trip; she is 0-for-12 at all other distances. The outside post gives rider Wilford Vasquez options.

Taking Our Fantasy to win at 3-1 or greater and quinellas with her two rivals above.

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