The theme this weekend seems to be one barn with separate interests dominating the tote with the first two early line choices.
Today, Juan Alvarado will saddle Hepburn (5-2) and Kiss (3-1) in the featured Hallandale Beach. Both are coming into well off a very solid 5-furlong breeze in company, stopping the timer in 1:01-flat.
Given today’s mile trip, another intrigues and the price inviting as Omaha Girl (6-1) returns to a winning surface for Jorge Delgado, in from Monmouth for her SoFla debut.
Omaha Girl won at first asking going 4-1/2 furlongs but was entered back in a turf stakes, a prudent risk given her pedigree.
However, she was bounced around at the start before commencing a wide rally into the lane, not a winning formula for a turf sprint.
But she did make some ground late but never was a threat to Amidst Waves, who came back to win next out for George Weaver, so the race is better than it looks on paper.
Back on dirt reuniting with winning partner Samy Camacho, she’s bred for the added trip on both sides.
The clincher is that Delgado is 25% effective with his shippers and a profitable 29% first start going long.
Taking Omaha Girl to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing exotics with the Alvarado fillies and adding distance meant Special Affair (9-2) to the mix.