The finale is a great way to bring the curtain down, maiden allowances for fillies going nine furlongs on turf with plenty of major outfits and no less that four horses exiting key races.
The one we’ll take is Dawn (7-2), who saved ground at no point of her most recent start, got a good split into the lane and stayed one-paced until the very end when she re-engaged and came again late to nail the place in the final strides behind a killer named Salimah.
Her pedigree screams that she wants every bit of today’s added ground and Team Delacour/Centeno that has won three of its last seven hook-ups, including two money finishers. But it was her effort and gallop-out that clinched it for us. Check out Tampa Bay Downs, JAN 22, Race 1.
Well drawn and the spacing works, perhaps helping her to become the third race to exit that heat. Change Plans (9-2) went well behind her and was forced to alter course inside in deep stretch. The difference is she saved ground throughout. The Proctor barn also has been going well of late.
But we’re taking Dawn at 5-2 or greater and key boxing exactas with Change Plans and Standup Comedienne (3-1) whose recent breeze was fastest of 104 peers to work a half-mile that week.