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Tampa Bay Downs begins in racing with with a competitive secondary allowances/optional for fillies and mares at 7 furlongs and that are potentially two short-priced runners that appear worth trying to beat, including one from a Hall of Famer.

Baydar (7-2) appears to have an edge given her exemplary record at the trip and on this surface that has seen her win thrice in four career starts. Further, she is a filly with tactical speed and kick, is nicely drawn toward the outside in a 7-filly field and comes is fresh for a barn that’s a profitable 22% effective with layups of 90 days or longer.

Jon Arnett’s mare is well spotted at this optional level vs. limited winners, Hector Diaz Jr’s style suits this mare’s style and she’s been working regularly and well up north at Hawthorne for a return to her favorite surface. Her versatility enables her to win in front or from behind. Check out her Tampa Bay Video Replay here from JAN 10, Race 8.

Taking Baydar to win at 3-1 or greater, and key-boxing exactas with Hannah Dances (8-1), who has run out of her remaining New York bred conditions, and Gramercy (9-2), overmatched in her lone dirt start in a Grade 1 and is 2-for-2 at today’s trip.

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