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Handicappers won’t need a search party to find the right favorite into today’s featured optional allowances for state-bred in Hallandale this afternoon.

One only need go back two races on Poiema (9-5) to understand why. If she ever runs back to her effort on June 17 at one mile, the battle will be for place. The Thoro-Graph figure she earned in that milr would be these away–by many.

Further, she gets class relief dropping out of the Azalea in which the first key finishers came back to win their following starts. And she gets her Lasix back, something she went without in the Azalea.

But what fun would that be? We believe that Anna’s Dream (5-1) is a more than viable alternative. Let’s look at the record. The first thing to note is that she she 3-for-5 lifetime at Gulfstream Park. It took the favorite nine tries here to pick up her second victory.

These Fast Anna’s really take to this SoFla surface. It’s true that she’s never been seven-eights but with War Front on the bottom, that should not be a significant problem.

And while both these fillies are three-years, Anna’s Dream gets in light at 111–vs 120 for the favorite–due to the presence of apprentice Alisa Morrison, who is 3-for-5 riding for the Saffie Joseph outfit.

The spacing is great, she blew out a very sharp half mile at her Palm Meadows base, and like Poiema has also improved with Lasix. She proven to handle a strong early pace and keep going. Check out the Going Gulfstream Video on DEC 3, Race 9 in the HRI video section on the homepage.

Taking Anna’s Dream to win at 5-2 or greater and a quinella with the favorite.

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