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Our Gulfstream feature today is an optional allowances for Florida-breds going 1 mile, 70 yards on Tapeta Track and an eclectic group it is, mixing ages, styles, recency and returnees; a chaos potpourri to be sure.

Several have had many chances so we will opt for a lightly raced three-year-old who is a relatively fresh face and the fact he’s getting five pounds from his mainly older rivals.

When last seen, Dear Dad (2-1) was finishing second in one of these June 30, a game placing after trying t wire the group, showing tactical speed for the first time after making a solid late run in his prior.

Versatility matters.

He returns with good spacing–five weeks fresh–and has three well space recent works for his return. Edwin Gonzalez, taking a return call, has ridden the Mark Casse-trainee in all three lifetime starts.

We look for a return to his rating style and betting the freshness and weight concession will matter when the real running starts.

Taking Dead Dad to win at early line odds or greater and key-boxing Dime Supers first and second with Backchat (7-2), Uncle Armando (6-1), Starship Wizard (6-1) and Free Smoke (8-1).

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