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It doesn’t take long to spot the worthy favorite for Sunday’s Ginger Punch Stakes. Beth’s Dream, 5-for-10 lifetime and 4-for-5 in Hallandale, beat open classified fillies at Laurel last out now return to Florida-bred competition.

The issue is that she lacks experience on synthetic tracks and must tote highlight of 126 pounds.

But not so stablemate Battle Cry, the “other Victor Barboza.” She too is a win-machine, 9-for-21 lifetime, but of greater significance is 1-for-1 on synth and a two-time winner at the trip in four tries.

She was eliminated from winning contention in her last [see GP, MAY 28, Race 7], now stretches out to her winning trip off two sprints with a switch to Miguel Vasquez, recently in receipt of live mounts from Barboza.

She owns tactical speed, is nicely drawn outside to facilitate a comfortable stalking trip. We’re betting Battle Cry to win with no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with her classy mate and fresh Tamarindo who owns a (4) 1-1-0 slate on this surface and is working briskly for Saffie Joseph Jr.

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