Competitive allowance optional sprint for fillies and mares at 7 furlongs is an interesting puzzling that pits a classy returnee vs. some fillies that have shown promise and looking to see where they fit next.
They have the favorite and each other to beat and, whoever wins, the price should be fair.
The returnee is Pass the Champagne who, after breaking maiden, dipped into Grade 1 waters, missing narrowly in Keeneland’s Ashland before apparently going run in the storied Kentucky Oaks where after a troubled start, she trailed throughout. She hasn’t run since.
George Weaver’s runners have been going well of late and she’s had seven South Florida works for her return, trying to become the fifth filly to win after exiting the Oaks. This, obviously, is not her goal.
There’s another filly here who in more modest but very solid company went very well at today Psychic Ability (5-1) makes her second start off a lengthy layup. She did not have an easy run in her return, placing gamely as the favorite after extricating herself from between horses early on the far turn.
Check out her return at Gulfstream Park, JAN 8, Race 10. She has several factors in her favor that could result in an upset. She’s had two sharp works since her last which checks a box that indicates Saffie Joseph Jr. is 32% effective with beaten favorites.
The barn has had success with today’s rider, Tyler Gaffalione, and her best races have come when she gets to run outside, making slip #10 a plus. Her stalking style fits the dynamics and, if good enough…
We will pay to find out. Taking Psychic Ability to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing multiples with the classy favorite, recent graduate Only Kidding (8-1) for the live Brendan Walsh outfit, and track lover Sprout Wings (10-1) who three wins have come over the Hallandale strip.