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Bloemer Girl was visually very impressive winning a maiden sprint at Golden Gate Fields on New Year’s Day and earned a speed figure that makes her competitive in this overnight stakes down the hill for 3-year-old fillies. She’s bred for turf on both sides of her pedigree, sports a bullet blowout over the track four days ago and likely has plenty of improvement in her. At 15-1 on the morning line she represents extreme value and is a “must use” in your exotics. Bloemer Girl probably isn’t a need-the-lead type and might inherit a good stalking trip behind the likely pacesetter Advantage Player, who is being wheeled back quickly by Peter Miller following a sharp maiden tally over this course just nine days ago. The short rest is a concern, but if she can turn in two alike she’ll be able to handle the step up in class from maiden to stakes. With Rosario aboard, the 6-1 morning line odds on Advantage Player look fairly enticing and she’s another who should be included in any exotics you might be playing. Cambina represents stranger danger for the Bonde-Baze team. The Irish import makes her U.S. debut following a series of fairly useful performances last summer overseas, and the works indicate fitness. Based on her running lines from Ireland, she likes to settle early and take hold late and most likely will be the best of the closing types.

Pink Lollipops is another fast working first timer from the Bob Baffert barn – is there any other kind? – and she looks like a very live debut runner in what appears to be a fairly competitive abbreviated sprint for maiden 3-year-old fillies. The daughter of Silver Deputy was plucked from the Ocala Breeders’ 2-year-old in training Sale for $110.000 last April; she previewed in :09 4/5 for a furlong, fastest work for the distance in the entire auction. We know Shoo Gee is quick – she showed much speed last spring as an early 2-year-old when second in a pair of solid races at Hollywood Park – and she returns for Walther Solis with a series of strong workouts to have her fit and ready for her comeback. She lands P. Val and likely will take them as far as she can. Hout Bay is a first timer from the John Sadler barn and is another who has displayed some quality in morning preps. The daughter of Harlan’s Holiday worked a half from the gate in :46 4/5 just five days ago; it was the fastest of 44 for the distance and a week earlier she worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, so there’s little doubt she’ll be fit to fire first crack out of the box. At 6-1 on the morning line, she seems particularly attractive. Let’s use all three in an exacta/trifecta box and all three should be used in any rolling exotics you might be playing.

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