01/21/2016 12:16PM

R Girls a Charmer has look of a good one

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R Girls a Charmer wins a maiden race by 6 3/4 lengths Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Trainer Mark Casse hasn’t had R Girls a Charmer in his barn for long, but he certainly likes what he’s seen from her so far.

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After R Girls a Charmer won her maiden impressively at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 2, one of Casse’s main clients, Gary Barber, privately purchased the filly and transferred her to Casse. She turned in her first breeze for her new connections last Monday at Palm Meadows, going a half-mile in 47.80 seconds, the seventh-fastest of 85 works at the distance that day.

That effort has Casse believing that R Girls a Charmer is sitting on ready for her stakes debut in the $100,000 Gasparilla Stakes, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. The race drew a field of 10.

“So far, we’ve been really impressed with her,” Casse said. “If you were grading her work the other day, I would give it an ‘A.’ ”

R Girls a Charmer, a Florida-bred daughter of In Summation, debuted at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 28 for trainer Alfred G. McIntosh and a partnership that included Averill Racing. She set a quick pace in that six-furlong test before finishing second to Dearest, who is unbeaten in two starts after winning a first-level optional $75,000 claimer at Gulfstream last Sunday.

R Girls a Charmer was bet down to 7-10 favoritism in her second start Jan. 2 and romped by 6 3/4 lengths in a $47,000 maiden special weight race, finishing in hand under jockey Edgard Zayas. Barber purchased her after that effort.

“Her first race was a really good race, her second race was even better, so I’m just hoping her third race is even better than that,” Casse said.

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KEY CONTENDERS

R Girls a Charmer (Beyers: 81-62)

◗ The Beyer Speed Figure she earned for her win is easily the top mark in this field, and she lures top local jockey Antonio Gallardo.

◗ Casse expects her to be forwardly placed once again. “She seems to have some gas,” he said.

Hidden Treat (Beyers: 62-64)

◗ Undefeated filly looms as the major threat to the favorite after winning the $57,500 Sandpiper Stakes here Dec. 19 for trainer Arnaud Delacour and owner and breeder Lael Stables. The daughter of Lemon Drop Kid had won her career debut on turf at Laurel Park in October.

A Little Attitude (Beyers: 60-57)

◗ Rallied to finish second in the six-furlong Sandpiper, beaten half a length, and could benefit from the additional furlong here.

Valueable Charmer (Last 3 Beyers: 64-63-46)

◗ She is 2 for 2 at Tampa, having taken a $25,000 starter allowance and a first-level optional $75,000 claimer by a combined 11 lengths at this meet.

◗ Turned in a bullet workout for trainer Gerald Bennett on Jan. 15, going five furlongs in 1:01.

Joint Return in Wayward Lass

The Saturday card also includes the $50,000 Wayward Lass Stakes, which covers 1 1/16 miles and drew a field of 10 fillies and mares ages 4 and up. The race will mark the 5-year-old debut of Joint Return, a three-time stakes winner who was winless in eight starts last year but finished second in the Grade 3 Obeah Stakes last June. Joint Return gets blinkers added for trainer John Servis.

The field also includes Savings Account, who was a distant third behind Beholder in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes in September; Tiger Moth, the impressive winner of a first-level allowance last month at Gulfstream Park for trainer Todd Pletcher; White Clover, who finished third in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks last August; and Her Majesty’s Flag, who won the Duchess Stakes at Woodbine last summer and will be trying dirt for the first time.