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Bahamian Squall's Friday Theme Song: Wouldn't It Be Lovielee?
Published: Saturday, March 28, 2020

As Richard Grunder punctuated his stretch call with "Lovielee turns away all challengers," in yesterday's opening race at Tampa Bay Downs, it was probably difficult for old-timers who wagered on her at 18-1 not to hum a few bars of Alfred P. Doolittle's My Fair Lady classic, "Wouldn't It Be Loverly."

The 3-year-old daughter of Bahamian Squall had just two nondescript works listed for her, one at Tampa Bay Downs and the other at Classic Mile, no doubt accounting for the 18-1 price. But when they sprung the gate, Mike Allen shot her to the lead from the rail and for the remainder of the 5 1/2 furlongs, it was simply Lovielee. She left the field gasping after a quarter in :21.96 and a half in :46.17, and Allen kept her going for a one-half length victory in 1:05.62. 

Lovielee paid $38 as she became Bahamian Squall's second winner this year, and owner Ronald Jackson picked up a loverly check for $7,500 plus the breeder's award.  

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