In 18 career starts, this filly by Quality Road has yet to break her maiden. Most will not be too enthusiastic about backing her, but I beg to differ. Even though it might seem like she is not interested in winning, I am not too sure. In her last 3 attempts at Gulfstream Park, she has just missed crossing the wire 1st. Since coming to Antonio Sano’s outfit she has run reasonably well at the MC12.5k level. A rachet up into this spot should not be too much of an issue. The slight cutback in distance, and coming to Tampa should give her a whole new perspective. The addition of expert rider Antonio Gallardo is music to my ears! Let’s back the Antonios, all the way to the ticket window!
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #7
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 7: Cochise Charlie #8, 8/1):
Here is a gelding from the Tim Glyshaw establishment that is doing something I quite like to see … getting back to something he was good at earlier in the year. His conditioner was running him on the dirt at Churchill back in November, but he is coming to Tampa to play the turf. The last time he was intown, it was back in late January, and he sprinted to victory on the green going 5F. I think he is fit, and ready for action at more than a decent price. The best news is that expert lawn jockey Daniel Centeno climbs aboard, and I am convinced he can make some great decisions when it counts. At 8/1, or maybe even higher, that appears to be a nice wager. Play it …
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 9: Turf, 1 1/16th, MSW26.5k, 3+):
A Tampa tradition are these MSW contests on the turf that offer bettors some real value. Hotly contested, they include strong fields, and intriguing finishes. I am pretty convinced that this time around young Reeve McGaughey (son of HOF-er Shug) has the winner. His Battle of Britain #3 acquitted himself well in his 1st career race back at Keeneland in late October just before the Meet closed. That 12-horse field was contentious, and though this son of War Front (loaded with a grass pedigree) was “bothered” at the break, he rallied nicely … up for 2nd at the conclusion. That is pretty professional for such an experienced turfer like him. I do not see why he cannot come to Tampa and dominate with Antonio Gallardo in the irons, especially after some good works over the MT since that debut. Let’s “key” this runner, and roll the following underneath for a Superfecta score … they include, Eoin Harty’s Alexander Valley #4, Jordan Blair’s Harpoon Harry #5, and John Terranova’s Deregulation #7. Each of these runners has solid turf experience, and they have the ability to nicely round out the ticket.
Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 3 w 4/5/7 w 4/5/7 w 4/5/7