There is a pipeline between Monmouth Park and Tampa that runs from late September into December. Here is a play from the barn of Rafael Schistl that is still looking to break his maiden after 7 tries. Now, he is coming to TAM for the 1st time, and this might be his moment to get the elusive “W.” I especially like the connection to Twirling Candy, a sire that has produced some excellent grass offspring. This one should be a square price at 2/1, and he is in for a $25k tag.
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #9
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 5: Zuri #3, 5/1):
If you are not familiar with the riding ability of Rocco Bowen, then you have not watched many races at Arlington Park. Now, that track is closed, Bowen is plying his trade elsewhere. I like his spirit, and he climbs aboard this Godolphin-owned filly for Eoin Harty. Getting back to the turf at this level could be just what this runner wants to do. The former Bill Mott charge has spent most of his time on the AW surface at Presque Isle Downs. Maybe we can get some odds that are closer to 8/1. If so, that is definitely a bet.
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Turf, 1 1/16th, AOC32k, 3+):
A tough Tampa turf contest is where we find ourselves on Friday … this one is going to be interesting. My “key” horse in this race is Bill Mott’s Newsworthy #3. This gelding by Tapit was excellent in early September at Kentucky Downs. Ridden by Samy Camacho, a local rider who has shown much promise over the past few years, this pair should have a chance to get a score. When it comes to ticket construction, I want to roll 3 other entries underneath. Those nods go to Obiwan #1, A Rose for Raven #4, and Atreyu #7 … each of these is ridden by a strong grass jockey, and their odds should give us a chance to cash a good ticket. Roll it …
Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 3 w 1/4/7 w 1/4/7 w 1/4/7