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Thursday, February 02, 2012


No Hop Like a Subtle Drop


Heading to Northern Florida for today's featured 9th race from Tampa Bay Downs, a restricted turf route for older males going one mile. Favored Taproot (5-2) will be a tough out; dropping into a restricted condition for the first time, he returns with ideal spacing with tactical speed and kick and Goncalves on the re-ride. He had no chance in his latest when trapped in midstretch with no room to run. However, we're inclined to throw deep with Ellio (10-1).

Entering this off a New Pace Top at 7 furlongs, he's also coming in off a Delayed Pace Low following a promising turf debut in a prior start, both over this course. Today he returns to turf for the first time as a 4-year-old for a barn that's adept with stretchouts. Regular rider Fernando De La Cruz retains the mount.

Taking Ellio to win at 8-1 or greater and an exacta box with Taproot.

Running Totals: (1017) 314-202-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,1572.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci

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