The 5 furlong turf sprint as the day’s feature is getting a little old but it is what it is, as they race, the race with the highest purse of the afternoon for non maidens.

Wish there were something sexier on the docket, such as the tough-trip victim Walker Bay (6-1) or Vinda (5-1), returning for the hot connections of Team Weaver/Castellano.

Then there’s the Jamie Ness re-claim, fast working She’s Packin’ Heat (8-1), and the interesting John Mattine trainee, fast working Latin Lashes (10-1).

But it’s Mr. Sheppard and Leparoux that figure strongly to get it done with early line favorite Magic Mesa (3-1). After working quickly for her season’s debut. she was a good third after racing a bit wide on the turn on today’s conditions.

Sheppard’s horses have all seemed to need a run, both at Gulf and Tampa Bay, and this filly repeats the winner pattern of 2011, winning in her second start off the layup. Don’t believe in coincidence, believe in sound planning.

Taking Magic Mesa to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing her in multiples with her rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (1043) 322-204-152 Total Dollar Return: $2,226.00 [win selections only