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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, February 12, 2022 — Here’s the skinny on 10 from Tampa, including the G3 Sam F Davis. And betting look-ins at the G3 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint and the El Camino Real to complete the day:


Race 1: Money Supply (9-5) is a Chad firster by classy win-early Practical Joke, has a dozen works going back to late November, Irad rides. Obligatory key here, win bet at playable odds. Using two other newcomers by virtue of nature, nurture, or both; Money Supply (4-1) and Boy I Hope So (20-1). **Adding Caminero and Bourbon Thunder to exotics mix.

Race 2: Weezy Does It (9-2) had a tough trip then a wide trip over the course. Reeve McGaughey adding blinkers is a positive, as is a switch to aggressive Jose Ortiz. Win play at projected fair odds. Starship Belmont (10-1), Beach Breeze (15-1) and Cielo d’Oro (3-1) deserve exotics consideration.

Race 3: Todd has a second-time starter Macallan (5-2), and third-time starter Afjan (3-1). One of them highly likely to win. We’re using horse to watch Khufu (5-1) in the number. Never had clear sailing in Tapeta debut, back in one week getting blinkers for Biancone shipping in.

Race 4: Chad has an uncoupled pair: Requestforproposal (9-5) had a tough go in juvenile finale at Keeneland, Lasix and Irad today; Bahamian Club (7-2), by Kingman from Dansili mare, makes debut for Peter Brant showing nine works since late November. Your call. Exotic horses: consider Cornice Traverse (8-1), Curiously (15-1), Edye’s Candy (6-1) and/or Miss Sugar Hill (15-1).

Race 5: Trust the Numbers (9-5) Another Chad newcomer, this one by classy win-early Violence with Irad; sense a theme here? Any Port (15-1), India Caribe (12-1) and Blustery (8-1) deserve consideration.

Minaret Stakes: Looks to be between Night Cap (7-2), shorter price than that ante post, and Poseidon’s Passion (9-2) can upset this on her ‘A’ game. Let the board be your guide.

Pelican Stakes: Baby Yoda (6-5) was second to Flightline in G1 Malibu last time out, case closed. Looking at Pudding (4-1) and Cajun’s Casanova (8-1) to spice things up.

Suncoast Stakes: Nest (3-5) is a class and figures layover for Todd. Mirth ‘n Merriment (20-1), Peaceful Surprise (10-1), and Ha’ Penny (8-1), exotically speaking.

Race 9: Have shotgun, will fire. Looking at two for the top slot, Editor at Large (9-5) and Zerenia (15-1). After that, we left six in the mix and will decide among Joyous Times (8-1), Giggle Factory (6-1), C’est Mardi (8-1), Gladys (6-1), Hoity Toity (12-1) and Applecross (7-2).

G3 Sam F Davis: Classic Causeway (3-1) has been tested class and has run very well in three starts; fit enough==but sharp enough? Shipsational (6-1) is a New York-bred stakes winner who’s been training here since December for Eddie Barker and Javier rides. Strike Hard (6-1) has improved dramatically since blinkers and was second to Simplification in the Mucho Macho Man. We’ll take the value on him at near early line odds. Golden Glider (12-1) is 2-for-2 and a Horse to Watch; will find out more today.


G3 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint: Gear Jockey (3-5) is a class and figures layover; bet against at your peril. Yes I Am Free (6-1), Belgrano (6-1), Richy (12-1), and Warrior’s Pride (8-1) possible money makers.


El Camino Real Derby:  MacKinnon (8-5) is a solid, deserving favorite. Stormy Samurai (8-1) is fast enough, loves the surface, bred for added ground, and is pole-sitting, value play. Exotics players include Blackadder (7-2), Boise (9-2), C’mon Man (12-1).

**Edit made 11:29 am

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  1. In lieu of a non-playable Baffert McPeek Future Derby wager, going with a $1 Ex box short and a long comination at Golden Gate Race 8 with MacKinnon and C’mon Man with more ground added. Also $2 to win on the long side as well just for the fun of it.

  2. “C’mon Man” caught up with half the field at ~60-1, so I had a run for my two bucks. Just off to slow was all. My three year old grandson Griffin’s favorite “off to day care” expression each morning is “C’mon Man”. Places to go and people to see. I know who his Dad, and his Dad’s Dad voted for, lol.

    I have been watching HBO’s very first series Babd of Brothers over again the last few nights. Reminds me of the common blend of American brotherhood we used to be. Not perfect mind you, but our shared beliefs then were so much more centric of thought for the good of all men. “Is it a setting sun or a rising sun” was the question offered by Franklin over two centuries back regarding the design on the back of one of the chairs at Independence Hall. At our core, I still believe we are a people who care for all members of our band of humanity. “C’mon Man”, we’ll find our way back. God help us if we can’t.

    I know who I’m voting for. The guy in the middle will most always speak best for me. Peace first, but we’ll fight if we have to.

  3. Peace first. absolutely.

    Band of Brothers is a great series, second time around for me was harder to watch. Ground breaking for sure.

    American brotherhood has a long way to go, God help us is about right, If he were around he would throw the Philistines out of the temple.

  4. He is still around John, and much like you, still taking copious notes each day. Toni knows. And a crisp mid “20” New York Happy Valentine’s Day extended to you today Snowbird Photos By Toni. No matter where you two shelter, you’re both always New Yorker’s in my book.

    1. McD,

      That’s my standard reply to where do you live? “New York, but I happen to be residing in South Florida at the moment…”

      Does anyone in this state know how to drive? I say it out loud at least once every trip to the store.

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