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TAMPA BAY TODAY – DEC 26

It’s been exceedingly difficult to duck classy individuals in our feature race analyses in recent days, but given the popularity of multi-race wagers, a short-priced winner that successfully anchors a horizontal sequence is nothing to apologize for.

Still, Sunday’s featured third race intrigues us. We admit to being a fan of Wolfie’s Dynaghost (1-1) since his winning debut but we’re dubious about him being better on turf than on dirt. And that’s why we’re projecting an upset.

Obiwan (10-1) has the credentials that belie his early line odds. The gelded four-year-old is 2-for-6 at Tampa and 3-for-30 everywhere else. He owns two turf wins and both have come in Oldsmar.

Recently third after having too much to do, he chased home an impressive rival, Newsworthy, who was 4-1/4 lengths the best. Check it: Tampa Bay Downs, DEC 3, Race 7. There is no Antonio Gallardo today but Ricardo Feliciano, his winning partner, returns for his trainer, brother Benny..

Indeed, his performance figures are lower than several of his rivals but he’s acquitted himself well in hard-hitting company and the price will be more than fair. His late-run style, which must be well timed, suits today’s race dynamics.

Taking Obiwan to win at 5-1 or greater. For the rest of the betting grid and multiple pool value plays, see our weekly feature race column on the HRI homepage.

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