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TAMPA BAY TODAY – SUN

It’s risky placing any confidence in weather handicappers but the showers scheduled for Oldsmar overnight and into the morning is supposed to end by midday and clear sometime around moon. The hope is, then, that the turf finale will go on as scheduled.

The race is interesting because the two most logical runners each have warts and the payout on either won’t make you rich but should keep you liquid. Even though we’re big on the class-on-grass angle, the percentage play is to go with form and condition, even if the ability to get the trip is suspect.

As for Jungle Fighter (3-1), dropping into a claimer, even if that has worked for the Kerri Raven barn recently, is one thing, but dropping so precipitously, adding blinkers that produced a near-bullet 47 2/5 should come with a for sale sign. It appears that the outfit is giving up on the 5-year-old gelding.

But I can’t resist Fox Rox (5-2) who’s exactly twice his rival’s age. And show me another runner in this era that boasts a lifetime slate of (104) 24-17-22–that’s no typo. While his game is sprinting, he’s fast enough, sharp enough, and goes very well for Ronnie Allen, taking a return call for the hot Dennis Ward outfit.

We don’t think getting a mile on turf only, is too much to ask. We’re taking Fox Rox to win with no price restrictions, and a saver exacta with the dropdown. It’s that kind of race on that kind of a racing card. And we are really looking forward to seeing this old boy run!

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