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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

TAMPA BAY TODAY – JAN 1

The feature to begin the new year in Oldsmar is not for horses that have won the most races but rather the event with the biggest purse for horses that have never won a race–some never even have run in one.

Sat hello to a gate-load of newly turned three-year-old fillies routing 1-1/16 miles on the Tampa turf. And since this is a maiden allowance event it comes with a bunch of familiar names shipping up for the contest.

A well bred, fast working newcomer, Electorate, is the 3-1 early line favorite as she debuts from Chad Brown who taps turf ace Samy Camacho for the ride. The knock is post 10; the good news is the wide draw could ensure a little better price.

But Jonathan Thomas and Arnaud Delacord, both noted for winning runners on turf debut–the latter has two runners, one making U.S. debut–also sport flashy looking youngsters.

But others that have started intrigue more and provide risks that might be worth taking.

Christophe Clement will start the uncoupled pair of Cornice Traverse (5-1)–co-fastest Thoro-Graph figure along with Eoin Harty’s Wingspun (6-1)–and Miss Sugar Hill (8-1) who goes first-Lasix and teams with Pablo Morales, a tandem that wins with 30% efficiency.

However, we will hang our hats on Luna Antonia (6-1) and the aforementioned Wingspun.

‘Luna’ finished very well late despite showing some greenness soon after straightening away then forced to alter course when in full flight to the wire. Switching to Gallardo, she gets first-Lasix, a profitable angle throughout Motion’s career.

But the lean must go with Wingspun who chased the leader from the outside throughout, kicked clean in midstretch, was challenged by a late finisher but held her ground, determined to the very end.

Confused? See the Tampa Bay Today Video on the HRI homepage and decide for yourself: TB Downs, Race 8, DEC 4. Or see the weekly HRI Tote Busters featured column posted each Saturday on our homepage by 10 am Saturday or sooner.

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