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TAMPA BAY TODAY – DEC 17

There may be safer risks in Friday’s seventh from Oldsmar but none quite as compelling as Princess Javoncia (10-1). That early line quote is picked our heads up as would any of her grass efforts on the Tampa turf here at the spring meet. Check out Race 6, APR 3 at TAMPA BAY for example.

There are a number of scenarios that give this price shot a bit more than a puncher’s chance. First, at the very least, she is the main speed, and perhaps only speed, breaking from an inside post with turf ace Jesus Castanon at the controls.

Secondly, her Thoro-Graph figures improved immediately following Tim Hamm’s claim, albeit on the Presque Isle synth, but her good turf tries here indicate that surface should not be an issue. The spacing is right, as she comes into this a fresh 4-year-old filly and has every right to keep developing as a daughter of Animal Kingdom.

At the price, we will pay to find out. Taking Princess Javoncia to win at 8-1 or greater and key-boxing her in trifectas with likely trip sitter Zarina (4-1), Tonal Verse (6-1), who showed improvement despite her tough trip here NOV 24, and Striking Chrome (7-2) who likes this course and has been highly consistent–and more than fast enough–in recent starts.

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