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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FRI

There is nothing particularly compelling in the video of Kick It Charlie’s (10-1) last race, in which he finished eighth at 28-1, but we’re looking at a completely different scenario in today’s eighth race.

His last win came in maiden claiming company here on DEC 20 but this is the first time in six starts in which he meets limited winners at the N2L level, having faced optional claiming company twice and three open claimers at the $20,000 level.

Not only is this first time vs. limited winners but first start at a reduced level since the maiden win, faces older horses in which he gets a significant weight concession and goes first-time Lasix for the Kevin Rice barn who is profitable in that scenario.

Further, Harry Hernandez, who was astride for his only lifetime win, takes a return call following two disappointing runs. It certainly appears that today will be his day to shine.

Taking Kick It Charlie to win at 10-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with recently awakened Georgia Pines (5-1) and properly spotted Mr. Who (3-1).

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