The Friday finale is for maiden claiming juveniles going two turns on the Tampa turf and there are reasons to believe that October Time (7-2) will send holiday handicappers will a little something to help fill their stockings.
The Uncaptured chestnut has had five career starts; two on the All-Weather, one on dirt, the other two over today’s surface. And note that her best runs have come over today’s footing.
Despite surface switches and the occasional ambitious spotting, she showed much improved speed when returned to her preferred surface, her performance figures not only keeping pace but have shown incremental improvement.
A review of the Tampa Bay video indicated that she was handled too aggressively from her high draw, rated to tire from those early efforts and did. Check it out and see if you agree; Race 6 in Oldsmar on DEC 4.
The switch to underrated turf rider Wilmer Garcia, an inside draw, and the fact Garcia handles his grass runners patiently. Additionally, Garcia won his last ride when teamed up with trainer Jeff Engler.
We’re taking October Time to win t 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Graham Motion newcomer Karl Cares (5-1) whose two winning siblings both won on grass, one in stakes company.