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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


In Wednesday’s 3rd in Oldsmar for maiden claiming three year old fillies, Vow Saver (5-1) exits one of the most troubled races run at this meet. She didn’t get the worst of things by far, then neither did she have a good opportunity to do her thing.

Green into the first turn, showed veered off the fence carelessly and bumped with a rival into the lower bend, raced between horses at the back of the pack through the backstretch run, moved up around the turn while tossing her head about, altering lanes but finishing well enough late without aggressive handling.

Different story here. Trainer Tim Hamm, profitable with double-class droppers, reaches out for Hector Diaz, an underrated turf talent and a clear improvement over ‘Vow’s’ last-out partner. Moving to mid-gate can help give her rider options as she, hopefully, settles better in the early going.

The serious competition is anchored on the Also Eligibles. V K Star (3-1) will merit serious consideration if she draws in, looming the most probable winner with a repeat of her most recent effort. Beyond that, Starship Harlem (8-1), who also raced greenly in last, figures to improve given that experience.

We’re taking Vow Saver to win at 7-2 or greater, and key-boxing exactas with her rivals listed above.

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