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TAMPA BAY TODAY-NOV 28

Today’s turf feature also happens to be the day’s headliner, an allowance event for fillies and mares 3 & UP going the two-turn mile. It has attracted a dozen runners and four of them appear to have the best chance. Of those, in particular catches the eye.

Stormy D. (9-2) has much to recommend; she’s among the fastest runners on the Thoro-Graph scale; she won twice at today’s trip last season; she comes in here two-months fresh, and trainer John Rigattieri owns a 29% percent strike rate when he reaches out for Pablo Morales.

When looking at video, sometimes losses are more instructive than wins. So we went back to her losing effort, available on the HRI homepage, at TAMPA BAY DOWNS, MAY 6, RACE 5.

The 4YO filly just never seemed in decent position trip wise, moving inside from a wide berth, mixing it up between horses in the second flight, tipping wide into the lane but, of great significance to us, dug in and kept trying right to the finish. See what you think; we’ve seen enough.

We’re taking Stormy D. to win at 7-2 or greater, exacta key-boxes using her with the Antonio Gallardo-handled Pugilist (3-1) and the freshened Global Brand (5-1), and also will add lightly raced Graham Motion trainee A. K.’s Song to the exotics mix below.

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