Let’s start the Tampa Bay week with a personal horse to watch; the problem is there are two of them, the other problem is that they are in against each other. So I should just supply the race #, 5th, give the two names, Amando’s Team (10-1) and Food and Wine (3-1), say bet the longer price and that’s it?
That’s never a bad idea, but what fun would that be, so here goes: Food and Wine clearly is the more likely of the two. He’s dropping to a winning level, looms the controlling speed, and switches to turf speed-rating Castanon. But even though he has been risked for this price before, the recent bullet work bothers me. Claiming bait?
As for ‘Armando’, we’re still awaiting his winning effort on December 23 to reappear, getting there by finishing like a wild horse, very impressively, especially considering the class level. Jose Delgado is 26% at this meet and this young jockey is riding at a 15% clip-strong-and recently 2-for-5 for the barn.
Maybe I’m over estimated his ability, check the TAMPA BAY TODAY video for yourself and decide: TAMPA BAY DOWNS, DEC 23, RACE 7. Think I’ll play it this way.
Will bet Armando’s Team to win at 8-1 or greater, box an exacta with Food and Wine, and take that one on top with Armando 3rd and 4th in TRIs and SUPERs, with Bee Major (4-1), Time for Trouble (6-1) and Obiwan (10-1).