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TAMPA BAY TODAY – JAN 19

An interesting way to begin the racing week in Oldsmar, young turf horses meeting in Wednesday’s third race at a mile and a sixteenth and two catch the eye off recent trips: One was an impressive maiden graduate, the other a probably-best runnerup given the trip.

I’m Buzzy (3-1) was so good in her maiden romp, coming from last with a wide, sweeping turn move. It wasn’t so much that she overcame the wide trip but more the fact that after getting the lead she did not idle, but rather drew off in the late stages. Mike Dini certainly had the filly ready.

But we’re shading Miss Z (4-1) here. She, too, had a wide trip trip, but there was a premature move involved, and a second run. Two wide moves in a turf race and beaten in a photo finish? The only concern is her possibly leaving it all on the turf and may come out flat as a consequence.

We’ll take our chances given that a lower profile rider will ensure fair odds on the Eoin Harty trained miss. You need to see her race to understand what we mean: Tampa Bay Downs, DEC 23, Race 5.

Given that the filly is traveling an added sixteenth here, jockey Rocco Bowen must time her run more carefully. And saving ground at some point would be nice.

Taking Miss Z to win at 5-2 or greater and key box exactas with I’m Buzzy and likely rebounder Ready to Film (6-1) with Samy Camacho.

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