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TAMPA BAY TODAY – APR 17

Tried to jump on Chad’s turf bandwagon on Sunday but he kicked me off, finishing second and third. Today I’m looking to beat him.

I know, you’ve seen this play out before and usually the result is not good. Still, this is the business I have chosen.

Brown’s John The Baptist (2-!) is bred very well for grass and he’s 30% when giving a leg up to Gallardo. Stablemate Board of Directors (9-2) is the “other Chad” — how about the $50 stunner Saturday at Keeneland? — has a suitable pedigree.

Centeno 27% for a barn that’s profitable with it’s first-time turfers. Lucky Last Try (6-1), a Motions firster, and D’Angelo’s speedy First Heart (3-1) are in with a chance. But it’s Sebastianthe First (6-1) that intrigues most.

The Demarchelier New York-bred was killed at the gate, was aggressively ridden thereafter, racing 3-4 on the backside, 6 wide on the far turn, and still continued with interest late in an excellent sprint performance, earning a competitive figure for the level,.

This colt is bred strongly for turf and added distance.

He returns for Jose Delgado, who’s 26% with 90-days+ returnees, showing a profit for the last three months, and is 3-for-9 giving first-Lasix, a combined 29% first and second time with the diuretic, and Angel Arroyo is an underrated ace on the green.

Taking Sebastianthe First to win at 5-1 or greater and keying boxing him with the four horses named above [which pools are price dependent].

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