One of the terrific things about the Tampa Bay product is that it sometimes acts as a New York South four hours north of Gulfstream and with its solid, safe main track and lush turf course, nationally known trainers have found their way there.
In Saturday’s fourth race, a maiden event on turf to newly minted three-year-old fillies, has attracted Graham Motion and Jonathan Thomas once again. Each is doing quite well already, batting .333, Motion having twice as many starters with 12.
They will saddle the favorites in the 1-1/16 miles two turner, Pink Peppermint (2-1), Thomas tapping white hot Daniel Centeno, and Motion, using one of his Tampa regulars, Pablo Morales on Sayyida Al Harra (5-2). Given that the former breaks from the outside slip, Motion’s horse likely will go favored.
Each had eventful trips in their grass debuts. After taken back and rated in his racing debut at 6 furlongs on Big A turf, resenting it slightly as he started climbing approaching the turn.
In close on the fence, he angled out sharply and clumsily 6-wide approaching the furlong pole, finishing with interest. He has distance on the bottom side of the pedigree for a barn that’s a profitable 31% with second-career starters.
However, we believe Motion’s horse had int more difficult. Click on the Tampa Bay link on the HRI homepage which will take you to Tampa’s replay center. The event you’re seeking is RACE 8 on DEC. 7. The filly was never in a comfortable spot.
Far back after breaking from post 10 going in, she jumped into the bridle while between horses on the backside, checked out of close quarters while still in between, finally got to the outside in the lane but still had company. Nevertheless, long striding filly still continued finishing with good interest.
Moving to a cozy inside post, turf start #2 should go a lot better, especially given the added sixteenth. This time, Morales will know what to expect.
We’re betting Sayyida Al Hurra to win with no price restrictions, a boxed exacta with Pink Peppermint and will sprinkle Godolphin’s debuting Diamantine (9-2), sporting a purposeful, steady work-line for Michael Stidham, off to a 6-for-20 start through Thursday’s racing.
[If rescheduled to dirt, take Main Track Only Shining Colors (4-1) in start number two for Rudolphe Brisset].