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Welcome to another season of racing and wagering at Tampa Bay Downs where the accent for us will be that day’s feature, or large-field events with a chance of beating a favorite but, in the main, looking all-turf-all-the-time, on a course that’s honest, free of bias, vagaries of weather notwithstanding.

Our emphasis Wednesday will be Race 5 in which always dangerous Georgina Baxter saddles favorite D’Craziness (5-2), who benefits from a drop out of the state-bred allowance ranks at Gulfstream Park. With turf ace Samy Camacho, the old pro will take lots of beating.

But check out the Tampa Today Video on Can’t Trump Kitten (4-1), who has been pace-compromised in all starts since making his 2020 debut in July. Of particular interest is Diane Morici’s 5-year-old, who also gets class relief. On the HRI home page, see GULFSTREAM PARK, RACE 6, JULY 30.

It’s not so much the trip was difficult in terms of trouble, but he was last of eight throughout behind a dawdling pace, found a seam angling out 5-wide into the lane then finished strongly for place behind the 7-5 winner who sat a pluperfect ground-saving trip throughout.

Can’t Trump Kitten is distance specialist, winning half of his six starts at today’s trip, including a second and third.

Normally we don’t make a habit of taking low percentage barns vs. extremely live ones but this horse fits very well, owns consistently fast figures, and finished up his final 3/16s in just under 30 seconds after trailing the easy leader’s 48.45 opening gambit.

We will take Can’t Trump Kitten straight at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with D’Craziness, and some Dime Supers including Skippy’s Strike (8-1), Threeohtwocassie (8-1), Fade Away (10-1) and AE Plato (10-1).

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