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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 20

We’ve been watching a gelding race into condition and thought we struck gold with Kiss Principal (6-1) only to see him fall short by a head after it appeared that she would win.

I wept again as I watched the Tampa Bay replay, JAN 30, Race 5.

The 3-year-old showed absolutely nothing in his season’s debut then had improved speed chasing the pace on dirt–not his preferred surface. But Tim Hamm insisted on turf for him so we gambled last time, too. Close, no cigar.

After some consideration, I’m thinking that he didn’t get enough from his first two starts and had license to come up short of condition. He is out of excuses here.

A winner has already emerged from that race and Hamm makes the switch to winning partner Pablo Morales. The team is 3-for-8 at this meeting with four more money finishes.

One more time: Taking Kiss Principal to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Pharoah’s Prophecy (9-2) and Panadero (5-1).

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