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TAMPA BAY TODAY-JAN 1

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If turf trips are your thing, there’s lots of video work if interest in Friday’s maiden allowance in Olsdmar featuring many horsemen often seen in New York. Yes, lots if pedigrees, quine and human in the 7th race of 2021 at Tampa Bay.

Of those trips, will boil it down to two with races over the course and exiting the same event. Take your pick of trips: You can opt for Habitus (7-2) leaving from the pole with Daniel Centeno or Kayaker (8-1), breaking from the outside with hot-riding Ronnie Allen.

We’ll take Graham Motion’s Habitus for several reasons. First, obviously owns a position edge and, as a son of Kitten’s Joy, should appreciate today’s 9 furlong trip. See what happened to him on the TAMPA BAY TODAY Video on our homepage, TAMPA BAY DOWNS, DEC 5, RACE 8.

He broke well enough from the gate and showed speed, getting him in trouble as he was forced to check over heels and the balance of the first half of the journey was much better as he was keen, forcing Centeno to steady the colt into finally finding a comfortable, rhythmic pace.

Having no choice, Centeno was forced to have him race between horses approaching headstretch after which Habitus continued to run on very well for place.

Meanwhile, Kayaker was racing wide throughout, his momentum carrying him even wide into the lane but kept on to finish a good fourth, galloping out nicely thereafter.

The clincher for us is that Motion sent him to Tampa well in advance of that race to familiarize himself with the course, showing intent, and he’s continued to train well in Oldsmar and goes with first Lasix, a good addition given his tactical speed and added trip.

Taking Habitus to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with Kayaker], and key-boxing Habitus in Dime Supers with Kayaker, distance-meant Chad trainee Connagh’s Quay (3-1), two live newcomers from top outfits, pedigreed Summer Silence (5-1) and the smart working Future Victory (6-1). and Tapwood (9-2), reuniting with Lasix.

(As always, the amount wagered is up to the player, but the suggested bet ratios in this space are, at minimums: $2 straight, $1 exacta, 50-Cent trifecta, 10-Cent superfecta)

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