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TAMPA BAY TODAY- FRIDAY

It’s not difficult the pinpoint the favorite in Friday’s seventh in Oldsmar, not when you have Arnaud Delacour returning off a long layoff with a precipitous dropper and regular seasonal partner Hector Diaz Jr. No question that True Grace (2-1) is going to be a tough out.

Nevertheless, we will try to upset set him with Kent Sweezey dropdown Concrete Charlie (3-1), who finally makes his return to turf which appears to be his best surface, if his grass/racing debut at Gulfstream Park last year is any measure.

At no time did he save ground in that event, which was helped along by his wide draw. The rider had no choice but to play the hand he was dealt. Check out the Tampa Bay Today video and see if your agree, the race was at GULFSTREAM PARK, JUNE 13, RACE 1.

He didn’t have his best chance after that with an off-turner, a layoff, and two straight on the Turfway synth. It was his first start at today’s reduced level, a key race that produced two next-out winners. Now it’s back to the trainer’s old hunting grounds, 57 days fresh and pointed to this.

Unlike his wide trip/solid run debut, he should save ground at some point and come running late. Taking Concrete Charlie to win at 3-1 or great and key-boxing exactas with True Grace and price shot Adios Bobby (20-1).

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