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TAMPA BAY TODAY-SUNDAY

The HRI Faithful know, and newcomers are learning, what this space is about.

It’s primarily about turf racing over one of the finest turf courses in America. We look for the classiest races, check out the video and decide, with your help, what a good wager might be for you to make on the day.

We’re sticking with those parameters here even though we saw no reason to take yesterday’s second race off the grass, except possibly to have it pristine for Wednesday’s two turf-sprint stakes.

Nearly half this field hasn’t raced in a year but come from barns that know how to get horses ready to run long off the bench, especially on grass.

So you would think we’d land on Kuramata (5-2) from the Chad Brown outfit who raced great at 2 in Kempton Park, then we’d have no video to show you.

So we’re going to show you a gelded five year old from Mike Stidham, who can also get one ready, a Pin Oak homebred that the breeder wanted to care for despite being non-productive thus far. That loyalty will be rewarded in today’s seventh race.

The workline for Implication is extremely strong as he makes his debut for this barn on the trainer change, who reaches out for Hector Diaz for his second start on this course, a race he should have won on debut.

See for yourself on the Tampa Bay Today video, TAMPA BAY DOWNS, MAR 1, 2020, RACE 8. We think you will agree that this half-sibling to two turf winners will emulate his kin with a similar effort, assuming a much better break for the gate today.

Taking Implication (6-1) to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing an exacta with Kuramata.

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