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TAMPA BAY TODAY – APR 4

Saturday’s seventh in Oldsmar is very interesting and from so many angles, what with horses from different strata converge on the Tampa Bay lawn going 1-1/16 miles.

Recent maiden winners, allowance types, stakes droppers, take your pick. We had it narrowed down to five of the eight entrants–no, not kidding–until we took a closer look. We don’t know how fast the pace will be but it rates to be contested, which brings us to Hungry Kitten (7-2).

A class dropping ship-in from Payson Park for Shug McGaughey, we frankly are not sure what to expect from her four year old debut. For betting purposes, post parade observation and tote clues can help better solve that part of the puzzle, but if the rest goes according to the past performances…

When last seen, Hungry Kitten was saving all the ground behind a moderate tempo in Churchill’s G3 Regret Stakes. (Note that she broke maiden in her prior, beating older, in May). At headstretch, however, Joel Rosario angled out for running room and found it–in about the 10-path!

It was way, way too much to do, take our word…but as for her kick, check out the maiden win. Into the stretch, she had two fillies beaten with virtually no chance at which time she launched, finishing rocket-like to snatch in the final jump.

We’d like to show you the video but Churchill, like Keeneland, embed re[plays on their site that doesn’t translate here. Maybe they will take a look at the big picture and see that if their products were more readily available, it would help business: Arrogance.

Please find the maiden event referenced at your favorite ADW replay center. We will shine a light on this issue in a Sunday column and HRI apologizes for this needless inconvenience. We don’t take horseplayers for granted here.

We’ll follow Samy Camacho’s lead here, who jumped off a rival to take this mount to win, no price restrictions, and we’ll key-box her in Dime Supers with Pallas Athene (6-1), War Rose (9-2), Agi’s Cait (8-1) and Saranitsa (5-2).

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