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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


One cannot help root for any connections who do the right thing by their horses, that truly allow the horse tp “tell them.” If that’s not the case with Growl Tiger (4-5) in Thursday’s Tampa finale, then I don’t know what is.

Of course, taking short odds on a horse that hasn’t run un a year is not usually a recommended tack here or anywhere else else. But if the race concludes a horizontal Pick sequence, a straight wager may not be necessary.

Parenthetically, if so, we’ll have another recommendation at the end of this.

First of all, this 5-year-old is a homebred and while some of the farm’s connections could have salvaged some return via a private sale, the Jacksons continued to care, feed, then subsequently geld the Speightstown dark bay.

In a five race career, his figures never have regressed, he’s won at the hybrid distance of 6-1/2 furlongs, suggesting a 7-furlong return is not unreasonable and note that his open lengths maiden breaker came in his only start over today’s racetrack.

And did we mention that Arnaud Delacour is a profitable 23% effective with 90-days + returns over a sizable sample and that he and Hector Diaz are 2-for-4 in recent hookups? Well, it’s true.

Check that maiden score at Tampa Bay on MAR 20, 2021, Race 9 and we believe it would clinch that for you if you’re seeking a single in a sequence nearing day’s end.

We’re taking Growl Tiger at even money or great and an exacta box with another fresh runner who alsi is working well for his return, Life Changer (4-1) for John Terranova, another long layoff specialist.

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