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TMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 13

Since we can’t get enough of the Tampa turf, what better way to end the week with a field of maiden allowances types going 11 furlongs?

It’s not difficult to know that the crowd will look at three horses: LeCoste (4-1) is fast enough and fits the dynamics but 0-for-4 on turf does inspire confidence.

So it comes down to the fastest, McLovin (9-5) making season’s debut, the Team Valor homebred now in the hands of layoff special Arnaud Delacour who we think is about to break out. Favorite partner Daniel Centeno has the call.

The horse that makes the most sense logically speaking is Battle of Britain (5-2). Gelded 4-year-old is bred both sides for added trip, gets turf ace Jesus Castanon and now looks set for best in a LAY-3 scenario, showing much improved lick in last but was shadowed all the way.

Looked like a great building block and now he has recency and conditioning. See for yourself: Tampa Bay Downs, JAN 29, Race 8, and decide. We have no choice.

Taking Reeve McGaughey in his spacing comfort zone with the Joseph Allen homebred at 2-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with the two rivals above.

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