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TAMPA BAY TODAY – JAN 14

When the latch is spring for today’s featured fifth race in Oldsmar, no one will be surprised when Chad Brown’s St. Joe Louis (2-1) winds up favored, and rightly so. Making his second start off the layup, the mini-turnback should further enhance his big late kick for Samy Camacho, who rode him to a runnerup finish on debut here last season.

But the thing is that Carpenters Call 5-2) has as much upside, maybe more, as he makes his second start on turf and with Lasix for Gerald Bennett and Roberto Alvarado with another opportunity to lead them all a merry chase. A repeat of his Tampa Bay maiden breaker DEC 15, Race 9, drawing off late after holding off a strong challenge. See for yourself.

This is a very competitive event with many live contenders but sharp speed, combined with a proven affinity for grass, two subsequent sharp blowouts indicate that the lightly raced turf-meant 4-year-old should continue to develop and the presence of the favorite should ensure fair odds.

We’re taking Carpenters Call straight at 5-2 or greater and key-boxing him 1-2 in the multiple pools with the favorite, Mr. Kringle (5-1) for John Terranova, profitable with shippers and removing blinkers, and with price shot February Son (8-1) who went well here after a wild-horse, too-late finish for turf ace Anthony Granitz in his prior at Keeneland.

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