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TAMPA BAY TODAY-JAN 9

Saturday’s eighth race feature is a preliminary allowances that’s come up very competitive, with sharp stretching out price shot My Sister’s Keeper (10-1); a tough trip favorite shipping in from New York for Graham Motion, Mary’s France (3-1), and the recent Gulfstream maiden graduate, Aziza (9-2).

Mike Dini is having a solid meet and while his filly’s meeting classier stock on paper, the veteran mare has won three times as many races as her rivals. And to think you can add Antonio Gallardo to this package and get ground 10-1 trying to handle added ground, the reward may be worth the risk.

Clearly, Mary’s France rates to be the post-time favorite. She faced better foes in last, was roughed up at the start, didn’t save much ground, and still held her own as the pace was heating in her U.S. debut while coming off a three-month layup.

Daniel Centeno is 2-for-6 for barn thus far and Motion is 1-for-1 with “New York” ship-ins.

However, we think the value likely will be recent GP winner Aziza, who didn’t have it easy in her maiden breaker. Check out TAMPA BAY TODAY Video at GULFSTREAM, RACE 3, DEC 6 on the homepage and see what you think.

She was very game after having some gate trouble, especially since it was her first start in 13 months. She has tactical speed, improved stamina, judging by her last, and we note the same sharp blowout for this, similar to the one she had prior to her latest. Hector Diaz having a strong meet.

Taking Aziza to win at 7-2 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Mary’s France and My Sister’s Keeper.

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