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TAMPA BAY TODAY – JAN 9

The featured finale on the Tampa turf concluding Sunday’s card is attractive to handicap and potentially profitable, too. Four of the 10 catch the eye on first pass: GUNDAZ (20-1), FARM BOY (4-1), EMPHASIZE (5-1) and GATE CREW (3-1).

Gundaz must do better but he looks straight forward and could be good enough to share. Emphasize is logical and comes Gallardo-equipped and as the saying goes, the post draw did the early line choice no favors. That leaves one.

Farm Boy is fast and forward, well drawn, with good spacing and a chance to control the pace and the outcome. Problem is, and it’s good trouble, that turf races in Tampa are steal to steal. The course demands fitness and rewards it.

Given the summer off, he returned to two fast efforts that will either drain him or make him a man, comes back with good spacing and sharp blowouts. Trainer Diane Morisi is well over 20% lifetime at this venue. Appears set for a sharp mile try.

He showed frit in his comeback, hard-used trip when second in comebacker on Gulf Tapeta then was a good third here, showing turn of foot. Check out Gulfstream, SEP 30, Race 1.

Hoping for 3-1 or more and taking FARM BOY to win to win and will key-box exactas with the other three.

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