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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 18

Interesting race to end the day, a wide open claiming event going two turns on the Tampa Turf in which likely winners will achieve something they hadn’y before.

Just So Ya Know (5-1) never has run on turf and has run run this cheaply now ships in off three straight Tapeta routes, including a start that eliminated his chances last out. Barn and rider switch spell improvement.

Great Britain (5-2) was claimed in a fire sale from well connected owners by Dennis Ward, whose been live this meet and very effective with turf runners. Returning at level of claim, second-time Lasix and blinkers just might do it.

But we’re leaning on pedigree and current connections in this spot. Afikoman (6-1) showed life in turf and racing debut on WO turf at 5 furlongs which might have been inappropriate but was rallying between rivals at the end.

After that came three tries on Tapeta Track before shipping south for first start going long for Michael Stidham and Samy Camacho.

The clincher however is that the gelded 3-year-old has seven siblings which are all winners, including six on turf and a stakes winner.

Taking Afikoman to win at 7-2 or greater and key-boxing exactas with his rivals named above.

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