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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 16

A bulky field of mid-level claimers on the turf are always a challenge but usually produce opportunities for value. Let’s see if we can prove that theory on today’s eighth for older fillies and mares going a mile.

Sometimes when a new horse comes into the barn, or one that’s been in another barn temporarily, a trainer will try to find out something about its current form before bearing down for the money. The feeling is that this might have been the case with Lady Love (8-1).

In RACE 5 on JAN 19 here, she was making her first start for Anthony Granitz while coming off a layup, she got a useful run in her return here. She was never in the hunt and launched from absolutely last with a wide rally that carried her impossibly wide into the lane, she never had a chance.

And we know she’s better than that as he record shows. When she races anywhere else, she’s winless in 15 starts. But in Oldsmar, her slate reads (8) 4-1-1, a living, breathing horse for course.The barn is batting 20% at the meet and Willie Martinez, aboard for her useful run, re-rides here.

Today she makes her second start at this level, a career low for her, and the outfit must be willing to roll the claiming dice on the 8-year-old mare. We’ll pay to find out.

However, we absolutely need somewhere north of 5-1 to make a straight play. Take a look at the Tampa Bay Today Video and see what you think about her recent return.

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