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TAMPA BAY TODAY-DEC 24

With Thursday’s weather forecast indicating the possibility of rain, we will move off our preferred turf tack in favor of the main track, a maiden allowances for juveniles that shapes up as the classiest event, boasting Thursday’s biggest purse.

In today’s sixth race for fillies going a mile and 40 yards, it is undeniable that Diamond Ore (9-5) is a worthy favorite as Barbara Minshall taps leading rider Samy Camacho for the assignment. The filly is experienced and her last effort was her best–and her first at a two turn distance.

Minshall is profitable with her shippers and juveniles, is a worthy 18% effective second time going long and Camacho, at 23% is riding as if possessed. Tapit’s daughter showed improved speed and finish in her Woodbine finale, and must be a looker, given her $750K price tag.

How she will translate her synthetic form to dirt is the question.

However, Zarella (7-2), half of an uncoupled Godolphin entry trained by Eoin Harty has every right to improve in her second start rounding two turns and is entitled to a lot more luck than she had last time. Check out the TAMPA BAY TODAY video from here, RACE 8 on DEC 4.

After breaking crisply from the gate, she was forced to steady into the lower first turn, was put between rivals as two fillies rushed up outside into the far turn, was forced to steady again, this time dropping back, but was resurgent to gain second behind an impressively fast run-away winner.

Undoubtedly, the blinkers helped her to focus, sharpen her speed and in addition to the race over the track, returned to work twice subsequently in preparation for this. She lags behind early but could get some help from her speedier mate ad Baby Gundin, whoi showed good pace sprinting on debut.

We’re taking Zarella to win straight at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Diamond Ore.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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