It’s not an easy task to defeat a Shug McGaughey ship-in to Oldsmar and certainly favored Holiday Time 99-5) will be a tough out. She’s run faster than these on the Thoro-Graph scale and broke maiden on debut over the Tampa Turf. But the five-year-old mare is coming in off a 94-day layup.
Conversely, Strike Chrome (7-2) is the “now” filly, returning in 26 days off an incrementally improved lifetime best figure. And since trainer Gerald Bennett has added blinkers today, a lifetime profitable angle for this barn.
As a four-year-old, she possesses more upside than the favorite and better still worked a very brisk half mile in 48 2/5, second fastest on the day and 14th of 115 peers to work that week in North Florida. The switch to main man Samy Camacho is the clincher for us.
TO see the work the pair has done with this filly, check out her effort at Tampa Bay, DEC 17, Race 7 in which she just missed behind a filly who returned to repeat next time out.
Taking Strike Chrome to win at 5-2 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Holiday Time and Bramble Bay (3-1) for Team Dini/De La Cruz.