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TAMPA BAY TODAY – JAN 15

Two 7-furlong preps for three-yards today in Oldsmar featuring developing sophomores with several from high profile connections.

In the Pasco for the boys, Ralph Nicks returns with Cattin as he tries to double-up on the surface, having taken the 6-furlong Inaugural here on DEC. 3. Clearly, he has been pointed back here and a repeat effort should be good enough to repeat. Check out that race on the Tampa Bay Today Video screen on HRI’s homepage.

The Gasparilla for the gals figures to be more competitive, at least on paper. Bill Mott’s Outfoxed (2-1) is a deserving favorite, Strategic Bird is 2-for-2 lifetime and in fast time for Mark Casse.

Devine Charger (4-1) was narrowly beaten by Strategic Bird last out here but benefits from a 6-pound weight pull today and could sit a pocket trip from a cozy inside slot. She has an excellent upset chance with a repeat performance.

We’re making straight bets on Cattin and Devine Charger to win. See the featured Tote Busters column on the homepage for bettable odds, ticket construction philosophy, including contenders slated for multiple pool purposes

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