With a 40% chance of rain in the forecast, playing is cautiously and found two maiden allowances that were interesting. Of the two we opted for the third race sprint for colts going three-quarters of a mile.
The most interesting trip we could find occurred at Gulfstream Park in which Dark Timber finished second. And we’re going to assume, based on the pace scenario, that this Calumet homebred will be in this from the start.
Class wise, we’re making the assumption that a $50K maiden-claimer is its MSW equivalent at Tampa Bay Downs, and his last was a big improvement over his first two efforts. After stumbling badly he was forced to angle out for room entering the stretch, not a recipe for success in Hallandale.
Check out the effort on the TAMPA BAY TODAY Video on the homepage, GULFSTREAM PARK, DEC 26, RACE 3. Julien Leparoux is not driving north to take a return call so the chore for making amends is in the hands of Daniel Centeno. We’re OK with that.
The clincher is that Jack Sisterson will go first-time Lasix with the newly turned three year old, and his recent marks are good with this approach, as the contract trainer is 3-for-his-last-7 adding the diuretic, with two other money finishers.
We’re taking Dark Timber (5-2) to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with Imtakinittothebank (6-1), a newcomer with both nature, nurture and a sharp five-eighths in preparation for this, and Ral Copperheadroad (6-1) coming off a solid debut effort.