There is a race on the Tampa program with a bigger purse, but with six horses sprinting 5-1/2 furlongs and a maiden allowances on grass for 3-year-olds going a mile in which 14 were entered overnight.
Obviously, it’s Saturday’s turf finale that drew our interest and features a horse that was too pumped up to get the job done last out and faded after making a bid on the final turn. But that’s not the whole story.
If you visited the Tampa Bay Today Video section on the HRI homepage, I would ask you to compare the trips of early line Christophe Clement favorite Jimmy the Boot (8-5) and the rival drawn directly to his inside, Bet (10-1).
We did compare the two and decided to swing for the fences on opening weekend of the MLB season.
Bet was sharp, too sharp in last. In fact, he was a run-off, the rider doing all he could to get out in the clear for safety. Bet carried him wide, and carried him wide all the way around.
What amazed us is that despite the ground loss, he actually made a bid at mid far turn to become a joint third/fourth at one point. He still had forward momentum leaving headstretch but understandably tired late.
Today. trainer David Fisher makes a switch to Hector Diaz, who knows his way around the Oldsmar Oval and can finish. Now making his third start off the layup.
The hope is the son of Bayern will be a little more settled today and will make his run at a more opportune time, a good possibility if Bet is a little more professional today. We’re willing to pay to find out that he will.
We’re betting Bet to win at 8-1 or greater and making an exacta box with the very logical Jimmy the Boot, partnered with turf ace Samy Camacho.