We opted for a dirt race to conclude the Friday card for a couple of reasons; one, a rare opportunity to gain value on an Antonio Gallardo ridden charge and because, despite the connections, don’t believe the early line favorite from the powerful Bennett barn is all that.
While it’s true that Town Classic (5-2) exits in rapidly run heat and came back to blow out brilliantly for this, that race was at 7 furlongs and while he cruised in under the wire in that placing, he never was a true win threat in our opinion and now is turning back to a trip not as appropriate as his last.
The move up to the $32K level for Small Fortune (5-1) is a sign of confidence from another leading barn in Oldsmar, that or Georgina Baxter. And unlike the early line favorite, he owns a (16) 5-2-0 slate and the trip and just loves the footing here as his (3) 2-1-0 record indicates.
But take a look at the Tampa Bay Today Video on our homepage and you decide if you think Town Classic is worthy of a short price at post time. Check out RACE 5, MAR 25 to see if you agree. We’re going to stick with a Horse for Course speedster who has a real chance to be the third favorite.
Taking Small Fortune to win at 3-1 or greater and will key box exactas with the likely favorite and another sharp Horse for Course, Zorb (3-1).