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TAMPA BAY TODAY – JAN 13

Today’s feature in Oldsmar for three year old colts is officially an “one other than” condition but could have been written for colts prepping for the Sam F Davis and/or the Tampa Bay Derby.

The race has drawn only six entrants, including two from Todd Pletcher and two for Saffie Joseph Jr. from South Florida. What to do?

Take a horse with Tampa experience, preferably one that has shown an affinity for the surface, and has worked well subsequent to his latest run. Enter Prairie Hawk (9-2).

The son of Curlin came off a bit of a freshening to win his Tampa debut with authority and has been training lights out since–four works includi9ng a bullet five furlongs in 59 4/5.

All four go first-time Lasix in here and with potential pace on here providing by either his stablemate or one of Todd’s, Samy Camacho, on a return call, is likely to employ stalking tactics once again at the same trip.

Taking Prairie Hawk to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with both Pletcher colts, Point Proven (3-2) and Classic Catch (9-5).

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