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TAMPA BAY TODAY-DEC 15

If it’s a single you’re seeking as a key to the Late Pick 4 and Tampa Bay Downs begins it’s racing week, it would appear there’s a most viable candidate in Wednesday’s finale, a classy maiden allowances going a route of ground on the Tampa turf.

Our favorite, and sure to be a solid choice with the public as Reeve McGaughey has settled in Florida this winter. The price on Battle of Britain (9-5) rates to be very low given his debut placing at Keeneland. Well, this isn’t bluegrass country but it is Gallardo country with Antonio picking up the mount here.

Not only did he suffer through a wide trip from an outside slip in debut but he was roughed up at the start and the journey was circuitous and this 3-year-old had only two rivals of 12 beaten when he entered the stretch but made a sustained late charge that fell but 3/4s of a length short. Check it yourself: Race 5, Keeneland, OCT 27.

Battle of Britain has had two strong works locally, is well meant, well drawn and rates to rule this bunch. Taking ‘Britain’ to win, no price restrictions, and exacta box with Alexander Valley (7-2), making his first start for Eoin Hardy, 22% effective in that scenario, and adding price shot Harrow (15-1) to the super-exotics mix, whose trainer Tim Hamm is profitable with first-time turfers.

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