Today’s finale in Oldsmar is once again a look at this track’s competitive turf program that exists at every level. Better is a horse that can fall between the parimutuel cracks. Consider Stormy D (6-1).
Not only has the four year old improved with maturity but also with a barn change to John Rigatierri, now the filly is getting class relief, reunites with winning rider Pablo Morales but most significantly turns back to one mile, the trip needed for her three lifetime victories.
While it’s difficult to depend on what pace scenario will develop in grass routes, there does appear to be enough speed signed on to set up her late kick. An inside draw and Morales’ familiarity with her should come in handy in his assessment of a winning strategy.
Her last race was good, breaking in a bit of a tangle, a brush to contention, then a re-break in midstretch that found her running at the end then galloping out with good energy. See for yourself:
Check out Tampa Bay Today Video on our homepage for MAY 22, RACE 5. Further, Rigatierri has a way with routers and is good spotting his runners off relatively short rest. We’ll take her straight with no price restrictions and an exacta box with forward looking price shot Sundrenched (12-1).