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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 12

We all know how difficulty it is to defeat a Chad Brown-trained favorite on turf, especially after given a lengthy layoff for patient owner Peter Brant, one that is adding first-Lasix and first-Irad. But try to defeat Naval Battle (5-2) we will.

Weezy Does It (9-2) was patiently handled last time out–too patiently by Antonio Gallardo–and you can see for yourself. The race will will feature instead on the Tampa Bay Today Video screen was his debut, Tampa Bay Downs, DEC 3, Race 5.

Several things to note: The pace was extremely hungry yet, despite that, Gallardo mid-race moved as the pace was heating up given fast final splits, carrying him to the lead but unable to sustain the advantage, losing by a half length and beating the show finisher by nearly three lengths–after a slow start, yet.

Apparently, Reeve McGaughey wasn’t pleased with the response from his charges last race. He has added blinkers for today, making a switch to Jose Ortiz, suggesting more aggressive tactics are in the offing.

We’re taking Weezy Does It to win at 4-1) or greater and keying exacta boxes with Naval Battle and Christophe Clement second-time starter Silver Sea (6-1).

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