It’s Turf Sprint Festival day but whatever it’s called it’s a great way to start the Tampa Bay week. There are two 5-furlong sprint stakes, one for boys, the other for the girls and we’re going to play the chauvinist card. We think we can upset the favorite with the second choice.
Don’t get me wrong; I love Imprimis (8-5) because of his talent, grit and generally comes through when we need him. His recent return from the Breeders’ Cup was first rate, snatching victory from defeat’s jaws and will show you that video, even though out play will be Turned Aside (3-1).
The Imprimis comebacker was at GULFSTREAM PARK, JAN 1, RACE 9. Today he makes his debut in Oldsmar.
So is Turned Aside and if he’s not been pointed toward this then I don’t know what the term needs. The good news/ bad news is that he’s fastest on the Thoro-Graph scale but he’s a one-number horse. Back to the good news; he’s a newly turned 4YO and in a new barn.
Mark Casse has him now and after leaving Linda Rice, the horse shipped to Casse’s Ocala farm, was shipped to Fair Grounds where he has a division. The horse worked a strong five-eighths, blew out a fast 3 furlongs, now shows up in Tampa? He’s 4-for-9 on turf and 1-for-1 at the trip. Works for me.
Taking Turned Aside to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing the exacta with Imprimis.