If you’re looking for the logical favorite in today’s turf finale in Oldsmar, you won’t need a search warrant to find Jangada (2-1). And a tough out he will be.
Michael Stidham trainer never has raced this cheaply, cutting the claiming price in half following two efforts that were far from terrible; first again maiden allowances and at the $32K level last out, though it is fair to ask why Stidham apparently has given up the 3YO Tapit gelding.
Whatever the reason, there is an opportunity for value with Glacier Park (5-1), from the same race. There are notable differences, however. The run was his first in 76 days, and it was his Tampa and turf debut. His numbers jumped forward after two waiver-claimers vs better on Laurel dirt.
But we think the fact he was beaten 5-1/2 lengths was remarkable given the trip. Not only did he never see the fence at any point, he was hustled a bit into mid-race, caught his breath, was asked again and made an even wider move on the second turn.
What we really liked is that he never gave up, passing two rivals late despite the ground loss, and while he didn’t gallop out passed anyone, he continued with energy. With a race under him, he returns on relatively short rest, which is a fairly good percentage move for a low-profile barn.
After checking out RACE 3, MAY 3, on the Tampa Bay Today Video, you can do worse that to bet him straight at 4-1 or greater, then make an exacta box with the favorite.