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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 7

Today’s allowance feature for three year old turf fillies is a beauty with a least five of the nine entrants having a chance to win the one mile test.

Diamond Sparkles (2-1) is a worthy favorite as she takes a multiple class drop from graded stakes to a preliminary allowances. Mark Casse has been getting him ready at his Ocala training center. He names Gallardo; enough said.

Right next next is Summer Clothes (9-2) who was aggressively ridden last out, a good second at this level after a premature run to the lead in course debut; Harry Hernandez sticks.

Bredenbury (3-1) ships north for Graham Motion, exiting a fast two-turner at Gulfstream and Outburst (6-1) makes U S debut for Eddie Kenneally dropping out of a pair of maiden stakes events in France. The trainer names Samy Camacho after a strong half-mile coming up to this.

As competitive as this is, we’re going to throw deep with the “other Motion,” Sayyida Al Hurra (10-1). Her turf debut on this course was deceptively good, as the Tampa Bay Video from DEC 7, RACE 8 on the HRI homepage will show.

It was her second career start off a single sprint debut and the greenness showed as she looked around into and through the first turn, raced between horses in the backstretch run, attempted to launch a rally between rivals at midturn but was caught in close and forced to check.

It was a point in the race where the rider had no choice but to try to get into it and angled her wide. She hooked up and matched strides with with rival, was being outrun, then picked up up against, going from last two fifth at the point, beaten less than two lengths for the win.

She exited that key race to break maiden in an off-the-turner but is back on grass at a distance that should suit with a well timed move and turf ace Pablo Morales sticks.

We need somewhere north of 6-1 for a straight bet, we’ll box an exacta with with solid favorite Diamond Sparkles and key box her in all superfecta slots with the contenders named above.

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