Saturday’s sixth race is in our view the most interesting event on the card featuring maiden allowance running 3-year-old racing one mile on the Tampa Bay turf.
Many come from the same race in which early line favorite Jimmy the Boot (2-1) finished a good second.
We can’t knock the favorite but will try to beat him with gelded Bailey’s Run (7-2) who set a pressured pace all the way, pressed hard at the turn but still showing lots of heart until finally and understandably tiring at the end.
Despite his exertions, the newcomer was a more than respectable fifth, beating half the field, beaten less than six lengths. The experience and conditioning gained should move him forward in a big way and Fernando de la Cruz takes a return call from Anthony Granitz.
Three of his winning siblings all won on turf, two of those in stakes company. Following his debut, Baileys Run came back with a 49 1/5 breeze, 15th fastest of 102 workers, for a barn that’s a profitable 28% effective with second time starters.
And did we mention that this trainer-jockey team are showing a big profit at the meet, winning at a phenomenal 48% clip through Wednesday’s races. Check his debut on the Tampa Bay Today Video for FEB 11, Race 9 and see for yourself.
We’re taking Baileys Run to win at 3-1 or greater, and check the betting grid in the featured column section on the homepage for some ideas in the verticals coming up within the hour.