The Tampa turf week begins with N2L claimers, a level that opens things up considerably. And so we’ll bite.
The last time Divine Control (6-1) started at this level was a good one, a game placing going a mile. He’s hit the board thrice on grass in his last three efforts on the lawn, including his maiden win.
The mile race referenced above was followed by three straight dirt runs, two of them sprinting following a barn change. Today, trainer William March has winning intentions.
Dropping to his proper level after chasing better sprinting, he returns to his preferred surface at the proper distance. He will be partnered with a low percentage rider but one, Augusto Marin, who was aboard for the maiden breaker.
Owning tactical speed, the rail, and competitive pace figures, the gelded five year old should be in this throughout and at the level should be able to gut one out here.
Check out Tampa Bay Downs, Race 8, DEC 8 where today’s team gained the win with a game between-horses rally, up just in time.
We’re taking Divine Control straight at 6-1 or more and key-boxing exactas with Seclude (4-1), dropping in with claimers for the first time, and King Ramos (7-2), a good second at this level on dirt last out and now returning to his best surface.