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TAMPA BAY TODAY – FEB 2

Turf sprints, especially in the lower levels, are celebrated for their chaos; anything can happen and when it does, horseplayers get paid. We’re hoping that’s the case here.

In today’s 7th race, we looked at video on the the field, horses we though were solid contenders. They were, but weren’t that trustworthy. The other observation is that there’s no shortage of early gas here, the fastest early coming from the widest draw–so he’ll be firing out of there.

The inside speed will have to hustle too in order to maintain position. Tactical Tracy Ann’s Legacy benefits from a good draw, a switch to a stronger rider and owns two wins at five furlongs. Fightress, also coming north from Gulfstream, is the big speed horse referenced earlier.

We liked the way Domestic Violet (20-1) drew off at the wire after stalking through at a Colonial Downs turf sprint last summer, and was like the conditioning gained from three recent routes, the last on dirt.

Trainer Don Robertson is profitable with all turf runners and when going dirt to turf. Check out her last race on dirt where she battled on the pace throughout at two turns before tiring. She will benefit. Check the Tampa Bay Video–JAN 5, RACE 7–and note she’s turning back to her only winning trip; Leslie Mawing re-rides.

We’re throwing deep, needing 12-1 or more for a straight wager, and making a three-horse exacta box with ‘Tracy’ and the other turn-back, Facts Don’t Matter (5-1), who chased while wide throughout and held gamely for third on this course last out. Check that if you wish: JAN 3, RACE 5.

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