Horse Racing Tips: 6 best bets for Saturday’s action in Tampa and Gulfstream

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Gulfstream Race 3 (16:30) – Largent @ 11/4

Largent was better than the result when beaten just a head in a similar contest to this last time, the winner coming from further back. That form has a solid look to it, and Todd Pletcher’s lightly raced gelding is taken to go one better this time around.

Tampa Bay Race 3 (17:20) – My Masterpiece @ 3/1

My Masterpiece returned to form with a good runner-up finish over C&D last time and should go close again in what is an open-looking turf claimer. Port Salerno and Let’s Go Baby are both on the reserve list but will be big threats if getting a run.

Read: Jason Weaver’s Tips for Saturday’s US Action

Gulfstream Race 5 (17:30) – Almashriq @ 8/1

An allowance optional claimer than is more akin to a Grade 3 contest, and there may be some mileage in chancing Almashriq against those at the head of the market. Previously trained by John Gosden, the selection made a winning US debut over C&D last month and could well have more improvement to come.

Tampa Bay Race 4 (17:50) – Malibeauty @ 2/1

Trainer Christophe Clement has a fine record with first-time starters and he can extend that further with Malibeauty in a maiden contest that doesn’t look particularly deep. Of those with experience, Rachel’s Wish is probably top of the list, while Sanguine is interesting back on dirt.

Tampa Bay Race 5 (18:21) – Taos @ 6/4

Taos has run primarily on dirt throughout his relatively short career, but his one turf effort when fifth in a Santa Anita maiden early last year is a race that has thrown up plenty of winners. Eoin Harty’s gelding is taken to add to his sole career success in this turf claimer.

Gulfstream Race 10 (20:17) – Gentle Ruler @ 7/2

Having made all in Grade 3 company at this track last time, Mean Mary is sure to be well supported, but she probably needs to find a bit more to defeat Gentle Ruler. Ian Wilkes’ mare rounded off her 2019 campaign with successive wins in a minor stakes event at Kentucky Downs and a G3 contest at Keeneland, and can make a triumphant return.

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