We kick off the Sunday card at Tampa with a 6-furlong maiden claimer on dirt with Uncle Kevin, Lanse Mitan and Tithed the leading contenders. Mary Bennett’s Tithed has been consistent having finished third on four of his five starts to date, while Lanse Mitan disappointed when last seen at Gulfstream earlier this month following a previous second place finish two-starts ago.
Our opening selection of the evening is the Robert Raymond trained Uncle Kevin who was sent off favourite when finishing second on debut three-weeks ago. It was an encouraging performance under today’s jockey Ademar Santos and natural improvement looks likely – the 3-year-old steps up in trip here and should give the Raymond stable another winner at this meet.
An extremely open affair for the 1-mile starter handicap (race four) on the Tampa card with a handful of horses in the mix. Eyes are drawn towards the Kathleen O’Connell trained Classy Lynn who romped to victory here last month, with Haniel and Native Lion two-others who managed wins when last seen on track.
Rory Barron’s Haniel is looking for a third straight win having come from off the pace here four-weeks ago – he showed an electric turn of foot in recent victories, but a strong pace looks unlikely tonight. All Good Times and our pick Native Lion should be handy and jockey Danny Centeno will look to keep the pace slow if possible for his mount who steps up in trip and looks for another win.
Plenty of exposed runners take part in the 7-furlong dirt claimer (race five on the card) with Will Runaway, Bravely Bold and Rare Hue the three to look closely on here. The Exception is another who should be popular with punters, but he let backers down yet again here three-weeks ago when turned over as a beaten favourite.
Will Runaway has been knocking on the door of late with two recent third place finishes, while Bravely Bold managed to get the head in-front here 25-days ago. Elsewhere, another recent winner, Rare Hue is our selection for back to back wins in two-weeks – the four-year-old has been very consistent and should come from off the pace again to secure a second consecutive course and distance success.
Several interesting newcomers are set to make their racecourse debuts in the 8.5-furlong maiden special weight. Gold Souk for Jonathan Thomas cost $700k and is shortlisted with jockey Daniel Centeno already teaming up with the trainer for victory onboard On Base in a similar contest here earlier this month.
Christophe Clement’s horse’s always need respecting and Apogee, another six-figure purchase sees the track on debut with Samy Camacho booked. The half-sister to No Limit has been sharping well on the workout track, but our alternative selection is Summer Love. Trainer Michael Stidham is enjoying an excellent month and it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see this filly run well on debut at a nice each-way price.
*All prices correct at time of publishing