Horse Racing tips: 6 slick picks for Friday’s US Racing

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Tampa Bay 18:21 – Hay Hay My My @ 7/4

Hay Hay My My is still unexposed on the dirt having made just the one start on the main track (fourth here in January), and has been running relatively well on turf of late. Mozano looks the chief threat but does have stamina to prove over this extended-mile trip. Silent Mischief also commands a closer look.

Tampa Bay 18:52 – Baci @ 5/2

Baci ran well to be second in a similar contest to this last time and is taken to go one better this time around. By Th Light of Day is an interesting newcomer to keep an eye on, though this barn’s runners do tend to improve for their initial outing. Etelka completes the shortlist.

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Tampa Bay 20:26 – C’Era Una Volta @ 10/3 

C’Era Una Volta wasn’t quite at his best when third here last time and is taken to bounce back to form in this $8k claimer. Credit Cycle was one place ahead of the selection in that aforementioned contest and should be the main challenger, while What a Hoot is another to factor in.

Gulfstream 20:43 – Golden Garter @ 4/1

Golden Garter is pretty much unproven on dirt (sole start on a muddy track best ignored), but she’s bred to relish it, and her synthetic-track form puts her in with a good chance in this contest. The 149-day layoff is a slight concern, though she does appear to be working solidly for this return.

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Gulfstream 21:15 – Combination @ 7/4

Combination goes first-off-the-claim for a barn that does well with new recruits and has attracted the services of top jockey Luis Saez. French Quarter also debuts for a new trainer and can provide the main resistance, while Jersey Joe B also merits a second glance.

Gulfstream 21:46 – Secret Stash @ 3/1 

Eve of War looks sure to be popular in this allowance optional claimer, but she does need to prove herself on turf, and Secret Stash may be a more solid proposition. A good third in Grade 3 company here last time, despite not having the best run through, Mark Casse’s filly should appreciate the small drop in class in this contest.

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