ENDURING HONOR hasn’t been at his best on his last two starts, but now he drops in class and will be a force to be reckoned with if that sparks a return to form. Wilshire Star was a convincing winner last time and can emerge second best, while High Rolling Dude shouldn’t be ruled out either.
New US recruit SIMPLICITY brings some fairly useful French form into this allowance contest and has joined a barn that has a particularly good record with this type. Stormy D arrives here in a very good vein of form and is our next pick, while Be Nimble deserves some consideration as well.
LONG STORY SHORT ultimately shaped as if something was amiss last time after becoming restless in the stalls. She is better judged on her win the time before and should put up a better showing this time around. Adonai Bless is up there on the shortlist too, while Her Name Is Star can also be a factor at the business end.
SMILING ANNIE represents a barn that has started the new Santa Anita meet in form and may be the way to go in what looks a competitive turf sprint. Square Peggy is of more interest than last time dropping back down in trip and looks the one for the runner-up spot.
MANRESA was 10-lengths clear of the third when runner-up in a similar contest to this last time and should go one better this time around. The addition of blinkers ought to see Thomas Bell’s charge prominent throughout. Diva in Charge is dropping in class and should be thereabouts too.
Unbeaten in his first two starts, ODYSSEUS is bred to be smart and can take a further step up the ladder with another win in this allowance optional claimer. Proud Pedro was also a winner when last seen 89 days ago and may provide the biggest threat.
17:35 Tampa Bay – Enduring Honor @ 4/1
19:40 Tampa Bay – Simplicity @ 9/4
21:15 Tampa Bay – Long Story Short @ 5/1
21:33 Santa Anita – Smiling Annie @ 10/3
22:05 Santa Anita – Manresa @ Evens
22:37 Santa Anita – Odysseus @ 9/4
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.