US expert Tom Collins believes sprint trip will suit unlucky sort at Tampa
5.53 Tampa Bay Downs
8.24 Tampa Bay Downs
Antonio Gallardo and Samy Camacho are providing a thrilling spectacle for Tampa Bay Downs gurus this meet, recording 85 and 80 successes since the opening day in July last year, and with just under five months remaining the competition is getting fierce.
The duo are miles clear of their pursuers and look to add another few winners to their tallies at the track on Friday night. Camacho has a fair few excellent chances and he is eroding the deficit by the day at the moment, so it's not necessarily wise to take him on.
However, most of his mounts will end up being overbet, especially Free Dancer in the $10,800 claimer (5.53) who should be nowhere near as short as his morning line price of 7-2, and that means the Donald Hunt-trained Chaos Kid will go off a respectable price.
This three-year-old Summer Front gelding doesn't immediately catch the eye as a banker bet given he has a record of just one win from 18 career starts, but he has been placed on a further nine occasions and seems to be running into one every time.
Indeed, it took him 16 races to get off the mark but he did so in impressive fashion over a mile here two starts back.
He was extremely unlucky not to back that up with another victory when last seen over the same course and distance, when he travelled superbly in behind the pace only to be boxed in at a crucial stage rounding the home bend.
Even then he looked likely to prevail, but the eventual winner chopped him up at the cutaway and he had too much ground to make up in the final 100 yards.
Chaos Kid takes a marked drop back to the minimum trip of five furlongs here, but he has enough early speed to lay up with the protagonists in the first few furlongs and his guaranteed stamina means he will be finishing the fastest.
Hopefully punters stay away from the aforementioned Samy Camacho's most interesting ride of the day – Ria Munk in the $18,000 allowance optional claimer (8.24).
Trained by Rodolphe Brisset, who doesn't have many runners at Tampa but is hitting the frame at a 52 per cent strike-rate (14-27), Ria Munk returns to the track after a substantial eight-month layoff, a factor that would normally put me off.
However, she has clear form claims if anywhere near fit thanks to placed efforts in maiden special weight contests at Los Alamitos, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita last year, where she recorded good speed figures.
Capable of leading this field a merry dance, Ria Munk got off the mark two starts ago at Indiana Grand Racecourse and almost followed up in allowance company at the same track in August but an awkward start cost her.
She has been working on the track at Tampa since early February, steadily progressing from breezes over three furlongs up to four and five furlongs, and her latest work was extremely eyecatching (fastest of 21 horses).
Ria Munk isn't drawn ideally but she should be able to get close to the rail with a lack of early pace immediately inside of her and Camacho will hopefully work his magic down the stretch.
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