Sunday, April 24, 2016

O'Connell Seeks Win 1,800 in Fifth at Tampa

Today's fifth race at Tampa Bay, scheduled post at 2:54 p.m., could be a round-numbered landmark for trainer Kathleen O'Connell.

O'Connell is going into the race with 1,799 wins.  She will send out Dannhauser, who rates a solid chance in the 1 1/16 mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.  The race is a $32,000 allowance/optional claimer with a $24,000 purse.

Dannhauser is 9-2 in the morning line in the eight-horse field and will be ridden by his regular jockey Ronald Allen Jr.

Dannhauser, an 8-year-old, finished sixth, fourth and eighth in his last three starts in deep fields. Prior to that he had two optional claimer wins at Tampa Bay.

Dannhauser  usually runs from off the pace. He could benefit from a likely duel up front because four entrants have histories of early speed.

They are Spark Kit, Comanche's Storm, Doiamkeyahappy and  Chas the Man. 

Ringold, the 3-2 morning line favorite, also races from off  the pace.  He finished  second and third in his last two races, both on turf at Tampa  Bay at levels similar to today's race.

Antonio Gallardo will ride Ringold for trainer/owner Jamie Ness.

Dannhauser is O'Connell's only entrant at any track.  Her next starters will be on Wednesday, with two at Tampa Bay.
--Jim Freer


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