Saturday, February 22, 2020

BAUER'S BETS: Fast & Firm, Stakes Doubleheader at Tampa

Fans of speed on the green are in for a treat today, as the Downs features a pair of $100,000, five furlong turf stakes.

Race 6 is the Turf Dash Stakes with four year-olds and up. Post time is 3:15 PM.

JUSTAHOLIC (10) is the choice in a very competitive affair. He earned a lifetime best turf figure in a (four plus lengths) win in a Stakes race at Monmouth in late September. Should be ready to roll, has won fresh in the past. Logged six local works for trainer Tom Clark, including three "bullets". Regular rider Jose Ferrer returns. A repeat of his last race wins here.

THE BET  $20 to win on JUSTAHOLIC (10) and a $10 exacta box with EXTRAVAGANT KID (8). 8,10. Also a $1 trifecta box with those two and PAY ANY PRICE (1) and FACTION CAT (6).  1,6,8,10.  Total Bet $64.

RACE 8 showcases older Fillies and Mares in the Lightning City Stakes with the same purse and distance. Post time is 4:15 PM.

JO JO AIR (1) is very sharp now for conditioner Wesley Ward, well known for success with turf sprinters. She showed quality in her last race at Gulfstream, overcoming a slow start (last in a field of six, at five furlongs) to win and record a lifetime best turf figure. Last season's top jock Samy Camacho rides. Has a half-dozen works on the grass since December 26.

THE BET  $10 to win on JO JO AIR (1) and a $10 exacta box with JEAN ELIZABETH (9). 1,9. Also, a $2 exacta box with ESCAPADE (11). 1,9,11. Total Bet $ 42.

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