By Bob Bauer
Wednesday's nine race card starts this week's action at the Oldsmar oval. The first Post time is scheduled for 12:20 PM.
Today's feature, Race 5, presents a compact but competitive group of older Fillies and Mares. They will run a mile on the grass under $27,000 NW1X conditions. Horse players could make a case for each runner here.
Post time is 2:18 PM. Live coverage on RadioStPete.com, including the call from track announcer Jason Beam starts at 2:15 pm.
IN ITALIAN (2) from the Chad Brown barn gets top billing. This lightly raced four year old Filly (only two tries) has shown ability both times. Last March 28th, she missed by only a neck at eight and one-half furlongs on the Tampa turf, after some traffic issues along the way. Samy Camacho was aboard then and returns here.
Following that, she went to Belmont on May 8, where she wired a classy group of $90,000 Maiden Special runners. This daughter of Irish sire DUBAWI cost over $600,000 as a baby and she has performed as the real thing, so far. She returns to Tampa today to get this Allowance win and then go after bigger prizes later this season. The 249 day layoff is a concern, but Brown wins at a robust 28% clip after a 90 day absence.
THE BET $20 to win on IN ITALIAN (2) and a $5 exacta box with JEAN V'S LEGACY (5)
Also, a $2 exacta box with those two and JOYUS TIMES (4). 2,4,5 Total Bet $42
~ GOOD LUCK!!
We were close, but didn't cash. The win and place wager was third, had first and third in the exacta. Lost $32, the bankroll is now $1,137.40.