The final two heats on Tampa Bay Downs‘ Wednesday’s eight-race card are a maiden and a entry-level turf allowance, both for 3-year-olds.
In the finale, #6 OUR COUNTRY (2-1) figures to be a lot lower than his morning line price and looks superior from a class perspective. Fourth in his debut behind the likes of future graded stakes winners Field Pass and Decorated Invader, he later placed third to Structor in the Pilgrim (G3), and then finished less than three lengths behind that same rival in the Breeders’ Cup.
Our Country looks to be a single in the final Double wager of the card, but the 6-furlong maiden that goes as Race 7 looks like a good spot to stand against 3-1 morning line favorite #1 Sky Mischief, a close second over this track two back but a weakening fifth when facing better at Gulfstream last time.
A couple second-time starters have a right to improve significantly. #3 CARMICHAEL (6-1) was fifth against eventual Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Wells Bayou in his Keeneland debut in October. Out of G1 winner Lazy Slusan and a half to G1 winner Last Full Measure, Carmichael has tremendous upset.
Also worth using is #7 SENSE OF JUSTICE (7-2), a Godolphin-owned son of Street Sense who ran third as the favorite in his debut at Parx last July going 4 1/2 furlongs. Has the capable trainer/jock combo of Stidham/Mejia in his corner and adds Lasix for this.
Races 7-8 Double play:
- 3,7 with 6