The Xpressbet analyst offers his plays for Fridays and Saturdays. Jeff is on a hot streak going with 6 wins, 2 seconds and 1 scratch in his last 8 picks.
Second Race – Tampa Bay Downs
3 – Liberate (5/2)
Launches a comeback following a series of sharp local drills that should have him fit and ready. 3-year-old gelding won four of five races last year, including three stakes — his only defeat coming when encountering a much troubled trip in a race that is best ignored. A three-time winner sprinting by a combined 32 ½ lengths, the son of Gemologist is listed as the second choice at 5/2 behind the unbeaten filly The Goddess Lyssa, but expected him to wear down that quick rival in the final furlong.
Ninth Race – Tampa Bay Downs
7 – Idle Time (5/2)
Was an excellent runner-up in a similar maiden affair over this course in late March, staying on gamely to be well clear of the rest in promising debut for top connections. The son of Into Mischief from the Christophe Clement barn should appreciate today’s extra half-furlong, switches to top rider Antonio Gallardo, and at 5/2 on the morning should be along in time as a win play and rolling exotic single.
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