Lambholm South Tampa Bay Stakes

2014 Lambholm South Tampa Bay

Philly AceIt is time to preview the Grade 3 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Stakes going 11/16 miles over the turf course for four year olds and upward with a purse of  $150,000. The morning line favorite is Todd Pletcher’s Salto with Luis Saez in the irons. His last win came in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park but he has raced in graded stakes events in his past. He likes to lay just off the pace and ease by them in the stretch. Second in the ML is Christophe Clement’s Philly Ace who has the riding services of Angel Serpa. Philly Ace’s last race was a fourth place finish in the El Prado stakes in December at Gulfstream. That was his only start in 2013. Prior to that was his win in a Grade 3 stakes at Calder. His running style is a lot like Salto, but he can run on the lead as well.

Guys RewardThird choice in the morning line is Dale Roman’s Guys Reward with Abdiel Jaen in the saddle. He has had graded stakes experience, but only raced twice in 2013. He likes to come from off the pace at the longer distances. Quite frankly, I am not sure what to make of him in this race. Claude McGaughey has a charge in this race that is the same odds as Guys Reward and that is Seal Cove with Joseph Rocco in the irons. He likes to come off the pace, but he has been off since July of last year. To be honest this is a tough race to figure. Salto has good numbers, but since 2012 his racing dates have been sporadic. He raced in December of that year and then was laid off till February and then was laid off again till October and then again until December 2013. I just can’t like him. Here’s the way I see it and you can take it with a grain of salt. Even though he hasn’t run much either, I like Philly Ace to win this one with Guys Reward second and Salto third. Happy Handicapping guys and gals!




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