12/18/2015 5:02PM

Beer: Tampa Bay pick four play for Saturday, Dec. 19


Race 7:  The morning-line favorite for this maiden special weight for 2-year-olds going one mile on turf is Bluegrass Tiger (#4).  He goes for top connections, and he is likely facing easier competition than he saw in Kentucky in his first two starts, but he has done little running to this point.  I could use him as a backup, but will focus my play on others.  Gio Whiz (#6) makes his third career start in this spot, but his first routing on turf, and that could prove to be the key.  By Gio Ponti, he is out of a dam who was graded stakes-placed on grass, and he finished up well from off the pace in what looked like a prep on the dirt last time.  Cajun Colonel (#8) also makes his turf debut in this spot, with pedigree to improve with the switch (his dam posted both career wins on turf and was graded stakes-placed on that surface).  Of those with prior turf experience, I’ll give preference to Tin Whistle (#10), who raced greenly in his debut at Parx, though he has a tough post to overcome.  First-time starter Park Drive South (#5) will make the play somewhere, as he shows up with a solid series of works for a good trainer, and has plenty of pedigree.