7th-TAM, $20K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 3:30 p.m. ET
Lynne and Edward Hudson’s pricey sophomore colt CREED (Honor Code) adds spice to the Wednesday card at Tampa Bay Downs as he makes his career debut for Shug McGaughey in this elongated sprint. A son of GSP Aspiring (Seeking the Gold), the bay hammered for $650,000 at Keeneland September and boasts a strong female family. Second dam Lassie’s Legacy (Deputy Minister) is out of MGSW/GISP Weekend Surprise (Secretariat), making her a half-sister to the legendary A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) and MGISW Summer Squall (Storm Bird). Creed shows a steady worktab at Payson Park going back to early February, highlighted by a half-mile gate breeze in :49 flat (3/13) Apr. 13. McGaughey then tightened the screws with an easy three-furlong move in :39 flat (4/4) Sunday.
Of the horses with experience, Lothenbach Stables’ Blame the Cake (Blame) looms as a likely favorite. Bought for $160,000 at OBS April, the Ian Wilkes trainee debuted with a big effort for his patient stable, running a close second against fellow New York-breds July 14 at Saratoga, but retreated to be a well-beaten fourth when favored Aug. 28 at the Spa. Off since then, he returns with a half-dozen breezes at Lambholm South in tow, capped by a four-panel spin from the gate in :50 flat (1/2) Apr. 16. TJCIS PPs —@JBiancaTDN