Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 29

Preview: Rains hit again Wednesday forcing races off the turf. With Thursday a day off, hopefully the turf course will be dried on Friday. Jockeys Antonio Gallardo, Jose Ferrer and Ronnie Allen Jr. all doubled Wednesday. Both of Gallardo’s wins were for leading trainer Jamie Ness at short prices.

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Race 2: #6 Ms Hoochie Coochie (9-2) 

Three of the last four times this mare has been in a claiming race, she has won. Trainer Joe Woodard drops hers from an allowance race to the claimers and jockey Daniel Centeno, who has won three races with Woodard at the meet, keeps the mount.

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Race 6: #9 Quality Hey (7-2)            

Trainer Keith Nations has been trying to figure out this filly as he sprinted her and then went long. He cuts her back here and he speed and stamina should be tough. Nation is 31% with horses in their third race off a layoff.  – J

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Race 8: #3 Hey Girl Hey (4-1)         

This filly’s lone turf try at Gulfstream Park West should be tough to beat at this level. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is 30% with class droppers at Tampa. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. is 21% with O’Connell at the meet.

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