Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Feb. 1

Preview: Trainer Gerald Bennett has slowed down since his hot start but is still atop the standings with 21 wins. Jamie Ness has gotten hot and is 16 for 50 followed by Kathleen O’Connell 13 for 76, Tom Proctor 10 for 20 and Dennis Ward 10 for 62. On the other end, Aldana Gonzalez is 1 for 38 followed by MC Readon 1 for 26, Anthony Rini 0 for 31, Bernall Rhone 0 for 30 and Robert Boileau 0 for 25.

Race 2 – Tam
#6 Plenty Elusive (6-1) ***
Our Eyes: Ness claimed this gelding and won last time out. He moves him off the frontrunning victory and he could be tough right back.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 6-3.

Race 4 – Tam
#6 Do Yahwanna Salsa (7-2) ***
Our Eyes: This is a first-timer from the Gerald Bennett barn, which gets 21% first out winners. The sire Two Step Salsa gets 14% first-time winners. Edwin Gonzalez has won 25% of his mounts with Bennett at the meet.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 6-3.

Race 5 – Tam
#5 Primordial Girl (10-1) ***
Our Eyes: Leading rider Daniel Centeno takes the mount for this shipper from Gulfstream Park. Trainer John Vinson is 33%with horses off a 90-plus day layoff and 44% with horses moving up one level in class.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 5-6-10.

Race 6 – Tam
#1 Kizuna (4-1) ****
Our Eyes: Centeno could have ridden the second choice (Ballinskelligs) but he decided to ride this mare from the Gerald Bennett barn.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 1-2-6.

Race 8 – Tam
#4 Rita (6-1) ****
Our Eyes: There is no doubt that Naifah will be tough to beat here but this filly is shipping up from Gulfstream Park where she has been facing better for trainer Ronny Werner.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 4-9.

Good luck

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