Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Thursday, Feb. 9

Preview: As we thought, Wednesday’s card was chalky, especially when the races came off the turf due to rain on Tuesday. The first Thursday card of the meet features only 8 races. Here’s hoping they are back on the turf, but you never know. Leading jockey Daniel Centeno won twice Wednesday, once via disqualification.

Race 3 – Tam
#1 Descarado (7-2) ****
Our Eyes: Takes a big drop in class in her second off the layoff, a move trainer Darien Rodriguez is 33% with. Jockey Pablo Morales keeps the mount and is 25% with Rodriguez over the last year. — Jeff Nahill
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 8 units to show.

Race 4 – Tam
#5 Stadium (3-2) TURF ONLY *****
Our Eyes: This looks like a single in all of the exotics as Centeno rides for trainer Arnaud Delacour. Takes huge drop in class and comes out of a key race that has produced three winners from five starters so far. — Jeff Nahill.
Jeff’s Playbook: 5 units to win and 10 units to place. EXBX 5-4.

Race 8 – Tam
#9 I Dream of Lois (4-1) TURF ONLY ****
Our Eyes: Centeno has ridden this filly twice in a row, breaking her maiden over this course and then was sixth against in class here and Centeno is 2-for-5 with trainer Kathleeen Demasi at the meet. — Jeff Nahill
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.



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