Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Feb. 21

Preview: Not a bad card. The smallest field is in the first with just seven horses. Trainer Tom Proctor has won 3 of his last 9 starters while his usual jockey Brian Pedroza is 3 for his last 10 starts. Big long shots on Friday’s card. Let’s hope it continues.

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Race 1: #6 Misty Steps (15-1)

 Trainer Anthony Granitz has done well here in the last in dirt route races. This filly is trying two turns for the first time in a long time, but Granitz is 14% going sprint to route. This 4-year-old has Brisnet’s best late pace rating.

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Race 6: #2 Glencoe Girl (turf only) (12-1) 

Trainer Graham Motion tried to get this filly on the turf first time out but it was taken off and she still finished third on the dirt. The race is under her belt and now Motion adds Lasix and he’s 23% first time Lasix. The sire Giant’s Causeway is 9% first time turf.

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Race 7: #4 Jersey Blue Giant (6-1) 

This gelding has won 5 of 7 on the main tack here. Trainer Joe Woodard is 25% third off the layoff and jockey Angel Serpa keeps the mount.

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Race 8: #6 Captain Kitten (turf only) (12-1)

This 3-year-old broke his maiden at first asking on the turf at Delaware Park. Trainer Steve Epley Jr. brings him down for his first start of 2016 and he is 27% with horses off a 90-plus day layoff and he gets good turf jockey Daniel Centeno.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 9

Race 5: #3 Schoolofhardknocks (6-1)

Once upon a time, this gelding was thought to be something in Southern California. Didn’t quite live up to the hyp and now is in the Brian Lynch barn. Lynch usually runs at Gulfstream Park, but when he ships to Tampa he means business. Nice inside draw for this 5-year-old and jockey Angel Serpa rides.
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Race 9: #10 Supreme Justice (10-1)

Trainer G. Ray Trisler has four wins in the last two weeks and is hitting 33% for the meet. This gelding looks to continue the hot streak as he drops in class and comes out of key race that has produced two winners so far.

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Race 10: #9 Cee ‘n O (4-1)

This 5-year-old runs for the hottest jockey-trainer combo in Antonio Gallardo and Jamie Ness. The gelding is also coming out of a Laurel race that has produced two next out winners and he has a good work over the track.

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