Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Nov. 26 (Opening day)

Preview: The start of a new meet at Tampa Bay Downs and there is one big change to watch: three-time leading jockey Antonio Gallardo is riding in New York this winter so there will be a new top dog. Veterans Daniel Centeno (not riding today), Ronnie Allen Jr., Dean Butler and Fernando De La Criz bare watching. Newcomers to watch are Angel Cruz plus Edwin Gonzalez and Albin Jimenez. The latter two have agent Mike Moran, who was Gallardo’s agent so he has the connections. Also keep track of where the winning horses last ran because horses come from all over for this meet.

Race 4: #7 Supermans Cape (8-1): This colt has been away for more than a year and if there is any trainer can get them ready off such a layoff it’s Larry Rivelli, who is 27% with horses off a 90-plus day layoff. A son of Cape Blanco, he should enjoy the turf.

Race 6: #3 Huntstown (8-1): This gelding had a second over this turf course earlier this year and fits nicely with this group. Ran mainly against Indiana-breds this summer, but no worries about that. He has the best late pace rating from Brisnet.

Race 7: #2 Bluegrass Kid (6-1): This gelding has won over the track before and loves the 6-furlong distance with four wins. Has the top early pace rating and trainer Benny Feliciano is 29% with shippers. On top of that comes out of a key race which has produced two next out winners.

Race 11: #2 Nightbar (4-1): We’ve already extolled the virtues of trainer Larry Rivelli off a long layoff. Now add in a horse that won his first two races over this track plus the fact that the gelding comes out of a race in March that produced three next out winners.

Good luck

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, April 29

Preview: Back to a nine-race card. Jockeys Dean Butler and Pablo Morales have the most wins the last seven days.

Race 2 – Tam

#5 Staff Sgt Reckless (7-2): This filly drops to her lowest level ever for trainer Joan Scott, who is 28% when moving a horse from a MSW to a maiden claimer. Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo jumps on.

                              

Race 4 – Tam

#4 Paltarrevenge (4-1): Trainer Maria Bowersock is 25% first off the claim and moves this gelding up after a win on the main track. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. jumps on.

 

Race 6 – Tam

#3 Step Two (turf only) (7-2): Throw out that last race at Gulfstream Park and look at that race at Tampa Bay two back.Jockey Pedro Cotto Jr. is 6-for-12 with trainer Joe Minieri at this meet.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, April 27

Preview: It’s a 10-race card, but not an overabundance of horses. Rain was forecast on Monday so we’ll have to see if they stay on the turf. Trainer Dennis Ward won twice on Sunday and so did leading jockey Antonio Gallardo.

 

Race 3 – Tam

#4 Stately Defence (5-1): This mare has been claimed in two of her last three races. John Rigattieri gives her a try and he is 32% first off the claim. He gets jockey Daniel Centeno to ride and they are 26% over the last year.

                              

Race 5 – Tam

#2 Dramatic Entry (12-1): Trainer John Vinson is 40% when taking a horse from the turf to the dirt like this gelding. He is also dropping him in class plus jockey Manoel Cruz jumps on and they are 2-for-8 at the meet.

 

Race 6 – Tam

#2 Mini Channel (turf only) (5-2): Trainer Arnaud Delacour showed speed last time in a MSW and now drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. Big jockey switch to Daniel Centeno, who has ridden 30% winners for this barn this meet.

 

Race 10 – Tam

#5 Gold Value (10-1): Trainer Joseph Arboritanza is a master with cutbacks and moves this filly goes from a route to a sprint. Jockey Willie Martinez has his only two wins at the meet for Arboritanza.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, April 23

Race 6: #4 Manos Arriba (12-1): Trainer Jennifer Hayford-Quinones hasn’t won a race at the meet yet, but she was f-for-2 last year when taking a horse from turf to dirt like this 3-year-old filly.

                              

Race 7: #6 Hey Girl Hey (3-1): Trainer Kathleen O’Connell drops this filly out of a stakes race and searches for her first turf win. Jockey Antonio Gallardo jumps on and he’s 21% with O’Connell at the meet.

 

Race 9: #9 Street Play (6-1): Trainer Arnaud Delacour is a master getting a horse to win first out with a 21% win percentage. The daughter of Street Sense out of the stakes-winning mare Megahertz is bred to love the green.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, April 22

BuPreview: After an 0-for-7 on Wednesday, leading jockey Antonio Gallardo is 2 for his last 23. Jockey Scott Spieth won twice on Wednesday. Jockey Fernando De La Cruz is riding at Indiana Grand.

 

Race 5 – Tam

#7 Rasta Friends (8-1): Trainer Dennis Ward is good at moving horses up in class, with a 21% winning percentage when he does it. Jockey Vicky Baze will ride.

                              

Race 6 – Tam

#7 Steve Came Thru (6-1): Trainer Kathleen O’Connell drops this gelding in class and cuts him back from two turns to 7 furlongs. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. jumps back on and he has had success with this 5-year-old earlier in the meet.

 

Race 8 – Tam

#9 Dealingatthegate (6-1): Trainer Edward Williams has good numbers at Tampa with stretching a horse out for the first like he is doing with this gelding. Good grass rider Daniel Centeno jumps, which is a positive sign.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, April 16

Race 1: #4 Fifth Street (5-2): This gelding has done a lot of winning at Tampa, including once this meet. Now trainer Benny Feliciano drops him in class plus goes from route to sprint, a move he is 32% with.

Race 5: #6 Commissionette (6-1) (turf only): Trainer Ben Colebrook has been trying to get this filly on the grass in her last two races, but the rain gods have interfered. They might again today, but if they don’t Colebrook is 21% going from dirt to turf.

Race 9: #2 Grandpa’s Star (9-2): This filly is running her second race off more than a year away and trainer Anthony Granitz, who is good with horses going two turns, decides to get leading rider Antonio Gallardo.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, April 8

 

Race 4 – Tam

#8 Skyfirm (3-1): Trainer Jason DaCosta has been a 39% trainer in dirt routes at Tampa in the past and he gets leading rider Antonio Gallardo to ride here.

                              

Race 5 – Tam: #3 Starship Bellagio (30-1) 

One gets the feeling trainer Dennis Ward is hoping this one comes off the grass. Ward is 22% with horses moving up two or more classes. This filly doesn’t have a win on the turf but she does have a win on an off track. Hmmm.

                     

Race 10 – Tam

#3 Chilham Court (6-1): We’ve espoused what a good meet Kathleen O’Connell has had this year and here she teams up with jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. and they are a 24% combination.

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