Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 8

Preview: Seems like a pretty good card and one that could produce some prices. Watch out for trainer GR Trisler who has won four winners over the last three programs with jockeys Fernando De La Cruz, Scott Spieth and Huber Villa Gomez.


Race 6: #10 Benne First Baby (8-1)

Jockey Scott Spieth and trainer Aldana Gonzalez have been a hot combination lately. Gonzalez is 22% when running a horse first off the claim.


Race 7:  #3 Travel Required (6-1) ***

Horses from Chicago have done well at the meet like this gelding. Trainer Michele Boyce has two wins at the meet already and her 6-year-old has won here in the past. Plus the gelding is coming out of a key race that has produced two winners.

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Horse racing, Pimlico, Triple Crown

Pimlico Race Course opinions for Saturday, May 16

The Pimlico is here and I’m not going to try to re-invent the wheel. I still think the West Coast horses are the best so here are my picks:

#8 Firing Line (4-1)

#1 American Pharoah (4-5)

#2 Dortmund (7-2)

#5 Tale of Verve (30-1)

Comment: I’m sticking with Firing Line and hope jockey Gary Stevens can get him to switch leads down the lane this time.


Here are some other races on the card:

Race 1: #7 Mafia Muscle Man (turf only) (6-1)

Trainer Larry Rivelli is based in Chicago, yet he picks this spot for this 2-year-old to make his debut. He also owns the colt and the sire Lewis Michael is 15% with first-time turfers. Rivelli is 27% with first-timers and gets Javier Casellano to ride. Play an exacta box with #8 FINNEGAN (6-5), who is supposed to be trainer Wesley Ward’s next big Ascot thing.


Race 3: #10 Chiropractor (7-2)

Trainer Tom Proctor is going to have a barn on the East Coast based near Pimlico and starts this Kitten’s Joy first-timer on the turf, where the sire is 17% first-time turf. One of Proctor’s West Coast jockeys, Drayden Van Dyke, rides, but they have been cold lately.


Race 6: #2 Hooligan (4-1)

Trainer Wesley Ward is almost an automatic play in a 5-furlong turf sprint and here he gets jockey John Velazquez aboard (22% together).


Race 9: #1 Bocaouva (8-1), #8 Watsdachances (6-1), #9 Token of Love (5-1).

One of the toughest races on the card, BOCAOUVA had a ton of trouble in her last race and drawing the No. 1 hole here is no bargain. Will use all three in all vertical bets.


Race 10: #7 Gimme Da Lute (3-1)

Trainer Bob Baffert is an amazing 39% with horses going sprint-route-sprint and that’s what this 3-year-old does after finishing third to Competitive Edge in the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day.


Race 12: #10 Manchurian High (turf only) (15-1)

Jockey Gary Stevens doesn’t need to ride every race so he must have gotten a good story on this gelding to ride for little-known trainer Lilli Kurtinecz. The 7-year-old has won twice over this Pimlico turf course and will be charging down the lane. He also comes out of a key race with three next out winners. This is one of tougher races on the card so go for a price.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 21

If it’s Wednesday at Del Mar, there must be a Pick Six carryover. Oops, nope, sorry. There was a carryover going into Sunday, but favorites or near favorites winning the last three races saw the pool taken home.

So there are 12 days of racing left and barns will be looking for shipping money. Watch big drops on horses by outfits looking to cash.

FIRST RACE: 1. Sweet Assay, 2. Golden Production, 3. Upbeat Mood. LONG SHOT: Brilliant Melody.

SWEET ASSAY just missed first time over the course and now gets leading rider Rafael Bejarano. You really don’t have to look much further.


SECOND RACE: 1. No Rachmones. 2. Zip Cat, 3. Congregationalist. LONG SHOT: Langfurs Lightning.

NO RACHMONES has one career win and it was over the Del Mar Polytrack. Trainer Peter Miller gets this horse back from Chicago and puts Garrett Gomez aboard to ride.


THIRD RACE: 1. Three Cuties, 2. Unkept Rendez Vous, 3. La Torera. LONG SHOT: Frequent Fame.

THREE CUTIES is another horse for the course with both career wins over the Polytrack. Of course, a couple years ago she helped one Pick Six bettor win a $1 million. The 5-year-old mare has been away since March, but should be ready to run.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Sebastian Flyte, 2. Oak Kye Why, 3. Copper Bay. LONG SHOT: Facoltoso.

The rail on turf course is at 14 feet. SEBASTIAN FLYTE has a win on the Del Mar green and now goes to trainer Adam Kitchingman. The 6-year-old horse has a good work since his tough luck fourth-place finish on July 25.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Anythingtogeteven, 2. Mosso, 3. Sir Barclay. LONG SHOT: Sooo Major.

ANYTHINGTOGETEVEN finished fourth at this level after press the pace. The son of Time to Get Even got in a little tight in the stretch and jockey Edwin Maldonado returns for the ride.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Raised a Secret, 2. Master Chef, 3. Indian Classic. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

RAISED A SECRET took third-place in the Real Good Deal Stakes for Cal-breds and now drops into an allowance race. Jockey Gary Stevens might have made a premature move last time and this distance might suit the son of Songandaprayer perfectly.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. WHAT A SPOT (best bet), 2. Smooth Talker, 3. Burns Turn. LONG SHOT: Diocesan Policy.

Tough race, but we’re going to the Tom Proctor due of WHAT A SPOT and SMOOTH TALKER for the exacta. WHAT A SPOT is trying two turns on the turf for the first time and she is bred to relish it, being my Arch out of a Theatrical mare.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Floatthrutheair, 2. Katey Pie. 3. Oh My Enberg. LONG SHOT: Big G Secret Crab.

Another tough race and to see a Pick Six carryover today wouldn’t be a surprise. FLOATTHRUTHEAIR is first off the claim for Miller and has some decent works for her return to the races since April 20.

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