Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Feb. 8

Preview: Looks like a chalky card to me, but that’s why they run the races. Keep in mind, Tampa runs 5 days a week this month by adding Thursdays so the field sizes might be down a bit. I don’t understand the rationale but that’s the schedule. I personally would just add an extra race per day and keep the 4-day week.

Race 3 – Tam
#2 Annabella Hall (6-1) ****
Our Eyes: Leading jockey Daniel Centeno rides for trainer Ian Hemingway. They are a 28% combination the last year. This mare is cutting back from two turns on the turf to one turn on the dirt. — Jeff Nahill
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 8 units to show. EXBX 2-8-7.

Race 6 – Tam
#6 Lime Beach (5-2) *****
Our Eyes: This looks like a single in all of the exotics as Centeno rides for trainer Arnaud Delacour. Has the top Brisnet Late Pace Rating. — Jeff Nahill.
Jeff’s Playbook: 5 units to win and 10 units to place.

Race 9 – Tam
#10 Gone Astray Kiss (5-1) ****
Our Eyes: Centeno might have a big day as he picks up the mount on this gelding for trainer Derek Ryan, who takes the blinkers off and he’s 20% with that move. — Jeff Nahill
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 4

Preview: At the starting of the race wee, trainer Tom Proctor was tearing it up on the turf with 8 wins from 16 starters. Derek Ryan has 4 grass wins followed by Jamie Ness, Robert Smith and Arnaud Delacour with 3 wins each. On the other end of the spectrum, Peter Wasiluk is 0-for-14, Anthony Rini is 0-for-12, William Bradley 1-for-15, Christophe Clement 1-for-13 and David Hinsley 1-for-13. Keep it in mind.

Race 3: #4 Divine Change (5-2): This filly has been running on the grass and facing better, but trainer Dale Bennett wants her maiden broken so he drops her to her lowest level ever and tries 7 furlongs on the dirt. Bennett is 30% going route to sprint and he’s 47% with jockey Pablo Morales at the meet.

Race 7: #6 Great Harbour Cay (8-1): Trainer Jamie Ness and jockey Edwin Gonzalez have been tearing it up, winning 40% of their entries at the meet. At this morning-line this is too good to pass up. Ness is 22% second off the layoff.

Race 8: #10 Tether to Reality (5-1): Joan Scott is a good trainer. She got this gelding to the finish line first in his debut at 5 years old. He is bred to run long and Harlan’s Holiday gets 13% first time winners on the grass.

Race 10: #1 Celebrity Warrior (10-1): Leading jockey Daniel Centeno takes the mount on this class dropped for trainer Derek Ryan, who is 25% with horses the first time in his care.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 7

Race 9: #2 Caged (5-2)

This colt just missed breaking his maiden going 7 furlongs and now stretches out to a mile on the turf. Trainer Derek Ryan is 15% first time turf. Sire Indian Charlie is 11% first time turf and broodmare sire Storm Cat is 18%. Jockey Daniel Centeno has seven wins over the last seven days.

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Race 11: #4 Eclipticalswildcat (5-1)

The 5-year-old has had no luck in his two Tampa races, getting checked in one race and stumbling at the start in the other. Has speed and trainer Robert Jeffries is good on the cut back in distance.

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