Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, March 11

Race 6: #3 Shaikha (5-2)

This 5-year-old mare broke her maiden on the dirt last time, but has been a turf horse to that point. She returns to the turf for trainer John Rigattieri and jockey Dyn Panell, who are a 23% combination.

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Race 7: #5 Ghost Hunter (5-2)

This gelding loves this track with two wins and a second in three tries over it. Trainer Jamie Ness stretches him back out and leading jockey Antonio Gallardo stays aboard.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Feb. 6

Race 4: #4 Hank’ster (4-1)

Trainer Jason Da Costa is 28% at the meet and he decides to put blinkers on this son of Wildcat Heir, who finished sixth in this debut. Da Costa and jockey Fernando De la Cruz are looking for more speed as this 3-year-old drops his claiming price in half ($50,000 to $25,000).

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Race 9: #1 Shaikha (turf only) (8-5)

This 5-year-old mare has been facing way tougher in New York and before that at Gulfstream Park. She has 7 runner-up finishes in 16 lifetime starts and might finally have found a class level she can win at. She has tactical speed and jockey Dyn Panell is 24% with trainer John Rigattieri.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Dec. 26

Race 1: #8 Lightning Quick (9-2)

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell has gotten off to a fast start at the meet, mainly with horses shipping in from Gulfstream West. This 2-year-old filly should relish the extra distance, being by Thunder Gulch and O’Cpnnell is 21% with second-time starters.

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Race 4: #5 Divining Rod (7-2)

Trainer Arnaud Delacour tried to get this son of Tapit on the grass in his debut, but it got taken off the turf and he won anyway at Laurel. So now he tries to get on the turf again and Delacour is 29% with horses that won their last race.

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Race 9: #1 Ward Three Art G (5-1)

Trainer John Rigattieri has shipped down from Suffolk Downs and put up three wins already. This 3-year-old gelding had trouble at the start in his last race and come out of a key race. Jockey Dyn Panell knows this horse well, having won three times on him.

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