Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Dec. 19


Preview: Now this what bettors want: full fields all around and that’s what this card so hopefully there are a few bombs in the bunch. The rail post has only won one of 25 races in turf routes.


Race 2 : #8 Gasolina (3-1)

As we have stated before trainer Efren Loza Jr. is deadly with first-time starters (46%) and even more deadly with those debuting in MSW (62%). Loza puts go-to jockey Pedro Cotto Jr. (4-for-7) aboard.


Race 8: #8 Unbridled Trick (20-1)

This 2-year-old is getting little support on the morning-line because he is coming from a smaller circle in Ohio. Trainer Jason DaCosta is 36% with horses coming off a 46-90-day layoff. On top of that, this horse is coming off a win in a $150,000 and four of the first seven to return from that race have won.

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