Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, April 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Eartha, 2. Aunt Irene, 3. She’s a Fair Catch. LONG SHOT: Commission.

SECOND RACE: 1. Drill Bit, 2. Hubba Bubba, 3. Old Fort. LONG SHOT: Stealadeal.

THIRD RACE: 1. Mozano (best bet), 2. Poznan, 3. Three Olivez. LONG SHOT: Cliffy.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Elusive Ryder, 2. Denver, 3. Scarlet Bow. LONG SHOT: Drinks On Maggie.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Sent From Heaven, 2. Never Have I ever, 3. Game Day Drama. LONG SHOT: Jrock.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Gonasairlcanget, 2. Marchenwald, 3. Florida Rust. LONG SHOT: Syzygy.

SEVENTH RACE : 1. Sky Mischief, 2. Carmichael, 3. Battle Rags. LONG SHOT: Now I’m Broke.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bitcoin Passion, 2. Our Country, 3. Tapage. LONG SHOT: Pretendant.

Good luck, Stay safe.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs stakes opinions for Saturday, March 7

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Commence, 2. Mr. Kringle, 3. Chapalu. LONG SHOT: King Theo.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Trophy Chaser, 2. Prompt, 3. King for a Day. LONG SHOT: Debbie’s Passion.

NINTH RACE: 1. Beautiful Lover, 2. Magic Star, 3. Starship Jubilee. LONG SHOT: Hanalei Moon.

10TH RACE: 1. Ivyetsu, 2. New York Groove, 3. Walk in Marrakesh. LONG SHOT: Outburst.

11TH RACE: 1. Spa City, 2. Chance It, 3. Solo Volante. LONG SHOT: King Guillermo.

12TH RACE: 1. Pechanga (best bet), 2. Desert Legacy, 3. Stop War. LONG SHOT: Tourist Like Me.

Good luck

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Thursday, Dec. 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Flash Man, 2. Elvis Cole, 3. Zechariah. LONG SHOT: Foot in the Door.

SECOND RACE: 1. Steady Earner, 2. Wapiti Way, 3. Striking Heir. LONG SHOT: Nicole Munnings.

THIRD RACE : 1. Lil Brown Sparrow, 2. Sweet Blossom, 3. Abilify. LONG SHOT: More Than Gracious.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Elusive Ryder, 2. Tale of V K, 3. Brewedtobeperfect. LONG SHOT: Dating.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Travel Agent, 2. Tactical Quality, 3. Participation Cup. LONG SHOT: Hay Bo.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Commander’s Intent, 2. Shakem N Breakem. 3. Acaseaday. LONG SHOT: Mighty Pete.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. And Won, 2. Namarunu., 3. Boubon Extension. LONG SHOT: Coltrane.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Fashion Rules (best bet), 2. Speedy Vanessa, 3. Flashing Red. LONG SHOT: My Girl Sweet.

NINTH RACE: 1. Nobodyknowsnothin, 2. Day Trip, 3. Kholstomer. LONG SHOT: Blame the Makers.

Good luck.

LAST FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Lil’s Turn $4.40, first race; Dream Liner $7.80, second)

Second choice winners: 1 (Strong Gem $10.80, third)

Third choice winners: 2 (Simple Great $4.60 eighth; Slick as Ice $8.20, 10th)

Long shot winners: 1 (Caspian Tale $13.40, seventh)

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Dec. 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Reeder (best bet), 2. D’craziness, 3. Legacy Azteca. LONG SHOT: Resident.

SECOND RACE: 1. Charging Renee, 2. Capturemenow, 3. Shenu Shenume. LONG SHOT: Bella Gianna.

THIRD RACE: 1. Painter’s Pride, 2. Browns Gap, 3. Done Acting. LONG SHOT: The Great Loudini.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Flaming Indy, 2. Ferland’s Prospect, 3. Our Little Devil. LONG SHOT: Bareback Fun.

FIFTH RACE: 1.Whispering Slow, 2. Summer Clothes, 3. Micheline. LONG SHOT: Moon Rover.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Brandt, 2. Last Promise, 3. Epic Junior. LONG SHOT: High Rolling Dude.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Marmalade, 2. Alabama Bound, 3. Morgan’s Z Va. LONG SHOT: Takin It Easy.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Nick the Cardshark, 2. Zorb, 3. Tony. LONG SHOT: Johnny U.

NINTH RACE: 1. Zodiac Princess, 2. Stormy D, 3. Haniel. LONG SHOT: Sundrenched.

Good luck.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Nov. 27 (Opening day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Ben of the Bush, 2. Attack Zone, 3. Man Upstairs. LONG SHOT: Johnny Action.

SECOND RACE: 1. Prima Gold, 2. Simply Great, 3. Luna Azteca. LONG SHOT: Flashy Patch.

THIRD RACE: 1. Shakem N Breakem, 2. Attika, 3. Maspero. LONG SHOT: Commander’s Intent.

FOURTH RACE: 1. HALFBACK (BEST BET), 2. Josie’s Riddle, 3. Tony. LONG SHOT: Miami Smuggler.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Payday Too, 2. Mr. Discretionary, 3. Break in the Storm. LONG SHOT: Toss.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Two Step Beat, 2. Tale of V K, 3. Victim. LONG SHOT: Discrimanation.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Astute Warrior, 2. Front Line Paige, 3. Domain. LONG SHOT: Enduring Honor.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Box Candy, 2. Lem Me Tel Ya, 3. King Daddio. LONG SHOT: Credit Cycle.

NINTH RACE: 1. Zodiac Princess, 2. Jost Sayin, 3. Painted Image. LONG SHOT: Lovely Arabella.

Good luck.

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Churchill Downs, Horse racing, Kentucky Derby, Tampa Bay Downs

Churchill Downs opinions for Saturday, May 4 (plus some Tampa Bay Downs)

Preview: Expect a wet track at some point today and a softer turf course. Rain is suppose to hit hardest around 1 p.m.

12TH RACE (Grade I Kentucky Derby: 1. Improbable, 2. Game Winner, 3. Roadster, 4. Vekoma. LONG SHOT: By My Standards.
If it’s Derby Day we must be in trainer Bob Baffert’s world and we’re just living in it. Baffert can pull off a race feat here by hitting the trifecta with all three of his entries. Improbable is my choice off his runner-up efforts to Omaha Beach, who had to scratch out of the race with a balky throat. All three of Baffert’s horses, including Game Winner and Roadster, are coming up to the race in fine form and a win by any of them wouldn’t surprise me.

Other Churchill Downs stakes

SIXTH RACE (Grade I Humana Distaff): 1. Talk Veuve to Me, 2. Marley’s Freedom, 3. Spiced Perfection, 4. Emboldened. LONG SHOT: Mia Mischief.

SEVENTH RACE )Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile): 1. Beau Recall, 2. Daddy Is a Legend, 3. Precieuse, 4. Valedictorian. LONG SHOT: Environs.

EIGHTH RACE (Grade I Churchill Downs): 1. Do Share, 2. Mitole, 3. Uncontested, 4. Whitmore. LONG SHOT: Warrior’s Club.

NINTH RACE (Grade II American Turf): 1. Marquee Prince, 2. Seismic Wave, 3. Digital Age, 4. Social Paranoia. LONG SHOT: Henley’s Joy.

10TH RACE (Grade III Pat Day Mile): 1. Instagrand, 2. Durkin’s Call, 3. Mr Money Bags, 4. Last Judgment. LONG SHOT: Dunph.

11TH RACE (Grade I Turf Classic): 1. Brick and Mortar (best bet), 2. Multiplier, 3. Ticonderoga, 4. Next Shares. LONG SHOT: Synchrony.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS
FOURTH RACE: 1. Sir Higgins, 2. Market Swings, 3. No choice. LONG SHOT: Trap Music.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pure Luck, 2. Silver Shield, 3. Solid. LONG SHOT: Edelman’s Catch.
10TH RACE: 1. Sugar Cane Girl, 2. Crown of Joy, 3. Speeding Starlet. LONG SHOT: Patient Digna.
Good luck.
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Santa Anita and Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 9

PREVIEW: Had some family issues on Friday so didn’t get to handicap the full Santa Anita card. Beside, it was suppose to rain overnight leaving the condition of the main track and turf course in question. I will be surprised if anything other than the stakes races are run on the grass. I have handicapped only the stakes races in Arcadia today.
I have also included the four stakes races being run at Tampa Bay Downs today.

SANTA ANITA

RACE 5 (Grade Ii Las Virgenes): 1. Bellafina, 2. Enaya Alrabb, 3. Mother Mother. LONG SHOT: Tomlin.

RACE 7 (Grade III Thunder Road): 1. Blackjackcat, 2. Le Ken, 3. River Boyne. LONG SHOT: True Valour.

RACE 9 (Grade II San Marcos): 1. Chicago Style, 2. Beach View, 3. Epical. LONG SHOT: Sejo.
First off, let me say I handicapped this race thinking trainer Bob Baffert will scratch Roman Rosso and Dabster if this race stays on the grass. Both horses have never run on the green stuff and I don’t Baffert intends to do it here. I also don’t think Prince of Arabia will run if it’s not on the main track. Love Chicago Style here. He can handle a softer turf course and others in here have proven they can’t.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

EIGHTH RACE (Grade III Tampa Bay) 1. Qurbaan, 2. Heart to Heart, 3. Inspector Lynley. LONG SHOT: Irish Strait.

NINTH RACE (Suncoast): 1. Her Royal Highness, 2. Sweet Diane, 3. Lady Kate. LONG SHOT: Point of Honor.

10TH RACE (Grade III Endeavour): 1. Get Explicit, 2. Bombshell, 3. Hawksmoor. LONG SHOT: Viva Vegas.
Note: Trainer Chad Brown intends to scratch Rymska and run her at Gulfstream Park.

11TH RACE (Grade III Sam F. Davis): 1. Well Defind, 2. Knicks Go, 3. Cave Run. LONG SHOT: Still Dreaming.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 4 (Runningwscissors $5, first race; Award It $4.20, third; Red King $7.40, sixth; Mobou $4.40, eighth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Mongolian Window $6.80, second; Ax Man $6.20, seventh)

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 24

Preview: Not the best of cards, but at least they have a maiden grass sprint. Heading into the final two weeks of the meet, the jockeys’ race appears to be a three-horse race: Flavien Prat 28-146, Rafael Bejarano 25-122 and Santiago Gonzalez 23-160..

Race 1: 1. #2 Fruity (7-2), 2. Desert Madam, 3. Take It Easyplease. LONG SHOT: Ipray.
Jockey Flavien Prat jumps on this filly, which tries two turns on the dirt for the first time. Trainer Matthew Chew claimed her out of her last and drops her into this spot off a win over the track.

Race 2: 1. Magic Tatse, 2. Silver Chrome, 3. Citori. LONG SHOT: Footloos Indy Lane.

Race 3: 1. Eddie’s Turn, 2. Eight Spokes, 3. Never Say Try. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

Race 4: 1. #6 Moonlight Blue (4-1), 2. Three Eclipse, 3. Sorry Erik. LONG SHOT: Ucanthankmelater.
Most of the 2-year-olds in this race are going around two turns for the first time. This gelding has been running in Florida and looks for the Ship ‘N Win bonus. Trainer Vladimir Cerin is 21% first time with a horse and 20% with horses off a 31 to 60-day layoff. This one also drops into a maiden claimer for the first time.

Race 5: 1. Soi Phet, 2. The Gomper, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Grazen Sky.

Race 6: 1. #5 Schwary’s Girl (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Lori’s Attitude, 3. Could Be Magic. LONG SHOT: White Rock Lake.
Love the Australian sire Lonhro, especially on the turf where he gets 14% winners first time out. This filly has a good last work and trainer Mike Puype is 20% with jockey Stewart Elliott.

Race 7: 1. Blue Tone, 2. Conquest Cobra, 3. Avanti Bello. LONG SHOT: War Envoy.

Race 8: 1. Sidepocket Run, 2. Revenue Virginius, 3. Hennythelovepenny. LONG SHOT: Desert Thief.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs for Saturday, Jan. 30

Preview: Sure hoping the turf course is dried out from Wednesday and Thursday rains or this could be a bad card. Check the weather report and morning scratches.

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Race 6: 14 Punchyourlitesout (12-1)

Must draw in to the main body of the race, but if he does, watch out. This colt finished seventh in his first race in more than two years. Trainer Larry Rivelli drops him more than two levels, a move he is 33% with. Also, jockey Daniel Centeno keeps the mount.

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Race 9: #4 Ringold (6-1)              

This gelding has been running in South Florida and ends up here in the Larry Rivelli barn, which is 24% with horses first time. Look for improvement here.

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Race 10: #1 Lighthouse Sound (turf only) (9-2)

This gelding is 2-for-2 at the meet and trainer Darien Rodriguez decided to claim him to go for the hat trick. Rodriguez is 38% first off the claim and leading jockey Antonio Gallardo keeps the mount.

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