Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Feb. 8

Race 2: #2 Filantropo (5-1)

Doesn’t trainer Dennis Ward have to get hot one of these days. He’s better than a 10% trainer.

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Race 3: #6 My Cattleya (6-1)

This filly broke her maiden over at Gulfstream West (aka Calder) in October. That came on the turf, but she possess that precious commodity called speed and if she can transfer it to the dirt, she could be long gone here for trainer Saul Matos. She would appear to hold a class edge here.

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Race 5: #2 All About Avery (15-1)

Been racing at Parx. Long shot special.

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Race 6: #7 Will Run for Beer (15-1)

Another bomber to consider on win end and back up with the favorites in the exacta.

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Race 10: #5 Sunrise Bay (9-2)

This 3-year-old daughter of Jazil drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. Trainer William Hickey is 30% second time off the layoff and he is 2-for-4 with second time Lasix.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Thursdays, Feb. 5

Race 6: #8 Huichol (3-1)

Trainer Efren Loza Jr. is 48% with first-time starters from 21 starters. The son of Impervious has a good work at Gulfstream West (Calder) in preparation for this start.

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Race 9: #9 Jojalais (3-1)

This 4-year-old has been knocking on the door with leading jockey Antonio Gallardo aboard. She has speed and will use it.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 3

Race 3: #5 Tiz Sardonic Joe (7-2)

This 6-year-old horse has been facing tougher in Kentucky and New York and resurfaces at Tampa, where trainer Wesley Ward has good numbers when he ships in.

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Race 10: #5 I’m a Big Hitter (6-1)

This 3-year-old gelding makes his turf debut after pressing the pace in his debut at Gulfstream West. He takes a drop in class and goes two turns for the first time. Maybe that was the plan all along for trainer Kathleen O’Connell, who keeps leading jockey Antonio Gallardo aboard.

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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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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Dec. 20

Race 5: #5 Finura (6-1)

Has been running and training at Gulfstream West (aka Calder). Taking a drop in class here and leading jockey Antonio Gallarado gets aboard. Threw in a clunker last time and should be ready for a rebound here.

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Race 9: #10 Hold On Smokey (turf only) (5-2)

This 9-year-old has won nine times on the Tampa turf and an amazing 14 times at this 5-furlong distance. He has won off the layoff before and should be ready to go here for trainer Joyce Kielty.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Dec. 10

Thought we’d try and have some fun at another track this winter so we’re giving Tampa Bay Downs a whirl to see how it goes.

Of course, Gulfstream has the best racing in Florida in the winter, but you will see top trainer like Bill Mott ship in to Tampa with lesser stock or an easier spot for a horse.

Of people on the West Coast, trainer Tom Proctor and Eoin Harty both have strings at Tampa and you will see some of these horses in Southern California down the line.

The meet is  just underway but as we’ve noted in our picks Gulfstream West and Keeneland have proven to provide the most winners so far. Laurel Race Course and Thistledown have produced three winners while Gulfstream Park, Delaware Park and Hawthorne have produced to winners each. In the past, horses shipping in from Indiana Downs have done well in Tampa, but that hasn’t been try so far this meet. Keep an eye on it.

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Race 6: #7 Magic Luck (6-1)

Trainer Jason DaCosta is 32% shipping horses and turf to dirt. This 3-year-old gelding has won over the track before and ships in from Gulfstream West (aka Calder), which has produced the most winners at the meet so far (nine).

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Race 9: #1 Fine Candy (6-1)

Trainer Tom Proctor drops this 3-year-old filly into a maiden claimer for the first time and he is 20% with that move. She is bred to go long and coming out of a race a Keeneland, The track has produced six winners so far at Tampa Bay Downs. She also has a decent work last week.

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