Horse racing, Pimlico

Pimlico Race Course opinions for Friday, May 15

Race 2: #7 Samantha Nicole (3-1)

Just broke maiden at Keeneland and might score right back. Trainer Kirian McLaughlin is 33% third off the layoff.

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Race 6: #7 Holiday Camp (fast track only) (5-1)

Tough to ready explain this 3-year-olds last race other than he might not have liked the wet track because Bob Baffert horses are usually ready to go off the layoff. Jockey Victor Espinoza jumps on and is 6-for-9 in the last 60 days for Baffert .

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Race 8: Windy Forcast (10-1)

Lost to the ultra-tough Avenge going down the hill last time. Trainer Simon Callaghan returns her to the dirt, where she has her only career victory so she might surprise with Gary Stevens aboard.

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Race 9: #1 Grateful Nation (turf only) (15-1)

Tough not like this gelding at this price with jockey Javier Castellano aboard. The 5-year-old has faced many of these before and held his own. Just finished third off a long layoff and has never been off the board over with course in five tries (1-2-2).  Watch out for DREAMSGONEWILD, who comes out of a race that has produced five winners.

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Race 10: #10 Yahilwa (9-2)

Once this mare got away from the top fillies on the West Coast she aired in the Sixty Sails at Hawthorne. She faces tougher here but she could go back-to-back. Victor Espinoza rides for trainer Jim Cassidy.

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Race 11 (Black-Eyed Susan): 1. Ahh Chocolate, 2. Include Betty, 3. Luminance, 4. Keen Pauline. LONG SHOT: Pure.

This is a wide-open race for the 3-year-old fillies. LUMINANCE is the likely favorite for Bob Baffert, but I’m hesitant to pick her after Baffert’s poor effort Derby weekend sans American Pharoah, plus Stellar Wind didn’t run well in the Kentucky Oaks, which is whom Luminance finished behind last time.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

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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