Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, Feb. 8

Preview: Looks like a chalky card to me, but that’s why they run the races. Keep in mind, Tampa runs 5 days a week this month by adding Thursdays so the field sizes might be down a bit. I don’t understand the rationale but that’s the schedule. I personally would just add an extra race per day and keep the 4-day week.

Race 3 – Tam
#2 Annabella Hall (6-1) ****
Our Eyes: Leading jockey Daniel Centeno rides for trainer Ian Hemingway. They are a 28% combination the last year. This mare is cutting back from two turns on the turf to one turn on the dirt. — Jeff Nahill
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 8 units to show. EXBX 2-8-7.

Race 6 – Tam
#6 Lime Beach (5-2) *****
Our Eyes: This looks like a single in all of the exotics as Centeno rides for trainer Arnaud Delacour. Has the top Brisnet Late Pace Rating. — Jeff Nahill.
Jeff’s Playbook: 5 units to win and 10 units to place.

Race 9 – Tam
#10 Gone Astray Kiss (5-1) ****
Our Eyes: Centeno might have a big day as he picks up the mount on this gelding for trainer Derek Ryan, who takes the blinkers off and he’s 20% with that move. — Jeff Nahill
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, May 6

Preview: A decent nine-race card to start the final weekend of racing at Tampa. Trainer Joseph Arboritanza has won 5 of his last 11 entries and had three seconds over the last 14 days.

Race 1 – Tam
#2 Strong Gale (5-1) (turf only): Trainer Arnaud Delacour is 24% with horses making their first start on grass and barn rider Daniel Centeno has won 36% of his race for Delacour the last 60 days.

Race 2 – Tam
#4 Circular Thunder (8-1): This gelding broke his maiden and red-hot trainer Joseph Arboritanza runs him against winners for the first time. Jockey Ademar Santos has won 3 of his last 9 starts for the barn.

Race 7 – Tam
#7 Polygram (turf only) (6-1): This gelding comes out of a race where the first two horses to run out of it have won. Maybe for that reason trainer Ian Hemingway moves him in class against straight maidens.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Feb. 26

Preview: They were off the turf on Wednesday and all but one race on Thursday, so we’re hoping it dries out in time for today’s card. Here’s a list a trainers you might think about leaving out of your selections until they show signs of life: .Robert Boileau (2-58), Peter Wasiluk Jr. (1-71), Horacio Barbaran (1-54), Charles Harvatt (1-44), Ian Hemingway (1-43) and Hernan Parra (0-44). That’s 6-314 or 2% winners. If they beat you, they beat you.

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Race 1 – Tam

#2 Holy Day (5-1)

This mare is getting a few changes in order to get back to the winner’s circle. She is returning to the dirt and trainer Rasharn Creque takes over and he is 37% the first time he starts a horse.

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Race 7 – Tam                

#6 Travel Required (10-1) 

Trainer Michele Boyce has had a good meet (22%) and we take it as a good sign she didn’t drop this gelding in class off a pair of so-so efforts.

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Race 9 – Tam

#4 Fiesta Rose (5-1) 

Dennis Ward is another trainer with decent numbers at the meet (16%) and he drops this filly off a poor effort. She is 8-2-3-0 over this track so let’s hope of a rebound in this spot.

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos, Tampa Bay Downs

Los Alamitos RC and Tampa Bay Downs opinions for

 

LRC Preview: Finally, a little bit of meat on the bone as the late Pick Four should pay a good price with larger fields than we have been getting. Jockeys Tyler Baze and Fernando Perez doubled on Thursday.

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Race 3: #6 Sweeter Thancandy (4-1)

This 7 furlongs should hit this filly right between the eyes as she has been going further and been facing tougher. Trainer Mark Glatt is 31% dropping a horse two or more class levels. Plus leading jockey Santiago Gonzalez jumps on and he is 23% with Glatt.

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Race 7: #7 Tough It Out (4-1)

Looks like a wide open Cal-bred stakes race and we’ll go with this gelding, who beat maidens last time going two turns on the turf. Trainer Phil D’Amato is good at placing his horses and must have been impressed with that last effort and leading jockey Santiago Gonzalez keeps the mount.

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Race 8: #2 Street Fancy (5-1) 

This 2-year-old showed improvement despite finishing third in a non-graded stakes at Del Mar. Now she gets to go two turns and should improve even more as she is sired by Street Sense out of a Cat Thief mare. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 24% going sprint to route and jockey Mike Smith stays on.

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Tampa Bay Downs Preview: Not the best weekend card we’ve seen at this track, but seems like some chances for prices. Dale Bennett (3 for 9) and Dennis Ward (3 for 16) lead the training standings. Conversely, Ian Hemingway is 0 for 10, shipping mostly in from Gulfstream Park and GP West.

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Race 3: #4 Innovative Idea (6-1) 

This filly makes her turf debut and if the race should be washed off the turf, would make her a 5-star play on a wet track. She has good speed and has been working lights out. Jockey Fernando De La Cruz is 26% with trainer Eoin Harty.

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Race 8: #6 Aloha Daddy (5-2) 

Our Eyes: Trainer Benny Feliciano claimed this gelding last time out and he is 45% first off the claim. The 5-year-old has a 3-0-1-1 record over the track and the trainer puts his son aboard. They are a 38% combination at Tampa.

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