Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 4

Preview: At the starting of the race wee, trainer Tom Proctor was tearing it up on the turf with 8 wins from 16 starters. Derek Ryan has 4 grass wins followed by Jamie Ness, Robert Smith and Arnaud Delacour with 3 wins each. On the other end of the spectrum, Peter Wasiluk is 0-for-14, Anthony Rini is 0-for-12, William Bradley 1-for-15, Christophe Clement 1-for-13 and David Hinsley 1-for-13. Keep it in mind.

Race 3: #4 Divine Change (5-2): This filly has been running on the grass and facing better, but trainer Dale Bennett wants her maiden broken so he drops her to her lowest level ever and tries 7 furlongs on the dirt. Bennett is 30% going route to sprint and he’s 47% with jockey Pablo Morales at the meet.

Race 7: #6 Great Harbour Cay (8-1): Trainer Jamie Ness and jockey Edwin Gonzalez have been tearing it up, winning 40% of their entries at the meet. At this morning-line this is too good to pass up. Ness is 22% second off the layoff.

Race 8: #10 Tether to Reality (5-1): Joan Scott is a good trainer. She got this gelding to the finish line first in his debut at 5 years old. He is bred to run long and Harlan’s Holiday gets 13% first time winners on the grass.

Race 10: #1 Celebrity Warrior (10-1): Leading jockey Daniel Centeno takes the mount on this class dropped for trainer Derek Ryan, who is 25% with horses the first time in his care.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, April 3

Preview: There was plenty of rain on Saturday so the chances of there being an turf racing is likely to be slim at best..

 

Race 3 – Tam

#2 Supreme Stature (9-2): This gelding broke his maiden over an off track at this distance so he could be tough here. The 3-year-old has the top Brisnet Class Rating and best speed at the distance. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. is 22% with trainer Ian Wilkes.

                              

Race 4 – Tam

#5 Desert Summer (4-1): Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo usually rides for trainer Jamie Ness but eschews his entry here to ride this mare for trainer Saul Matos, who is 27% first off the claim.

 

Race 8 – Tam

#2 Refer (6-1): This will be the seventh different track this colt has run over in attempt to break his maiden. He seems to like this track with three good works coming into this. Trainer John Terranova is 23% with shippers.

 

Race 9 – Tam

#7 Spark Kit (6-1) (turf only): We’re hoping the turf course dries out in time for this race. Trainer Gerald Aschinger is 20% on the turf.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 12

Race 2: #4 Harp N Halo (4-1): This mare likes to win races and she’s 2-for-3 over this track in the past. Trainer John Terranova ships her in and Terranova is 20% with shippers. On top of that he gets Irad Ortiz Jr. to ride.

                              

Race 5: #4 Elusive Speed (9-2): Trainer Jamie Ness might be known for winning with claiming horses but he can win with first-time starters (24%), too. He also team up with Tampa riding champ Antonio Gallardo and they are a 34% proposition.

    

Race 8: #6 Family Meeting (8-1) (turf only): This 3-year-old filly was facing tougher in Southern California and won the Grade III Durante at Del Mar. Trainer Tom Proctor can get them ready off the layoff (21%).

                      

Race 11 (TAMPA BAY DERBY):  #3 Outwork (12-1): Trainer Todd Pletcher is playing catch up with this 3-year-old. This is only his third career race but he’s a perfect 2-for-2. Pletcher is 29% with a first-time router and he’s out of Uncle Mo and an Empire Maker mare. Plus jockey John Velazquez comes North for the ride.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, March 11

Preview: Field sizes are finally improving, but everyone is waiting for Saturday’s big Tampa Bay Derby card. On the dirt, trainers to watch are Gerald Bennett (37-119), Jamie Ness (22-84), Kathleen O’Connell (19-91), Dale Bennett (14-47) and Dennis Ward (11-92).

 

Race 2 – Tam

#1 Burley Blaise (6-1) 

Trainer Ian Wilkes races him into shape and this one has been overmatched at Gulfstream Park so Wilkes ships north and drops. Wilkes is 33% when he moves a horse down in class two of more levels.

                              

Race 7 – Tam                

#8 Wicked Rascal (9-2) 

This gelding was overmatched in a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park but he’s back and if he shows the speed he did previously at this track with jockey Antonio Gallardo, he could be gone.

                                

Race 8 – Tam                

#6 Peej (8-1) (turf only) 

Trainer Chris Block is 24% with horses coming off a 90-plus day layoff. This gelding is also coming out of a key Churchill Downs race that has produced three next out winners.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 9

Race 5: #3 Schoolofhardknocks (6-1)

Once upon a time, this gelding was thought to be something in Southern California. Didn’t quite live up to the hyp and now is in the Brian Lynch barn. Lynch usually runs at Gulfstream Park, but when he ships to Tampa he means business. Nice inside draw for this 5-year-old and jockey Angel Serpa rides.
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Race 9: #10 Supreme Justice (10-1)

Trainer G. Ray Trisler has four wins in the last two weeks and is hitting 33% for the meet. This gelding looks to continue the hot streak as he drops in class and comes out of key race that has produced two winners so far.

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Race 10: #9 Cee ‘n O (4-1)

This 5-year-old runs for the hottest jockey-trainer combo in Antonio Gallardo and Jamie Ness. The gelding is also coming out of a Laurel race that has produced two next out winners and he has a good work over the track.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 28

Race 4: #7 Annabella Hall (6-1)

This is strictly a hunch play in that leading jockey Antonio Gallardo doesn’t need to ride every race so he must have been given a pretty good story by low percentage barn and she has a good work over the track.

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Race 8 – Tam

#2 On Spirit River (7-2) ****

Our Eyes:  Trainer Jamie Ness isn’t exactly known for winning in the maiden ranks and especially with first-timers, yet he does to the tune of 32% and he has his No. 1 man, Antonio Gallardo (41%), aboard this son of in In Summation, whose offspring win 13% of the time first time out.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, March 25

Race 5: #1 I Am the King (3-1)

This 9-year-old is going for the hat trick moving up the class ladder for trainer Jamie Ness and jockey Antonio Gallardo. This gelding will sit just off the pace and pounce in the stretch.

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Race 10: #8 Aquies (7-2)

Trainer Arnaud Delacour wanted to start this 3-year-old on the turf, but it got rained off the grass. The son of Artie Schiller gets on the green here and veteran jockey Luis Garcia takes over. Bingo.

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