Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, March 25

Preview: There was a 50% chance of rain starting Thursday night so grass racing doesn’t look good for today or the rest of the weekend. Like the sixth race on the turf, but the weather gets me off it but if it stays oon look hard at #4 Harmnotic (8-1).

 

Race 1 – Tam

#1 Gasolina (5-2): Trainer Efren Loza Jr. is 41% at the meet, shipping some down from Gulfstream Park like he does with this colt. The 3-year-old drops in class and gets leading rider Antonio Gallardo. Loza is 27% going from a route to a sprint so this colt is plenty fit.                                

Race 3 – Tam

#2 Angel Falls (7-2): Stays at the same level after claim by trainer Thomas McCooey Jr., who is 31% first off the claim. This filly is also coming out of a key race that has produced two winners so far.

                                

Race 4: #5 Megan’s Muse (5-2) 

This filly just gave an even effort on the grass so trainer John Terranova drops her and he is 6-for-8 (75%) when dropping a horse two or more levels. Jockey Jose Ferrer keeps the mount.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Jan. 31

Preview: Not a great card as the fields are smaller than usual and there are just nine races.

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Race 4: 11 Skiffs Brewmeister (6-1)

This gelding has the top Brisnet class rating but has two problems here: he must draw into the race and he will have an outside post if he does. Still, the due of jockey Antonio Gallardo and trainer Kathleen O’Connell have won at a 37% clip over the last 60 days.

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Race 6: #3 Break the Silence (4-1)

Trainer G. Ray Trisler is having his best meet in years at Tampa with seven victories. Jockey Fernando De La Cruz is 4-for-6 with Trisler. This gelding is coming off a maiden claiming win and showed speed and might try the same tactics against winners.

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Race 9: #3 Bluesville (turf only) (5-2)    

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell has had a huge meet and she was forced to run this mare on the main track last time after the race came off the turf. This mare is dropping in class and should be ready for a big effort under jockey Jose Ferrer.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 29

Preview: Rains hit again Wednesday forcing races off the turf. With Thursday a day off, hopefully the turf course will be dried on Friday. Jockeys Antonio Gallardo, Jose Ferrer and Ronnie Allen Jr. all doubled Wednesday. Both of Gallardo’s wins were for leading trainer Jamie Ness at short prices.

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Race 2: #6 Ms Hoochie Coochie (9-2) 

Three of the last four times this mare has been in a claiming race, she has won. Trainer Joe Woodard drops hers from an allowance race to the claimers and jockey Daniel Centeno, who has won three races with Woodard at the meet, keeps the mount.

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Race 6: #9 Quality Hey (7-2)            

Trainer Keith Nations has been trying to figure out this filly as he sprinted her and then went long. He cuts her back here and he speed and stamina should be tough. Nation is 31% with horses in their third race off a layoff.  – J

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Race 8: #3 Hey Girl Hey (4-1)         

This filly’s lone turf try at Gulfstream Park West should be tough to beat at this level. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is 30% with class droppers at Tampa. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. is 21% with O’Connell at the meet.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 23

Preview: Check the morning changes because Tampa was off the turf on Friday so there will definitely be some give in the ground, if they stays on the grass. Really good card. Lots of quality so do your handicapping accordingly. Obviously Antonio Gallardo leads all jockeys on both the turf and dirt. The other top three turf jockeys are Daniel Centeno, Ronnie Allen Jr., and Fernando De la Cruz. They are also the top four jockeys on the dirt with Jose Ferrer (10 wins) also one to watch on the main track.

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Race 3: #12 Kicking Kitty (9-2)

Jockey Scott Spieth normally rides for trained Aldana Gonzalez but jumps off one of her entries in here to ride this mare, which is coming out of a key race that has produced two winners. Trainer Kitty Cheeks is 30% with horses coming off a layoff of more than 90 days.

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Race 5: #1 Annie Rocks (9-2)

Leading rider Antonio Gallardo doesn’t need to ride every race, but he gets on this filly, which is coming out of a Gulfstream Park race that has produced five next out winners.

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Race 7: #2 Awesome State (8-1) 

Trainer Brian Lynch is trying to find out what he has here with this Canadian invader. Lynch has spotted his horses well with a 2-for-4 record. Lynch is 22% with horses first time in his barn.The horse also adds Lasix for the first time.

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Race 10: #9 British Bulldog (turf only) (3-1) BEST BET

This colt ran in Southern California as a 2-year-old and comes out of a race that has produced two winners. Trainer Tom Proctor knows how to get them ready off a layoff and barn rider Brian Pedroza takes the mount.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 15

Preview: Just a mediocre card as only three of the 10 races have 10 or more entries. Better things this weekend one hopes.

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Race 2: #2 Harryhee (5-1) 

Broke his maiden last year at first asking and might be rounding back into form after second place finish last time out. Trainer Monte Thomas and jockey Ademar Santos are 29% together.

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Race 7:  #5 Bluesville (turf only) (6-1) ***

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell has been on a roll lately and this mare take a class drop off a fifth-place finish. Jockey Jose Ferrer is 17% with a positive ROI with O’Connell.

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Race 9:  #3 Lilies and Roses (turf only) (9-2) 

Like we said trainer Kathleen O’Connell has been on a roll and with no one bigger than leading jockey Antonio Gallardo, who she is 41% with at the meet. This filly used to run in Southern California and may hold a class edge over these maidens.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 2

Preview: Plenty of horses entered on this card with a field of eight being the smallest. Watch jockey Jose Ferrer because he’s having a good meet.

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Race 3: #9 Eddie G (5-1)

This gelding tried to go wire-to-wire in his comeback and faded. He should be fitter in this spot. Jockey Mike Allen is 20% with trainer Dennis Ward.

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Race 5:  #6 Guchi Gold (8-1)

Trainer Gerald Bennett is off to a fast start at the meet with 9 wins. This mare comes out of a race that has produced three winners and jockey Daniel Centeno, who is 26% with Bennett, jumps on.

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Race 7: #8 Morning Buzz (9-2)

This gelding drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and comes out of a Churchill race where the first two returnees have won. Trainer Ian Wilkes does well with sprinters at this track.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 14

Race 4: #8 Varsity (5-2)

This 8-year-old has been working well for his return to the races for trainer Christophe Clement. The gelding has won 6-of-16 at the distance and jockey Victor LeBron is 3-for-7 with Clement. The gelding comes out of a race that has produced three winners.

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Race 10: #4 Fleeta (8-1)

Daughter of It’s No Joke makes her career debut. The sire is a 15% winner first time out. Trainer Dennis Griffith has won with 2 of his last 7 first-time starters and is 1-for-1 with jockey Jose Ferrer at the meet.

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