Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 5

Preview: Not the number of horses we are used to seeing on a Saturday card here, but there is some quality and trainers might be pointing for next weekend’s huge card.

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Race 3 – Tam

#1 Lake Drive South (9-2) 

As we have said before trainer Kathleen O’Connell has had a good meet and this horse has loved this track in the past with three wins in seven tries. He’s coming off a layoff but think he can come out winging.

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Race 4 — Tam

#3 Persian Poet

Trainer Horacio Barbaran and jockey Samy Camacho have hit with two $100-plus horses in recent weeks, including one on Friday. Both horses showed nothing in their PPs just like this colt and it’s probably worth $2 across the board to find out.

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Race 9 – Tam                

#5 Liar’s Smoker (10-1) (turf only)

This filly is coming off a win over the course for trainer Gerald Aschinger, who is 21% with grass horses. Jockey Mike Allen has won twice with this filly at the meet.

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Race 10 – Tam

#7 Winter d’Amour (4-1) 

Trainer Anthony Granitz has been 30% in the past on the Tampa main track going two turns. This filly did just that breaking her maiden in Indiana and now she gets to do it again.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

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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