Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 27

Preview: We talked about the top jockeys last time but here are some jockeys to throw out. Scott Spieth is 1-for-109, Pedro Cotto is 1-for-49, Luis Figueroa is 0-22 and Wilkin Ortiz is 0-21. They would have to win to have me even consider them.

Race 3 – Tam
#4 Moonlit Meteor (12-1) ***
Our Eyes: This gelding has won here before and gets out of the winless trainer Anthony Rini. Jockey Willie Martinez takes over and this 9-year-old likes to press the pace and rally in the stretch.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 4-3-7.

Race 4 – Tam
#7 Dream Mon (8-1) ***
Our Eyes: This gelding makes his first start of the meet after running at Indiana Grand. Trainer Joseph Davis takes over and he’s 22% first time with horses. Davis is 3-for-9 with jockey Fernando De La Cruz over the last year.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 7-8-3.

Race 6 – Tam
#5 Bronze Venus (4-1) ****
Our Eyes: Leading rider Daniel Centeno stays on this filly, which should be forwardly placed on the cut back from 7 furlongs.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 7 – Tam
#5 Nagzilla (4-1) ****
Our Eyes: The combination of trainer Larry Rivelli and Centeno have won 2-of-3 at the meet and 36% over the past year. Rivelli is 26% with horses off a layoff of more than 90 days.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 2-5.

Race 8 – Tam
#1 Hint of Mary (5-1) ****
Our Eyes: Trainer Christophe Clement has two first-time starters in here but he puts Centeno on this one. That’s good enough for me as they are 44% over the last year.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show. EXBX 1-3-9.

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Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Some Belmont, Gulfstream opinions Wednesday, June 24

BELMONT PARK

Race 2: #3 Midnightatmarions (MTO) (15-1)

I would be just fine if this filly was in on the grass but she’s not so MTO. She was in the thick of things a year ago before bolting in the stretch and jumping the rail. She comes out of a maiden race that produced 5 next out winners. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has been hot lately so taking a shot if it comes off the turf.

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Race 6  – Bel

#6 Prize Taker (8-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Trainer Charlton Baker (has won 3 of last 8 entries) does well in NY-bred races and this mare has been running OK against some open company. The big change here is a switch to jockey Jose Ortiz after a bunch of no name pilots.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 3 – GP

#7 Summer at Susan’s (15-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Still trying to find her level on this circuit after wintering at Tampa. She won her last race on the dirt and returns to it here. She drew a dreadful 13 post last race and has no shot. That race has produced three winners so far.

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Race 8 – GP

#9 Dreamin of Clarise (6-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Trainer Marcial Navarro has been spotting his horses just right at this meet (6-for-11) and he is 44% in a horse’s second race off the claim. This 3-year-old is taking a drop in class and jockey Luis Figueroa, who is 2-for-2 with Navarro, takes the mount.

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