Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Wednesday, April 27

Preview: It’s a 10-race card, but not an overabundance of horses. Rain was forecast on Monday so we’ll have to see if they stay on the turf. Trainer Dennis Ward won twice on Sunday and so did leading jockey Antonio Gallardo.

 

Race 3 – Tam

#4 Stately Defence (5-1): This mare has been claimed in two of her last three races. John Rigattieri gives her a try and he is 32% first off the claim. He gets jockey Daniel Centeno to ride and they are 26% over the last year.

                              

Race 5 – Tam

#2 Dramatic Entry (12-1): Trainer John Vinson is 40% when taking a horse from the turf to the dirt like this gelding. He is also dropping him in class plus jockey Manoel Cruz jumps on and they are 2-for-8 at the meet.

 

Race 6 – Tam

#2 Mini Channel (turf only) (5-2): Trainer Arnaud Delacour showed speed last time in a MSW and now drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. Big jockey switch to Daniel Centeno, who has ridden 30% winners for this barn this meet.

 

Race 10 – Tam

#5 Gold Value (10-1): Trainer Joseph Arboritanza is a master with cutbacks and moves this filly goes from a route to a sprint. Jockey Willie Martinez has his only two wins at the meet for Arboritanza.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Feb. 5

Preview: They were back on the turf on Wednesday, There were 10 difference winning trainers while Antonio Gallardo and Ronnie Allen Jr. continued on a riding hot streak with two wins each.

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Race 6: #3 Queen Fiddle (turf only) (6-1) 

This filly’s best race was on the turf and she returns to the green here for trainer Anthony Pecoraro, who is 30% with first-time Lasix. She’s a prep so expect a big effort with Ramon Feliciano aboard.   

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Race 8:  #9 Travel Required (15-1)      

This gelding is still looking for his first win on the turf, but he takes a drop in class into a straight claimer and gets jockey Manoel Cruz for trainer Michele Boyce.

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Race 9:  #3 Good Times Rambles (5-1)

This gelding has loved Tampa this winter, winning twice on the class rise. He moves up again as trainer Benny Feliciano claimed out of his last win and Feliciano is 4-for-8 first off the claim.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita early opinions for Friday, Oct. 23 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

Well, 4 out of 5 isn’t bad on yesterday’s selections. Let’s try to stay on a roll.

Race 3: #1 Intoxicating Move (3-1)

Jockey Corey Nakatani has his choice of three horses in this race and chooses this tough mare. She has a 7-2-3-1 down the hill and had to be one of the reasons trainer Jack Carava claimed her two back. Carava and Nakatani are a 23% combination.

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Race 5: #7 With a Twist (9-2)

Trainer Phil D’Amato claimed this mare last time at Del Mar and he moves her up, which is a good sign. D’Amato is 24% first off the claim and the trainer decides to keep jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard her, someone D’Amato doesn’t use him much.

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 7: #6 Megeve (5-1)

This colt showed some interest in the stretch last time an now moves up a class level. The 2-year-old comes out of a race that has produced three next out winners. Trainer Phil Gleaves and jockey J C Caraballo are a 24% combination.

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Race 10: #2 Farleys Mandate (turf only) (10-1)

This gelding loves this GPW turf layout with an 8-3-2-1 record. Trainer Christos Gatis is 25% with layoffs of 46-90 days and it’s safe to say he’s been saving this one for this track. Jockey Manoel Cruz stays aboard.

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