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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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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