Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Friday, Jan. 23

Race 3: #4 Watch This Cat (5-2)

Trainer Mark Casse runs them all over the country and ships this 3-year-old filly to Tampa to make her turf debut. She finished fifth in her debut at Woodbine and is bred to like two turns and the grass.

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Race 6: #10 Calbo (6-1)

This 10-year-old is making his third start off the layoff and should be ready for a big effort. He has won 4-of-13 over the local strip and is 3-for-9 at 7 furlongs for trainer Robert O’Connor and jockey Brian Pedroza.

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Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Dec. 21

Race 1 – TB

#9 Prothoe (9-2)

The outside post is the only obstacle here, but hot jockey Daniel Centeno knows how to get them in the right position. Trainer Barbara McBride has won with this 5-year-old mare before at Tampa.

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Race 5 – TB

#2 Samka (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly tries dirt for the the first time after running on Polytrack at Woodbine. She showed improved speed last time out and at this distance that could be a key with veteran rider Dean Butler aboard for trainer Aldana Gonzalez.

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Race  – TB

#9 Mashuk (6-1)

Our Eyes: This 4-year-old colt’s best finish came in his debut on the Arlington Park turf and he’s never been back on the grass since. He is bred to like it —- out of a Dynaformer mare —- and he’s bred to run all day. Lasix is added so look for a better effort.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, March 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Roman Wild, 2. Lady Regina, 3. Screamin Earlienne. LONG SHOT: Big Break.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Pillow, 2. Loan Savant, 3. Sushi Empire. LONG SHOT: Papa’s Flashy Girl.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Abide in Me, 2. Indian Safari, 3. Zensational Beauty. LONG SHOT: Always an Angel.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tribal Smoke, 2. Clubhouse Rock, 3. Mary Helen’s Storm. LONG SHOT: Luckbox Sam.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Love Tale, 2. Highly Rated, 3. Mom Nana Petrie. LONG SHOT: Lilly’s Perfect.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Honduran, 2. Seeking the West, 3. Mel’s Game. LONG SHOT: Midnite View.

HONDURAN, a 4-year-old, returns after an 11-month layoff following a second-place finish on Woodbine’s synthetic track. However, this son of Macho Uno broke his maiden on the dirt at Gulfstream Park so he should have no trouble with the surface switch. He has been training well while jockey Corey Nakatani and trainer Vladimir Cerin are a 27% combo.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. One Time Only, 2. Moone’s My Name, 3. Oscar Party. LONG SHOT: Fanticola.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Segway (best bet), 2. Blueskiesnrainbows, 3. American Blend. LONG SHOT: Niagara Falls.

SEGWAY, a son of Giant’s Causeway, has never run on the dirt in seven lifetime races, but he has trained on it and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella knows this 5-year-old can get the distance. Having jockey Gary Stevens aboard doesn’t hurt either.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Seraphic Slew, 2. Turn On, 3. Ay Ay Ay. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cracker.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Cousin Ricky $5.60, second race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Seeking Asylum $4, fourth; My Jealous $4.80, second)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Scarly Charly $4.60, first; Swift Eagle $9.60, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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