Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tampa Bay: Centeno Has Three Wins So Far

 Daniel Centeno has ridden three winners through today's first seven races at Tampa Bay Downs.

That included the favorite Be Nice or Leave in the featured seventh race.

With two races left on the meet's second day, Centeno and Ronald Allen Jr. are tied with a meet-leading three wins each.  Allen rode one winner on Saturday's opening day card, and has two thus far today.

On Saturday, Centeno rode at Aqueduct in Ozone Park, N.Y.  His day included second place finishes aboard Divining Rod in the Cigar Mile (Grade 1) for 3-year-olds and up and aboard No Dozing in the Remsen (Grade 2) for 2-year-olds.

Both of those horses are trained by Arnaud Delacour, a Tampa Bay regular, and owned by Lael Stables.

Centeno finished second and Allen finished third in wins among Tampa Bay jockeys.

Antonio Gallardo, who led Tampa Bay jockeys in  victories each of the last three seasons, is riding at Aqueduct this winter.

That makes it likely that Centeno and Allen will battle for the riding title this winter  at Oldsmar,  Fernando De La Cruz and Jose Ferrer could be right behind them.
--Jim Freer

Tampa Bay Fast and Firm for Wednesday Card

Tampa Bay Downs will resume its meet on Wednesday with nine races and first post of 12:30 p.m.

The dirt track is listed as fast and the turf course is listed as firm. The third, fifth, seventh and ninth races are scheduled for turf.

The Weather Channel forecast is for just a 15 percent chance of rain during racing hours.

We will have coverage during the afternoon on our blog.
Tampa Bay Downs, located in Oldsmar, will have racing every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in December.  It will add Sundays to its schedule starting Jan. 1.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A ‘Lovely’ Opening Day for Tampa Bay Downs

Monique Welch
Everything Lovely took the early lead and coasted to a 4 1/4 length victory over Giddy Up in Saturday's feature race on opening day at Tampa Bay Downs.

A crowd of 4,010 witnessed the 5-furlong turf race on an unusually cloudy day in Oldsmar at about 76 degrees.  

The 7-5 favorite Everything Lovely won with a time of 55.87 seconds, really setting the pace early off the rail and leaving no chance for Giddy Up to catch up.  Come to Mischief finished third, 3/4 lengths ahead of Laur Net who finished in fourth place.

The 4-year old filly Everything Lovely is trained by Kathleen DeMasi, and jockey Jose Ferrer rode her in this Lightning City Prep race. The purse was $27,500.

Everything Lovely has now won five of 17 races. She also has five seconds and three third place finishes, and this was her first stakes win.

Winning this race was not only special for the horse but also for DeMasi. It proved she is in the right direction in pointing Everything Lovely toward the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes on Dec. 17.  That race also is five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
This is DeMasi's second horse to win the Lightning City Prep. Last year Joya Real won, but finished fourth in the Lightning City Stakes.  

The two Tampa Turf Test races were among other highlights that caught everyone's attention on Opening Day, especially the 6th race for the males with the biggest upset of the day.  

Big Daddy B surprised just about everyone in the one mile turf race with a winning time of 1:36.08, just 1 1/2 lengths ahead of the runner up Tribal Message.

The 5-year Big Daddy B was ridden by Eddie Dominguez for trainer Pedro J. Sobarzo. 

The Tampa Turf test race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the eighth race, went to the 5-2 favorite Dreamofjean E. with a winning time of 1:36.49.  

Dreamofjean E. kicked clear and held her pace winning by 3 lengths over Sequiota. Sweet Story finished third two lengths behind Sequiota.

The Tampa Turf Test has a four-race series for males and a four-race series for fillies and mares.  The next races will be on Jan. 7, both at one mile.

*All­-sources handle $3,578,062 for Saturday’s 11-race card  That included $303,994 in live handle.
Last year’s all-sources opening day handle was $3,663,382 for ten races. Live handle was $350,174, and attendance was 4,194.
Last year’s opening day was Saturday Nov. 28, with weather and a race card similar to this past Saturday.

Racing Schedule
Tampa Bay Downs will resume thoroughbred racing on Wednesday with nine races and first post of 12:30 p.m.
It will have racing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, with the exception of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
The meet’s first stakes races will be Saturday Dec. 3, with a pair of $100,000 six-furlong dirt races for 2-year olds. The Inaugural is for males, and the Sandpiper is for fillies.
--Monique Welch

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Final Race Day at G.P. West's Meet Yields Huge Payouts

There were 15 winning tickets, each paying $27,000.76 on the Rainbow 6 bet at the Gulfstream Park West meet on Sunday.

It was Gulfstream Park West's closing day for its meet in Miami Gardens, Fla. facility.

The mandatory payouts were large, as the pools grew throughout the day. Bettors added $374,000 to the Rainbow 6 pool today, so the payout grew to $405,000 including the carryover from Saturday.

The significant race for these multi-race wagers was race 7, where Who's That Chick, a 29:1 shot won by 2-1/2 lengths. That threw the pick-4, pick -5 and pick 6-wagers into a tizzy, and no doubt knocked out many from consideration.

The pick 4 paid $3,243, the pick 5 paid $23,115, and the pick 6 mentioned above paid over $27,000.

Interestingly, our review of the meet's wagers on the popular Rainbow 6 showed a single jackpot winner in 6 of the meet's 37 days of racing.

We'll continue to report on the data and trends for our readers as exciting racing starts again Saturday, Dec. 3rd at Gulfstream Park, as it begins the Champions' meet which runs through April 2.

Seventy-One Live Tickets in Rainbow 6

With one race left, three of the live 1tickets have  a single.
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Rainbow 6 Math

Some math: the carryover coming in was   $105,853. Bettors added $373,957 to the Rainbow 6,

Twenty percent of that will be taken out. That leaves $300.000 that will be added to the carryover.

So, winning tickets will divide about $405,000.

Rainbow 6 Adds $373,000

Bettors added $373,957 to the GP  West Rainbow 6 pool on Sunday--a mandatory payout day because  it is the final day of the meet.

General McGooby, at 6-1, won the fifth race opening leg.

Bama Bound, at 4-5, won the second  leg sixth race.

Then, Who's That Chick at 25-1 won the third leg seventh race.

With three races left, we'll keep you posted on the number of live tickets.

Rainbow 6 Suggestion

 5th    4   7 10
6th   2 6
7th       4  5 6  11
8th     2 7
9th    5  7  9
10th    1  9  11  15

Rainbow 6 Coming Up at GP West

The Rainbow 6 is approaching at the Gulfstream Park West met,  with meet-enidng mandatory payout and a carryover of $105,853.

It is on races five through ten.starting at 2:32  p.m.  We will have updates and handicapping.
--Jim Freer

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rainbow 6 Mandatory Payout on Sunday

The Gulfstream Park West meet will have a  Rainbow 6 carryover  of  $105,852.71 on Sunday, and it will be part of a mandatory payout on the bet.

Meet  sponsor Gulfstream Park will pay out the full carryover plus 80 percent of the day's new bets on the Rainbow 6--regardless of the number of tickets with the winners of all six Rainbow 6 races.

Based on past betting patterns, it is  likely that $500,000 or more will be added in Rainbow 6 bets,

The  GP West meet will have ten races with first post of 12:35 p.m.  The Rainbow 6 is on races five through ten. 

Sunday is closing day of the GP West meet, which Gulfstream Park is holding at Calder in Miami Gardens.

Gulfstream usually pays out the carryover plus 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet only on days when there is just one ticket with the winners of all six races.

On other days, 56 percent of the new bet is divided among tickets with the most winners and 24 percent is added to the carryover,

But a state law prohibits Florida parimutuels from continuing a carryover into a new meet Thus, there is a mandatory payout on Sunday,

The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent only bet.  Multiple  horses  can be used  in each race,  thus allowing a ticket to have multiple 20-cent combinations.

For example, a ticket with two horses in each race has 64 combinations and costs $12.80.

On Saturday. $48,344 as bet into the Rainbow 6.     There were nine tickets with all six winners. Each received $3,006.12.  The carryover grew from $94,258 to $105,852.

Gulfstream will begin its 2016-2017 championship meet on Saturday Dec.3  at its track in Hallandale Beach.

Everything Lovely Clenches First Place in Feature Race

Four total scratches on today's tenth feature race sure slimmed the chances down somewhat, and of the contenders many fans and spectators placed bets on Giddy Up guided by jockey Angel Cruz hoping he would knock out the favorite Everything Lovely.  

Giddy Up certainly battled through being three wide moving up from 4th to 3rd at the stretch, and was able to gain 2nd. However, he was still short a substantial 4 1/4 lengths behind Everything Lovely, whom's pace was undeniably steady throughout the race. Finishing in third was Come to Mischief just 1 3/4 lengths behind 
Giddy Up.

Everything Lovely clocked in at 55.87 and the total Win Place Show was $139,334.

The four horses scratched were No See Um, Phyllis Ann, She's Coal-Hearted, and Sweet Nkosi taking the 14 horsemen schedule down to 10.

The Win Place Show chart is as follows below:
Tampa Bay Downs - Race 10  Chart      video replay

Roundelay, 7:1 Wins Final (11th) in Exciting Fashion

Roundelay at 7:1 won the final race of the day at Tampa Bay, powering by the two favorites in the deep stretch.

Night Bar (7:2) and Doodle Hopper (1:1) got the place and show in the 6 furlong $8,000 claiming race on the dirt.

Tampa Bay Downs - Race 11      video replay

The Pick 5 and Super High 5 wagers will have carry-overs for the next race day, Wednesday, Nov. 30th.

We'll have a recap of this exciting opening day at Tampa Bay later tonight or early Sunday.

We're signing off now from Oldsmar, Fla.

Monique Welch and Barry Unterbrink

Dreamofjean E.Sets early pace in 2nd Tampa Turf Test

As expected, Dreamofjean E. kicked out clear and strong today finishing first at 1:36.49. Only truly facing some pressure up the backstretch, but not enough to break her strong lead. Odds were 5-2, and she finished 3 lengths ahead of the runner-up Sequiota with odds at 9-2.  Sequoita settled at the rear, and gradually showed a fighting chance, unfortunately for him a little too late to bother Dreamofjean E.
Sweet Story finished third two lengths behind Sequiota.

The total win Place show pool was $165,366.
The Win place Show chart is as follows:

Philm Noir Wins 9th in Final Furlong at Tampa

Philm Noir (10:1) at post time, turned it on in the final furlong to gain the edge over Thunder Harbor (2:1) to win the Lambholm South race of the week - 6 furlongs on dirt with a $22,500 purse.

Plenty Elusive (5:1) raced for the show. The winning time was 1:10.95. Willie Martinez was the jockey for trainer John Simms.

Trev (8:5) ML, was the race favorite and faded in the stretch to finish a disappointing fourth.

Tampa Bay Downs - Race 9      video replay

Today's Tampa Bay Feature: A Close Look

Today's Tampa Bay Feature: A Close Look

As noted this morning in our story, today’s tenth and feature race at Tampa Bay Downs appears wide open.

The opening day feature is five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, with a $27,500 purse.

There are ten entrants.  We suggest a special look at four of them. They are Everything Lovely, Smoke Signals, Cali Thirty-Seven and Giddy Up.

All but Giddy Up are making their first starts at Tampa Bay Downs.

Everything Lucky is a probable favorite. She has been running in stakes races, and has two second place finishes and a third in five starts this year. All have been on turf.

In her last race she tired and finished seventh in a 12-horse field in the Franklin County (Grade 3) at 5 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 14.

Smoke Signals, in her stakes debut, rallied along the rail to finish third in that race.  She was 58-1, and will be at, much lower odds today.

Cali Thirty-Seven is definitely going to try to get an early jump, and if she does she should have a good chance of winning because of her speed.

In her last race, she held first place the first and second calls but faded to finish sixth.  However, that race was 1 1/16 miles and she most likely became tired towards the end. But with today’s race being only 5 furlongs, she might have more stamina to hold her early lead if she gets one. 

Giddy Up’s chances could depend on how she adapts to the 
turf after primarily racing on the dirt.
--Monique Welch