Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tampa Bay Downs Resumes Racing on Wednesday With 'No Spectators' and New Pick 6 Pool

HRFLA Staff Report

After being dark on Monday and Tuesday, Tampa Bay Downs will resume racing on Wednesday with eight races and first post of  12:30  p.m.

The Oldsmar, Fla., track will again be racing without spectators and with no on-track  betting.

Tampa Bay is doing that as part of its effort to comply with federal and state guidances on limiting the nunber of persons at public  events during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

HorseRacingFLA's research indicaes that fewer than  ten U.S. Thorouighbred tracks are still running races--and they are doing that with no spectators.

And Tampa Bay has large fields in most races--in part because some trainers are keeping more horses in Florida because several tracks in  northern states have temporarily halted racing.

On Wednesday, each race has at least ten entrants including Also Eligibles.

There will be a new pool in the Ultimate Pick 6. It will be on races three to eight with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Tampa Bay's most recent race day, there was just one ticket with all six winners in the Pick 6.  It paid $91,970   on a 20 cent bet.

That jackpot consisted  of the entire coming in carryover of $52,773 and 80 percent of the day's new Pick 6 bet of $47,776.

Program numbers of the winning horses were 3-1-3-7-10-3.

A key to there being just one winning ticket was the win by Tomero at 27-1 in the seventh and next to last race.  The other five winners were at single-digit odds.

Tampa Bay pays out the jackpot only on days when there is just one ticket with all six winners.

On other days, it takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet.  It then divides 60 percent   among tickets with multiple  winners and adds 20  percent to the carryover. 

*Durig days when there is no-on site bettig atg Tampa Bay Downs, fans may watch and wager through Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) sites such as Twinspires, TVG, XPressbet and DRF Bets.

Races also can be viewed live and replays can be viewed m

on the track's Web sitewww.tampabaydowns.com/

Internet station RadioStPete

in conjunction with HorseRacingFLA, carries track announcer Richard Grunder's live call of the feature race. Bob Bauer, HRFLA's Tampa Bay associate editor and handicapper, provides pre-race and post-race analysis.

Tampa Bay Downs has live racing on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 3. 

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