Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gulfstream Begins Rainbow 6 Pool with Win By Favorite

 Jordan's Leo (1), the even-money favorite, won Sunday's fifth race at Gulfstream to start the Rainbow 6.

Wagering on the Rainbow 6 was $184,507. It was the start of a new pool, following a mandatory payout on Saturday.


New Rainbow 6 Pool at Gulfstream

 The fifth race is coming up at Gulfstream, with scheduled post at 3:14 p.m. to start the Sunday Rainbow 6.

It will follow a Saturday on which Gulfstream had a mandatory payoff on its Rainbow 6 jackpot.

A new Rainbow 6 pool will start today, and Gulfstream is guaranteeing that it will be at least $100,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winning horses.

On Saturday, a victory by 48-1 shot Green Gal in the 12th and final race knocked more than 15,000 tickets out of the Rainbow 6.

Prior to the 12th race, the Gulfstream tote board posted a note that there were 15,388 live tickets in the Rainbow 6. 

Winners of the first five Rainbow 6 races came in at 7-2 or lower.

Green Gal's win produced a Rainbow 6 return of $17,081 on the 20 cents per combination-only bet. 

Gulfstream did not announce the number off winning tickets.

HorseRacingFLA's review of Equibase charts showed there were 21 winning tickets.

Program numbers of the six winning hirses were 11-2-2-8-5-9.

The Rainbow 6 carryover coming in was $570,895. Bettors added  $3,578,504 to the pool.

Gulfstream paid out a jackpot of the entire carryover plus 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet (20 percent takeout.






Carried-Over Super H-5 Pays $10,221.60 at Gulfstream

 Gulfstream Park's  carried-over Super Hi-5 was hit on the first race on Sunday and paid $10,221.60   on a minimum 50 cent bet.

Miss Moreno (5), at 7-2, won $16,000 maiden claiming race at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares 3-YO and up.

The order of finish was 5-3-9-1-8.

The number of winning tickets was not readily  available.

The coming-in carryover was $20,592.  Bettors added $74,268 to the Rainbow 6.







GP: Sunday's First Race Has $20,592 Super Hi-5 Carryover

Gulfstream Park has a Super Hi-5 Carryover of $20,592 on its first race on Sunday.

First post is 1:00 p.m. for a ten-race card,

There will be a new pool on the Rainbow 6, on races five through ten with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:14 p.m.



Tampa Bay: Race Six is Sunday Feature

 By Bob Bauer

A nine-race card closes out the racing week in Tampa, with first post at 12:15 PM. Conditions are fast and firm. 

The play for today is in Race 5, $10,000 Claiming four year-olds and up go a mile and forty yards on the main track. Post time is 2:17. RadioStPete   online live coverage, including legendary announcer Richard Grunder, starts at 2:15.

EXCHECKER (6) appears to be tough to beat in this spot. Two races back, he was claimed away from top trainer Gerald Bennett for $8,000 in a winning effort. The very next race, Bennett claimed him back for $10,000. A sure sign of trainer intent is when he reclaims a horse for more money than the original claiming price. Mr. Bennett is an astute claiming conditioner and has been leading Tampa trainer for several years. This five year-old gelding is in fine fettle now, with two wins and a place from three starts this season in Oldsmar.

THE BET   $20 to win on EXCHECKER (6) and a $3 exacta box with IRISH VALOR (2) and PRAETORIAN (5)     2,5,6      Total Bet $38                   GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/17  The win and place bet paid $72. Had first and third in the exacta. The bankroll is now  $747.50.  



Saturday, April 17, 2021

Rainbow 6 -- 15,388 Live Tickets


Saturday's 12th and final race is coming up at Gulfstream and there are 15,388 live tickets in the Rainbow 6--where all winners thus far have  been at low odds.

 Winners of the first five legs were:

7th -- Livin At the Beach (11)  3-1

8th == Taita (2) 3-2

9th -- Projected (2)  2-1

10th == Man of Honor (8)  8-5

11th -- Advanced Strategy (5) 7-2

Tickets with all six winners will divide about $3.5 million.  That will combine the entire coming in carryover of $570,895 plus 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet of $3,578,504.


GP Rainbow 6 Starts With 3-1 Winner on Wagering of More Than $3.5Million

Livin At the Beach (11), at 3-1, won Gulfstream's seventh race on Saturday to start the Rainbow 6 with a mandatory payout  of its jackpot regardless of the number of tickets with all six winners,

Taita (2) won the eighth race, to continue the Rainbow 6 and start the Late Pick 5.

The Rainbow 6 carryover coming in was $570,895. Bettors added $3,578,504 to the Rainbow 6, which is a 20-cents per combination-only bet.

That makes the pool about $4.1 million. Gulfstream had projected that it would be about $2.5 million.

Gulfstream will divide all of the carryover plus 80 percent of the day's bet among all tickets with the most winners (likely six).

On non-mandatory days, it pays the jackpot only if there is just one ticket with all six winners. On non-mandatory days with multiple winning tickets Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the new bet and then divides 6 percent among tickets with six winners and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

Wagering was $217,916 on the Late Pick 5--which is 50 cents minimum, On Saturday  the Late Pick 5 had no carryover or guaranteed pool size,




GP: Saturday's Mandatory Payout Rainbow 6 Starts with Carryover of $570,895


HRFLA Staff Report

Gulfstream Park will have a mandatory payout of its Rainbow 6 jackpot on Saturday--no matter the number of tickets with all six winning horses.

On its Web site Gulfstream said it anticipates that the Saturday Rainbow 6 pool will be about $2.5 million.

Gulfstream will have twelve Saturday races, with first post of 12:30 p.m.   

The Rainbow 6 will be on races seven to twelve, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:40 p.m.  It is a 20 cents per combination-only bet.

The pool will start with a carryover of $570,895.  

HorseRacingFLA's review of Equibase charts indicates that Saturday's wagering on the Rainbow 6 will be between $2 million and $3 million--thus supporting Gulfstream's projections for the Rainbow 6 jackpot.

The jackpot consists of 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet (there is a 20 percent takeout) and the entire coming-in carryover.

On most days, Gulfstream pays out the jackpot only if there is just one ticket with all six winning horses.

On pre-designated mandatory payout days, Gulfstream divides the jackpot among all tickets with six winners.

On non-mandatory days, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the day's  Rainbow  6 bets.  It then divides 56 percent among tickets with the most winners (usually six) an adds 24 percent to the carryover.

Friday was the 11th straight race day with multiple winning Rainbow 6 tickets--and thus a growing carryover.  It has reached a point where Gulfstream is paying the carryover back to bettors who have built it--with expectations that they will bet in a new Rainbow 6 pool the following day.

Friday's Results

On Friday, the coming-in Rainbow 6 carryover was $526,932.

Bettors added $183,201 to the pool.

Each ticket with all six winners paid $1,512.48 on a 20-cent bet.

HRFLA's review of Equibase charts shows there were 67 such tickets.

Program numbers of the winning horses were 1-7-5-5-2-3.   Odds on the winners ranged from 3-5 to 8-1.

Saturday's Card

This link to the Equibase Web site has the Gulfstream entries for Saturday.  It has click-ons for handicapping material. Some is free. Some, including Past Performances, is at cost,

The Weather Channel forecast is for temperatures in the high 80s and a zero percent chance of rain during racing hours.

The Gulfstream Web site  has  this preview:

A full field of $20,000 claimers will kick off the Rainbow 6 in a mile turf event that will be identified as a ‘spread’ or "go deep" race by many handicappers.

 A mile maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds and up follows in Race 8. Todd Pletcher-trained Mr. Briggs, a 3-year-old gelded son of Super Saver, is scheduled to debut as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of eight. George Weaver-trained Road to Success, a 3-year-old son of Quality Road, is also slated to make his debut. Gustavo Delgado-trained Taita, a fast-closing second last time out, is among the most promising entrants that have raced.

A full field of $12,500 claimers in Race 9, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race, is likely to challenge the skills of Rainbow 6 handicappers.

A pair of optional claiming allowances will follow. In Race 10, a field of eight will contest the six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up, including Reservenotattained, the 2-1 morning-line favorite who had won three straight before finishing third last time out.

 In Race 11, Mystic Lancelot, a son of Into Mischief who finished a close second last time out, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the mile turf race for 4-year-olds and up.

The Rainbow 6 sequence will wrap up with a $16,000 maiden claiming race at 1 1/16 miles on turf, featuring a wide-open race that will include Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained first-time starter Raison the Glass and John Kimmel-trained Secrets Kept, a close second last time out.






 




 




 

Tampa Bay: Sixth Race is Saturday Feature

 By Bob Bauer

Ten races are on tap in Tampa for Saturday, conditions are fast and firm. First Post is scheduled for 12:15 PM.

Today's play is in Race 6, Post time is 3:05. Maiden sophomore Fillies will contest a grassy mile under $16,000 Claiming tags.

RadioStPete online live coverage, including legendary announcer Richard Grunder will start at 3:02.

OPULENT WAYS (4) is worth a bet at 6/1, as she drops into Claiming company for the first time and tries the Tampa turf. Her trio of races vs. Maiden Special foes were not terrible and she could move up in this easier spot and show a liking for the sod. This grey Miss has good breeding numbers for the green.

THE BET  $10 to win and place on OPULENT WAYS (4) and a $2 exacta box with First Gold (9) and CLAP FOR ME (2).   2,4,9.  Total Bet $32                   GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/16  Had the winner, missed the exacta. The $10 win bet paid $18, a loss of $4. The bankroll is now $675.50. 


Friday, April 16, 2021

GP Rainbow 6-=-$526.932 Friday Carryover; Mandatory Payout on Saturday


HRFLA Staff Report

Gulfstream Park's Friday card has a carryover of $526,932 on its Rainbow 6.

The 20 cents per combination-only bet will be on races four to nine, with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m.

Bettors who focus on the exotics also will be looking ahead to Saturday, when Gulfstream will have a mandatory payout of the entire Rainbow 6 jackpot--regardless of  the number of tickets with all six winning horses.

If the carryover continues into Saturday, it likely will be in the $600,000 range.  Gulfstream wagering  history indicates that a carryover of that size would attract new Rainbow 6 bets of about $3 million.

Gulfstream's Sunday card will have twelve races, with first post at 12:30 p.m.  The Rainbow 6 will be on races seven through twelve with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:46 p.m. 

The jackpot consists of the entire carryover  (the takeout is 20 percent) plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow bets. 

On days without a mandatory payout, such as Friday, Gulfstream pays out the jackpot only when there is just one ticket with all six winners.

On non-mandatory days that have multiple tickets with six winners, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the new bets.  It then divides 56 percent of the day's bet among all tickets with six winners and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

The carryover has grown past $500,000 because Gulfstream has gone ten straight race days with multiple Rainbow 6 winning tickets.

If the Rainbow 6 is "taken down" by a single ticket on Friday. Gulfstream will start a new Rainbow 6 pool on Saturday--with no in-coming carryover.

But there would still be a mandatory payout of 80 percent of new bets to all winning tickets--compared with 56 percent on non-mandatory days.

In that case, betting on the Rainbow 6 likely will be in the $500,000 range.








BAUER'S BETS: FAST & FIRM at TAMPA

 By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs presents a nine-race program for Friday, with first Post scheduled for 12:17 p.m. Conditions are Fast & Firm.

The Late Pick 5 has a carryover of $51,336, It is on races five to nine with the sequwnce scheduled to start at 2:17 p.m. 

 Today's play is in Race 7, a well matched field of three and up Fillies and Mares will sprint six panels on dirt under $25,000 Maiden Claiming conditions. Post time is 3:23 p.m. Live coverage on RadioStPete online, including legendary race caller Richard Grunder, will start at 3:20.

BAHAMIAN MOON (5) is dangerous in this event, getting back on dirt after an unsuccessful turf try in her last outing. Prior to that, she logged a trio of local place finishes earning the best figures in the field. Veteran rider Jose Ferrer has the return mount for trainer Dennis Ward (31% winners together). Blinkers go on here (Ward 40%) and she turns back to a sprint, which should be to her benefit.

THE BET  $10 win on BAHAMIAN MOON (5) and a $2 exacta box with MYONGA (2) and CATCH THE RAINBOW (10)    2,5,10.                              Total Bet $22   GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/14  Lost $22 the bankroll is now $679.50 from the $1000 start.

 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Super Hi-5 Carryover ,Grows at Gulfstream

Reagan's Heart (9) at 73-1 won the the fourth race, and Kerik (4) at 18-1 won the fifth race at Gulfstream on Thursday at Gulfstream Park

That produced a $158,604 payoff on the minimum 50 cent bet on the  Early Pick 5.

Meanwhile, the Super H-5 carryover on the sixth race has grown to $26,282.

It is a starter allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf for 4-YO and up.

The field has seven horses--following scratches of numbers 3, 6, 7 and 10.

Early on Thursday, we  will have full  results of the late race exotic bets.


Large Super Hi5 Carryover at Gulfstream

The fifth race is coming up at Gulfstream, with a carryover of $8, 632.62 on the Super Hi-rLaatge and the start of  the Late Pick.

Stay tuned for coverage 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tampa : Race 5 is RadioStPete Race of Dayl

By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has nine races on tap for Wednesday.  First post is scheduled for 12:15 PM.  Conditions are fast and good.

Today's play is in Race 5, Post 3:17. RadioStPete   online live coverage, including legendary announcer Richard Grunder will start at 3:15.

A wide-open field of older Fillies and Mares will go a mile on the lawn under $16,000 Starter Allowance conditions.

There is a racetrack saying "beware of the stranger" and we have SENSIBLE MYTH (4) shipping in and trying the Tampa turf for the first time. This six-year old Mare was a Stakes winner during the summer of 2020. She went to the Fairgrounds in January, catching a pair of events that were rained off the grass. She finally got back were she belongs on March 13, finishing third at a mile with foes similar to these. Jose Ferrer, a veteran grass rider takes the mount. She has beaten better in the past and may be ready for a huge effort here.

THE BET  $10 to win on SENSIBLE MYTH (4) and a $2 exacta box with ANTALYA (3) and CATS OUT THE BAG (5) 3,4,5.        Total Bet $22 GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/11 Racing was cancelled due to severe weather. The bankroll remains at $701.50 after starting ar $1,000.

* Going into Wednesday, jockeys Antonio Gallardo and Samy Camacho each have 89 wins and  are tied for first place in the Tampa Bay meet,

Camacho has six mounts and Gallardo has five mounts on Wednesday.

Wednesday is the 77th day of Tampa Bay's 89-day meet.

Gallardo has led Tampa Bay jockeys in wins five times--including 2019-2020. Camacho led Tanpa

Bay in wins in 201-2019. 


Monday, April 12, 2021

Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $486,765

Gulfstream Park will be dark this Monday through Wednesday, as it continues with its  Spring/Summer  meet schedule. 

Gulfstream will resume racing on Thursday with first post of 1:00 p.m.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 as grown to $486,765. The 20 cents per combination-only bet will be on races four through nine, with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m.

On Sunday, each Rainbow 6 ticket with all six winning horses paid $6,712.12 on a 20 cent bet.

HorseRacingFLA's review of Equibase charts indicates there were 21 such tickets.

Program numbers of the winning horses were 10-4-1-8-4-5.

Four of the winners came in at 3-1 or lower and the other two won at 11-1.

The carryover coming in was $426,932.

Bettors added $249,356 to the Rainbow 6. Of that, Gulfstream took out 20 percent. It then divided 56 percent among the tickets with six winners and  added 24 percent to the carryover.

The jackpot/carryover has grown that way over the last nine race days--all of which have had multiple winning tickets.

The jackpot/carryover consists of the entire coming-in carryover plus 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. 

Gulfstream generally pays it out only on days when there is just one ticket with all six winner.

On pre-designated "mandatory" days, Gulfstream pays out the jackpot regardless of the number of tickets with six winners.

Gulfstream usually schedules a mandatory day--several days in advance--when the jackpot reaches the $800,000 range.






Sunday, April 11, 2021

Gulfstream Sunday Rainbow 6 Carryover is $426,932

Gulfstream Park has a ten-race card on Sunday with first post at 1:00 p.m.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover of $426,932. It is on races five through ten with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:14 p.m.

Conditions are Listed as Fast and Firm.

However, the Weather Channel forecast is for a chance of thunderstorms of 50 percent or higher from 3:00 p.m. through the early evening.

This link to the Equibase Web site has the Gulfstream entries for Sunday. It has click-ons for handicapping material. Some is free.  Some, including Past Performances, is at cost.

The link will update if there are scratches or other changes.



 

RACING CANCELLED IN TAMPA 4/11

 By Bob Bauer

Racing at Tampa Bay Downs was canceled shortly before the first race on Sunday, due to severe storms in the area. There was heavy lightning and sections of the track were flooded.

Racing is schedule to resume on Wednesday, April 14.

Tampa Bay: No Turf Racing on Sunday, Seventh Race is RadioStPete Feature

By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has nine races on Sunday's card, with first post of 12:15 PM.

There is no turf racing because of rain that has fallen on and off since Saturday night. The dirt track is listed as Fast.

The feature Race 7, Post 3:30 PM now at five furlongs on the main track, has a field of seven Fillies and Mares sprinting under $10,000 Claiming conditions. More rain is possible later today. RadioStPete  online live coverage, including the call from legendary announcer Richard Grunder will start at 2:28.

LAKOTA PRINCESS (9) appears to have an edge now that this event is moved off turf. This six-year old Mare has won four times on dirt and none on turf. Her last outing was a local victory at five and one-half furlongs with Samy Camacho aboard. The turn-back here to five panels will only help, Camacho retains the mount.

THE BET  $20 to win LAKOTA PRINCESS (9) and a $2 exacta box with FIELD LETTERS (2) and SOME SAY SO (6)     2,6,9    Total Bet $32 GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/10  All three of our runners hit the board. The win bet was third, had the $30.20 exacta, a loss of $1.80. The bankroll is now $701.50

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Tampa Bay Late Pick 5 Starts with Win by 17-1 Shot

Sniveling (3), at 17-1, won Saturday's sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs to start the Late Pick 6.

The carryover coming in  was $39,303.  Bettors added $261,443 to the Late Pick 5. We will have updates later this afternoon on this blog.

 

Gulfstream Fast and Firm for Saturday

Conditions are listed as Fast and Firm for Saturday's eleven-race card at Gulfstream Park.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover if $358,462.  It is on races six to eleven, with the sequence scheduled to start 3:46 p.m.

Beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. we will have coverage of today's races and other Gulfstream news on this blog.




Tampa Saturday: $39,303 Rainbow 6 Carryover; Fifth Race is Our Feature Bet


By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has a ten-race card for Saturday, with first post time scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

The Late Pick 5 has a carryover of $39,303. It will be on races six to ten with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m.

We expect that wagering on the Late Pick 5 will be at least $300,000--more than three times than on most Saturdays.

Today's play is in Race 5, Post time 2:31 p.m. A full field of  $32,000 Maiden Claiming sophomores will go a grassy mile. RadioStPete online live coverage, including the call from legendary announcer Richard Grunder, starts at 2:29 p.m.

KING RAMOS (7) is worth a bet at 8/1 on the morning line. This gelding from the powerful O'Connell outfit earned the best turf fig in this field last time out. Samy Camacho will ride for the first time and they have a good chance to score at a price and graduate.

THE BET  $10 to win and place on KING RAMOS (7) and a $2 exacta box with DANCE PANTS (1) and ESTILO VARONIL (9)   1,7,9 Total Bet $32  GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/9  Lost $43, the bankroll is now $703.30, from the $1,000. start.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Tampa Bay: Seventh Race is Friday Feature

By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has nine races on its Friday program. First Post time is scheduled for 12:17 PM.

Conditions are Listed as Fast and Firm

Today's play is in Race 7, a mile and forty yards on the main track for $6250 Claiming older Fillies and Mares. Post time is 3:23 PM. RadioStPete online live coverage, including the call from legendary announcer Richard Grunder will start at 3:20.

JUST A BIT SASSY (7) woke up big-time in her last outing, besting similar rivals as today by almost three lengths with Samy Camacho aboard for the first time. She earned a lifetime best speed figure that is the top in this field. Camacho retains the mount, a repeat of the last effort should beat these. Camacho is locked in a dead-heat race for the leading rider title with Antonio Gallardo. As of this morning, they are tied with eighty-eight tallies each.

THE BET  $25 to win on JUST A BIT SASSY (7) and a $3 exacta box with BIG BASE (9) and MARVELLA (3) 3,7,9 Total Bet $43GOOD LUCK                  

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/7  Lost $32, the bankroll is now $746.30, from the $1000. start.

  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Gulfstream Thursday: Eight Races, $284,967 Carryover

 Gulfstream Park will begin the second week of its 2020-2021 spring/summer meet on Thursday.

First post is1:00 p.m. for an eight-race card. Conditions are listed s Fast and Firm. 

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $284,967.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races three trough seven with first post scheduled for 2:17 p.m.

Gulfstream's spring/summer meet  has racing on Thursdays through Sundays until Sept. 26.

Because of the COVI-19 pandemic, Gulfstream is limiting attendance to about 2,000 per day. Information, including ticket prices may be obtained by calling the Gulfstream ticket office at (954) 457-6201.




Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Greatest Honour Will Not Run in Ky Derby; Not Seriously Hurt, Getting 60-Day Break

HRFLA Staff Report

Greatest Honour, the winner of this year's Holy Bull (Grade 3)  and Fountain of  Youth (Grade 2) at Gulfstream Park, will not run in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) on May 1 and likely will miss the other two Triple Crown races.

Shug McGaughey, trainer of Greatest Honour, announced that decision on Wednesday.

An examination and X-rays this week showed nothing that would require surgery, McGaughey told the Daily Racing Form.

McGaughey said Greatest Honour was banged up near the ankles. He added that he did not feel comfortable with the way the 3-year-old colt had been galloping in recent days.

Greatest Honour's most recent race was a third place finish in the Florida Derby  (Grade 1) on March 27 at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Sixty-Day Break

McGaughey said he plans to give Greatest Honour a break from heavy training  for about 60 days.

That would keep the son of Tapit out of the Preakness Stakes (Grade 1) on May 15 and the Belmont Stakes on June 5.

The Kentucky Derby will be run at 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Greatest Honour has 70 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, all earned in the three graded stakes at Gulfstream. He is eighth in the standings with 70 points.

That would have given him enough points  to make the 20-horse field where he would have been among the favorites. 

Stakes Victories

On Jan. 30, Greatest Honour won the Holy Bull by 5 3/4 lengths over Tarantino. On Feb. 28, he won the Fountain of Youth by  two lengths over Drain the Clock.

He rallied from mid-pack in both 1 1/16 mile races--displaying a stride and the stamina that led bettors to  make him the 4-5 favorite in the 1 1/8 mile Florida Derby.

But Greatest Honour's late run was not as strong as in the two previous Gulfstream stakes,  He finished third, 5 3/4 lengths behind the winner Known Agenda with Soup and Sandwich finishing second.

Jose Ortiz rode Greatest Honour in all three stakes races.

Greatest Honour has three wins. one second place finish and three third place finishes. He has career earnings of $422,440. 

Greatest Honour is owned by Courtlandt Farms whose principals Donald and Donna Adams live in Texas.




 

Tampa Bay: Race 5 is WeBydnesday Feature

By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs presents a nine-race card for Wednesday, with conditions listed as Fast and Firm.

The feature is Race 5, Post time 2:17 PM. A very competitive group of sophomores will go a grassy mile under $75,000 Optional Claiming NW1X conditions. Live coverage on RadioStPete online, including legendary announcer Richard Grunder, starts at 2:15.

HEAT OF THE NIGHT (5) is a logical longshot who might surprise at 8/1 on the morning line. A lightly raced gelding (four starts), he won his debut vs. Maiden Special rivals at Gulfstream last September. Since then, he has been in a trio of Stakes events without success, as he was outclassed. He drops to a realistic level today (easiest since the Maiden win) and could turn a huge effort here. His figure from the local Columbia Stakes on March 6 is the best in this field. Alonso Quinonez rides for Tim Hamm.

THE BET  $10 win and place on HEAT OF THE NIGHT (5) and a $2 exacta box with GIRL DAD (4) and DELAWARE DESTROYER (2)   2,4,5 Total Bet $32  GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  4/3  Lost $32, the bankroll is now $778.30.

 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Grunder to Retire as Tampa Bay Announcer; Will Close Out 37-Year Run on May 2

 

NOTE--This article is a condensed version of a news release written by Mike Henry of the Tampa Bay Downs media office.


Richard Grunder will retire as Tampa Bay Downs track announcer after the end of the track's current race meet.

Grunder has held that job for the past 37 years,  His final  day will be Sunday May 2.

Tampa Bay Downs and Grunder announced his retirement last Thursday. 

Grunder, who is 68, cited health reasons for his decision. He began his announcing career in 1973 at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  

He has called approximately 37,000 races at Tampa Bay Downs and is currently the longest-tenured announcer at any racetrack in the United States.

“My goal a few years back was to try to go until I was 70," Grunder said. "But I’ve got a medical situation I need to stay on top of and some related stress issues that led me to realize it’s time.” 

He added: “I was in the hospital a few weeks ago on a Wednesday and barely got out in time to call the first race, and I don’t get up those stairs to the press box as fast as I used to." 

Tampa Bay Career

Grunder began calling races at Tampa Bay Downs in 1984.

Stella F. Thayer's family has owned Tampa Bay Downs since 1986 and she is the track's president 

“Tampa Bay Downs has been incredibly fortunate that Richard has spent most of his career with us – an amazing 37 years,” Thayer said in  a statement released on Thursday,

She added: “His voice and his style embody his enthusiasm and love for Thoroughbred racing. We will never forget his contributions. Fortunately, his voice will live on through his calls of Tampa’s signature races. We are grateful for his many wonderful years at Tampa Bay Downs and wish him the best."

Grunder is a native of Dodge City, Kan. He began working at racetracks as a teenager with his father Dean Grunder, who was  a trainer and owner at tracks in Midwestern states.

Grunder has called  races as a regular or substitute announcer at approximately a dozen thoroughbred tracks in North America.

From 1990 through last year he was the regular announcer at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.  

Grunder will remain active in the sport, working as a jockey’s agent at Canterbury Park in Minnesota this spring and summer for Alonso Quinonez and Israel Hernandez. He plans to travel extensively with his wife of 48 years, Diana, visit other racetracks and spend more time with son Chad and his wife Erica, who live in El Dorado, Kan.

Friends in Racing

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, Gulfstream Park track announcer Pete Aiello and trainer Bernell Rhone are among Grunder's numerous friends in racing.

“There is no one on the planet who is more passionate about horse racing. Period,” Aiello said. “Nobody eats, sleeps and breathes horse racing more than he does.”

Stevens said of Grunder: "You can visualize how the race is setting up just listening to his call, and I think that is what makes a great announcer. And he brings a lot of excitement to every race, whether it’s a cheap claiming race or a graded stakes.”

The thrilling 2007 edition of the Tampa Bay Derby, in which Street Sense and Calvin Borel edged Any Given Saturday and John Velazquez by a nose, stands foremost among Grunder’s Oldsmar memories. 

“When they hit the wire together, I said ‘Too close to call, it might have been Street Sense.’ Then I said to myself, ‘Whoa,’ because it was like this,” he recalled, holding his thumb and forefinger an inch apart. “Fortunately, I got it right.”

Street Sense went on to a victory in the Kentucky Derby--becoming the first horse to win the Tampa Bay Derby and the Kentucky Derby.

Fan Friendly

 He has been the emcee for the track’s “Morning Glory Club,” which invited race-goers to enjoy coffee and donuts on winter Saturday mornings and listen to Grunder interview jockeys, trainers and other racing personalities.

“He knows every part of that backside, from the racing office to the trainers to the exercise riders. That kind of understanding is a big thing to bringing new fans in,” Stevens said.

The stories of Grunder’s generosity are many.

In 2010 at Canterbury, he organized fund-raising efforts to assist Stevens and two other jockeys injured in a multi-horse spill. 

On New Year’s Eve in 2005, he turned the microphone over for one race to an aspiring young announcer whose previous experience consisted of calling races on the Arizona county fair circuit.

“I think about him giving me that shot all the time,” said Aiello. “You make so many connections in this business, but only time will tell how many people Richard has touched over the course of his career.”

Moving forward, the good news for Grunder is that racing always needs new fans looking in from the outside. It is a major adjustment, but one he is confident he can handle with the cherished support of his family, racetrack friends and the thousands of fans who have welcomed him into their homes.

“He has been such a good ambassador for racing, promoting Tampa Bay Downs and encouraging people to come to the races. Now he wants to slow down and spend more time with his family,” Rhone said.

“I think he will be a little bit lost next year, but he’ll be fine because he is so upbeat and great with people. Richard can talk to older folks, little kids and people who know nothing about racing, and find something in common.”


 

 

 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Sunday: Tampa Bay Dark, Ten Races at Gulfstream

 Conditions are Fast and Firm for Sunday's 10-race card at Gulfstream Park.

The only carryover is in the Rainbow 6 at $190,967. The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races five through ten, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:14 p.m.

This link to the Equibase Web site has the Gulfstream entries for Sunday. It has click-ons for handicapping material.  Some is free. Some, including Past Performances, is at cost.  

Tampa Bay Downs is closed all day Sunday, without live racing, as it observes Easter.

The simulcast area,  poker room and golf practice facility also will be closed on Sunday. Those areas will re-open at regular times o Monday. Times can be found on the Tampa Bay Downs web site.



 

 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Gulfstream: Fast and Firm for Saturday, Carryover is $140,311

 Conditions are listed as Fast and Firm for Saturday's 11-race card at Gulfstream Park.

The featured tenth race is a $25,000 allowance/optional claimer with a $47,000 purse. It is five furlongs on turf for 4-YOs  and up.

The race will have seven starters.  Life In Shambles and Combination, which were Main Track Only, have been scratched. 

Captain Ron and Monte Ny  are likely favorites. 

The Rainbow 6 is on races six to 11, with a carryover of $140,311. The 20 cents per combination-only bet sequence is scheduled to  start at 3:46 p.m.

Tampa Bay: Fifth Race is Saturday Feature

 By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs presents a ten-race card for Saturday. Conditions are Fast and Firm.

Today's play is in race 5. Post time is 2:19 p.m. Coverage will begin at 2:17 p.m. on RadioStPete  online and will have track announcer Richard Grunder's live call.

Sophomore Maiden Fillies will travel a mile and one-sixteenth on the turf under $32,000 Claiming conditions. 

This race has a pair of contenders from smart barns dropping into Claiming company for the first time. This move is considered to be one of the strongest angles in the game. NOT SHY (5) appears to be in a good spot, having earned the top turf figure in this field with Maiden Special foes on March 14. The Graham Motion barn wins at a 29% clip with first time Maiden Claimers. 

FANNY (6), will drop in here after a single dull race on the local lawn. She comes from the powerful Delacour outfit (25% wins) and should not be ignored.

THE BET   $10 to win on NOT SHY (5) and a $5 exacta box with FANNY (6) 5,6. Also a $2 exacta box with those two and LADY DOMINANCE (4) 4,5,6.  Total Bet  $32  GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS   4/2   The win bet was third, had first and third in the exacta. Lost $22, the bankroll is $809.30 from the $1,000. start. 



Friday, April 2, 2021

GP Friday: Nine Races, $111,259 Carryover

Gulfstream Park has a nine-race card on Friday, with first post at 1:00 p.m.

Conditions are listed as Fast and Good.

The Rainbow 6 has a carryover of $111,259.  The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races three to eight with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:07 p.m.

This link to the Equibase site has the Gulfstream entries for Friday.  It has click-ons for handicapping material. Some is free.  Some, including Past Performances, is at cost.  

BAUER'S BETS: FAST & FIRM at TAMPA

 By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has a nine-race program on Friday, with first Post scheduled for 12:23 PM.

Friday's feature is Race 5, Post time 2:27 PM. A wide-open field of sophomore Fillies will go a grassy mile under $40,000 Optional claiming conditions. RadioStPete online live coverage including legendary announcer Richard Grunder will start at 2:25.

Going to take a chance with a fast Filly making her turf debut here. STRIKING CHROME (3) from the stable of leading trainer Gerald Bennett, may be ready to roll. This daughter of CALIFORNIA CHROME appears to be faster than her rivals. If she can duplicate that form on the lawn, she can beat these. Her Dam, ISLAND STRIKER (SMART STRIKE) has had three foals, all are winners, two on turf. The Bennett barn (24%) is known for placing their runners where they can win. Regular rider Roberto Alvarado Jr., who has scored a pair of victories on this Filly earlier this season, retains the mount.

THE BET  $10 to win STRIKING CHROME (3) and a $2 exacta box with MISS TOURISTA (7) and GOLDEN OLDIE(5).   3,5,7   Total Bet $22       GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  3/31  Had the win and exacta. The $10 win bet returned $30., $3 exacta was good for $34.50, a total return of $64.50 on the $28 in bets. The bankroll is now $831.30 from the $1000. start.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Sixth Race is Our Wednesday Tampa Feature

By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs presents a nine race program on Wednesday, with conditions listed as Fast and Firm. 

Today's play is in RACE 6, Post time 3:15 PM. Three year old and up $8,000 Claiming Fillies and Mares will go a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track, under NW2L conditions.  RadioStPete online live coverage including legendary race caller Richard Grunder will start at 3:13.

WILL TAKE ROSES (5) has a decent chance to score here as she drops to face Non-winners of two races lifetime. She has run well in Tampa, winning a Maiden $16,000 event and then getting the place vs. $20,000 rivals, both at a mile and forty yards. The Carrasco outfit wins at 24% when dropping a runner two levels. Hector Diaz Jr., has ridden this sophomore miss to a win and a place at a distance very similar to what we have today. 

THE BET  $10 to win on WILL TAKE ROSES (5) and a $3 excata box with SHARON'S LAW (2) and CAPTUREMENOW (1)   1,2,5   Total Bet   $28 GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  3/28  Made $114 in bets (due to a scratch), collected $98.10, a loss of $15.90.    3/27  Made $32 in bets, collected $84, a profit of $52. The bankroll is now $766.80 from the $1000. start.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

GP Spring/Summer Meet Starts Thursday

Gulfstream Park will resume racing on Thursday, the opening day of its 2021 Spring/Summer  meet.

First post will be 1:00 p.m. for an eight-race card at the track in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Gulfstream's Spring/Summer meet will have racing on Thursdays through Sundays until Sept. 26.

Because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulfstream is admitting spectators on what it calls a "limited basis."

Information can be obtained by contacting the Gulfstream box office at (954) 457-6201.

Gulfstream ended its 2020-2021 championship meet on Sunday. It opened that meet last Dec. 5.







 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Fillies and Mares Turf Stakes Coming up at Tampa

The tenth race is coming up at Tampa Bay.

The Fillies and Mares Turf is 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares 3-YO and up. It is one of six stakes for Florida-breds on Florida Cup Day/

There are nine starters.  Kelsey's Cross (2) has been scratched.

We will have an update prior to the 11th race, the Sophomore Fillies, which is the last of six stakes on the card


 

 

Gulfstream Ends Championship Meet Today; Known Agenda Wins Florida Derby

Later on Sunday, we will begin a series of reports on Known Agenda's win on Saturday in the $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade 1) and other highlights of the closing weekend of the 2020-2021 championship meet.

The closing day Sunday card has twelve races. The Rainbow 6 will start on the seventh race, with scheduled post at 3:11 p.m. It is a 20 cents per combination-only bet.

There is a new pool on the Rainbow 6, and a mandatory payout of 80 percent of today's Rainbow 6 pool--no matter the number of tickets with all six winning horses. Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the the payout will be at least $200,000.

On Thursday, Gulfstream will begin its Spring-Summer meet with eight races and first post at 1:00 p.m. In that six-month meet, Gulfstream will have racing on Mondays through Thursdays/

In the Florida Derby, Known Agenda (photo on home page) passed Soup and Sandwich in the final half furlong and went on to beat that rival by 2 3/4 lengths. Greatest Honour finished third, three lengths behind Soup and Sandwich. 

Known Agenda's victory earned him 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) that will  be run May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.  He has 102 points, and that total assures him a spot in the 20-horse field.

Soup and Sandwich, in only his third career start, earned 40 points.  That might be enough for him to get into the Kentucky Derby.

There are four remaining championship round prep races that, like the Florida Derby, offer Kentucky Derby qualifying points of 100, 40, 20 and ten points for the first four finishers.

Greatest Honour earned 20 qualifying points, raising his total to 80.  He earned ten points for winning the Holy Bull (Grade 3) and the Fountain of Youth (Grade 2)--both at Gulfstream.



Tampa Bay Sunday: Bauer's Florida Cup Bets; RadioStPete to Carry All Six Stakes

By Bob Bauer

Today is Florida Cup Day at Tampa Bay Downs.

There are a dozen races on the program, with first post at 12:00 p.m. 

The highlights are the six stakes races for Florida-breds, each with a $110,00 Purse. 

All will be covered live on RadioStPete online, including legendary race caller Richard Grunder. On air time will be about two minutes prior to Post time.

We will have coverage this afternoon on this blog.

Stakes action kicks off with RACE 5, Post time scheduled for 1:55PM.

The bets:

RACE 5: THE SOPHOMORE TURF STAKES, One Mile and one Sixteenth for 3-YOs; scheduled for 2:25 PM

THE BET $10 to win on HOT BLOODED (5) and a $2 exacta box with Chess's Dream (2) and LIGHT US UP (3) 2,3,5  Total Bet $22

RACE 7, Scheduled for 2:55 PM, at seven panels on the main track is the OCOLA BREEDER'S SALE SOPHOMORE STAKES.

THE BET  $10 to win on BREEZE ON BY (4) and a $2 exacta box with GATSBY (1) and SHOO SHINE (3)  1,3,4  Total Bet $22

RACE 8, Scheduled for 3:25 PM is the TURF CLASSIC at nine furlongs for four year-olds and up.

THE BET  $10 to win on ME AND MR. C (3) and a $2 exacta box with OVER THE CHANNEL (1) and SHAMROCKET (2)  1,2,3  Total Bet $22

RACE 9, the NYRA BETS SPRINT STAKES, is at six furlongs on the main track. Post time is scheduled for 3:57 PM.

THE BET  $10 to win on SOUPER STONEHENGE (2) and a $2 exacta box with CAJUN BROTHER (8) and TAP IT TO WIN (5). 2,5,8  Total Bet $22

RACE 10, the DISTAFF TURF STAKES is for Fillies and Mares, three and up, at a mile and one-sixteenth. Scheduled Post is 4:29 PM.

THE BET  $10 to win on SUMMERING (9) and a $2 exacta box with SUGAR FIX (8) and SUN SUMMERS (10) . 8.9,10. Total Bet $22

RACE 11, the The SOPHOMERE FILLIES is for 3-YO fillies, at  seven furlongs on dirt. Scheduled post is 5:00 p.m.

THE BET  $10 to win on PRINCESS SECRET (8) and a $2 exacta box with R JERSEY GIRL (9) and AREWETHEREYET. 8,9,10.  Total Bet $22



Saturday, March 27, 2021

HRFLA Picks for Florida Derby

 Here is our prediction for  the upcoming Florida Derby 

1 - Greatest Honour  7

2 --  Known Agenda 5

3- Tapetu 11

4 --  Quabtum Leap  2

5 -- Nova Rags      1


Early speed did not hold up in two previous two-turn dirt stakes today. We Expect that will happen in thr Florida Derby

First leg of Rainbow 6 Won by 5-2 Favorite

Sayyaaf, the 5-2 favorite , won Saturday's ninth  race at Gulfstream to start the Rainbow 6 on Florida Derby  day.

The carryover coming in was $951,991, Bettors added $7,319,661 to the Rainbow 6 pool---on a day with a mandatory payout on the jackpot in the 20 cents per combination-only bet.

The race was a $62,500 allowance/optional claimer at one mile on turf for 4-YO  and up.

Sayyaaf led at every call and won in the fast time of 1:32,17.  Jacier Castellano  rode him for trainer Todd Pletchcr.

Total wagering on the ninth race was $9,563,747.  Our review of earlier races indicates that Gulfstream could break its all-time non-Breeders' Cup handle record of $53,841,165 set on Florida Derby  day  last year.

There are 14 races today and clear skies--the same as last year.

W e will have updates on remaining stakes races along with a preview and coverage of the Florida Derby. It is the 14th race, with scheduled post of 6:40 p.m.


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BAUER'S BETS: FAST and FIRM at TAMPA

 By Bob Bauer

The Downs has ten races on the Saturday card. First Post time is 12:08 PM.

Today's play is in Race 8, Post time is scheduled for 3:34 PM. Four year old and up Fillies and Mares will travel a marathon eleven furlongs on the sod under $16,000 Handicap conditions. RadioStPete online live coverage, including legendary race caller Richard Grunder will start at 3:32.

ANTALYA (8) appears to be in top form now. This six year old Mare has taken a pair of $16,000 races this year on the local lawn in as many attempts. She woke  up with the addition of blinkers and jockey Issac Castillo. Her victories both came from off the pace at a mile and a mile and one-sixteenth, suggesting she should like the stretch out a mile and three-eighths. She owns the best late pace figure in this field and there should be enough speed here to give her a good closing setup.

THE BET  $10 win and place on ANTALYA (8) and a $2 exacta box with BELLA PIERENA (6) and CLASSY OF COURSE (1)  1,6,8               Total Bet $32   GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  3/26  Lost $32, the bankroll is $750.90, from $1000 at the start.  

 


Clear Skies Forecast for Florida Derby day

At Gulfstream Park today, the outlook is for  a rain chance less than five percent with temperatures in the 80's and the added excitement that the heavy favorite Greatest Honour will bring to the Florida Derby.

First post will be at 11:30 a.m. for a 14-race card, including ten stakes races. The $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade 1) will be the last race, with scheduled post at 6:40 p.m.

Tickets for Florida Derby day are sold out Gulfstream is limiting attendance to about 2,000 because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NBC Sports Network will have coverage of the Florida Derby between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay Downs and most other pari-mutuels in Florida and other states will have simulcast wagering on the Florida Derby and Gulfstream's other races.

Most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) services will show and have betting on the Florida Derby and Gulfstream's other races. 

Greatest Honour is among eleven entrants in the Florida Derby, at 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds.

The Shug McGaughey-trained colt is seeking to become the first horse to sweep Gulfstream's three graded  stakes prep races for the Kentucky Derby.

Greatest Honour won this year's Holy Bull (Grade 3) and Fountain of Youth (Grade 2)--both at 1 1/16 miles.

Those victories gave him 60 qualifying points for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The cutoff point will probably be about 40 points for a spot in the field of 20 horses.

The Florida Derby is final round points qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby. The first four finishers will earn 100, 40, 20 and 10 points respectively.

All of the ten other Florida Derby starters will need to finish second or better to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Starting later this morning and until early evening, our coverage for Florida Derby day will  be almost entirely on this blog.

 





Friday, March 26, 2021

Gulfstream's Mandatory Payout on Rainbow 6 Starts with Carryover of $951,991

Gulfstream Park on Saturday will have a mandatory payout on its Rainbow 6 jackpot, and the pool will start with a carryover of $951,991.

Gulfstream is estimating that about $7.5 million will be bet on the Rainbow 6, which will be on races nine to fourteen on its Florida Derby day card.

The sequence is scheduled to start at 3:37 p.m. on the Rainbow 6, which is a 20 cents per combination-only bet. First post on Saturday is 11:30 a.m.

The jackpot is made up of the entire coming-in carryover plus 80 percent of the day's bets on the Rainbow 6.

The attraction on Saturday is that Gulfstream will pay out the jackpot--no matter the number of tickets with all six winners in the Rainbow 6.

On non-mandatory days, it pays out the jackpot only if there is just one ticket with all six winners.

On non-mandatory days with multiple winning tickets, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. It then divides 56 percent among tickets with six winners and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

On Friday the coming-in carryover was $871,173. Bettors added $332,922 to the pool.

Each ticket with all six winners paid $246.28 on a 20 cent bet.

HorseRacingFLA's review of Equibase charts shows there were 766 such tickets.

Program numbers of the winning horses were 2-1-2-1-2-1. Odds on the winners were 9-2 or lower.





 

GP Rainbow 6: Carryover is $871,173 on Friday; Mandatory Payout on Sunday

One highlight of Saturday's Florida Derby day card at Gulfstream Park will be a mandatory payout  of the Rainbow 6 jackpot--regardless of the number of tickets with all six winning horses.

That jackpot consists of the entire Rainbow 6 carryover plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bets (20 percent carryover). It is a 20 cents per combination-only bet.

For Saturday there is the prospect--based on Gulfstream wagering history--that the Rainbow 6 will have a carryover in the $1 million range and that betting on the Rainbow 6 could be as much as $10 million.

Whether that happens will depend on Rainbow results on Friday, when Gulfstream will go into the day with a Rainbow 6 carryover of $871,173.

Friday is a day without a mandatory payout. So, if there are multiple tickets with all six winning horses Gulfstream will take out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. It will then divide 56 percent among tickets with six winners and add 24 percent to the carryover.

If Friday has just one ticket with all six winning horses, that ticket would take down the full Rainbow 6 jackpot.

In that case, there will be no coming-in carryover on Saturday. But Rainbow 6 wagering might still be around $1 million because 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bets, rather than the standard 56 percent,  will be paid to tickets with six winners.

Friday's Rainbow 6 is on races five through ten, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:11 p.m.

Gulfstream will have fourteen races on Saturday, with first post of 11:30 p.m.

The Rainbow 6 will begin on the ninth race, with scheduled post of 3:37 p.m.

The Florida Derby (Grade 1) will be the 14th and final race, with scheduled post of 6:40  p.m.

Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the pools will be at least $750,000 on the Late Pick 5 and the Late Pick 4.  If betting is less than $750,000 Gulfstream will put in the difference.









Tampa Bay Downs: Nine Races on Friday's Card; Six Florida Cup Stakes Races on Sunday

 By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has a nine-race card on Friday, with first post scheduled for 3:17 PM.

 A full field of three year-olds and up will go a grassy mile and one-sixteenth in Race 7, under $16,000 NW2L Claiming conditions. Scheduled Post time is 3:17 PM. RadioStPete online live coverage including legendary race caller Richard Grunder starts at 3:15.

FLEETRIDGE (8) is kind of runner to favor in this situation. He is the only one here dropping into a condition Claiming race for the first time. All the others have tried this condition several times without success, or are moving up after a Maiden win. This son of GHOSTZAPPER has had one try on turf with $32,00 Optional Claiming foes, today he faces $16,000 company. Gets first Lasix and should be a decent price at 4/1 on the Morning line.

THE BET  $10 win and place on FLEETRIDGE (8) and a $2 exacta box with AGRIPINO (1) and MR. WHO (10) 1,8,10  Total Bet $32  GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  3/24  Lost $32, the bankroll is $782.90, from a start of $1,000. 

NOTE: On Sunday, Tampa Bay Downs will have its annual Florida Cup Day with six stakes races restricted to Florida-breds.

First post will be 12:00  p.m. for  a 12-race card.

RadioStPete, in  conjunction with HorseRacingFLA, will carry Grunder's live  calls on all six stakes races.  Bob Bauer, HRFLA handicapper, will have pre-race and post race analysis on the  six stakes.

We will have previews on Saturday.



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Field Set for Saturday's Florida Derby


HRFLA Staff Report

Greatest Honour drew post seven and has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade 1)  at Gulfstream Park.

On Wednesday, Gulfstream drew posts for Saturday's 14 races, including the Florida Derby and nine other stakes races.

First post will be 11:30 a.m.  The Florida Derby will be the 14th race with scheduled post  at 6:40 p.m. It is  1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds.

The Florida Derby is a final round points qualifying race for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) on May 1 at Churchill Downs at Louisville, Ky. 

The first four finishers in the Florida Derby will receive 100, 40, 20 and 10 points, respectively

Here are the Florida Derby post positions--with jockeys, trainers and morning line odds.

1 Nova Rags -- J. Alvarad0, Mott               12-1

2 Quantum Leap -- Vasquez. Wilkes        20-1 

3 Jirafales -- Zayas. G. Delgado                 30-1

4 Southern Passage -- Lanerie, Romans  30-1 

5 Known Agenda -- I. Ortiz, Pletcher         5-1

6 Sigiloso -- Reyes, Sano                              30-1 

7 Greatest Honour--J. Ortiz, McGaughey   6-5

8 Soup And Sandwich--Velazquez, Casse  20-1

9  Collaborate--Gaffalione, Joseph               6-1

10 Spielberg--Castellano, Baffert                  4-1

11 Papetu -- Jaramillo, Sano                         15-1 

Greatest Honour is favored based on his victories in this year's Holy Bull (Grade 3) and Fountain of Youth (Grade 2),  both at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream.  He has 60 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, which assures him a spot in the race if he remains healthy.

Regular rider Jose Ortiz has the mount for  trainer Shug McGaughey.

This link https://www.equibase.com/static/entry/RaceCardIndexGP032721USA-EQB.htmlto the Equibase Web site has the Gulfstream entries for Saturday.

It has click-ons for handicapping material.  Some is free. Some, including past performances, is at cost.

Later on Thursday, we will have an expanded version of this story.

On Friday, we will have previews  of other stakes races on the Florida Derby day card.






Wednesday, March 24, 2021

BAUER'S BETS: FAST & FIRM at TAMPA

 By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs presents a nine race card today, first Post Time is scheduled for 12:15 PM.

Three year olds and upward will travel a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track under $8,000 NW2L conditions in Race 8. Post time is scheduled for 3:50 PM, RadioStPete live coverage, including legendary race caller Richard Grunder will start at 3:48.

A wide-open group confronts horseplayers here. A full field of ten will try to score their second lifetime win. Several of these have had many opportunities, but continue to be stuck in this condition. Let's try a runner who appears to have some upside. ROARING RIVER (9) is lightly raced,(2 ) won his Maiden last time out at this distance and earned the best speed figure in this bunch. Six-time leading rider Danny Centeno takes the mount for the first time. A repeat of his last effort can put him back in the winner's circle.

THE BET   $10 win and place on ROARING RIVER (9) and a $3 exacta box with EXIT RIGHT (2) and ESTILO PELIGROSO (3) 2,3,9 Total Bet $38   GOOD LUCK!!

PREVIOUS RESULTS   3/21   The win bet ran third, but had the exacta box for $27. Lost $10 on the $37 in bets. The bankroll is now $820.90


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

GP to Draw for Florida Derby on Wednesday; Nine Other Stakes Races on Saturday Card

By Jim Freer

Gulfstream Park will have the $750,000 Florida Derby and nine other stakes races on Saturday March 27.  

HorseRacingFLA will have previews throughout this week and coverage on Saturday.

First post is 11:30 a.m. for Saturday's 14-race card.

Tickets for Saturday are sold out. Because of ongoing concern about possible spread of COVID-19, Gulfstream is limiting attendance to about 2,000 on most days. 

Information about ticket availability on other days may be obtained by calling the Gulfstream Park Box Office at (954) 457-6201.

The post position draw will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

It will be streamed  live on Gulfstream's Web Site https://www.gulfstreampark.com/ 

The Saturday race schedule will be announced at the draw.  The Florida Derby will probably be the 14th race.

Watching and Wagering

Tampa Bay Downs is among pari-mutuels that will have simulcast wagering on the Florida Derby and Gulfstream's other Saturday races.

Gulfstream will carry all of its Saturday races live on its Web site, which does not have betting.

Most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) services will show the Gulfstream races and have betting on them.

That list of ADWs includes 1st.com.bet and Xpressbet, both owned by Gulfstream's parent The Stronach Group. TwinSpires. TVG and DRFBets also will carry Gulfstream's Saturday races.

The Florida Derby is 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds. Gulfstream officials expect that as many as ten horses will be in the race.   

It is a final round points qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1), to be run May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The first four Florida Derby finishers will earn 100, 40, 20 and 10 points respectively.

It is likely that at least 40 points will be needed to gain one of the twenty  spots in the Kentucky  Derby, which is 1 1/4  miles on dirt.

Probable Field

Gulfstream is listing Greatest Honour, Spielberg, Papetu, Known Agenda, Nova Rags, Collaborate, Soup and Sandwich, Quantum Leap, Jirafales and Siglioso as probable Florida Derby starters.

Greatest Honour, trained by Shug McGaughey, will come into the Florida Derby with 60 qualifying points and is almost certain to have a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

He earned ten points when he won the Holy Bull (Grade 3) and fifty points when he won the Fountain of Youth (Grade 2). Both races were 1 1/16  miles on dirt at Gulfstream.

Spielberg, with 17, and Papetu, with ten, are the only other horses among the ten Florida Derby candidates that have ten or more Kentucky Derby points.

Papetu, trained by Antonio  Sano, earned ten points with a  third place finish in the Fountain of Youth.

Drain the Clock finished second in the Fountain of Youth and earned 20 points. He led that race until Greatest Honour  passed him in deep stretch.

Drain the Clock is not entered in the Florida Derby. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has said that he expects to cut that colt back to one turn in his next several starts.

Spielberg, trained by Bob Baffert, is shipping in from California for the Florida Derby.

Spielberg is one of four horses that Baffert has been running in Kentucky Derby preps.

The others and their point totals are Life Is Good (60), Concert Tour (50) and Medina Spirit (34).

Baffert is putting them in different races, when possible, to keep them from competing for qualifying points.

Life Is Good suffered a hind leg injury on Sunday while training at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Later on Sunday, Baffert said Life Is Good will not be able to run in the Santa Anita Derby (Grade 1) on April 6 or in the Kentucky Derby.

Rainbow 6

On Saturday, Gulfstream will have a mandatory payout of its jackpot on the Rainbow 6--regardless of the number of tickets with all  six winning horses.

The jackpot consists of the entire coming-in carryover plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bets (the takeout is 20 percent).

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

On non-mandatory days when there are multiple winning tickets, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. It then divides 56 percent among tickets with the most winners (usually six) and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

The Rainbow 6 is a 20 cents per-combination only bet. On Saturday, it will be on races nine through fourteen.

When Gulfstream resumes racing on Wednesday, it will have a Rainbow 6 carryover of $735,873.

If the Rainbow 6 is not hit by just one ticket on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the carryover will probably be about $1.1 million on Saturday.  In that case, we expect that  as much  as $10 million could be bet on the Rainbow 6.

Last year, Gulfstream's total handle on Florida  Derby day was $53,841,165 for fourteen races.  That is the all-time record for Gulfstream, except for the three days when it had the Breeders' Cup races--in 1989, 1992 and 1999.

Florida Derby day last year was Saturday March 28--one of the first days when several U.S. thoroughbred tracks did not have racing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reduced competition led to increases in ADW and simulcast betting on the attractive Gulfstream card.

Last year, there also was a mandatory payout on the Rainbow on Florida Derby day.  The coming-in carryover was $1,664,906. Wagering on the Rainbow 6 was $9,211,773.

Gulfstream's previous non-Breeders' Cup total handle record  was $49,909,710 on March 31, 2018 which was Florida Derby day with fourteen races.