HRFLA Staff Report
Saturday, March 6 --Tampa Bay Downs will hold its 41st annual Festival Day today, with the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2) for three-year-olds and four other stakes races.
HorseRacingFLA will have coverage throughout the afternoon on this blog and on the air conjunction with Internet station RadioStPete.
The Oldsmar, Fla., track has a 12-race card with first post of 12:17 p.m.
Conditions are Fast and Firm. The Weather Channel forecast is for temperatures in the mid 60's and a less than 30 percent chance of rain.
The Tampa Bay Derby is the 11th race with scheduled post of 5:25 p.m. It is 1 1/16 miles on dirt and is a points qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby which will be run May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The first stakes race is the Challenger (Grade 3) at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for 4-YOs and up with scheduled post of 2:18 p.m.
RadioStPete will carry track announcer Richard Grunder's live calls on all five stakes races.
Joe Bourdow, RadioStPete general manager, will introduce each stakes and provide a post-race analysis.
His pre-race reports will include the picks of Bob Bauer, HRFLA associate editor for Tampa Bay and handicapper.
HRFLA editor Jim Freer will have reports on the stakes on this blog.
Eaeky this afternoon, our blog will have an expanded preview that includes Bauer's selections