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.
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