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.