By Bob Bauer
Conditions are fast and firm on Wednesday as Tampa Bay Downs starts the last racing week of the winter/spring meeting. Nine races are on tap, with first post scheduled for 12:30 PM.
Today's play is in Race 4, with post time at 4:07. A competitive field of sophomore Fillies will go a grassy mile under $40,000 Optional Claiming conditions. RadioStPete online live coverage, including legendary announcer Richard Grunder starts at 2:05.
PRINCESS NINA (8) has been over the local lawn five times this season, resulting in a trio of victories and a place. She has now won two in a row with Jose Ferrer aboard for the Delgado barn. They are winning at an impressive 43% rate together. A repeat of her last effort (top turf fig here) can win this at a generous price of 6/1 on the morning line. This daughter of VERRAZANO appears to be in fine fettle, her speed figures are improving with each start. The last pair were the best yet.
THE BET $10 win and place on PRINCESS NINA (8) and a $5 exacta box with BALL LIGHTNING (6) 6,8. Also, a $2 exacta box with those two and STRIKING CHROME (5) 5,6,8. Total Bet $42. GOOD LUCK!!
PREVIOUS RESULTS 4/25 The win bet didn't get there, but we saved with the $2 exacta box. It paid $65.60, a profit of $23.60 on the $42 total bets. The bankroll is now $929.30 from the $1,000 start.
Samy Camacho is heading into the weekend with a 100-96 lead over Antonio Gallardo in the competition for jockey wins.
Camacho is scheduled to ride in all nine Wednesday races. Gallardo has mounts in seven Wednesday races.
Gallardo has won five Tampa Bay jockey championships, including 2019-2020. Camacho led Tampa Bay jockeys in wins in 2018-2019.
Tampa Bay will be dark on Thursday and then have racing Friday through Sunday.
The Oldsmar, Fla,. track will then be dark until June 30--the last official day of its 2020-2021 meet.
Tampa Bay also will have racing on July 1, which is the second day of its annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing.
The Florida government's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30. By racing on those two days and holding its regular annual meet, Tampa Bay can serve as a host track year-round in the important simulcast business of bringing in signals from thoroughbred tracks in other states and then transmitting them to other pari-mutuels in Florida.