The Downs closes out New Year's weekend with a nine race card. The first Post time is scheduled for 12:14 PM.
Today's play is in Race 7, Post time is 3:25. Live coverage on RadioStPete.com, including announcer Jason Beam starts at 3:22.
A full field of four year-olds and up will go one mile and one-sixteenth on the lawn, under $16,000 NW2L conditions.
PALAZIA (10) a son of PALICE MALICE is a logical longshot at 12/1 on the Morning line. This five-year old gelding is still lightly raced (only three tries) and appears to have considerable upside in today's situation.
His career began on January 15, 2020, when he was a handy winner, wiring a field of $16,000 Maiden Claimers on the Tampa turf. Six weeks later, he finished second after setting the pace with $25,000 Optional Claiming rivals.
He was then absent from the races for twenty one months, probably with physical ailments. Now in the barn of J.Kent Sweezy, he returned last December 9 at Gulfstream in a NW2L on the synthetic track. He took the lead from the gate and finished sixth, understandable considering the layoff and first try on a new surface.
This one has a great chance, with a win and a place on the local lawn and owning early foot that has put him on the lead in every race so far. He has the services of leading rider Gallardo today and they just might steal this purse.
THE BET $10 win and place on PALAZIA (10) and $2 exacta part-wheels, up and down with: ESTO VARONIL (1), WESTWARD LOOK (3), and NOT INVENTED HERE (5). 10/1,3,5 1,3,5/10 Total Bet $32 GOOD LUCK!!
PREVIOUS RESULTS 1/1 Lost the win and place bets. The saver exacta returned $27.80, a loss of $24.20 on the $52 total bet. The bankroll is now $1060.