Friday, February 18, 2022


 By Bob Bauer

Conditions are fast and firm for Friday's nine race card. Skies are overcast with temperatures in the low seventies. The first Post time is scheduled for 12:15 PM.

Tampa Bay Downs has live racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Easter) until closing day, May 7.

Today's play is in RACE 7, Post time is 3:15 PM. Live coverage, including the call from announcer Jason Beem, starts at 3:12.

A full field of sophomores will go a mile on the sod under $20,000 Claiming conditions. PAPI BELO (3) is a logical longshot worth a bet at 6/1 on the Morning line.                                                 

This gray colt turned in a winning effort last time out. He took the lead (four-wide) at the top of the stretch going a mile and one-sixteenth, then faded to fourth, in a very swiftly run contest. He only missed the money by a length and one-half, against similar foes as today. The key here is the turn-back to a flat mile. The half furlong less will be to his benefit today. Angel Castillo has been aboard for both turf tries, the third time might be the charm for this one.

THE BET:  $10 win and place ($20) on PAPI BELO (3) and a three horse $2 box ($12) with that one and ORIGO (7) and AFIKOMAN (9)   3,7,9             Total Bet $32    GOOD LUCK!

Lost $32, the bankroll is now $880.70

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