By Bob Bauer
Sunday's nine race card closes out "Festival Preview" weekend. It appears to have been be a great success. Tampa Bay Downs, the little track with huge fan appeal, handled over $10 million on the eleven race program that was highlighted by the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes.
Today's first Post time is scheduled for 12:13 PM. Conditions are still fast and firm after some slight overnight showers.
Live racing is held at the Downs every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Easter), until closing day on May 7.
A field of four year-olds and up will sprint six furlongs under $8,000 Claiming NW2L conditions.
JACKSON STRONG (10) from the Kathleen O'Connell outfit (one of Florida' top trainers) is the choice here. This gelding had a trio of races this season with $16,000 and $25,000 rivals. Today, he drops in to face $8,000 company for the first time in his eight race career. A winning effort is expected.
THE BET: $20 to win ($20) on JACKSON STRONG (10) and a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and FRANKIE Z (1) and NANTUCKETER (5) 1,5,10. Total Bet $32 GOOD LUCK!
PREVIOUS RESULTS: 2/12/22 Collected $91.20 on the $104 in bets. A loss of $12.80, the bankroll is now $944.70.