By Bob Bauer
A nine race card with fast and firm conditions closes out the weekend's racing. The first Post time is scheduled for 12:13 PM.
Tampa Bay Downs has live racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Easter), until closing day on May 7.
Today's play is in RACE 8, Post time is 3:48 PM. Older Fillies and Mares will sprint seven panels under $12,500 Optional Claiming conditions.
Live coverage on RadioStPete.com, including the call from announcer Jason Beem starts at 3:45.
SHE DAZZLE (7) is the choice here, for several reasons. This four year-old Filly was a longshot (18-1) winner with similar foes at today's distance, back on January 22, with Fernando De La Cruz aboard for the first time.
They ran a stalking trip between runners about two lengths off the leader, made a move at the 3/16, switched outside and wore down that rival to be best by 3/4 of a length. There is a good chance for a repeat. She earned the highest speed figure and late pace figure (very important at seven furlongs) with that victory. Also, this Rob O'Conner trainee is fond of the Oldsmar oval. She has been in the money in six of seven local attempts, with a trio of victories. Worth a bet at 9/2 on the Morning line. De La Cruz retains the mount.
THE BET: $10 to win ($10) on SHE DAZZLE (7) and a $5 two horse exacta box ($10) with that one and LET'S BE HONEST (1) 1,7. Also a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with those two and WICKED MIAH (2) 1,2,7. Total Bet $32 GOOD LUCK!
PREVIOUS RESULTS: 2/19/22 The first bet went down, lost $22. Had the winner and exacta in the second wager. Collected $54 for the win and $65.80 on the exacta, a profit of $75.80 on the $44 in total bets. The bankroll is now $938.50.