Another small horse racing schedule on Wednesday, with only a couple of tracks offering race cards. Tampa Bay Downs in Florida is one of them. Florida racing hasn’t been impacted by the coronavirus like some of the others. Other than closing their doors to the public and implementing some safety protocols in the backstretch, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs have both pushed on.
Palm Beach Kennel Club, which features a poker room and greyhound racing, opened this past Friday with fan access allowed. Temperature checks and facemasks were mandatory, but it’s likely going to be what it’s like when horse racks open. The betting handle has been through the roof, and if they can open their doors before major sports return, then that’d be an additional boost. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs Pick 3 and Pick 4 selections for May 27, 2020.
Pick 3: Race 2-4
Pick 4: Race 2-5
Post Time: 1:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile 40 Yards
Our Pick 3 and Pick 4 card at Tampa Bay Downs will get started with Race 2 on Wednesday afternoon. It will begin with a mile and 40 yards on the dirt for a $10,000 purse. The No. 6 and No. 7 horses are likely both going to have good runs at the top prize in this one. Between those two, we probably have a winner. Put Position drops a class after finding no success running lately. She finished 12th and 8th in her most recent races on March 14 and April 19. That was no good for Put Position, but it was clear she had no business racing in tough races at Gulfstream Park.
Prior to those two races, Put Position was in good shape to finish 1st, 1st, 1st, 8th, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 2nd. Since October of 2018, Put Position has won 7 of her previous 14 outings. Overall in her career, Put Position has had success with wins in 8 of 20 races for a nice win percentage. The idea is to find suitable races for Put Position. She’s not keeping up in more qualified races, but can still have a nice career out of racing at this level. Having said that, Race 2 is not going to be automatic for Put Position.
Sunset Empire will push Put Position to the limit. Just like Put Position, Sunset Empire is looking for an easier assignment on Wednesday, and she has run better against the same level Put Position was struggling against. Sunset Empire finished 5th, 4th, 4th, 6th, 5th in her previous five performances. That doesn’t look good at all, but she downgrades to a much easier assignment on Wednesday. If Put Position runs like she did in her previous two races, her past success is going to be irrelevant today. This should be a case of Sunset Empire looking good against weak competition.
Post Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
We move on to Race 3 where a mile will be run for a $15,000 purse. The talent in this one is a bit better than we saw in the previous race. It’s likely a three-horse race with Drillomatic, Fly Nightly, and Dizzy Sight in consideration. Dizzy Sight has been consistent recently, finishing 3rd to show in back-to-back events on April 16 and May 8. He’s a one-time winner, with a victory on October 11, and no success going to the winner’s circle otherwise. Sizzy Sight lost his seven other races, placing in just one race.
Fly Nightly did nothing special in his most recent performance, as he fell to 6th for a disappointing result. This was after Fly Nightly won on January 15 by a neck and 3rd on February 22. His most recent race was the worst performance of his young four-race career. A bounce-back effort is possible for Fly Nightly here against an easy field. Drillomatic has been in the top-3 in five straight races. He has gotten close, especially in 4 of his previous 5 to place 2nd.
In Drillomatic’s previous race on May 1, he trailed Taos by 2 lengths at the wire. He was 2nd throughout the race and protected that lead, though was unable to have enough kick in the stretch to overtake Toas for a win. His most recent win was on August 30, 2019 at Gulfstream Park over Septemberten by ¾ lengths. Great drive at the top of the stretch was able to bypass his opponents with ease. He’s been the most consistent performer in this field, and should be in fine enough form to record a win.
Post Time: 2:30 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 40 Yards
The fourth race of the day at Tampa Bay Downs features a mile and 40-yard race for $10,000. There are four horses in this event that are going to have a good chance at the top prize in this race. Old Fort, Finally, Prized Warrior, and Hay Hay My My all register on my shortlist. Old Fort is still in search of his first win, but it hasn’t been without effort.
He has not been that bad at all in 2020, with finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 5th. Old Fort could have been better than 5th in his most recent race, though he has been coming close to breaking the victory cherry in 2020. Finally is in the early stages of his career, as he makes his fourth outing after finishing 3rd, 7th, 6th.
After struggling in his first two races, Finally will be back at a more beatable level like in his debut on March 18. He was 3rd in that race to finish just over a length away from a win. It was a tight race that could have easily gone in Finally’s direction. He showed terrific kick from the ¾ pole into the top of the stretch to the wire. If Finally drove hard earlier in that race, we might be talking about a win in his first start. Not one to ignore.
Prized Warrior was in his best form in his latest outing to get to 2nd for the first time in his career. In fact, it was the first time that Prized Warrior finished inside the top-5 in his career. He’s gone 6th, 7th, 9th, 7th, 6th, 9th, 2nd. The drop in class helped immensely, as Prized Warrior found a level that his trainer is more comfortable with. He’s back at a winnable level once again and could bite.
Hay Hay My My is coming off two productive performances to place in back-to-back outings. However, he went through a rough stretch before that, finishing 4th, 6th, 4th, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 4th before putting on two nice performances together. I don’t know if I like the value on the favorite in this race. Finally, a +400 horse, ran just as good against this kind of competition a few starts ago. He might just steal a win here after coming up less than a length short in that race.
Post Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Race 5 will close out our Pick 4 ticket on Wednesday. Hopefully the previous four were a success and this race means something. The stakes are raised in this one, as eight horses will vie for a $20,000 purse. The top prize will be awarded to the horse that runs the fastest at a mile. Queens Embrace and Real Doozie are sure to impress. Real Doozie has been running well lately and has been a player in 2020. In five races this year, Real Doozie has finished in the top-3 in four and won two. She won on February 26 over Uncommon Factor by 3 ¾ lengths, and January 3 by 8 lengths over Maliced in a blowout.
Besides those two wins, Real Doozie finished 2nd on March 29 and 3rd in her most recent tilt on April 30. She was 2nd after finishing behind Queens Embrace by a half length. Real Doozie had the lead in that one, but Queens Embrace broke very well going into the top of the stretch and flew past Real Doozie for the win. Queens Embrace was 7th at the halfway pole and then turned it on. This is another turf race that should benefit Queens Embrace. Following that solid performance, Real Doozie finished 3rd behind Run Devil and Sky Chaser. The same form wasn’t present in that race.
Queens Embrace is on a torrid pace with four straight wins. She has appeared in six races and won four of them. Her only losses were the first two outings of her career. Once she won on New Year’s Day, Queens Embrace has been unstoppable. She won in that one by 8 ¼ lengths in a romp, and then won three more races. Queens Embrace won by 1 ¼ lengths over Sugar Fix in her most recent performance. It’s hard not to like what she brings to the table on Wednesday.