Tampa Bay Downs is back racing on Wednesday, as they join Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park today. There aren’t any other tracks in the US with a race card on Wednesday. However, given the circumstances, we should feel fortunate enough to have any racing at all. Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields only wish that the Health Department left them alone in California. Sam Houston Race Park suspended their racing about a month ago and hope to be back up and running in May. Horses have been working out at closed racetracks, but live racing is not. That’s kind of been their main argument for racing.
If employees have to be there for workouts and to take care of the horses, then racing should continue. Santa Anita has been making a strong push with that reasoning to the Health Department, but they’re not budging. Tampa Bay Downs will feature a Pick 3, Pick 5, and Super High 5 betting today. For the purposes of these selections, you can use them on any of those cards. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs Pick 3 and Pick 5 selections for April 22, 2020.
Post Time: 12:30 EST
Distance: 1 Mile and 40 Yards
A mile and 40 yards will get us started on Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Pick 3 and Pick 5 will each begin with Race 1 today. This is a race reserved for 3-year-old thoroughbreds who have never won more than three races. A purse worth $10,300 is offered for Race 1. The Kahn will be the most targeted horse from the No. 2 post.
Most tickets will come out this afternoon with The Kahn on it. The Kahn has won 2 out of 19 races, and is coming off an adequate performance on April 8. He finished 2nd, which sounds better than adequate, though he was 8 lengths behind the winner. Prior to that race, The Kahn finished 6th in four straight races.
The good news for The Kahn is that this is a really weak field. The Big Rig, Osvaldo, and Upper Brown are likely the biggest threat to The Kahn. The Big Rig struggled in his last two races, with finishes of 9th and 4th on October 7, 2019 and October 17, 2019. He placed twice in a row prior to that, but has failed to show in seven of his last ten outings. The Big Rig has a win in 2 out of 23 races, the last on February 23, 2019.
Osvaldo has a win in just 2 out of 50 races. He finished 6th in back-to-back outings on March 20 and April 3. Upper Crown might be the best horse with longish odds in Race 1. He has won 2 out of 25 races, and has been rather erratic with no consistency, but has a victory on January 23 and has shown in three out of his last six races. The Kahn likely takes this down simply because of weak opponents on Wednesday.
Post Time: 1:00 EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 2 will include a 14-horse field vying for a $12,500 purse. You can go for the upset bid with several ponies in this event. At the end of the gate, Extra Salsa, is likely going to be the biggest underdog at post time. Extra Salsa is still looking for the 3rd win in his career after a win on May 6, 2018. She has failed to show in four of her last five starts and 11 out of her last 13. Unlikely to be a factor. With a minimum bet of 50 cents on the Pick 3 and Pick 5, you might be tempted to consider it, though.
Pioneerof New York is likely going to be the class of the field. She will be tested by Noble Intentions and My Masterpiece if things line up correctly. No Sniveling is a winner in 2 out of 10 races, though hasn’t shown in five out of her last six efforts. Her most recent win was on August 3, 2019 at Delaware Park. In any event, she might be an okay upset selection. Honorable mention to Strong Gem who has won 2 out of 6 races and is coming off a win on April 15 by 5 ¼ lengths.
Noble Intentions is coming off the most impressive race of her career, with a win on April 8 by 3 lengths over Finest Jewel. She is a winner in 2 out of 10 races. My Masterpiece finished 3rd on March 11 and 2nd on March 28 for a couple of solid outings. Pioneerof New York has been the most consistent horse in this field.
She is fresh off a win on February 28 for her second win in four outings. Pioneerof New York has placed in five of her previous seven events. Her latest race resulted in edging out Strong Gem by 1 ¾ lengths. Strong Gem showed some nice kick in the homestretch, though couldn’t outduel Pioneerof New York. Pioneerof New York was 1st by the ¾ pole and cruised to the wire. I’ll back Pioneerof New York to get the job again, while Strong Gem isn’t a bad option if you’re looking for an upset.
Post Time: 1:30 EST
Ten horses are signed up to run 6 furlongs to decide a winner in Race 3. If you’re playing the Pick 3 card, this will hopefully be the point where you cash in. This is expected to be a hotly contested race between Rattlesnakerose and Super Twenty Five, or at least that’s the way I see it. Super Twenty Five is the favorite in this race after taking a dive in class after struggling in her last race. She finished 6th on April 3 following three solid races. Super Twenty Five won on February 23, with a victory by a head over Sweet Daddio. That wasn’t against a difficult field, though. When she was pressed with better competition, the results were much different.
Rattlesnakerose will be looking for a minor upset win after being denied the hat-trick on March 1. She was a winner on January 23 and February 8, but failed to win her third straight, finishing 4th. In any event, Rattlesnakerose has a productive win percentage of 35.7% with wins in 5 out of 14 races. She’s shown in four out of her last six outings. I sense some solid value on the No. 9 horse in Race 3.
Post Time: 2:00 EST
The fourth leg of the Pick 5 is a mile contest featuring 14 horses running for a purse worth $13,500. There are a lot of juicy underdogs in this race. If that’s what you’re going for, you have plenty of options in Race 4. By post time, nine horses in this race could have odds greater than +1000.
None of the underdogs really jump off the page, and you are going to need some luck locating a winner from that group. In any event, luck can play a big role in some races. Foxglove, Natoma, and Gesture are in the best form going into Wednesday.
Natoma is coming off the strongest race of her career on March 27, with a finish of 2nd behind Volador by 2 ¾ lengths. Prior to that race, Natoma finished 9th, 8th, 6th, and 5th. There are some horses that start slow early in their careers, and then get going thereafter. Perhaps we see that from Natoma after she placed in her last outing.
If you want consistency, Foxglove is your girl. Foxglove has placed in all of her starts thus far in her career. She’s raced in four events and finished 2nd in all of them. In her latest race, Foxglove was 2 lengths behind Sneak Peek at Fair Grounds on March 8. She was 1st at the ¼ pole to the ¾ pole, but was unable to hold on.
Gesture, the betting favorite on the morning lines, will be making the third race of her career on Wednesday. She finished 4th and 5th in the first two starts. That doesn’t seem all that impressive, but won’t be up against a field like in those events. That said, there appears to be better value on her rival with Foxglove.
Post Time: 2:30 EST
Distance:6 1/2 Furlongs
Four races down and hopefully a perfect card up to this point. If it’s a perfect sheet, then we’ll be looking at taking down the Pick 5 in Race 5. As tough as it is, there are harder things to do in sports betting than finding five horses to win a race. And if you’re successful, 50 cents can turn into a lot of money. In the final event for the Pick 5, eight horses will compete for a purse of $20,000. Forward Motion has a chance at the upset special out of the No. 3 post in this one. He has maintained a solid career since his first race in late 2017.
Forward Motion has won 6 out of 26 races, and is a winner in three out of his last five races. However, he hasn’t had that same level of success after jumping up a class. Forward Motion finished 5th in his last two outings, as he’s found out that racing against better competition plays a big role in win percentages. Cave Run will have a tough path to a win as well. He’s won 3 of 12 races and won two outings ago on February 14. Along with Forward Motion, they both succeeded against weaker competition, though struggled otherwise.
Top Seed, whose father is Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, is going to stand a good chance in this race after transferring from Tampa Bay Downs. Top Seed was impressive in his debut, as he won by 1 length over Dark Web. He took the lead over at the ½ pole and held on for the win. Top Seed tried his luck at a higher class in the following race, but was well overmatched and finished 11th against 11 other challengers. Reports indicate that he was agitated and didn’t care to race. If that’s been taken care of since that outing on March 28, Top Seed will be the strongest horse in this one. Expect a bold bid from Top Seed.