Tampa Bay Downs will host eight races on Monday in Florida. Two races will be on the turf, while the six other events will be on the dirt track. Florida and Texas are most likely going to be the first two states to allow fans at the racetrack. Judging by their actions during this pandemic, neither state is going to be shy about opening up the gates to fans.
Texas has already stated that professional sports and college sports are permitted to allow 50% capacity at their events. No word on what that means for race tracks, but I’m sure they will be given the greenlight at some point in the summer. This is assuming that new hospitalizations continue to flatten out or don’t see a massive spike. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis opened the state up earlier than the vast majority of states, so it’d make sense to see Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park with fans at some point in the next two months.
Casinos are opening up across the country, and race tracks will be the next in line. If they can get fans in the stands before the NHL and NBA open up for business, then that would give horse racing another huge boost. With six tracks open in the US and another in Canada on Monday, the cumulative handle should be strong. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs Pick 3 selections for June 8, 2020.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 at Tampa Bay Downs will be handing out a $14,000 purse to a six-horse field. Everyone in this race has a fairly decent chance of getting the win. Stuck Up will need a couple of good breaks to get into the winner’s circle, but isn’t completely out of this race. He won as a first-time starter on October 8, 2019 and then fell off the boat against better competition. Stuck Up has finished 4th, 5th, 8th, and has been regressing since debuting in October. His most recent workout on June 2 was okay, with a time of 1:01.40 at 5 furlongs.
Vegas Life and First Degree might get into a duel in the stretch. First Degree drops down a class after finding no success on May 13. He gave it a shot following three very good performances, though First Degree didn’t belong running against that competition. Prior to that race, First Degree did belong in a win on April 19. He placed in back-to-back events and then won by 2 lengths to break through.
First Degree is back down racing against inferior opponents and should benefit. Vegas Life will be the most likely horse to get past First Degree. He has finished 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and is coming off a win on May 16. Vegas Life beat Lebasi in a blowout by 6 ¼ lengths. Nice win for Vegas Life, but he was a heavy favorite and expected to dominate. Expect this outing to be a trickier assignment for Vegas Life. He can certainly win here, though I’m on First Degree to get a close win on Monday.
Post Time: 1:25 p.m. EST
1-mile for a $16,000 purse in Race 3 on Monday at Tampa Bay Downs. 13 horses are signed up and ready to go, some more than others. D’craziness and Fast Fire should have strong runs here. Enduring Honor might be the best chance of a big upset. He has 7 wins in 49 outings and is coming off a sharp performance on May 22.
Enduring Honor won by a half length over High Rolling Dude after showing nice kick in the stretch. He was 6th at the ¾ pole and pressed hard to pass his foes. That was the third win for Enduring Honor in seven races. Leading up to his most recent race, Enduring Honor finished 7th and 8th in harder assignments. This is going to be another tricky race for Enduring Honor to handle.
D’craziness and Fast Fire might get into a bit of a battle in this one. Expect both to arrive at the gate wanting to race on Monday. Fast Fire is the betting favorite on the morning-line, but this isn’t going to be a simple win. He’s finished in the top-3 in 9 out of his previous 11 races.
In three races in 2020, Fast Fire has gone 4th, 1st, 6th for some inconsistent performances. The win was notched by ¾ lengths over Dover Cliffs as a slight underdog on March 28. Fast Fire was unable to follow up on that win, though, and fell to 6th on May 9. He was expected to run much better as the betting favorite.
Fast Fire has D’craziness to worry about on Monday afternoon. After dropping down a class, D’craziness found his sweet spot on May 20. As the favorite, D’craziness took care of business to oust Rudiger by a length. Rudiger enters as a slight underdog in this race today.
It was the first win for D’craziness since 2017. After recording a hat-trick, he chased higher purses, and did okay to place in a couple of races and threatened in others. However, things were just too tough for him. He could easily repeat against another easy field on Monday.
Post Time: 1:55p.m. EST
One more race on the Pick 3 card for Race 2-4. Race 4 is a small six-horse field with $20,000 on the line. Every participant in this race is a 3-year-old filly. A duel between Chick’s Shadow and Bucky’s Drama might play out here. Expect Bourbon Rebellion to jump up into the fray in the stretch as well.
Chick’s Shadow enters the 10th race of her career today. She will be looking for her second win, which came way back as a first-time starter on August 31, 2019. Since then, Chick’s Shadow has struggled to find consistency. Chick’s Shadow has placed just twice and shown once since that win. She finished 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 5th, 4th in five performances in 2020.
Bourbon Rebellion has raced in three races and broke out on April 25 for a win over Factor Around by a half length. Bourbon Rebellion went fishing for an easy assignment after falling way off the pace in her first two races. She finished 5th and 9th to get her career underway, but found a different tune in April. This is another winnable race for Bourbon Rebellion, though he will have to deal with a pony in pretty great form going into Monday.
Her biggest threat has to be Bucky’s Drama who has done everything right in her five-race career so far. Bucky’s Drama looks for the hat-trick on Monday after winning on March 11 and April 26. In the March win, Bucky’s Drama cleared the field for a 2 length win over Trevess.
He repeated with another impressive showing on April 26 to defeat the favorite, Mailbeauty, by 4 ½ lengths. Bucky’s Drama had the lead by the 3/16 pole and didn’t let up. Before back-to-back wins, Bucky’s Drama placed in back-to-back events, so the form has been there for her since the start of the year in January. Expect her to break well out of the gate and clear the field in the stretch.