Tampa Bay Downs is back on Wednesday to join Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park as the only betting options in the US. The unusual has quickly become the norm. While discussions continue to happen in the NHL, NBA, and MLB nothing is set in stone. The closest thing to a resolution that we’ve had is the owners agreeing to begin play in July. However, it won’t happen if it can’t get past the player’s union.
Arguing over dollars and cents isn’t going to look good in the public, but that might be the road we’re going down in MLB. With millions unemployed, the image for baseball doesn’t look too good. Whether one side is right more than the other, in the court of public opinion, it’s not going to look good.
On the bright side, racing will begin at Churchill Downs this weekend with a much anticipated race card. And with that, there’s going to be plenty of stakes racing on the horizon. There will not be any stakes racing at Churchill Downs this weekend, but next week things are going to get exciting in Kentucky. Gulfstream Park is set to have three stakes races on Saturday, while Santa Anita is supposed to have two.
The purses at Santa Anita Park in the Echo Eddie S and Evening Jewel S are worth $150,000. Note, though, that Santa Anita Park still hasn’t received the official green light from the Health Department to race. There was a preliminary agreement, but Santa Anita Park is still awaiting for the official stamp of approval. Tampa Bay Downs will be racing in Florida today, we do know that much. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs Pick 3 selections for May 13, 2020.
Post Time: 2:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
We’ll get started with Race 4 at Tampa Bay Downs for our Pick 3 card. Race 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 can be used for the Pick 3 in Tampa today. We’re going with Race 4-6 on Wednesday for our selections. Real Grace and Luca Drew the Ace will look for the upset from the No. 6 and No. 7 post. Real Grace has raced in just one event and finished 11th on April 1. There wasn’t much to like about that effort from Real Grace as a first-time starter. Luca Drew the Ace will be making his debut after a workout last week on May 3. He completed 5 furlongs at 1:02.48 without urging.
If you’re looking for an “upset”, there could be a minor upset brewing with Falkirk from the No. 3 post at +400. That would be a minor upset, but this colt is likely going to be involved after sitting out the last seven months. Falkirk was a first-time starter at Churchill Downs on September 14, 2019 and ran a decent race to finish 5th. That was good enough to finish ahead of seven other horses in his debut. Falkirk was the biggest underdog in that race, but surprised with some excellent kick after the halfway mark. He rode up from 12th at the ½ pole to 5th at the wire. He should be fresh after getting an extended break.
Branco Maria will be a first-time starter on Wednesday in Race 4. That doesn’t mean he’s not going to have a shot to win as a rookie in this one. He’s made eight workouts since March 14 and has looked to be in good form for the most part. The last four workouts for Branco Maria have been at 5 furlongs, so this 6-furlong effort shouldn’t be too long. He held his own for the most park, finishing 5 furlongs in 1:01.00 and 1:01.20 without any urging on May 1 and May 7.
Onward is the most experienced horse with five races to his credit thus far. Still looking for his first win after finishing 4th, 7th, 2nd, 4th, 7th in his previous five races. This is a drop in class for Onward since finishing 7th on March 13. He came close on November 9, but was beaten by 3 ¾ lengths by Toledo at Aqueduct. This is a wide open race that is up for grabs. From the odds, the best value has to be on the No. 3 horse Falkirk. If he comes out with improved form since his first-time start in September, Falkirk will be a player here.
Post Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
1-mile will be run for a $11,000 purse between 14 horses. 3 to 6-year-old fillies and mares will be eligible for the event. We’ll shortlist Beachtreasuregirl, Premium Motion, Scowling Ridge, and Sweepeno as potential winners. Sweepeno is getting some attractive value at +600 in this event. She is running for a new stable today and dropping a class to see if success follows.
Sweepeno is a winner in 1 of 18 races. Sweepeno finished in the top-5 in her last two outings after finishing outside in seven straight outings. Her last time showing was on September 29, 2019, so it’s been a minute. Improvements have been noted, and the drop in competition should help, though.
Premium Motion will be right next to Sweepeno in the starting gate. She has a win in 1 off 11 races, with finishes of 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 4th in her previous five races. This isn’t the most difficult assignment and should be within reach of the ultimate goal of winning this event. The best sign for Premium Motion recently was a promising 4-furlong workout on May 3, where she completed the workout at 47.60 seconds.
Scowling Ridge is the betting favorite according to the morning-line. She has stakes experience after finishing 5th in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes on March 31. That’s her only stakes race, though, and hasn’t placed in her last five starts since that outing. Scowling Ridge has finished 4th, 8th, 5th, 3rd, 8th in her previous five races. Beachtreasuregirl likely has just as good if not a better chance to win this race than Scowling Ridge, though.
Beachtreasuregirl had a win in 16 career races, which was on October 5, 2019 over Driver’s License by a half length. Prior to racing against better competition, Beachtreasuregirl went 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st. The higher class posed to be a problem, but she’s been fine against competition like this on Wednesday. Here’s hoping that Breachtreasuregirl rides the inside rail to a win in Race 5.
Post Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
5 ½ furlongs to decide a winner in Race 6 with a purse of $10,000 on offer. If we complete the trifecta and find a winner here, it’s going to be a nice payout for us. This is a big field that can be shortlisted to King Shawn, Exclusive Donald, Esor, and Newyork Giant. King Shawn and Exclusive Donald have the longest odds of that bunch. King Shawn has finished 7th, 5th, 6th in his career.
He will be receiving a much needed drop in class on Wednesday. That should be enough to help him compete, and possibly get involved to show in this one. Exclusive Donald will be a first-time starter in this one, but should have a more promising career than most in this event. Recent workouts suggest decent form for Exclusive Donald.
Newyork Giant has come close before, notably on January 15 at Gulfstream Park. He was unable to get the win, but lost by a head against Azkaree after steadily improving throughout the race. A little more room and he likely had that win at 6 furlongs. There isn’t going to be much room for Newyork Giant to operate in this one at 5 ½ furlongs. He will have to get a much better jump out of the starting gate in this one. Newyork Giant started 10th and was 6th by the ¼ pole. His biggest threat should be Esor from the No. 5 post.
Esor has made five appearances and has come close a couple of times. She placed on March 18 and then did the same in her last entry on April 25. Esor finished 2nd to beat ten other participants in that event. Held 2nd and didn’t give it up, but didn’t have enough left to drive past Blame Bishop for the lead. I’ll take my chances on Esor to do one better on Wednesday in Race 6 at Tampa Bay Downs.