We’re going to do our horse racing format slightly different from now on. At least that goes for racetracks that are offering lucrative jackpots. If you’re new to horse racing, several tracks offer a Pick 5 or Pick 6 jackpot, including Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park. It’s basically like playing a lottery ticket with a better chance of winning and more entertaining. Just this past weekend, a bettor won over $520,000 on a 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Gulfstream Park.
It can take less than a dollar to cash in big, so if you don’t want to bust the bankroll and have some fun, this is for you. For a massive payday like that to happen, you’re going to have to successfully locate the underdogs, though. If for instance all favorites win, then there is going to be multiple winning bettors, naturally. That’s the only ticket that won, thus he was able to collect the entire pool. This is known as pari-mutuel betting.
A big win like that isn’t going to happen often, but if you’re feeling lucky, just go for all of the underdogs and hope for the best. It’s more entertaining than a lottery ticket. For the $520,000 win, one of the winning horses he selected was a 73/1 underdog at post time. That’s not going to happen often. The strategy is different here than regular win selections. You have to keep in mind what others are wagering to get the big payout. With only a 0.50 bet, you can afford to take some chances and go for a big payout.
Having said that, it obviously does happen like we saw over the weekend at Gulfstream Park, though. We’ll get started with the Pick 6 at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday. BetOnline is offering Pick 3 betting, so feel free to get in on that as well. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs Pick 6 predictions for April 15, 2020.
Pick 6 Carryover: $51,835
Post Time: 12:30 EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Eight fillies and mares will run 6 furlongs to decide a winner to open up the day at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday. There are several longshots in this race, and then three ponies who are expected to run well in this one. We’re likely looking at a winner between Little Natalia and Explosive Package.
Little Natalia gets the rail from the No. 1 post and will be making the second start of her career. The biggest positive for them in this race is their competition. This isn’t a star-studded field. In fact, the rest of the participants in this event are below average horses that are going to struggle.
Little Natalia made her debut on July 12, 2019 and finished 5th. That doesn’t look like much, but the competition was stiffer and she’s been working out with a new barn. They see potential in her, though it might take a couple of races to get her warmed up. I might come back to her in the future.
Explosive Package has participated in four races and hasn’t been too bad, at least compared to the rest of the competition in Race 1. She will likely benefit against a weaker field today. In four races, Explosive Package has shown twice, though has yet to place or win. She’s a Fair Catch has shown twice as well, but has been out of form in her last two outings. She finished 6th and 5th on February 19 and April 8. I’d really like to take the No. 6 or No. 7 horse at those odds, but just doesn’t see them keeping up. Explosive Package should be on your ticket in Race 1.
Post Time: 1:00 EST
5 furlongs will decide a winner in Race 2 at Tampa Bay Downs. If you’re successful with your first pick in Race 1, congratulations, you can move onto sweating out Race 2. Feel free to play these bets straight up as well, but treat Pick 6 selections as a parlay with long odds. This isn’t an event featuring winners by any means.
In fact, everyone in Race 2 is going to be looking for their first win. That goes from the biggest longshot, Justcuzifeellikeit, to the favorite, My Eclair. I’m not entirely in love with My Eclair, who has the best odds of winning the race. He has finished 2nd and 4th in two career races. There isn’t much value to be had with him, and the betting public will bet him heavily.
Charliecando might be a better option. He’s placed twice in two out of five races, though hasn’t showcased any consistency as well. That said, there isn’t a horse in this race that has really been a model of consistency. Some horses turn the corner after about four or so career events. Maybe that’s we see here from Charliecando.
He will be running for a new barn today, after her most recent race on October 12, 2019. The Connector will be making his debut on Wednesday afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs. Despite no career starts to his name, he might be a sneaky horse in this event. The Connector has had nine workouts since February 15 and has been showing steady improvement.
In his last two workouts, he ran 4 furlongs at 48.40 seconds, and 5 furlongs at 1:01.60 on March 27. There isn’t another horse that has shown much in Race 2, so the rookie does look like an attractive option. He is getting the inside rail in a short race to start his career, which could help him here. I’d take a chance on a newcomer rather than side with some of the favorites, who haven’t been showing us much in their careers thus far.
Post Time: 1:30 EST
Distance:1 Mile 40 Yards
Race 3 is likely going to be a competitive race. While the last two races feature a lot of horses that haven’t been able to find the winner’s circle yet in their careers, you’ll find some winners in this one. Blazing Brooke and Blue Chicory have both been in good form recently and are likely going to be the front runners here. Horses like Lady Love and Speeding Starlet have wins, but have been tailing off recently.
The same goes for the big underdog of the race, Mamma White Socks, who has won 3 out of 15 races. However, she has not shown in four straight outings and has been getting progressively worse. Her most recent win was on May 20, 2019. She is unlikely going to be a factor despite the attractive odds.
Blazing Brooke has won 3 out of 15 races, too. However, she has been in better form of late. Blazing Brooke has shown in four out of her last five races, including two wins on January 10 and February 26. Both wins were from a mile and 40 years. She came up a bit short in her most recent effort by 1 ¾ lengths on March 22. She was 2nd at the ¼ pole and didn’t give up that lead, though couldn’t overcome the leader.
Blue Chicory is coming off a win on April 3 from a mile and 40 yards by 5 lengths over Dude’s Secret. She also won on February 12, but had to fight a little more in that one, having to come back from 4th at the ½ pole and homestretch to 1st at the finish line. It’s a tight call between Blue Chicory and Blazing Brooke in this one. When in doubt, I like to back the horse that has been more consistent. That’s been Blazing Brooke.
Post Time: 2:00 EST
A big field will be in the gate for Race 4 at Tampa Bay Downs. Everyone is going to close in on the No. 5 horse, Milburn, but if you want to take a chance on a pretty big return, going with the safe choice isn’t going to work. Old Fort might be better options if that’s what you’re going for. Old Fort doesn’t have a win in 16 career starts, but has been showing consistency recently and coming close. He has placed in three out of his last five events and shown in all five.
Milburn is entering Wednesday with two races and finished 3rd and 7th in those events on November 30 and May 19. The reason why Milburn is attracting money is because of his new barn. However, I wasn’t overly impressed in his last workout, having completed 4 furlongs at 51.20 seconds. The large longshots haven’t shown much promise at all. It’ll take plenty of luck to hit one of them and more random chance than anything.
Other than Old Fort, American Driven might be worth a look as well. She has shown in three out of four races, and is coming off the best effort of her career. American Driven finished 2nd on April 1 from a mile to finish 2 ½ lengths behind Hubba Bubba. American Driven was stronger than Old Fort in that outing. Old Fort was 3rd to finish 1 length behind American Driven. However, Old Fort edged out prior to that by a spot on March 20. They were close in that one as well, with Old Fort 2nd and American Driven 3rd. Slight edge to Old Fort.
Post Time: 2:30 EST
Large and Federale will likely present bold bids in Race 5. Large has looked sharp in two races, but still looking for a win. He finished 3rd in his debut and then 2nd in his next outing on March 13. That said, Large was way behind the winner, Indy Ride, by 8 ½ lengths. He was able to advance to 2nd with Vegas Life falling back after getting past the ½ mark.
Federale has finished 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 3rd in four events. He notched 3rd on March 14 from 7 furlongs. Never showed fight in that one, and weakened throughout the race. The fact that this race is only 6 furlongs might be good for him, but he was slowing down just before that point. He’s going to need that extra gear to beat the field, and that might be an issue on Wednesday.
I’d like bigger odds on Federale to make a play on him. The public will blindly bet the favorite here, but I’m not seeing much value there. Like I said, he’s likely going to be there at the end, but better value out there in Race 5. Consider going with Large on your Pick 6 card Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs.
Post Time: 3:00 EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
A ten-horse field will conclude the Pick 6 betting at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday. Half of the horses in this event are likely going to have big tempting odds. Expect to see Big Angel and Rosalda battling it out, though. Rosalda has shown in three out of four races, but is coming off finishes in 5th and 4th in her last two outings. Her lone win was at Gulfstream Park on September 29, 2019 from 6 furlongs by ¾ furlongs ahead of Cazilda Fortytales. Since then, Rosalda has shown three times and outside of the top-3 three times.
Big Angel hasn’t been painting a pretty picture recently, though. The No. 9 horse started with a bang in 2020 with a win on January 19 by a head over Classy of Coure. However, the results haven’t been there in three races since that win. She has finished 8th, 4th, and 4th in her previous three contests. Everyone else in this race has been wildly inconsistent. Rosalda doesn’t have a perfect resume lately, but this is going to be a weaker field than in her last two outings. An average performance is likely going to be good for a win.