Florida will have two of their tracks open for racing on Sunday, as weekend racing continues at Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs. It’s been a minute since I’ve covered Tampa Bay Downs. We will see what we can come up with at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Tampa Bay Downs is hosting nine races, with an early post time of 12:15 p.m. EST. Despite the threat of the coronavirus, horse racing has been the only sport ploughing forward.
Some tracks are out of commission for the moment, but a lot more are running than many people probably thought there would be a few weeks ago. Once Aqueduct closed in New York, there was some speculation that the dominoes would fall around the US. It somewhat did with Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Sam Houston Park and Louisiana Downs are also down right now.
Florida continuing to race isn’t a surprise even though Gulfstream Park had pushback from local officials in Hallandale Beach. People were partying on the beach in Florida. Horses racing with no fans in attendance is fairly mild in comparison. Sam Houston Park closing came as a bit of a surprise. Over in Louisiana, their hand was forced with the cases rising rapidly. They didn’t really have a choice. Hopefully I can start writing about how more tracks are opening up, and the world is slowly returning to normal again. That would be nice. In the meantime, let’s try and find a winner or two at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Get our free Tampa Bay Downs picks for April 11, 2020 below.
Post Time: 12:45 EST
Distance: 1 Mile 40 Yards
We’ll get started with Race 2 at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Race 2 will be a lengthy race that sees eight horses go a mile and 40 yards. The No. 1 post is often an advantage in some races, but Windy County is expected to get no love from bettors. It’s expected considering his recent lack of success.
Windy County has failed to show in 9 out of 10 career races. Her only positive effort was on November 26, 2019 at the Ocala Training Center. So, yeah, Windy County has his back up against a massive wall, and if the morning lines hold by post time, she should be more than a +1500 horse. Globalprincesscoco is in a similar boat, but has one more 2nd place finish than Windy County.
Globalprincesscoco has two 2nd place finishes recorded, which came on October 23, 2019 and January 1. Other than that, though, she has not been able to show in seven events. Her most recent try was a little disastrous, as she couldn’t get out of the basement with a finish of 8th on March 11. She was 7 ½ lengths behind Poseidons Heir for 7th, so it was a brutal run all the way around. Don’t expect Globalprincesscoco to be much of a threat in this field.
The likely candidates for a win in Race 2 are I Am A. Luring, Daresca, and Maliced. I Am A. Luring is finally seeing a step down in class today. It’s a good move by his stable, because she’s put on a huge donut in his career. That spans across 15 races, and he’s still looking to show in his first race. The idea for I Am A. Luring is that racing against weaker competition will represent better results. Maybe, but she hasn’t learned how to be a winner in his career yet.
Daresca doesn’t have a win to his name either, but that’s the theme for all horses in Race 2. While he doesn’t have a win, Daresca has managed to show in two out of his last four races. However, he’s finished 4th and 6th in his last two efforts. She was out on the track February 23 and finished 6th against 10 horses. Daresca was able to move up a couple spots from 8th at the ¼ pole to 6th, but that’s all she had in him.
Maliced is coming off a strong performance on March 28. He finished ahead of two horses in this race, I Am A. Luring and Windy County, but finished just behind Sweet Lead for the win. Maliced has finished 2nd twice in her, so everyone in Race 2 is going into Saturday without a win on their resume. It’s likely going to be Maliced that is celebrating in the winner’s circle for the first time in her career.
Post Time: 1:15 EST
Race 3 will feature a 5-furlong race with eight horses in the field. Scheduled post time is for around 1:15 EST. Handsome Girl is likely going to be the biggest underdog at post time, so if you want a lottery ticket pick, she is going to be your girl. Handsome Girl is coming off a win and has shown in each of her last three outings. So, she has that going for herself. Handsome Girl is a winner in 3 out of 16 races for a fairly serviceable career. This is going to be a much more difficult test for her, though. The competition is going to be steeper on Saturday.
G Q Girl will likely be the next biggest underdog in Race 3 by post time at Tampa Bay Downs. She was a money making machine for her team in 2019, having won 6 of 13 races for an impressive streak. However, that same magic hasn’t been there in 2020, with four winless efforts since finishing 2nd on New Year’s Day.
She finished 2nd in that race and hasn’t been able to do any better since. Just like Handsome Girl, she is going to be seeing tougher competition than she’s seen in the past as well. When she was pressed against better horses in her last race, she faltered and finished 7th.
The Great Kath might be your best longshot bet. She’s been feeling good recently with three straight showings in a row. That includes two wins on February 21 and March 6. She won in a blowout by 10 ¼ lengths over Thirty Nine Seven and won in her next outing, albeit it was a closer battle for a win by a half a length. She has a win in 4 out of 19 races for a fairly solid career at the track. This is an event that may very well come down to the No. 3 and 4 ponies.
If you want a bit more for your money, Pins and Needles will likely close at post time with decent odds. Pins and Needles will be making just the fourth start of her career on Saturday. Her debut wasn’t anything to be proud about on October 10, 2019, as she finished 4th at Belmont Park. Since leaving Belmont, Pins and Needles recorded a win at Aqueduct, and 2nd and 3rd at Tampa Bay Downs. Her most recent performance was good for 3rd, but well off the pace of Tracy Ann’s Legacy, who got the win by more than 6 lengths over Pins and Needles.
That was the second win in three races for Tracy Ann’s Legacy. She was also a winner back on February 22 from 5 furlongs. All five of the wins in her career have been from 5 furlongs to 6, so this is the perfect distance for her. She is a winner in 5 out of 14 races since debuting on November 4, 2018. That was a bad spot for her, as she finished 7th, but that’s one of only two blemishes on her record. Since finishing 7th, Tracy Ann’s Legacy has shown in 12 of 13 races, and came really close several times to having more than 5 wins. She looks like the horse to beat.