Tampa Bay Downs has a full day of racing on Saturday again. The horses continue to run in Florida, while some of the beaches are opening up across the state. Some states are easing their stay-at-home restrictions, and one of the first moves was for Florida to reopen Jacksonville beaches. So long as people aren’t morons and congregate on the beach like it’s spring break, hopefully the beaches open aren’t an issue. In any event, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs must be feeling good about their chances of not ever shutting racing down.
It’s still anybody’s guess where things could go from here, though. If states open up too fast before cases fall hard, that could usher in another wave of infections. You don’t have to be an epidemiologist to come to that conclusion. It’s just common sense that most people should acquire in a high school biology class. Let’s see if we can find a winner or two at Tampa Bay Downs today. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs selections for April 18, 2020.
Post Time: 12:28 EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Tampa Bay Downs will begin their day with six horses vying for a $22,500 purse. Over Icce will be looking for a big win out of the No. 6 post as a sizable underdog. It’s not going to be an easy chore against a fairly competitive field. There are some things to like on his resume, including 6 wins in 25 outings. However, he didn’t look the part in his last two outings on November 9, 2019 and December 29, 2019. Over Icce finished 4th against six other ponies in November and dead last in December. He might be worth throwing a few bucks on, as he’s had random success throughout his career. There hasn’t been any consistency, though has still been able to win 6 wins.
Other than Rol Again Question and My Boy Lenny, I’m not feeling any other horses in Race 1. Rol Again Question is coming off a win and is a winner in 11 out of 31 outings. He has also won two out of his previous three races. In his victory on January 17, Rol Again Question took the lead at the ½ pole and didn’t look back, ultimately recording a win by 2 ¾ lengths over Pudding. He was a winner on October 29, 2019 as well, having a similar race, as Rol Again Question was the leader just after the ½ pole to win by 1 ¼ lengths. I just don’t really like the morning-line price of +250 on Rol Again Question. Something closer to +400 is in order considering he is up against My Boy Lenny.
My Boy Lenny is the hottest horse going into Race 1 on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. He is feeling confident following wins on February 22 and March 25. My Boy Lenny beat the competition by 6 ¼ lengths in a comfortable win in February, and then in his latest effort, topped his rivals by 6 lengths in another dominant performance. He won each race from wire-to-wire with no competition to hinder his running. The only thing stopping him here is if he gets stuck behind a challenger, but with only six horses in the field, should be able to get out clear from the start.
Post Time: 4:00 EST
Seven horses will have to be beaten from 7 furlongs to get the win in Race 8 on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. A purse of $20,000 will be up for grabs in this one. There are four participants that should close as big underdogs at post time. The Aurelia Factor should likely be a higher price than the morning-line of +600 at BetOnline. She won her first race on August 11, 2019, but has been flat out of the gate since. That’s the only win in her career, with a win in 7 races.
G Q Girl is likely going to have a tough ride on Saturday, too. I’ve handicapped G Q Girl before, and has been struggling to get respect recently. After jumping up to a higher class, G Q Girl has not had much success. She notched a win on December 18, 2019, though hasn’t been a threat since then. G Q Girl has failed to show in three out of her previous four races, and is unlikely to be primed for the upset in Race 8 on Saturday.
Uncommon Factor is your best bet as a longshot. The No. 1 horse has some momentum going into this event, having won two out of her previous three races and placed in another. She won on March 22 from 6 ½ furlongs by 3 lengths over Sammy’s Town. The other recent win for Uncommon Factor was a blowout in January by 10 ¼ lengths over Captain Angel. Sweet Daddio is unlikely to cause much noise. She has looked overmatched recently, finishing 6th and 8th in her previous two contests.
Dreaming Diamonds is going into Saturday with plenty of swagger. She is seeking the hat-trick after wins on March 1 and March 20. It was an easy win for her on March 1, having blown away the competition for a win by 7 lengths at 6 furlongs. Hit the ½ pole in 3rd and hit the jets to pull away with authority. She did not need that in her most recent showing on March 20, as Dreaming Diamonds notched a wire-to-wire victory over Nikki Bella by 4 ½ lengths. The hatty looks within reach for Dreaming Diamonds on Saturday.