Tampa Bay Downs is up and running on Saturday with nine races on the card. This is a track that usually runs in the shadows of Gulfstream Park. And while that’s true 9 times out of 10, I’ve fortunately been able to turn a profit at Tampa Bay Downs. That’s the best part of it for me. Gulfstream Park hasn’t been too bad, either. Other than Remington Park, I’ve been doing reasonably well at most racetracks in the US. I can’t lie. The quarter horse meet at Remington Park has not gone my way. Betting on the quarter horses is something I like to do, though. It’s certainly a rush. Even Santa Anita Park was going more than well before closing.
Remington Park suspended their Pick 6 betting after a dispute with a handicapper. A bettor was denied a $26,000 jackpot by management at the track. He wagered $403.20 for a total of 2,016 combinations in play. The base wager is only 20 cents at Remington Park. A dead heat between Southern Lips and Apollitical J Rebel resulted in the bettor having two seperate winning tickets, according to Remington Park. Instead of the $26,000 payout, he won just over $8,000. The bettor is arguing the decision, so we’ll see what comes of it, if anything. For Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, we have a couple of best bets. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs selections for April 25, 2020.
Post Time: 12:28 EST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
We’ll get started with Race 1 at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. A purse of $20,000 is being offered for the first event in Tampa today. Command Point will look to get the upset from the outside from the No. 7 post. It’s likely not going to be easy for the colt, as he makes his debut against a fairly competitive field. He was serviceable in a couple of recent workouts, having completed 4 furlongs at 50 seconds in April. He and Three Quarter Time are likely going to run into problems. If I’m going to put money on Three Quarter Time, I want more than +600.
Three Quarter Time was slow in the first race of his career on March 14. He finished 7th against nine other horses at 5 ½ furlongs. Three Quarter Time faded way back at 5 ½ furlongs, so it’s unlikely that there is enough kick in him to run well at 6 ½ furlongs today. This is a race that likely comes down to Rollick and Bourbon Rebellion. Factor Around might be hanging around at the front in Race 1 as well.
Bourbon Rebellion faces a weaker field after struggling mightily in his last outing on April 8. It was not a solid performance at all in what was the second race of her career. He finished 9th against nine other horses, so there was only one horse worse than him. Bourbon Rebellion was better in his debut on March 7, but it was again a struggle to keep up with the field. He finished 5th to cross the line ahead of seven competitors. That said, he wasn’t close to the front.
Rollick is running for a new barn today after finishing 6th in his debut on March 9. That doesn’t look great, but he was tested against a difficult field in his first race. Recent workouts indicate that Rollick has been in good form. He completed 5 furlongs at 1:01.00 and 4 furlongs at 48.60 seconds recently. This should be a case of taking advantage of a really easy field for Rollick on Saturday.
Post Time: 1:28 EST
Race 3 will offer a $12,500 purse to an eight-horse field on Saturday. Despite the small field, there are several underdogs that are featured. Dramatone, Upstaging, Her Zealous, and She’s So Indy have a really tough fight on their hands on Saturday. It’s unlikely that any of them can pull it off, but the opportunity is there to sprinkle some of the bankroll on each and see what happens. She’s So Indy has raced in two events and looked the same in each outing. Bad starts are common in debuts, but She’s So Indy was unable to improve.
She’s So Indy finished 7th on July 25, 2019 and 7th in the next race on August 24, 2019. The filly has not appeared in a race since then. It’s unlikely that the break is going to help. Dramatone did get better from her debut on March 7, but that’s not saying too much. She was off the pace at 6 furlongs and finished 12th for an iffy performance.
Dramatone was able to follow that up with 8th in her next outing on March 25. It couldn’t have gotten much worse than the first start, and Dramatone was able to take baby steps forward, kind of. There were only eight horses in the race, so it was another dreadful outing.
Her Zealous has more experience than both of them combined, and is coming off the best race of her career. She finished 4th, and was 1st at the ¼ pole on April 10, but ran out of gas and fell to 4th. That was at 6 furlongs. It’s unlikely we see much improvement from the last time she hit the gate. Unless she found more stamina between now and them, don’t expect Dramatone to be much of a player in Race 3.
Hifalutin, Vivamente, and I’mthekatsmeow will all have a shot at the winner’s circle in this one, though. Barring bad runs by all three, the winner is probably one of them. Vivamente will be making her racing debut on Saturday. She looked good in a recent workout on April 17, completing 4 furlongs at 48.80 seconds. Vivamente is a newcomer, but could have an impressive arrival at Tampa Bay Downs. Hifalutin and I’mthekatsmeow will likely race like the strongest horses in this event.
Hifalutin doesn’t have a win in her six career races, but has been coming close. Since finishing 4th in her debut on January 1, Hifalutin has shown in five straight outings. In her last race, Hifalutin was 3rd at 5 ½ furlongs. Prior to that, she was 3rd again to finish behind I’mthekatsmeow. Despite coming close, Hifalutin hasn’t found that extra gear down the stretch yet. I’mthekatsmeow improved nicely in that race, as she went from 5th at the ¼ pole to 2nd at the wire.
This will be the third race for I’mthekatsmeow. She had a poor first race, like most horses have, but then rallied in the next race to place. I’mthekatsmeow was the favorite in her last race, but was unable to deliver and was defeated by Karatbars. I think this time as the horse to watch, I’mthekatsmeow will get it done from the favorable No. 2 post.