There wasn’t any horse racing on Christmas Day, but the action has heated up over the weekend. The return of Charlatan on Saturday marked his first race in months after testing positive for an illegal substance in the Arkansas Derby. On top of getting disqualified, Charlatan was dinged up and couldn’t race until Saturday. Despite the long break, he looked just as strong in his return race. Look for Charlatan to be a major player in the foreseeable future. I had more faith in Nashville, but the future’s still bright for Nashville as well. Don’t be surprised if he bounces back in his next assignment.
Laurel Park was a really nice day on Saturday, with a couple of winners on three horses. The other horse was scratched, so that was a perfect card for us in Maryland. We have picks at Laurel Park for Sunday as well. If you are interested in more horse racing picks today, then be sure to check out what we have offered at Laurel Park on Sunday. We’re at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida today, too. Prior to the Christmas break, we had a very nice three for three day at Tampa Bay Downs on Christmas Eve. Tampa Bay Downs has ten races on the docket worth a total of $128,250 in prize money on Sunday. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Downs picks for December 27, 2020.
Post Time: 12:43 p.m. EST
The first race of the afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs will be our starting point for this card. Race 1 is a 7-furlong event for $11,200 with seven runners. Ricky Run and Ain’t Wasting Time appear like dangerous participants to get into the winner’s circle on Sunday. Ricky Run has finished 7th, 7th, 2nd, 1st in his previous four performances. After struggling up in class, Ricky Run dropped a level and immediately saw better results.
Ricky Run placed 2nd behind Fluent in Sarcasm by 1 ¾ lengths in a $10,200 event. In his most recent showing, Ricky Run beat Consillum by a neck in another $10,200 event. He is moving up a $1,000 in class on Sunday, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue for him. Expect him to at least be a threat in the stretch to strike.
Ain’t Wasting Time is 1 for 17 in his career and sees a drop in class today. He has finished 5th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 2nd in his previous four entries. Ain’t Wasting Time placed 2nd behind Papajudgy for a $11,200 event on December 20. He was close and just missed out by 1 ¼ lengths as the betting favorite. This should be even easier than his outing a week ago. Look for Ain’t Wasting Time to pull away from Ricky Run to secure the second win of his career on Sunday.
Post Time: 1:43 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 is for a $11,200 purse across 6 ½ furlongs of racing on the dirt. Teton Thai and Capturemenow should have strong runs in this event. Teton Thai has finished 2nd, 7th, 6th, 3rd in her last four races. Overall, she is winless in her 11-race career, but could find the winner’s circle on Sunday with a good run. In her most recent appearance, Teton Thai showed 3rd for a $10,200 event as an underdog.
Despite the slightly bigger purse, this doesn’t look like the most difficult journey for Teton Thai today. I would say that she is going to be involved in the stretch in this one. Expect Teton Thai to face some push back from Capturemenow for the winner’s circle.
Capturemenow is winless in 13-career races, but feeling good about her chances Sunday. She has finished 5th, 3rd, 5th, 6th in her previous four events. Capturemenow is likely going to run a much better race in this assignment on Sunday. In her previous outing, Campturemenow finished 6th, but will be in much easier company in this race. I will take a piece of Capturemenow to get the win.
Post Time: 2:13 p.m. EST
Race 4 is our final selection at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday afternoon. He’s Royalty and Rouge Rage have to be considered in this 6-furlong journey. Rouge Rage starts close from the outside in the No. 7 post hole. Rogue Rage is winless in nine races, but is in good form recently and is getting closer. He placed 2nd in back-to-back performances on October 15 and December 9.
Rogue Rage was 2 ¾ lengths behind Disturbingthepeace for a $18,000 purse, and then placed 2nd behind Sir Thaddeus by a half length in a $12,350 event. The class drop hoped to get Rogue Rage into the winner’s circle, but he remained in 2nd. Expect Rogue Rage to be close once again, though he’s going to have to fight from the outside.
He’s Royalty has been looking good recently as well. He has appeared in just six races in his career and in the top-3 in three of them. He’s Royalty placed 2nd in back-to-back outings recently as well. He placed 2nd behind West Side Warrior by a half length for a $13,350 purse on November 27, and then 2nd behind Strike the Top as a big underdog most recently on December 18. If the morning-line holds up at that price or thereabout, then He’s Royalty looks like a really good deal from the inside in Race 4.