Today’s Conditions: Gulfstream, Fast and Good; Tampa, Muddy and Off


By Jim Freer

Sunday, March 1, 12:15 p.m. — At Gulfstream Park today, the main track is listed as fast and the turf course is listed as good.
First post is 12:30 p.m. for the 12-race card.
Skies are clear with no rain in the forecast. That is a welcome change from yesterday when a pounding rainstorm in and around Hallandale Beach resulted in Gulfstream cancelling its card after five races.
Of yesterday’s three stakes races, only the Herecomesthebride at 11/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies was run. It was moved from turf to dirt and won by Devine Aida. Within several days, the Jockey Club’s Graded Stakes Committee will determine if the race run yesterday will retain its Grade 3 status.
The heavily anticipated Swale Stakes (Grade 2) at seven furlongs on dirt for 3-year-olds and the Palm Beach Stakes (Grade 3) at 1 1/16th miles on turf for 3-year-olds were rescheduled for next Saturday March 7.

Tampa Bay Downs
The main track is listed as Muddy and racing is off the turf at Tampa Bay Downs today.
The Oldsmar track will have ten races with first post time of 12:40 p.m.
Yesterday, Tampa Bay’s main track was Sloppy and all three scheduled turf races were moved to the main track.
Tampa Bay had all-sources handle of $6,071,
813 for 11 races–strong for a day when it had no stakes races.
The breakdown was: Live–$212,881; Intertrack in Florida (ITW) $458,347; Interstate (ISW) $5,400,485.
The cancellation of seven Gulfstream races undoubtedly led to more wagering on Tampa Bay races by ITW bettors at other Florida pari-mutuels and by ISW betting that includes simulcasts at tracks outside Florida and Advance Deposit Wagering (ADWs).


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