HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Tampa Bay Downs will have its annual Skyway Festival day this afternoon, with three stakes races.
The $100,000 Pasco, for 3-year-old males, and the $100,000 Gasparilla, for 3-year-old fillies are both seven furlongs on dirt.
The $50,000 Wayward Lass, for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up, is 1 1/16 miles on dirt.
Those races are part of an 11-race card with first post of 12:20 p.m.
We will have coverage n our blog later today.
* Gasparilla – sixth race, scheduled post 2:50 p.m.
The 32nd renewal of the Gasparilla has ten entrants.
The top two finishers from the six-furlong Sandpiper Stakes on Dec. 19, drew outside, with Hidden Treat starting from the No. 10 post position and A Little Attitude from No. 8.
Daniel Centeno will ride Hidden Treat, who is 2-for-2 under trainer Arnaud Delacour. The trainer of A Little Attitude, Randy Klopp, has named Jose Ferrer to ride.
Top Canadian trainer Mark Casse has supplemented R Girls a Charmer to the Gasparilla.
She will break from the No. 6 post under Antonio Gallardo. R Girls a Charmer broke her maiden at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 2, after which Casse purchased her from her previous connections for owner Gary Barber.
Another to watch is No. 1 Valueable Charmer, trained by Gerald Bennett and to be ridden by Ronnie Allen, Jr. She has been ultra-impressive in two winning efforts at Tampa Bay, both at six furlongs, and may be ready for the step up to stakes company.
*Pasco – seventh race, scheduled post 3:20 p.m.
A field of 10 is entered in the 17th edition of the Pasco.
The group includes the second and third-place finishers from the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes, run at six furlongs on Dec. 19. They are Formal Summation from the barn of trainer Kathleen O’Connell and Jay’s Way, conditioned by Jamie Ness.
Formal Summation will break from the No. 4 post under jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr., with Jay’s Way breaking from the No. 7 post with Antonio Gallardo aboard.
Slated to ship in from Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach is the Ian Wilkes-trained Hand of Power, who broke his maiden on Nov. 14 at Churchill Downs. Julien Leparoux has been named to ride Hand of Power, who drew the No. 6 post.
Another intriguing candidate is Awesome Slate, a gelding who won the Canadian Juvenile Stakes at Northlands Park in October. Brian Lynch is the trainer and Angel Serpa the jockey. Awesome Slate drew the No. 2 post.
It is expected that some top finishers in the Pasco will move on to the Sam F. Davis (Grade 3) on Feb. 13 and then to the Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2)—both at 1 1/16 miles at Tampa Bay Downs.
*Wayward Lass – ninth race, scheduled post 4:20 p.m.
The 32nd edition of the Wayward Lass also attracted 10 horses.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has entered a pair of 4-year-old fillies: Kinsley, the winner of a mile-and-40-yard conditional allowance at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 27, and Tiger Moth, the easy winner of a Gulfstream allowance on Dec. 23 in her most recent start.
Manoel Cruz will ride Kinsley from the No. 9 post, while Tiger Moth and Edgard Zayas break from the No. 8 position