Sunday Preview: Off the Turf at Tampa Bay; Late Races Stay on Turf at Gulfstream

HorseracingFLA Staff Report

This weekend’s on and off rainy weather has led to some changes in today’s race cards at Tampa Bay Downs and at Gulfstream Park.

Tampa Bay has moved its three scheduled-for-turf races to the dirt track that is listed as fast.

First post is 12:25 p.m. for a nine-race card.

Gulfstream will have 13 races with first post at 12:00 p.m.

As of 10:30 a.m. Gulfstream had taken the fourth race off the turf.

The sixth, eighth, 11th and 13th races are still scheduled for the turf which is listed as good.  The dirt track is listed as fast.

Neither track has any stakes races scheduled.  But each has a big attraction in a late multi-race bet.

Gulfstream has a $590,981 carryover on the Rainbow 6 on its last six races.  Tampa Bay has a  $15,142 carryover on the Pick 5 on its last five races.

Today is the third straight day on which Tampa Bay has not been able to hold turf racing.

In a news release the track noted that clear skies are forecast for the next several days.

Tampa Bay’s next race day is Wednesday, when it has a nine-race card with three scheduled on turf.

*Saturday results

Five-time leading Tampa Bay Downs jockey Daniel Centeno rode three winners on the card. He won the first race on 4-year-old filly Kittery by a head for breeder-owner Robert C. Roffey, Jr., and trainer Chad Stewart.

In the fourth race, Centeno booted home first-time starter Romantic Henry, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Carolyn Wilson and trained by Larry Rivelli, by a diminishing nose. He added the sixth by a neck on Alfredo Romana, a 5-year-old Florida-bred horse owned by Maria Claire Van Sant, Theresa Salerno and trainer David Nunn.

Centeno also had three seconds from his eight mounts.

Scott Spieth rode two winners. Spieth was aboard 4-year-old Florida-bred filly Little Britches in the second race for owner-trainer Wayne Mogge and added the 10th on Celesse, a 3-year-old filly owned by Douglas Terry and trained by Wayne Minnock.



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