HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Racing is back on the turf today at Tampa Bay Downs for a ten-race program with first post of 12:25 p.m.
The dirt track is listed as fast and the turf course is listed as firm. The third, fifth and seventh races are scheduled for turf—and should stay that way because clear skies are in the forecast.
Tampa Bay Downs moved all scheduled-for-turf races to the dirt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There were heavy rains late last week followed by a need to let the turf course dry out.
Gulfstream Park has an 11-race card today, with first post at 12:35 p.m. Conditions are fast fort the dirt and good for the turf. Six races are scheduled for turf.
Gulfstream did not have turf racing last Friday, but it kept races on the turf on Saturday and Sunday.
At Gulfstream, today’s turf races have 67 entrants including Main Track Only and Also Eligibles.
All three Tampa Bay turf races have 14 entrants including MTO and AE. A maximum of ten can run in each race.
Only about a half-dozen major tracks have turf racing during the winter. The large fields in Gulfstream and Tampa Bay turf races are always a big attraction to simulcast and Advance Deposit Wagering bettors around the country.
*Later this morning and this afternoon, we will have coverage on our blog of racing and other news about both Florida tracks.
This afternoon, Gulfstream will release entries for Saturday’s card that has six stakes races.
Highlights are the $500,000 Donn Handicap (Grade 1) and the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (Grade 1). Both races are 1 1/8 miles for 4-year-olds and up.