Tampa Bay Preview: Maiden 3-YO Races Highlight Saturday Card

HorseracingFLA Staff Report

A pair of maiden special weight races for 3-year-olds will highlight this afternoon’s 11-race card at Tampa Bay Downs.

First post is 12:23 p.m.

We will have coverage on our blog.

The third race, with a $23,000 purse, is a mile and 40 yards on dirt for colts and geldings. It has seven entrants.

War Order is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. He is trained by H. Graham Motion and will be ridden by Daniel Centeno. War Order’s record includes a second place finish at one mile and 40 yards on dirt at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 10.P1060043

The ninth race, with a $23,000 purse, is one mile for colts and geldings and is scheduled for turf.

The 10-horse field’s morning-line favorite, at 2-1, is the Florida-bred gelding Osceola Pond. He is trained by Tom Proctor and will be ridden by Ronald Allen Jr.

Osceola Pond has three seconds and two third-place finishes from six starts. On Feb. 14 at Tampa Bay Downs he finished second in a maiden special weight race at a mile on the turf.

Trainer Christophe Clement will send out Determined and Brilliant Star. They have different trainers and will run as separate betting interests.

Tampa Bay Downs will not have live racing tomorrow, which is Easter Sunday.

The grandstand/clubhouse will be open tomorrow for simulcast wagering and poker action and The Downs Golf Practice Facility will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the last buck bucket of balls sold at 3:30 p.m.

Friday’s Results

Centeno rode two winners on Friday.

He captured the fifth race on 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Annabella Hall for owner Hemingway Racing and trainer Ian Hemingway.

Centeno also won the sixth race on Dream Prospect, a 3-year-old filly owned by her breeder, Robert S. Evans, and trained by Christophe Clement.