Tampa Bay: Carried-Over Pick 5 Hit on Sunday; Racing Added for Thursday; 4 Stakes on Saturday

By Monique Welch

The carried-over Late Pick 5 was hit on multiple tickets Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs, and it paid $4,219 for a minimum 50-cent bet.

The number of winning tickets was not readily available on the wager that requires picking the winners of all five races in the sequence.

Sunday’s Pick-5 wager featured a carryover pool of $26,280 since no one correctly selected winners of the last five races on Saturday.

Three of the winners in Saturday’s sequence went off at odds of 13-1 or higher.  The highest of that trio was D’craziness, who won the eighth and feature race at 40-1.

Bettors added $136,978 to the Pick 5 on Sunday. Only one of the five winners was at double digit odds.

Sunday’s heavy betting again showed the popularity of carryovers on the Pick 5 in Tampa’s last five races.

On Sunday Jan.29 there was no carryover going in, and Pick 5 betting was $41,679. This past Saturday, again with no carryover, Pick 5 betting was $41,267.

Tampa Bay Downs will resume racing Wednesday with a nine-race card and first post of 12:25 p.m.P1050943

The card will have a Pick 5, with no carryover, on races five through nine.

The Oldsmar track has a Pick 5 each day on the last five races. On days with ten or more races, it also has a Pick 5 on the first five races.

For both Pick 5s, the minimum bet is 50 cents and the takeout is 15 percent.

Multiple horses can be used in each race. For example a 50-cent ticket with two horses in each race has 32 combinations and costs $16.

Weekend Racing

Saturday’s eighth race was a $22,500 allowance, at one mile on turf for 4-year-olds and up.

D’craziness, a 4-year-old colt trained by Frances Gogas, came into the race with two wins in six career starts.

But Saturday’s race was his first on turf and first longer than 6 ½ furlongs. That prompted bettors to send him off at the second highest odds in the nine-horse field.

D’craziness, racing from post one, took the early lead. At the half-mile mark, he had a 1 ½ length over Wagon Boss with a time of 47.59 seconds.

With Scott Spieth riding, D’craziness pulled away and won by three lengths over Cite in the fast time of 1:35.06 on the course listed as firm.

The win was just the third of the meet for the veteran Spieth, who has been in an uncharacteristic slump.

Cite, a 9-5 co-favorite, edged Wagon Boss by a nose for second place. Vakeesh, at 21-1, was a neck back in fourth place and co-favorite Hardly Home finished another neck back in fifth place.

Bettors had high hopes in Cite, who had won just one of his nine starts but was dropping in class after races at Gulfstream Park and tracks in Kentucky.  Cite was attractive partly because he is trained by Bill Mott and was ridden by Tampa Bay’s leading jockey Daniel Centeno.

But Cite had to fight from behind after getting a slow start.  He rallied three-wide in the lane to gain the place.

Spieth seemed overjoyed after the win.

“We really didn’t know how he would take to the turf,” he said.  “He handled it great as it showed. I knew he would have some speed, I expected the three horse (Wagon Boss) maybe to take the lead and I just started to set off of him but when he broke his sharp as he did I took advantage of it.”

D’craziness is a Florida-bred son of D’wildcat. He is owned by Anne Rose Adametz, his breeder and Robert E Van Worp.P1050925

Spieth added a win on Sunday, on Wicked Fun in the seventh race.

That was just his fourth win in 127 starts at the Tampa Bay meet that began on Nov. 26. On the plus side, he has 15 second place finishes and 24 third place finishes.

Spieth, who is 50, had 27 winners on 256 mounts last season at Tampa Bay—finishing in 11th place in wins.

He has ridden 4,560 winners in 28,401 mounts, according to Equibase.  That puts him 44th all-time in wins at North American tracks.

*Starting this week, Tampa Bay will add three consecutive Thursdays to its live racing schedule.  It also has racing on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

* Next Saturday, Feb. 11, Tampa Bay will hold its annual Festival Preview Day with four big stakes races totaling $650,00 in purse money.

Entries and post positions will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.

It had been expected that Tepin would be entered to seek a repeat victory in the $150,000 Endeavour Stakes (Grade 3) at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.  But on Monday, trainer Mark Casse said that Tepin will not run in the Endeavour due to a mild bout of colic.

For 2015 and 2016, Tepin was voted the winner of the Eclipse Award as champion turf filly.

McCraken, who won all three of his races last year, has been confirmed as a starter by his trainer Ian Wilkes for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (Grade 3) at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds.  It is  a points  qualifying race for this year’s Kentucky Derby.

The $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (Grade 3) is 1 1/16  miles on turf for 4-year-olds and up.

The $100,000 Suncoast Stakes is one mile and 40 yards on dirt for 3-year-old fillies.

–Jim Freer contributed to this report.