A Bright Saturday Forecast for Tampa Bay, GP

HorseRacingFLA Staff Report

Clear skies are forecast for today at Tampa Bay Downs, on the biggest day of its meet, and for Gulfstream Park, which has two turf sprint stakes.

Tampa Bay’s annual Festival Day has twelve races with first post at 12:12 p.m.  The Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2) is one of five stakes races.

Gulfstream has a 13-race card with first post of 12:00 p.m. The attractions include large guaranteed pools on three late multi-race bets.Revised_Sat_Feb25_300x250

At both tracks, the dirt is listed as fast and the turf is listed as firm.

The Weather Channel forecast is for zero percent chance of rain at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar and at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach.

We will have previews and other coverage during the afternoon on our blog. It can be accessed on the menu bar at the top of the home page of this Web site.

Here is the Tampa Bay stakes schedule, in the order they will be run:

image001*Columbia: $75,000 one mile on turf, 3-year-old males, 7th race with 3:12 p.m. scheduled post

*Challenger: $100,000,1 1/16 miles on dirt, males, 4-years-old and up, eighth race with 3:55 p.m. scheduled post

*Florida Oaks (Grade 3): $200,000, 1 1/16 miles turf, 3-year-old fillies, 9th race with 4:25 p.m. scheduled post

*Hillsborough (Grade 2): $200,000, 1 1/8 miles on turf, fillies and mares 4-years-old and up, 10th race with 4:55 p.m. scheduled post

*Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2): $350,000, 1 1/8 miles dirt, 3-YOs, 12th race, 5:27 scheduled post.


The co-features are five furlongs on turf with $75,000 purses.

The Captiva Island is for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.  It is the fourth race with scheduled post of 1:35 p.m.

The Silks Run is for males 4-years-old and up. It is the 12th race with scheduled post of 5:35 p.m.

There is a Rainbow 6 carryover of $374,490. It is on races eight to thirteen.

There will be guarantees on these late multi-race bets: *Rainbow 6 — $600,000 (Races 8 to 13), includes the carryover

*Late Pick 5 — $200,000 (Races 9 to 13)

*Late Pick 4 — $250,000 (Races 10 to 13)

If any of the pools do not reach the guarantee levels, Gulfstream will make up the difference.

The Rainbow 6 carryover has grown because Friday was the 11th straight day without the jackpot payoff (full carryover plus 80 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bet) requirement of just one ticket with the winners of all six races.

There were 20 tickets with all six winners. Each was paid $4,771.96 on a 20-cent only bet.

A total of $170,453 was bet on the Rainbow 6.  Of that, Gulfstream took out 20 percent. It divided 56 percent among tickets with six winners and added 24 percent to the carryover.