Horses to Watch:Tampa Bay Downs

Note: In Horses to Watch, we identify horses that you might want to consider in their next race.  We will follow up with news on when these horses are next entered in a race and on the results of those races

Horses to Watch

Tampa Bay Downs – April 22, 2017

By Bob Bauer


Horses to Watch:Tampa Bay Downs


The following is a list of a few runners who have competed at Tampa Bay Downs lately, and are expected to turn in good performances in their next outings.  As of  April 22, none of these horses have been entered in a next race.


LA LLUVIA–  April 19, Race 1: Showed potential in lifetime debut vs. $12,500 Maiden Claimers going 7 furlongs. This four-year-old filly was close to the pace and was steadied entering the turn. She then moved 2-wide at the ¼ pole before tiring and finishing fourth.Really liked this one’s maternal sire Smoke Glacken, a total speed merchant. A shorter sprint and a clean trip might be all she needs.


CHOSEN ROYAL– April 19, Race 10:  Didn’t get the best of starts when facing $16,000 Maiden Claiming company on the lawn. Leading Jock Daniel Centeno was not able to use this sophomore’s early foot as he took a hard right out of the starting gate (post 10) and was taken back to last in the 9 horse field. They worked out a trip three-wide on the turn and into the stretch and closed well to gain the place. Expect much improved results with a better post and a straight start.


HIDE AND STREET– April 15   Race 2:Three-year-old filly lost all chance when steadied sharply at the ½ mile pole and finished sixth in recent turf event with $25K claiming stock. In her prior grass outing, this Miss rallied after a troubled start to best Maidens and should be given another opportunity next time back.


PRINCESS LA QUINTA April 15   Race 8:

Was leading grassy $22.5K Maidens at the ½ mile mark and under pressure on the far turn. Pilot was forced to steady when a rival came out at the eighth pole. Still was able to get the show. Bears watching with similar.


KITCHEN POLICE– March 18   Race 11:   Displayed that he is in lifetime-best form, trouncing $5,000 NW1 6m types. Veteran trainer Randy Rarick has this one fit now and there should be no problem with NW2 6m competition and perhaps open claimers in the future.