By Bob Bauer
Tampa Bay Downs has a ten-race card on Saturday, with first post of 12:42 p.m.
The Oldsmar track also will telecast and have simulcast betting on the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. It is the day’s 12th race at Gulfstream, with scheduled post of 5:35 p.m.
Tampa Bay will simulcast the full Gulfstream card, as part of its regular simulcast menu.
Saturday’s play of the day comes in Tampa’s Race 4, 8 1/2 Furlongs on the grass for $32,000 Maiden Claiming Fillies. In evaluating a field like this, look for runners who are entering this condition for the first time. The drop from Maiden Special company to Claiming can be one of the most significant moves in the racing game.
In this case, we happen to have a trio who are doing just that. AMERICAGREATAGAIN (1)
takes the drop for Ian Wilkes after a pair of so-so turf efforts, the last on the local lawn. Brian Pedroza takes the mount for the first time.
FULL TILT TREASURE (2) ships in and drops down for Brenda McCarthy after running a good second with Maiden Special rivals at Delaware last July. Dan Centeno was aboard then and he’s back now, this one looks especially dangerous here. Finally, there is LILIBET (8) from the barn of 30% trainer Kelly Rubley who will try claiming foes after only a single fourth place (not bad) finish on the Tampa sod.
The play here will be an exacta box 1,2,8 using the above mentioned runners. Also, a win bet on FULL TILT TREASURE (2) seems to be a good idea. A horseplayer has to like the fact that Centeno rides again after that good turf debut over six months ago.