Tampa: Fifth Race is Our Wednesday Feature

By Bob Bauer

Tampa Bay Downs has a nine-racecard on Wednesday, with first post at 12:32 p.m.

The dirt track is listed as Fast and the turf is listed as Good.

Our feature is Race 5.  A well-matched field of four year-olds and up will sprint seven panels under $32,000 NW2X Optional Claiming conditions. Post time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. 

Live coverage from RadioStPete online starts at 2:28, with our pre-race analysis. The live call from legendary track announcer Richard Grunder will follow.

BRANCO MARIA (1) is a good bet at any price near his 8/1 odds on the morning line. This four year old has been rested since his handy local (best career fig) win at today’s distance on December 18. He appears to be ready for another top effort, having worked four times for (21% winners) trainer Mike Stidham. The final move was a bullet 48.3 on January 29. Red hot jock Hector Diaz Jr. retains the mount.

THE BET   $20 to win on BRANCO MARIA (1) and a $2 exacta box with DOWNTOWNER (2) and TUDOX EXPECTATIONS (4)                 1,2,4 Total Bet $32    GOOD LUCK !!

PREVIOUS RESULTS  2/7  Had the winner and first and third in the exacta. Collected $50 for the $20 win bet, The bankroll is now $643.50

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