By Bob Bauer
Today is “Festival Preview” day. The Downs presents an eleven race card, including four Stakes races. The first Post time is 12:11 PM.
The feature is this year’s renewal of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, an important step on the way to the Derby (Tampa and Kentucky) trail. The road to Louisville could start in Oldsmar.
Tampa Bay Downs has live racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Easter), until closing day on May 7.
All four Stakes will be broadcast live on RadioStPete.com, including the call from track announcer Jason Beem. Coverage for each event will start about three minutes before post time. All of the Stakes events will be contested on the main track.
Stakes action starts in RACE 6, Post time is 2:45. THE MINARET STAKES with a $50,000 purse for older Fillies and Mares at six furlongs begins the Ultimate Six jackpot wager.
THE BET $10 to win on QUINOA TIFAH (8) ($10) and a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and NIGHT CAP (2) and MY DESTINY (6) 2,6,8. Total Bet $22
RACE 7, THE PELICAN STAKES, also at six panels, has four year-olds and up sprinting for a $100,000 purse. Post time is 3:18.
THE BET $10 to win on BANK ON SHEA (4) ($10) and a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and KING GUILLERMO (2) and BABY YODA (3) 2,3,4. Total Bet $22
RACE 8, THE SUNCOAST STAKES, for sophomore Fillies has a $150,000 purse and will be contested at one mile and forty yards. Post time is 3:49.
THE BET $10 to win ($10) on NEST (2) and a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and A LITTLE LOVE AND LUCK (3) and PEACEFUL SURPRISE (6) 2,3,6. Total Bet $22
RACE 10, THE SAM F. DAVIS STAKES, with a $250,000 purse has lured a full field of a dozen three year-olds, going a mile and one-sixteenth. This appears to be one of the strongest fields in recent memory in the Davis. An upset would be no surprise.
THE BET $10 win and place ($20) on GOD OF LOVE (5) and a $2 exacta five horse part-wheel, up and down. ($20) Using UNPREDICTABLE BAY (2), CLASSIC CAUSEWAY (3), GOLDEN GLIDER (4) MAKING IT BIG (7) and SHIPSATIONAL (8). 5/2,3,4,7,8–2,3,4,7,8/5 Total Bet $40 Today’s bets total $104 -GOOD LUCK
PREVIOUS RESULTS: 2/11/22 Had the winner and exacta. Collected $42 on the win bet and $29.80 on the exacta. A profit of $39.80 on the $32 total bet. The bankroll is now $957.50.