By Bob Bauer
A cool, sunny day starts off the racing week in Oldsmar with a nine-race card. Yesterday brought all day rain to the region, resulting in the closing of the turf course. The main track is rated as good. The first Post time is scheduled for 12:15 PM.
Tampa Bay Downs has racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Easter) until closing day on May 7.
Today’s play is in RACE 6, Post time 2:48 PM. Live RadioSt.Pete.com coverage including the call from announcer Jason Beem starts at 2:45.
A field of seven sophomore Filly $25,000 Maiden Claimers will attempt to graduate at five and one-half furlongs.
LIL’ MISS CAMILLE (6) is in a good spot for leading trainer Gerald Bennett. She is lightly raced (a pair of Maiden Special events) and drops into a claiming race for the first time. The Bennett barn wins at 42% with this move. Also, the pace dynamics are in her favor here. A daughter of EXAGGERATOR (CURLIN), she has the early foot to get loose on the lead. The half-furlong turn back and the class relief will help. Fernando De La Cruz has ridden her both times and returns today, the third time should be the charm.
THE BET: $25 to win on LIL’ MISS CAMILLE (6) ($25) and a three horse $2 box with that one and DANCE FOR GOLD (1) and LOVERS AT MIDNIGHT (7) 1,6,7 ($12). Total Bet $37. GOOD LUCK!
PREVIOUS RESULTS: 2/6/22 Lost $32, the bankroll is now $917.70.