By Bob Bauer
Festival Day is the Downs seasonal highlight, with a dozen races on the program. Five Stakes events are featured, capped by the $400,000 Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. First Post time is scheduled for 12:15 PM.
All the Stakes races will be covered live on RadioStPete.com, including the call from announcer Jason Beem. Air time is three minutes before Post time.
RACE 7, Post time 3:14, is the $225,000 Grade 2 HILLSBOROUGH STAKES for older Fillies and Mares at nine furlongs on turf.
THE BET: A $10 straight exacta part-wheel with BLEEKER STREET (5) on top of three runners ($30). LADY SPEIGHTSPEARE (3), ROCKY SKY (6) and RUNAWAY RUMOUR (7). 5/3,6,7 Total Bet $30
RACE 8, Post time 3:49, Four year-olds and up go eight and one-half furlongs on the main track in the $100,000 Grade 3 CHALLENGER STAKES.
THE BET: $10 to win on WOLFIES DYNAGHOST (1) ($10). Also, a fifty cent four horse trifecta box ($12) with that one and GREATEST HONOR (3), DYNAMIC ONE (4) and CODY’S WORK (9) 1,3,4,9 Total Bet $22
RACE 9, Post time 4:20, is the $200,000 Grade 3 FLORIDA OAKS for sophomore Fillies at eight and one half grassy furlongs.
THE BET: $10 to win and place ($20) on MRS. BARBARA (1). Also, a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and DOLCE DEL (3) and SPICER (6) 1,3,6 Total Bet $32
RACE 10, Post time 4:51, is the $75,000 COLUMBIA STAKES for three year-olds at a mile on turf.
THE BET: $10 win and place ($20) on BENS MALICE (1) and a $2 exacta part-wheel, up and down, with three horses, ($12) WOKE SURF (2), HEAVEN STREET (5) and KITTEN’S MISCHIEF (3). 1/2,3,5 2,3,5/1 Total Bet $32
RACE 11, Post time 5:23, is the $400,000 Grade 2 TAMPA BAY DERBY, for three year olds at a mile and one sixteenth.
THE BET: $10 win and place ($20) on BELGRADE (10) and a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and CLASSIC CAUSEWAY (4) and SLIPSATIONAL (9) 4,9,10 Total Bet $32