By Bob Bauer
A nine race card begins this month’s Thoroughbred action in Oldsmar. Conditions are fast and firm, the first Post time is scheduled for 12:15 PM.
Tampa Bay Downs has live racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Easter), until closing day May 7.
The play for today is in RACE 5. A field of lawn loving sprinters will go five grassy furlongs under $16,000 Optional Claiming NW1X conditions.
Post time is 2:18 PM. Live coverage on RadioStPete.com, including the call from announcer Jason Beem, starts at 2:15.
SKIPPY’S STRIKE (6) is well spotted with this group, he has a class advantage that points out his chances for a win. This eight year old Gelding showed his ability two races back on January 23, earning the best figure at this distance, beating $32,000 rivals. After that, he was seventh in the $100,000 Turf Dash Stakes, a too tough assignment.
He meets $16,000 company here. The class relief and recent sharpness make him the one to beat. Top tier turf rider Castenon is aboard for trainer Kerri Raven. They are currently winning at a 33% clip together.
THE BET: $25 to win ($25) on SKIPPY’S STRIKE (6) and a $2 three horse exacta box ($12) with that one and SAVVY LAYLA (2) and FOX ROX (4) 2,4,6. Total Bet $37 GOOD LUCK!
PREVIOUS RESULTS: 2/27/22; Lost $32, the bankroll is now $966.50