Tampa Bay Downs Selections       

Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 

                                                                                                        By Bob Bauer

RACE 1- 6 Furlongs Clm $16,000 NW3L

#4 Sonoma Crush- Drops into a condition claimer for the first time. Leading rider Centeno stays on after an easy win vs. optional claimers in December. A repeat would be no surprise.

#5 Tribal Drama- Another who runs for a first time tag, this one ran with $32,000 company last time and is a new gelding. Eligible to improve here.

#8 Big Silver Hoss-Turns back for top trainer Bennett after beating NW2L stock last time at 6 ½ furlongs. Bennett scores at 24% with claiming repeaters.


RACE 2- 7 Furlongs Clm $6250

#5 Inaswagger- Stretches out for the Bennett/Centeno combo clicking at 60% these days. Earned big fig over track.

#9 Money Tree- Turns back to distance and level of last win for Jamie Ness who wins 36% of the time when he rides Edwin Gonzalez.

#4 Unbridled Glow- Had a rough trip last time, Just missed at 7 panels 2 races back.


RACE 3- 7 Furlongs Pasco Stakes $100,000

#7 Chance of Luck-a perfect 2 for 2, won the Inaugural Stakes over this track. Appears to be the one to beat.

#1 Six Gun Salute- Throw out last race. Ran bang up sprint 2 back at Hawthorne. Should be coming late.

#2 Union Blues-Penn Maiden winner ships in, Centeno up for Delacour, 25% wins together.


RACE 4- 8 ½ Furlongs Cim $5,000 NW1 6m

#10- I Cat-Might be the one to catch in a weak field.

#3- Gills Terrace- Shipper could surprise in here.

#9-To The Stars- Has run ok with this kind, showed improvement last.


RACE 5- 6 Furlongs Clm $5,000 NW1 6m

#11 Chesapeake Song-Laurel shipper drops to lowest level for Ness. He wins at a 26% clip with new stock.

#3 Sheza Ruler-May have needed last race.

#10 Seeyouinthetown-Placed last two attempts vs. this kind.


RACE 6- 8 Furlongs Turf Mdn. $22,500

#2 Youngest Daughter-Has best fig over local lawn, despite trouble.

#1 Realism-Runs fresh for Bill Mott, winning at a 50% rate in Tampa this season.

#4 Gift Tax-Should be ready to debut for Christophe Clement. Tapit filly has had a dozen works of various kinds since October.


RACE 7- 8 ½ Furlongs Wayward Lass Stakes $50,000

#2 Pleasant Mine- Looks to be the fastest here. Likes the distance

#3 No Fault of Mine- Should take some beating. Centeno on, bullet work Jan. 14th.

#7 Royal Jewely-Sharp now for the powerful Bennett barn. Loves Tampa


RACE 8- 8 ½ Furlongs Turf Optional Clm.  $32,000

#9 Dyna’s Recoleta- Ships in after good comeback race over Gulfstream lawn.

#2 Marmalade- Earned a big figure on Gulfstream grass, ships here in 5 days, could be a live longshot.

#1 Sequiota- Will be closing, Fernando De La Cruz on.


RACE 9- 7 Furlongs Gasparilla Stakes $100,000

#2 R Angel Katelyn- Stretches out for Gerald Bennett after taking the Sandpiper and is now 3 for 4 lifetime. She appears to be in fine fettle working a bullet 47 flat on Jan. 14.

#7 Livin a Dream- Moves up off a nice Maiden victory for Chad Stewart. Top jock Centeno stays. This one shows some late pace ability and be a closing threat.

#9 Jumby Bay- Ran second to the top choice in the Sandpiper. Local veteran Jesus Castanon is up for Todd Pletcher. This season, they are enjoying a 67% success rate so far.


RACE 10- 8 ½ Furlongs  Allowance $22,500 NW1X

#4 Earring- Training steadily for local bow, has run well after two breaks lately.  Tom Proctor will have Ron Allen Jr. in the irons. (40% win rate together). Drops from Grade 3 Stk.

#10 Vagabond- Ships in for Shug McGaughey (40% Tampa win rate). Merits respect here.

#8 More Than Kisses- Moves up after handy Maiden score. Centeno stays.


RACE 11- 5 ½ Furlongs  Mdn. Clm. $16,000

#5 Tiz Samurai- Turns back for smart (Dale Bennett 42% winners) barn.

#6 Italian Lemonade- Ran ok here twice earlier his season, ships back from Gulfstream.  Picks up 19% rider Edwin Gonzalez.

#8- Heaven’s Buzz- a first-time starter from Dale Bennett, has had 9 local workouts since November. Ron Allen Jr. has the mount and he is presently riding a hot streak in Oldsmar.

BOB’S BEST BET- Race 10,  #4  Earring