Tampa resumes racing on Friday, April 17. Although a massive race doesn’t appear on Friday’s card, Race 8 is a nice $32,000 allowance optional claimer. Check out analysis and picks for Race 8 on Friday’s card along with 2 other competitive events. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Tampa Bay Downs for Friday, April 17. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Tampa Bay Downs Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 17 at 12:24 pm ET
- Where: Tampa, FL
- Weather: Chance of rain showers
- Temperature: High 86 – Low 69
Tampa Bay Downs Picks for Friday, April 17
Race 2 – 12:52 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $40,000 Maiden Claiming
Trip handicappers should be all over Timeless Di. The Thomas Proctor trained 3-year-old filly had nothing but trouble in her debut. She swerved at the break, had to go 4-wide, and then had to angle in to get a run. No wonder she finished fourth. If she doesn’t run into trouble on Friday, she’s got a shot to take win honors.
Flaming Indy led for most of her last race. She failed to kick at the 3/16 pole. Don’t be surprised if Ronald Allen Jr. switches tactics. Trainer Michelle Boyce has the chalk in here, front runner Freedom Lass. Boyce will probably tell Allen to place Flaming Indy about a length off in hopes of scoring a training exacta.
Boyce’s other runner, Freedom Lass, gets a nice outside post, has decent works coming up to this, and ran great at a stakes in Hawthorne in her last. But the Illinois bred hasn’t raced since November. So, we’ll relegate to third.
- Win: Timeless Di
- Place: Flaming Indy
- Show: Freedom Lass
Race 3 – 1:21 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt –$25,000 Waiver Claiming
Johnny Collins has saddled just 6 horses at the Tampa Bay meet. Check out the win percentage, though. The trainer of 12/1 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds Lovielee has 2 wins and a second from those 6 runners. Lovielee broke her maiden by a half-length in her first race. She ran a 21.4 opening quarter. Speed like that says she’s a contender here.
Momento hasn’t raced since February. When she did, it was on the grass at the Fair Grounds. But she broke her maiden 4 ¼ lengths on the dirt at FG. She’s the play if she’s right. We must question why a young filly who raced so well on dirt shows up in a $25K waiver claimer, though.
Frances Gogas saddles second-choice on the morning line Karatbars. The Gone Astray 3-year-old sired filly took the lead and ran off to break her maiden by 3 ½ in her last. If she repeats that performance, everyone else will be running for second. But there’s a question if she can repeat that performance. Gogas has one winner, Karatbars, from 19 runners. Beware the underlay speed.
- Win: Lovielee
- Place: Momento
- Show: Karatbars
Race 8 – 3:58 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt –$32,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Cake Pop has raced primarily at Thistle Downs and Mahoning Valley. The 6-year-old horse raced at much higher levels than this at those tracks. The last time trainer Gary Johnson raced the $388K plus earner at this type of level, Cake Pop won by 3 lengths. The 10/1 odds are nice, and Pop should get a nice trip stalking likely favorite Zorb.
The David Fisher trainee has a sweet 2 wins and 1 second from 3 races at Tampa Bay. Zorb won its last race, an optional claiming $16,000 event, by 4 ¼ lengths. The 4-year-old gelding deserves a ton of respect. But we’ve got to figure the odds dive from the 3/1 morning line.
Town Classic is the morning line chalk. That makes sense because the Speightstown 7-year-old gelding goes third time off the claim for trainer Gerald Bennett. Classic might prefer longer, though, and both Zorb and Cake Pop have a ton of early speed. We’ll see. Third looks more probable than first.
- Win: Cake Pop
- Place: Zorb
- Show: Town Classic