National Racing Rundown
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
by John Piassek
It looks as if it will be a rainy day of racing for most of the country: out of the seven tracks scheduled to run on Wednesday, four of them have rain in the forecast. Nevertheless, the show must go on.
TRACKS RACING WEDNESDAY
TAMPA BAY DOWNS: 9 races, 79 horses, first post time 12:25 PM EST
GULFSTREAM PARK: 11 races, 86 horses, first post time 12:35 PM EST
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE: 8 races, 69 horses, first post time 12:45 PM EST
SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK: 9 races, 72 horses, first post time 1:20 PM EST
TURF PARADISE: 8 races, 63 horses, first post time 2:55 PM EST
DELTA DOWNS: 10 races, 102 horses, first post time 6:40 PM EST
CHARLES TOWN: 8 races, 59 horses, first post time 7:00 PM EST
TAMPA BAY DOWNS (OLDSMAR, FL): 86*F, Sunny
GULFSTREAM PARK (HALLANDALE BEACH, FL): 80*F, Partly Cloudy
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE (YOUNGSTOWN, OH): 50*F, Rainy
SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK (HOUSTON, TX): 73*F, Thunderstorms
TURF PARADISE (PHOENIX, AZ): 58*F, Cloudy
DELTA DOWNS (VINTON, LA): 72*F, Thunderstorms
CHARLES TOWN (CHARLES TOWN, WV): 68*F, Showery
CARRYOVERS OF NOTE
GULFSTREAM PARK: $1,188,993 carryover in rainbow pick 6, starts in race 6, post time 3:05 PM EST
SPOTLIGHT RACES OF THE DAY
TAMPA BAY DOWNS RACE 6
POST TIME: 2:50 PM EST
The feature race at Tampa Bay is a n/w1x allowance for fillies and mares at 1 mile and 40 yards on the dirt, and it drew a field of seven. The expected favorite, at 7/5 on the morning line, is the 2, Glittering Jewel. She has flashy connections, with Godolphin listed as the owner and Michael Stidham, who has been having a fantastic meet, training. She’s tried this level twice at the meet, both times finishing second while going off at less than 7/5. While her speed figure advantage is substanial, the idea of trying to bet her at low odds for the third time in a row is not an appealing one.
Should she be upset, there’s a few horses in the field who could do it. The 3, Summer Sweet, broke her maiden on the dirt at Hawthorne three races ago, and has finished fourth and fifth in two starts at this level over the Tampa turf. Moving back to the main track could be more her speed. The 5, R Way to Escape, dominated a $5,000 claiming field two races ago at seven furlongs. She’ll stretch around two turns for the first time, and figures to be on or near the early lead.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS RACE 9
POST TIME: 4:20 PM EST
They will close the show at Tampa Bay with an open $16,000 claiming race going one mile on the turf. It features a field of ten, plus one also-eligible. The 8, My Cowboy, and the 10, Trismet, will likely get the bulk of the wagering action. My Cowboy won at this level two races ago, pressing the early lead and getting up late to win by a neck. He didn’t do anything in an off-the-turf event last time out, but getting back to the lawn will suit him well. He’s hit the board in seven out of thirteen over the Tampa Bay grass. Trismet, meanwhile, drops from the n/w1x allowance level, where he lost by a nose two races ago. He had an awkward beginning in his most recent affair, costing him a chance to use his primary asset: his early speed. Three races ago, he won at this level going gate-to-wire, and it’s almost certain he’ll try to do the same thing here.
GULFSTREAM PARK RACE 9
POST TIME: 4:37 PM EST
A field of eight n/w2x allowance fillies and mares is set to go five furlongs on the turf in this one. The 3, Kasuga, is the classiest member of the group, and the morning line favorite, at 2/1. Last summer, she lost the grade 3 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine by a head. She had a rough break in the Claiming Crown Turf Sprint last out, and never stood a chance as such. Her game is dependent on showing early speed, so if she breaks cleanly, she will be dangerous.
The 4, Day by Day, will make her debut on turf, after running twelve times on dirt. She achieved a great deal of success in those races, only missing the board once. She exits a fourth-place finish at this level on dirt, where she showed speed and faded. The 6, Superduper Sky, runs for the first time since June 11, when she was sixth in the Alywow Stakes at Woodbine. The Mark Casse trainee has one win from four starts on turf. The 8, Attiya, finished last in her most recent race after an awkward break, but had never finished worse than second in three races prior to that. Jorge Navarro trains, while Paco Lopez will pick up the mount.