Horse Racing Tips: A full card of fancies for the dirt and turf of Tampa Bay

Miles better than a surf and turf.


Racing continues at the Florida venue with another eight-race mixed dirt and turf card.

Race 1 – 16:20: Chica Difisel

CHICA DIFISEL has been second in her last two races and could be the one to beat here with Lasix applied for the first time. She has been running against superior opposition to this and trainer Javier Negrete looks to have found a good opportunity for the 3-year-old daughter of First Dude here.


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Races 2 – 16:50: Royal Family

Seven furlongs on the dirt here. Perhaps a drop in trip and a switch from grass to dirt might do the trick for ROYAL FAMILY. The 4-year-old gelding is making his debut for Christopher Seale and can make his presence felt late to score.

Race 3 – 17:20: Facts Don’t Matter

A big field heads to post for the first turf race on the card. FACTS DON’T MATTER has won from 5 furlongs to a mile and could have enough to take this if things fall her way. If this daughter of Scat Daddy can dictate the pace she may just have enough early speed to burn off her rivals.

Race 4 – 17:50: Sanguine

SANGUINE caught the eye on her latest run at this track 42 days ago. She was fourth on that occasion but that was after a 434 day lay off. She’s entitled to come on from that and the booking of Antonio Gallardo, who is the leading jockey at this meeting, could be significant.

Race 5 – 18:21: Drillomatic 

Keep the faith with Drillomatic. The 4-year-old has been second in his last 3 races but has recently been claimed by Darien Rodriguez. Rodriguez is operating at a 67% strike rate with his new claims and Drillomatic is clearly the one they all have to beat.

Race 6 – 18:52: Empty Holster (each-way)

A mile ahead for these 3-year-olds, back on the turf for what looks like the most open race on the card. Of the runners with experience, Sunsation has the best form in the book. But a chance is taken with one of the newcomers, EMPTY HOLSTER. The selection is a half brother to the prolific The Chamber, who was an eight-time winner at this distance, Antonio Gallardo on board is another plus, and Empty Holster could run into a place on debut.


Race 7 – 19:23: Legacy Azteca

LEGACY AZTECA can land a hat trick in the penultimate race on the card. The selection has been in great form lately and now is back in the care of Gerald Bennett, the leading trainer at this meeting. Despite being stepped up in class another bold bid is expected.

Race 8 – 19:55: Onarock

ONAROCK can claim career victory number five in the finale. Thomas Proctor’s 4 year old was a good third in his latest race. That performance coupled with the expected pace of the race suggests that this step up in trip could be right up his street.

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