Is Horse Racing Dead? Tampa Bay Downs Reports Huge Day

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When you put more money up for grabs than ever before in track history, it’s logical to expect top-quality racing.

Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Tapwrit and the other four stakes winners more than delivered.

The Festival Day card on March 11, 2017 produced a track record and three stakes records (four if you count the Columbia Stakes, which was being run at a distance of a mile on the turf for the first time).

A crowd of 10,079 more than did its part to make the day memorable, contributing to total wagering handle of $12,123,021.60, the second-largest figure in Tampa Bay Downs annals.

“We’re extremely pleased and proud to see our biggest day receive such tremendous support from the Tampa Bay community,” said track Vice President-General Manager Peter Berube. “We wish all the participants the best of fortune going forward, and naturally we’re hopeful Tapwrit will move on to compete in the Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum! Brands).”

The striking gray colt Tapwrit was the unquestioned standout of the afternoon, launching a powerful move approaching the far turn and going on to a four-and-a-half length victory from State of Honor in the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. His time of 1:42.36 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth is a new stakes record, and would have been a track record had not his stablemate, 5-year-old Stanford, won the $100,000 Challenger at the same distance three races earlier.

Both horses are trained by Todd Pletcher, who won his third consecutive Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, fourth in five years and fifth overall.

Also setting a course record was the 3-year-old filly Fifty Five, who won the Grade III, $200,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on the turf in 1:41.60 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth.

Disqualifier for Kentucky Derby? One Streak Has Stood the Test of Time

Disqualifier for Kentucky Derby ? One Streak Has Stood Test of Time America’s Best Racing Previously, that streak dating back to 1882 Kentucky Derby hero Apollo was just one part of a veritable rulebook for glory on the first Saturday in May.

churchill downs ky derby day“It’s not really about experience, it’s about being far enough along to be good enough to win at a mile and a quarter on the first Saturday in May. That development usually takes some time; it’s just really hard to compress it all within four or five months and then not have any setbacks along the way. And then you have to be good enough on that day. Curlin was good enough — he had been before and he was afterward — just not that day,” explained Jerry Brown.

Source: Disqualifier for Kentucky Derby? One Streak Has Stood Test of Time (read the full article)

Kentucky Derby 143 Future Book Odds Updated

Future Book odds direct from the best racebook in Nevada, Wynn Las Vegas, and racebook manager Johnny Avello.

Derby odds as of February 9, 2017

OPEN CURRENT
ACTION EVERYDAY 85/1 85/1
ADULATION 175/1 200/1
ADORNED 175/1 125/1
ALAN’S LEGACY 500/1 500/1
ALWAYS DREAMING 200/1 100/1
AMERICAN ANTHEM 225/1 25/1
ANN ARBOR EDDIE 175/1 125/1
ANTIOCH 75/1 225/1
ANYPORTINASTORM 175/1 300/1
AQUAMARINE 300/1 200/1
ARISTOCRATIC 200/1 150/1
ARKLOW 250/1 125/1
ATTRIBUTE 225/1 225/1
BACK OFF 200/1 200/1
BALANDEEN 300/1 225/1
BASELINE 400/1 400/1
BASHA 200/1 250/1
BATTALION RUNNER 200/1 30/1
BATTLE OF MIDWAY 75/1 75/1
BEACH BUM 100/1 75/1
BEASLEY 250/1 100/1
BIG GRAY ROCKET 35/1 50/1

Get the full Future Book list here

Kentucky Derby Future Book Odds from Wynn Las Vegas – Jan. 5, 2017

 

Nyquist KY Derby 2016The future book odds have come in from our friends at Wynn Las Vegas.  Here is the current list of newly turned sophomore runners whose connections are aspiring for a Run at the Roses.

This year’s Derby is Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Horse OPEN CURRENT
ADULATION 175/1 200/1
ADORNED 175/1 125/1
AIR ON FIRE 225/1 300/1
ALAN’S LEGACY** 500/1 500/1
ALTITO 150/1 200/1
ALUM 125/1 125/1
ALWAYS DREAMING 200/1 200/1
AMERICAN ANTHEM 225/1 50/1
ANN ARBOR EDDIE 175/1 175/1
ANTIOCH 75/1 225/1
ARISTOCRATIC 200/1 150/1
ARKLOW 250/1 275/1
ATTRIBUTE 225/1 225/1
BALANDEEN 300/1 225/1
BASELINE 400/1 400/1
BASHA 200/1 200/1
BATTALION RUNNER 200/1 85/1

Get the full list here of the 2017 KY Derby contenders

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