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2015 Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Derby

Ring WeekendThis weekend we’ll see 3 Kentucky Derby Points Races in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, the San Felipe at Santa Anita and the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs. All of these races are a part of the Kentucky Derby Points System and will award the top 4 finishers in each race points toward their entrance in this year’s Kentucky Derby. If you are unfamiliar with the points system or just want all of the information concerning these races, see our post here- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. Be sure and bookmark that page for future reference as we are constantly updating it as these races take place and get us that much closer to this year’s Derby! In last year’s Tampa Bay Derby, we witnessed longshot Ring Weekend nab a wire to wire win by 3 lengths and pay $30 for the win. Let’s see if we can spot that kind of value again this year!

Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay

Carpe DiemThe $350,000 Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby is the 11th race on the card at Tampa Bay on Saturday and will feature a field of 9 three year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The morning line favorite is Carpe Diem at 8/5. This will be Carpe Diem’s three year old debut. His last race was running 2nd in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile back in early November of last year. Prior to that race he had a runaway victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. Carpe Diem has shown some versatility in the few races he’s been in, making him a serious threat in this race. Next on the ML is Ocean Knight at 2 to 1. Ami's FlatterOcean Knight has shown that he likes to sit right off of the pace. He recently won the Grade 3 Sam F Davis at Tampa Bay and he is undefeated in 2 starts. For value, I have to consider Divining Rod at 6 to 1 on the morning line. Divining Rod missed the win in the Sam F Davis by a neck to Ocean Knight. He put up his best speed figure to date in that race and has a good chance to win this race. But my longshot play is going to be Ami’s Flatter at 15 to 1 on the ML. Ami’s Flatter just didn’t get enough going in the Sam F Davis, running 4th but I believe he will redeem himself in this one. His connections are going with first time Lasix and the blinkers on and I expect a big showing from him here. Good luck everybody!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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