On Friday, May 1, the feature at Tampa Bay Downs is a $20,000 allowance event over the turf. That’s the eighth race on the card. We analyze and make picks for that race as well as a couple of other intriguing races at Tampa on Friday. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Tampa Bay Downs for Friday, May 1. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Tampa Bay Downs Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, May 1 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Tampa, FL
- Weather: Sunny
- Temperature: High 83 – Low 64
Tampa Bay Downs Picks for Friday, May 1
Race 4 – 1:52 pm ET – 7 Furlongs Dirt – $25,000 Waiver Claiming
There’s a lot to like about Kathleen O’Connell trained Countess Jessica. The Animal Kingdom sired 3-year-old filly has yet to break her maiden. She ran in a much tougher race in her last, though. She’s got speed and finished second over this dirt at this distance in her first lifetime race. The jockey switch to Antonio Gallardo completes the package.
La Belle de Course finished third by a half a length in her last race. The filly has a win, a second, and a third in 5 races at Tampa Bay. She could get a nice trip right off Countess Jessica. But the odds will be short, which is why we shun for the top spot.
Samy Camacho sticks with Diamond News. The Gerald Bennett trained runner has finished out of the top 3 in one race out of ten. She’s another with a shot to win. But News could bounce because she ran well in her last and goes up in class. Consider for the win only if the odds drift higher than the morning line.
- Win: Countess Jessica
- Place: La Belle de Course
- Show: Diamond News
Race 7 – 3:27 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf –$16,000 Claiming
Trainer Anthony Granitz may have found Barrel of Destiny’s best level and distance. In the 5-year-old mare’s first for Granitz, she performed okay at the $32,000 claiming level. Granitz dropped her price in half and switched pilots to Gallardo. She won by a neck. This event sets up just like that race. Antonio will make sure she has a shot as they turn for home.
On March 21, Igottawhiteface went off the chalk in a carbon copy race to this event. The Michael Tomlinson runner failed to sustain a bid after shifting out and going 3-wide. With a better trip, she can make amends on Friday. The problem with putting her on top? She’s never run as fast as Barrel of Destiny has in that one’s last two.
Haniel will get some play. But this event appears much too short for the Rory Barron trainee. With a fast pace, third is a possibility.
- Win: Barrel of Destiny
- Place: Igottawhiteface
- Show: Haniel
Race 8 – 4:00 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf –$20,000 Allowance
Jordan Blair trained Designing should get a great trip right off Sweetly Maiden and Marnie Girl. The 5-year-old mare bombed in her last. Blair wins 24% at the meet, 40% blinkers off, and 23% first after the claim. The jockey switch to Daniel Centeno helps.
Agi’s Cat barely missed in a similar race on March 7. Cat gets the rail where jockey Harry Hernandez can decide to take the lead or track from the inside. The blinkers could do the trick for the 6/1 on the morning line Tale of the Cat filly.
Connectivity has 3 firsts, 2 seconds, and a third from 9 races. The Midshipman sired 4-year-old filly goes first time for trainer Robert Hess after racing for Steve Asmussen. Hess can get them ready first time, but the chalk is a closer. Also, Connectivity hasn’t raced at a mile since an event at Saratoga back in August 2019.
- Win: Designing
- Place: Agi’s Cat
- Show: Connectivity