Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis for Tampa Bay Downs – February 8th
by: Ed Meyer
Tampa Bay Downs
Race #8 – The G-3 Lambholm South Endeavor – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:59 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Andina Del Sur / #7 – Got Stormy / #8 – Phantom Opening
#4 Andina Del Sur is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway for Thom Albertrani. She was outkicked in the G3 Marshua’s River at Gulfstream. She’s a strong closer who is 1 for 1 at Tampa Bay Downs. Jose Ortiz wins 18% with his turf runners and must be respected when making your wagers. #7 Got Stormy comes in off a two month layoff for Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. She’s been facing the boys and exits a solid win in the G1 Matriarch. Casse and Tyler G win 18% as a team and she’ll be flying late in the lane. #8 Phantom Opening comes in for Blair Jordan who is winning 38% at the meet with Antonio Gallardo in the irons. This is her 2nd off the shelf and Gallardo wins 25% with his turf closers.
Race #10 – G-3 Tampa Bay Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:59 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Caribou Club / #7 – Hembree / #6 – Halladay
#4 Caribou Club comes in for Thom Proctor with Jose Ortiz in the irons. He’s been off for three months and Proctor wins 18% with his shippers. He moves up in class and should improve with high percentage rider Ortiz. He is a perfect 2 for 2 at the distance. #7 Hembree is a son of Proud Citizen for trainer Mike Maker and Pablo Morales. He’s coming off a five month layoff as a beaten favorite. Morales wins 26% with his late runners. #6 Halladay is a son of War Front for Todd Pletcher who is winning 67% at the meet. John Velasquez in the irons and exits a solid win at GP. Look for Johnny V to have him in a perfect stalking position.
Race #11 – The G-3 Sam F. Davis – 1 1/16 – 5:29 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Independence Hall / #6 – Premier Star / #2 – Solo Valante
#4 Indepence Hall is a son of Constitution for Mike Trombetta and Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He’s a perfect 3 for 3 with a bullet work coming into the race. Look for Ortiz to have this colt stalking the leader ready to pounce. #6 Premier Star comes in for Jorge Navarro with John Velasquez in the driver’s seat. He stretches out from 7f and owns a perfect 2 for 2. Navarro wins 31% with shippers and makes a jump up the class ladder for a red hot barn. #2 Solo Valante is a long range closer for Patrick Biancone and Luca Panici gets the nod. His works are sparkling and his return to the turf may what the doctor ordered. Look for him late in the lane.