Destin and John Velazquez. SV Photography

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Tampa Bay Derby

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV. Tampa Bay Downs: The GII, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) #1 Morning Fire (15-1): One of three exiting last month’s local prep, the GIII Sam Davis, will need to improve on that third-place finish to have a say here, as…

Dortmund and Martin Garcia. Benoit photo

Derby Preps Coast to Coast: Favorites emerging?

Saturday saw Kentucky Derby Championship Series prep races coast to coast, with 85 points each available in races in New York, Florida, and California, and a Kentucky Oaks prep in Arkansas thrown in for good measure. Under the Kentucky Derby points system instituted in 2012, the 20 horses who earn the most points in a…

Travelling to Tampa

At racetracks as in life, first impressions count for a lot. Our first experience at a track will, fairly or not, determine whether we return; just like visiting an open house or going on a first date, our gut tells us whether we want a little more, or whether we’d like to just move on, thank you very…

A Trip to Tampa Bay Downs

I annually travel to southwest Florida to visit my aunt; while I log plenty of beach/pool hours, I also generally vary the daily lazy activity by taking in some sort of sporting event, often the Nasdaq tennis tournament on Key Biscayne (which I highly recommend) or a hockey game in Sunrise, home of the Panthers…