Best bets from Tampa Bay Downs on Friday



Nick Shiambouros struck again yesterday when Writer’s Regret won at Aqueduct. Nick heads to Tampa Bay Downs with two selections…

Prince Valeski to reign supreme

Race 5 19:44 Tampa Bay Downs – Prince Valeski

I am going to take a chance with Prince Valeski in this $16k maiden claimer on the turf.

This gelding finished sixth to Accessible in a $20k maiden claimer at Gulfstream Park earlier this month. He missed the break and failed to make an impression when the pace lifted. This was a fair effort for the level, and the application of blinkers should help him focus. Trainer Amador Sanchez does not have many runners here, but is a talented conditioner who places his horses where they can be competitive. He should be a decent price so BSP is recommended.

Never My Love to graduate

Race 8 21:22 Tampa Bay Downs – Never My Love

Never My Love should go close in this interesting $16k maiden claimer on the main track.

This filly finished a distant fourth to Ideal Breeze in a $35k maiden claimer at Gulfstream Park earlier this month. He had a chance at the entrance to the straight, but weakened quickly when the chips were down. In truth she was a little disappointing, but had shown promise on debut last November. Trainer Jane Cibelli drops her aggressively and put in a super piece of work over the course earlier this month. I think she is sitting on a big effort and recommend backing her at around 4.03/1.