Nick Shiambouros heads to Tampa Bay Downs with two selections from the Florida course…
Starship Reina to take opener
Race 1 12:15 Tampa Bay Downs – Starship Reina
Starship Reina should appreciate the ease in grade in this $8k claimer on the main track.
This mare finished second to All Good Times in a $20k claimer over seven furlongs back in February. She took the lead inside the final furlong, but her stamina gave out and was caught close home. The return to six furlongs, and the aggressive drop by trainer Gerald Bennett should do the trick. She is an uncomplicated ride and will go close. Anything around 3.02/1 will do.
Bella Pierina to make all
Race 5 19:17 Tampa Bay Downs – Bella Pierina
Bella Pierina should make her presence felt in this allowance race on the turf.
This mare finished third to Antalya over this course last month. She attempted to make all, but did not get home over the 11 furlong trip and had to settle for a place. Trainer Joseph Minieri wisely drops her back to a mile, and should be more effective over this trip. She has plenty of pace, and jockey Daniel Centeno is more than capable of setting the right fractions. Hopefully she can clear the field and make all. Anything around her Morning Line price of 5.04/1 will do.