Official Horse Betting Online Results:
WIN – PROSPECTIVE - $8.20, $4.20, $3.40
Place – Golden Ticket - $11.20, $7.80
Show – Cozzetti - $5.40
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Track: Tampa Bay Downs
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Surface: Dirt, Fast
Also Ran – Spring Hill Farm, Ravelo’s Boy, Battle Hardened, Twin, Chief Energy, Fox Rules, Cajun Charlie, Tell All You Know
Time – :22.69, :47.08, 1:11.61, 1:36.79, 1:43.35
Graded Earnings – Prospective - $210,000, Golden Ticket - $70,000, Cozzetti - $35,000, Spring Hill Farm - $17,500, Ravelo’s Boy - $10,500, Battle Hardened - $7,000
In recent years, Street Sense and Super Saver have used the Tampa Bay Derby-G2 as a steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle at Churchill Downs, and PROSPECTIVE is now hoping to follow in their horse betting footsteps.
This year’s edition of the Tampa Bay Derby drew a field of 12, but one fewer went to post after TAKE CHARGE INDY was scratched earlier in the horse betting day. Trainer Patrick Byrne wasn’t happy with an outside post, and decided to scratch in favor of the Florida Derby-G1 at Gulfstream Park on March 31. TAKE CHARGE INDY was the second betting choice in the morning line, so his absence had a big effect on the horse betting.
The morning-line horse betting favorite was SPRING HILL FARM, an undefeated colt shipping in for Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano. He was 5/2 odds in the morning line and would go postward as the 2/1 public choice. BATTLE HARDENED, winner of the local Sam F. Davis-G3 in February, and PROSPECTIVE, runner-up in the Sam F. Davis and the only other graded stakes winner in the horse betting field, were both 3/1 odds.
CAJUN CHARLIE, a winner of three-straight races at Delta Downs in Louisiana, drew the far outside post but was intent on getting the early lead, and he was hustled to the front by jockey Tracy Hebert. He was 4 ½ lengths in front after the opening quarter-mile, but he lead was already dwindling before the half. The horse in closest horse betting pursuit, 85/1 outsider FOX RULES was also beginning to throw in the horse betting towel.
The race horse betting favorite, SPRING HILL FARM, hit the side of the starting gate and was away awkwardly, but he recovered quickly and found himself sitting just behind the tiring leaders. Racing just behind was PROSPECTIVE, who was racing with horse betting blinkers for the first time in his career, and breaking from the inside post after two races from wide draws.
PROSPECTIVE showed an impressive burst of horse betting speed as the field entered the far turn, and after six furlongs he had swooped to the lead. SPRING HILL tried to follow along, but he couldn’t match strides with the eventual horse betting winner.
At the top of the lane it appeared PROSPECTIVE was going to draw away from the horse betting field, but he veered off the rail allowing recent maiden winner GOLDEN TICKET an inside path. Despite facing winners for the first time, GOLDEN TICKET was dead-game, and it appeared for a moment that he stuck his head in front in deep horse betting stretch. But on this day PROSPECTIVE would not be denied, and he battled back to win by less than one length.
COZZETTI, away slowly, had only one horse beat after a half-mile but rallied late to finish third, while no threat to the horse betting winner. COZZETTI, in town for trainer Dale Romans, was switching from turf to dirt for this race. This marked the third consecutive weekend that Romans had employed that horse betting handicapping angle with success in a Triple Crown Prep – News Pending finished second in the Fountain of Youth-G2; Finnegan’s Wake finished third in the Gotham Stakes-G3; and now COZZETTI.
PROSPECTIVE’s winning time of 1:43.35 was the second-fastest Tampa Bay Derby in history, ranking only behind the 1:43.11 mark of Street Sense in 2007. His final time was just 0.52 seconds off the track horse betting record.
PROSPECTIVE now has a solid 7-4-2-0 record, and he sits comfortably inside the Top Ten on the Graded Earnings List. The only time he failed to hit the exacta came in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1, where he finished dead-last. That race was run at Churchill Downs, and he’s headed back there with redemption on his horse betting mind.
Trainer Mark Casse indicated PROSPECTIVE would definitely make one more horse betting start before the Kentucky Derby. That could come in the Wood Memorial-G1 at Aqueduct on April 7 or the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes-G1 at Keeneland on April 14.
NEXT UP ON THE TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL:
March 17 – Rebel Stakes-G2 at Oaklawn Park
March 24 – Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes-G3 at Turfway Park
March 25 – Sunland Derby-G3 at Sunland Park
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