Free Weekend Selections – 3/10/18

Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? – Winning Ponies likes to get you thinking about the weekend and dialing down the E-Z Win Forms and start handicapping for Saturday.  – With each passing weekend, we will be one step closer to making our way to Louisville. I can just smell the roses from here and they’re only 58 days away. – Best of luck from Winning Ponies!


Tampa Bay Downs

Race #10 – G2 Florida Oaks – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:30 pm ET


#2 – Altea (7-2) = Jose Ortiz in the irons for Chad Brown. This is a daughter of Siyouni getting first time Lasix. She is 3/3 with her progeny and ships in from France where Brown wins (28%) with his new runners. She’s been off for 4 months and looks ready to fire a big effort.

#5 – Andina Del Sur (8-1) = Julien Leparoux in the saddle for Thom Albertrani. 3rd off exiting a smart win in the G3 Sweet Chant and gets added ground to handle. Rider change from Joel Rosario may help her causes.

#9 – Goodthingstaketime (6-1) = Joel Rosario chooses this gal as she ships in from Ireland. She gets 2nd Lasix and was an impressive winner last out.


Race #11 – G2 Tampa Bay Derby – 1 1/16 – 5:28 pm ET

#3 – Vino Rosso (4-1) = John Velasquez in the driver’s seat for Todd Pletcher winning 31% as a team. This son of Curlin is 2/2 ITM over the course making his 2nd start of 2018 looking to give a strong account stalking just off the pace.

#6 – Enticed (6-1) = Antonio Gallardo in the irons for Kiaran McLaughlin. He won the KY Jockey Club last November at Churchill and was a beaten chalk last out. He is making his 2nd start off the layoff and this son of Medaglia d’ Oro looks to be the real deal.

#5 – Flameaway (3-1) = Jose Lezcano for Mark Casse and this son of Scat Daddy won the G3 Sam Davis last out. Since coming from the turf his speed is getting tough to deal with. Look for a quick break from the starting gate.


Oaklawn Park

Race #8 – G3 Honeybee – 1 1/16 – 5:38 pm ET


#5 – Red Ruby (9-5) = Robby Albarado in the seat for Kellyn Gorder. A daughter of Tiznow has been working well in the mornings and exits a strong off-the-shelf win in the Martha Washington. She had a troubled trip and still managed a winning effort. She fits this field like a glove.

#3 – Cosmic Burst (6-1) = Richard Eramia for Donnie Von Hemel. She hopped at the start against “Ruby” last out and was heavily bet at the windows. We’ll give her a pass on that effort and look for some payback this Saturday. Look for a perfect stalking trip.

#6 – Amy’s Challenge (2-1) = Jareth Loveberry in the irons and she broke her maiden against the boys winning by 16 lengths going away. She is 1/1 at OP and looks to keep it rolling. Her speed may be tough to reel in and if you leave her alone she’ll put your lights out quickly.