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Free Horse Racing Picks and Betting Tips for Tampa Bay Downs – Monday, June 8, 2020

| June 8, 2020 12:17 am PDT
Tampa Bay Downs Picks for Monday, June 8, 2020 – Free Horse Racing Betting Tips

Thoroughbred racing at Tampa Bay Downs continues with eight claiming and maiden races for Monday, June 8, 2020.

The forecast for Tampa Bay for Monday calls for scattered thunderstorms, highs in the mid-80s, and 13 mph winds.

Remember that you can always find a complete list of Tampa Bay Downs’ scheduled races, including entries, jockeys, trainers, and wagering options, at these top horse racing betting sites.

Let’s take a look at my Tampa Bay Downs predictions, picks, and tips for today. Post time for the first race on Monday is 12:25 PM (EDT).


  • Post Time: 12:55 PM
  • Purse: $14,000
  • Type: CLAIMING
  • Distance: 6-1/2 furlongs
  • For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won Two Races.

Race 2 Runners and Odds Forecast

  • 1 Large, J C Mera, 7/2
  • 2 Good On Ya, R D Allen, Jr., 4/1
  • 3 Stuck Up, H Villa-Gomez, 10/1
  • 4 Papa Ralph J, M Almeida, 9/2
  • 5 First Degree, P Morales, 2/1
  • 6 Vegas Life, D Centeno, 3/1

Race 2 Prediction and Pick

This may be the nail-biter of the day, with top jockeys Pablo Morales and Daniel Centeno fighting it out for supremacy. Their mounts are equally matched, with First Degree boasting four money finishes in six career starts, while Vegas Life has three finishes in the money out of four starts. I like Vegas Life at 3/1, with Daniel Centeno aboard.

Race 2 Tip

The longest odds I’d consider worth the risk would be Papa Ralph J at 9/2. This four-year-old colt has finished in the money five of his nine career starts. Good for a show ticket.

  • Vegas Life


  • Post Time: 1:25 PM
  • Purse: $16,000
  • Type: CLAIMING
  • Distance: 1 mile and 40 yards (dirt)
  • For Four Year Olds And Upward. If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race over the turf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile and Forty Yards.

Race 3 Runners and Odds Forecast

  • 1 Afterburner, H Villa-Gomez, 15/1
  • 2 Bunster, H Hernandez, 8/1
  • 3 Enduring Honor, M Almeida, 20/1
  • 4 Rough Night, SCRATCHED
  • 5 Pure Luck, SCRATCHED
  • 6 Happy Wanderer, SCRATCHED
  • 7 Rudiger, R D Allen, Jr., 4/1
  • 8 Fast Fire, SCRATCHED
  • 9 New Jersey John, S Spieth, 12/1
  • 10 D’craziness, D Centeno, 3/1
  • 11 Real Estate Mogul, S Spieth, 15/1
  • 12 Talk to the Media, H Villa-Gomez, 6/1
  • 13 Promethean, W A Garcia, 20/1

Race 3 Prediction and Pick

I like the second-favored (3/1) horse in this race—D’craziness, with Daniel Centeno in the irons. This seven-year-old has 12 money finishes in 26 career starts, with eight of those wins.

Race 3 Tip

You might want to drop a couple of bucks for a show wager on Afterburner at 15/1. This five-year-old gelding has moneyed in half of his 32 starts (five of those were wins). With veteran jockey Huber Villa-Gomez in the irons, it could definitely happen again.

  • D’craziness


  • Post Time: 1:55 PM
  • Purse: $20,000
  • Distance: 6 furlongs
  • For Fillies Three Years Old Which Have Never Won A Race Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Or Starter Or Which Have Never Won Two Races Or Optional Claiming Price Of $75,000.

Race 4 Runners and Odds Forecast

  • 1 Bourbon Rebellion, T B Mejia, 3/1
  • 2 Chick’s Shadow, W A Garcia, 7/2
  • 3 Honey Mug, H Hernandez, 10/1
  • 4 Bahama Pearl, P Morales, 6/1
  • 5 Bucky’s Drama, D Centeno, 3/2
  • 6 Bridge Dancer, S Spieth, 8/1

Race 4 Prediction and Pick

I’m sticking with the 3/2 favorite, Bucky’s Drama, ridden by top jockey Daniel Centeno. Did I just pick horses ridden by Centeno in all three of my picks today? I believe I did. In any case, his mount has a solid record for a three-year-old: four money finishes in five starts, two of them wins.

Race 4 Tip

The riskiest I’d want to get in this race is 8/1, so you might want to consider a show ticket for Bridge Dancer, with veteran Scott Spieth aboard. This filly has seven money finishes in her ten career starts, two of those wins.

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