Tampa Bay Downs Picks – Wednesday, January 27, 2021

| January 26, 2021 3:51 pm PDT

Tampa Bay Downs’ Wednesday schedule is full of claiming races of the maiden, starter, and allowance variety. I review the three richest races, uncovering a couple of underdog prospects as well as a 30/1 longshot that deserves an across the board wager. Crazy? You bet.

Now, read on for my Tampa Bay Downs picks and tips for Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Pick for Race 1 at Tampa Bay Downs

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of five furlongs on turf for a purse of $22,750.

I’m going with the fourth-favored (9/2) entry in this race — Insightful, ridden by Jose C. Ferrer. This filly won two of her three starts — her first start ended in a fourth-place finish.

I don’t see any long-odds entries in this field that are worth risking our money.

  •  Win: Insightful 9/2

Picks for Race 5 at Tampa Bay Downs

This is a claiming race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile and 40 yards for a purse of $16,350.

I like the second-favored (3/1) entry here — Snap Hook, with Ricardo Feliciano aboard. This six-year-old gelding moneyed 14 of his 24 career starts, winning six of them. That gives him the best stats in this seven-horse field, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s being jockeyed by one of the best.

And at 30/1, I like I’m Machen Too, with Ademar Santos in the irons, for not only a value show ticket but an across the board wager, as well. This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 16 of his 22 starts, winning 11 of them. Granted, most of his successes have been at Mountaineer, with his few ventures to other tracks not quite so glorious, but he knows how to win and obviously enjoys doing so.

  •  Win: Snap Hook 3/1
  •  Show/Across the Board: I’m Machen Too 30/1

Picks for Race 9 at Tampa Bay Downs

This is a claiming race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $14,350.

If the also-eligible Idle Time (at 3/1 M/L), with Daniel Centeno aboard, starts this race, bet him to win. The five-year-old gelding moneyed four of his ten career starts 

and won two of them — which gives him the best record in this field.

If Idle Time isn’t in the starting gate, then buy a win ticket for the 7/2 morning line favorite Obiwan, ridden by Ricardo Feliciano. This four-year-old gelding moneyed 12 of his 20 career starts, winning two.

I don’t see any long-odds entries (even among the also-eligibles) that look capable of finishing in the money in this race.

  •  Win: Idle Time 3/1 (if starts)
  •  Win: Obiwan 7/2 (otherwise)

More Racing Picks for Wednesday

Tampa Bay Downs had some good underdogs for us to cheer, but take a look at the other two tracks I reviewed for Wednesday:

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