Tampa Bay Derby Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Tampa Bay Derby Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Tampa Bay Derby is set for Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa Bay, Florida. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Tampa Bay Derby Preview and Prediction
- Race: Tampa Bay Derby
- Purse: $400,000
- Track: Tampa Bay Downs
- Date: March 7
- Post Time: 5:32 PM (ET)
- Live: Tampa Bay Derby Odds: Click Here
2020 Tampa Bay Derby Handicapping
One of two Kentucky Derby qualifying races on the East coast on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Derby awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers. It typically takes 35-40 points to make the Derby field, so the winner on Saturday will all but punch his ticket to the big dance.
The race has drawn a full field of 12. They’ll run 1 1/16 miles on the Tampa dirt, vying for a piece of the $400,000 purse.
Odds listed here are from Bovada’s racebook.
2020 Tampa Bay Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Sole Volante Race Odds: 5-2
Racing exclusively in Florida up to this point in his career, Sole Volante has been a very consistent runner, with three wins and a third-place finish to his name. He broke his maiden in his racing debut and then came from way back to capture the Pulpit Stakes. He made steady progress from mid-pack but couldn’t get to the top two in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes, but rebounded from that effort last out to defeat a very tough favorite in the Sam F Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay one month ago.
Patrick Bianconne trains, Florent Geroux picks up the mount.
2020 Tampa Bay Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Chance It Race Odds: 11-4
The winner of the Mucho Macho Man, Chance It was actually supposed to run last weekend in the Fountain Of Youth Stakes but was scratched out of that race when he drew the tough outside post at Gulfstream Park. The runner up in the Mucho Macho Man, As Seen On TV did run in the FOY and finished third. For Chance It, the bulk of his success has come in stakes races restricted to Florida breds, now he tries open stakes company for the first time.
Saffie Joseph Jr. is the trainer, Paco Lopez gets the riding assignment.
2020 Tampa Bay Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Spa City Race Odds: 13-2
One of several in this race coming off a maiden win, Spa City has made significant improvement speed-rating wise in each of his three lifetime starts, and recorded a solid 105 Equibase rating in scoring his first career win. That race was at 1 1/8 miles so he gets a cut back in distance here and should be right up on the pace from the get go.
Kieran McLaughlin trains, and Daniel Centeno will once again ride.
2020 Tampa Bay Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Unrighteous Odds: 16-1
Although he has yet to win in two lifetime starts, if you like Spa City then you have to consider Unrighteous at what should be very juicy odds as he was only a length back of that rival in their last meeting. It was then more than 14 lengths back to the rest of the field. He took a big step forward from his first lifetime race and an equal showing here gives him an upset chance.
Todd Pletcher is the trainer and Joe Bravo will be the jock.
Here’s my 2020 Tampa Bay Derby Free Pick.
This is a very interesting field, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big-price winner. But having said that I’m going to take Sole Volante for the Win, as I think his last race win over Independence Hall was a significant achievement, especially since it came at the same track and same distance. There won’t be much value in that, and so I’ll also box him in the exacta with Spa City and Unrighteous, and also look at including Chance It and adding Texas Swing in the superfecta.
Full Field: Tampa Bay Derby Odds
- Sole Volante 5-2
- Chance It 11-4
- Market Analysis 7-2
- Spa City 13-2
- Texas Swing 8-1
- Relentless Dancer 16-1
- Unrighteous 16-1
- King Guillermo 25-1
- Letmeno 35-1
- Mo Mosa 40-1
- Bye Bye Melvin 50-1
- Tons Of Gold 80-1
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