Welcome to Tampa Bay Downs
Our Feature Today Is
THE RUFFARAMA STAKES
Presented By: MEOW~MIX
We've had 2 Scratches today of
I Run For Fun + Alex-P
Due to Weather and Track Conditions
That leaves us with a Fine Field of 7
The Horses are Entering The track
as REAL QUIET leads the way
He is an outstanding STALLION who more often than not lights up the tote-board
His last race was a dismal effort as he seemed to be struggling with the track surface
We look for a much better effort today ~
In keeping with his Past Performances
This Stallion rarely runs a poor race
He leaves @ odds of: 8/1
In Gate #2
A Fractous + Feisty FILLY who can WIN a race only to finish last in her next start
She is Known for her SHENANIGANS
in the Post Parade + Gate!
Nobody ever knows WHICH Ruffian will run on any given day!
Her last effort was a Nail-Biter in which she had the lead only to lose it at the wire
She is the 2nd favorite today @ 3/1
In Post~Position #3
An Older STALLION who has shown signs of slowing down this year after a Spectacular season in 2009
He does show sparks of his former style now and then and has broken the Track Record this year!
He is always a Question~Mark having had a major gate injury a few months ago and has not fully recovered
Blinkers OFF Today
He goes off @ 12/1
In Gate #4
An Interesting FILLY
She is A Repeat WINNER today who can either go for the early lead and hold on, OR
hang way back and close with a mighty surge similar to the Great Zenyatta!
She is our Favorite today: 5/2
In PP #5
A Super Classy FILLY who usually shows up on the tote board and rarely has a poor performance
She Leaves At 9/2
Out of Gate #6
This STALLION has his share of problems in some races and his connections have been making changes with Blinkers and Shoes
He seems to do better at longer distances and we look for a better effort from him today after a lack-luster performance last time out
He goes off @ 7/1
In PP #7
A Super FILLY who is very Classy and who usually is in the money
She rarely runs a bad race and always shows grit and determination
She looked spectacular in her last race
and will go off at: 4/1
We Now Turn you over to our
Thank You Trevor ~
The Horses are standing quietly after
CRIMINAL-TYPE broke in the air in the gate, unseating his Jockey and had to be re-loaded
And...Awaaaaaay They Go!
In Command taking the Early Lead is:
INTO~THE~MYSTIC firing right out of the gate with REAL~QUIET + KD right
there behind her, just a half length back
ELITE~MERCEDES + DUSTY
make up the 2nd Tier
RUFFIAN + CRIMINAL~TYPE trail the field in the early going
Heading into the 1st Turn
RUFFIAN has made a Huge Move on the inside rail to come within a half-length of REAL~QUIET who is holding onto 2nd just a head behind INTO~THE~MYSTIC who is steady and strong in the Lead!
ELITE~MERCEDES has found another Gear and is now just a half length behind the front runners
DUSTY is trying to stay with them as
KD is dropping back
CRIMINAL~TYPE still Trails
But its a LONG Race folks and ANYTHING can happen!
Approaching the 2nd Turn at the HalfWay Point
It's ALL REAL-QUIET now and his to win IF he can hold off the Flying RUFFIAN Who is closing the gap with every stride
INTO-THE-MYSTIC is not thru yet!
DUSTY is all out and gaining quickly
ELITE-MERCEDES still game
KD is backing up badly
CRIMINAL TYPE has nothing left
AND ~ ~ ~ ~
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME!
REAL~QUIET has found yet another Gear and they will need WINGS to catch him now
RUFFIAN has plenty left and
is staying right with him
INTO THE MYSTIC is another length back
With DUSTY right at her throat!
And AT The Wire:
REAL~QUIET in a Dazzling Performance!
He Wins going away
RUFFIAN Still staying Strong holds onto 2nd for the 2nd race in a row, missing out at the wire
INTO~THE~MYSTIC JUST nips DUSTY for the Show Spot
by a flaring nostril!
ELITE~MERCEDES holds on for 5th
KD who only found his Energy and Surge in the 2nd half of this long race, faded badly at the end
CRIMINAL~TYPE eased up after the wire
CHECK ALL TICKETS FOR ACCURACY!
REAL~QUIET > $107.70
RUFFIAN > $62.40
INTO~THE~MYSTIC > $56.50
DUSTY > $55.60
ELITE~MERCEDES > $46.80
KD > $40.40
CRIMINAL~TYPE > $31.40
The Weather and Track Conditions took their toll today on many of the horses
CONGRATS TO REAL~QUIET who showed Stamina, Endurance and Determination for the Entire Race!
We now bid you a Good Evening From
TAMPA BAY DOWNS and a Safe Drive Home