Picks and Ponderings: 2018 Tampa Bay Derby Preview and Stakes Selections

I didn’t make it down to Tampa for the Sam F. Davis (G3) like I had the last two years, since the harness meet at Hawthorne was still going on.  But, that just means I’m off to Tampa a different weekend — specifically, this one, for the Tampa Bay Derby (G2)!

Over at Picks and Ponderings, I preview the day’s feature race, and share my selections and longshots for every stakes race on the card.  For the record, my most bullish play of the day is Rafting in the Challenger Stakes.  He has come back so well this winter, he’s proven himself a horse for the Tampa course, and he should be able to stay in close range of a pace that shouldn’t be especially fast.  Rafting should also be a bit of a price, as class-dropping War Story stands to take plenty of action.

I’m happy to chat about my selections, or anything else about the card, in the comments or on Twitter.  And, make sure to follow along on Twitter (@rogueclown) all weekend, since I’ll be posting pictures and Periscopes from the track starting on Friday!

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