January 25, 2022

Tampa Bay Downs|Wednesday April 22 Selections

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Horse racing is similar to other professional sports in that the horses and their owners, trainers and jockeys compete for money and glory, but horse racing offers one HUGE distinction – it is not just a spectator sport. YOU become part of the action by placing your wagers on the outcomes of today’s races. When you bet on the races, you’re not playing “against the house” because unlike Vegas-style gaming, the racetrack has no stake in who wins or loses.

How to Place a Wager on a Horse Race

Betting on horse racing isn’t a complicated procedure. Most often, you place your bet, take your ticket, and tear it up when your bet doesn’t pay off. However, if you’re lucky — or skilled — you get to take your ticket back to the window and collect your winnings. The following list spells out the betting procedure step by step:

  1. State the name of the racetrack.
  2. State what number race you’re betting.
  3. State the dollar unit of your bet.
  4. State the type of wager.You can bet on a single horse to win, place, or show or on a combination of horses.
  5. State the number of the horse or horses you’re using.
  6. Check your ticket before you leave the window.

Betting Tools You Need at the Horse Races

Along with your sunscreen (or umbrella!), a few items come in very handy when you’re at the racetrack betting on horses. You may want binoculars to see your favorite pass the finish line, but the tools in the following list are even more useful when it comes to actually placing your bets:

  • Racetrack program: Like a program at a baseball game, it has information on all the players. In this case, the players are the horses, jockeys, trainers, and owners. Cost is $3.
  • The Daily Racing Form (DRF): It provides the past performances of all the horses running on the day’s program and includes informative horse racing articles and handicapping by DRF staff. Cost is $4.
  • Public handicapper selections: If your racetrack or OTB (off-track betting) is covered by the local newspaper, they may pay a handicapper to make daily horse selections. Cost is 50 cents.
  • Handicapping tip sheets: These are daily selections published by handicappers at the racetrack. Cost is $2.


Race 1: 2 THE KAHN (Tossed the 4 off win last start) Winner $3.90
Race 2: 9 Noble Intentions (Scratched)
Race 3: 4 Super Twenty Five  (NFG)
Race 4: 11 Lavalier (Scratched)
Race 5: 4 HIGHLAND PARK HERO (4th)
Race 6: 9 Patient Digna  Winner $37.90
Race 7: 5 Creed (2nd) $4.30 $2.90

Race 8: 9 Kid Russell (Scratched)
NFG= No F’en Good

Good luck today

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