Tampa Bay Downs: Betting the $12,021 Super High 5 carryover

February 11th, 2024

The Sunday card at Tampa Bay Downs kicks off with a $12,021 Super High 5 carryover on the table in Race 1, a $5,000 claimer for horses who haven’t won a race since Aug. 11.

Seven horses have entered the six-furlong dirt dash, which works out to 2,520 possible Super High 5 outcomes. Let’s take a horse-by-horse look at the field and assemble tickets on a ~$50 budget:

#1 Imtakinittothebank (3-1): Hasn’t finished out of the top five in his last five starts, all sprinting six to seven furlongs against $5,000 claiming competition at Tampa. With Brisnet Speed ratings of 65, 76, 70, 78, and 74 under his belt, another strong finish appears likely.

#2 No Angel (4-1): Exits a quartet of $12,500 and $20,000 claimers over the Gulfstream Park Tapeta track. No Angel finished third, third, sixth, and fourth with Brisnet Speed ratings of 84, 78, 70, and 78. He’s bred to handle dirt and should appreciate tackling $5,000 company for hot trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., a 27% winner with horses dropping multiple levels down the class ladder. A strong contender.

#3 Notacatbutacard (6-1): Nine-year-old gelding has finished fourth in two starts since being claimed by trainer Michael Simone, both times while competing against $6,250 claiming competition at Tampa. He consistently throws down Brisnet Speed ratings in the 71-75 range and has a shot to finish in the top five.

#4 Preferred Outcome (8-1): Veteran 10-year-old won a couple of $5,000 claimers at Finger Lakes last summer and routinely runs Brisnet Speed ratings in the 71-75 range, but hasn’t started since August and is a question mark while returning from a six-month break.

#5 Lohengrin Two (15-1): Nine-year-old gelding has early speed, but has finished 10th and seventh in his last two starts over Sunday’s track, distance, and class level. He’ll need improvement to finish in the top five.

#6 Mister Banjoman (5-2): Three starts sprinting on turf last season saw Mister Banjoman finish third, fourth, and sixth in $16,000 and $25,000 allowance optional claimers at Canterbury Park, earning Brisnet Speed ratings of 79, 79, and 76. He also boasts a 7-4-1-0 lifetime record on fast dirt and breezed a bullet five furlongs at Tampa last month. If Mister Banjoman brings his A-game to his first start since September, he’ll be tough to beat while dropping in class.

#7 Golden Juan (7-2): Winner of a $20,000 starter optional claimer last summer, Golden Juan most recently finished third in a $5,000 claimer sprinting six furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs, earning a 75 Brisnet Speed rating. That race was open to horses who hadn’t won two races in the previous six months, so Golden Juan is facing slightly easier company on Sunday, setting the stage for a competitive showing.

  • $1 Super High 5: 6 with 1,2 with 1,2,7 with 1,2,3,7 with 1,2,3,4,7 ($16)
  • $1 Super High 5: 1,2 with 6 with 1,2,7 with 1,2,3,7 with 1,2,3,4,7 ($16)
  • $1 Super High 5: 1,2 with 1,2,7 with 6 with 1,2,3,7 with 1,2,3,4,7 ($16)
    Total: $48

Good luck!