Tampa Bay Derby Picks And Betting Odds 2022


*) , , , . A full field of 12 3-year-olds will be competing on the Kentucky Derby Trail when they face off in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.

Classic Causeway, a very impressive Saratoga debut winner, was promoted to graded stakes racing. He has proved himself worthy. In late November, Classic Causeway finished third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity. He was then runner up in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club. Brian Lynch-trained, son of Giant’s Causeway won his second stakes victory. He sprinted away almost four lengths from his opponent in the Grade3 Sam F. Davis.

Chief among his rivals in the $400,000 feature will be the Todd Pletcher-trained Major General. The son of Constitution was also a first winner at Saratoga and won the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes, Churchill Downs. This win came despite an unfavorable trip. Away since that September score, he will be making his first start in six months in the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby. Two other people who deserve respect this Saturday are the Sam F. Davis’ rallying runner-up Shipsational and Chad Brown’s impressive debut winner, Money Supply.

The signature race at Tampa Bay Downs, the Tampa Bay Derby will offer Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a scale of 50-20-10-5 to the top four finishers.

Tampa Bay Derby Analysis

Classic Causeway It’s easy to see this son from Giant’s Causeway among the winners of the Kentucky Derby within a couple of months. He will have to be the clear favourite in the Tampa Bay Derby.

He was impressive at Saratoga in his debut career. I felt he had drawn tough posts and difficult fields in both of his stakes attempts. He still managed to run big and finish third in Kentucky’s strong graded stakes.

His season debut at the Sam F. Davis lived up to all his promises. He looked confident as he pushed through solid fractions and left the field at the Tampa Bay Downs stretch.

With his speed control and Irad Ortiz Jr in the irons again, it should prove very difficult to beat him again. He’s the best pick.

MajorGeneral Despite only winning one of his career starts, the Constitution colt still impresses. After being under pressure throughout testing fractions, his Saratoga debut victory was a nice surprise.

He then returned to Churchill Downs in a graded stakes racing. After having a difficult start, he was again pressured throughout the race.

He still managed to win another race, proving himself to be a fine juvenile.

He did well in his season debut. However, he found it difficult to start his sixth month of training. But Todd Pletcher, his trainer, is still a great choice. This horse looks set to be a top contender for the title.


A two-time stakes winner against New York-breds, this son of Midshipman proved himself over the oval when he rallied nicely to be clearly second best behind Classic Causeway in the Sam F. Davis.

He can now race on both fast and off-track tracks while sprinting or going two turns. He likes the track and is able to compete against graded stakes horses.

I don’t think there is any reason he shouldn’t flip the tables on the favourite, but the Edward Barker trained runner should be included in your tickets. The runner is a reliable runner and should once again not be overlooked.

Money Supplies This son of Practical joke looked very happy as he came back from far back to zip by the field in just his first race.

He is now moving up to the most important race on track, the 6 furong maiden at Tampa Bay Downs.

Trained by Chad Brown who is an industry leader, it is clear that this horse is on his way to becoming a Graded Stakes Winner. Still, this seems like a lot to ask, especially coming from the 11-post in a 12-horse field. Although he could be of any type, considering he is likely to be bet here in the Tampa Bay Derby, I’m not ready to support him.


Trained by Hall of Fame nominee Graham Motion, this son of Hard Spun will be tested for class in the Tampa Bay Derby.

A winner in his two first races, he has never been further than 7 furlongs.

It seems a big ask to take on such a large field. He was a heavy bet in his first two races, at Fair Grounds as well at Tampa Bay Downs. I know that he is a popular horse, but it is hard to see how I can support him outside against experienced opposition.

Giant Game This Dale Romans-trainee finished third last year in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile. It was his third career start. He looked like a horse that has a bright future. It was this that made his 8th place finish in Holy Bull so disappointing.

Although it is hard to believe that there was a good reason, this may not have been the case. He was reported to have been traveling well while in the position at the far turn. However, his palate apparently turned during the race and he began having difficulty getting enough air.

The issue made him fade quickly and for good reasons. He is still a great colt and, with his issue fixed, I believe he might be able run in a major race. I consider him my best longshot.

Happy Boy Rocket Bill Mott, Hall of Fame trainer has Runhappy’s son making the leap from maiden to graded stakes racing.

After a non-threatening third while sprinting in his debut late last year, he stretched out nicely to score in a 1 1/16-mile race six weeks ago.

Both starts were at Gulfstream Park and his connections had enough faith to go ahead with this race. Although he could be an exciting horse, I believe this race has been a bit too difficult for him given his inexperience.

Strike hard This son of Flashback is a veteran of a lot of great horses, including Simplification, White Abarrio and Major General. However, he has never been a serious threat to them. After being fourth in the Sam F Davis, and having been a bit too far back at Gulfstream Park three times back, he should be respected. However, until he races a good race against this type of horse, I will look elsewhere.

Golden Glider This son of Ghostzapper lost his unbeaten record last year when he finished 5th in The Sam F. Davis.

Beaten longer than seven lengths at Classic Causeway makes it difficult to think of a reason why he could turn the tables.

The Mark Casse-trained runner may benefit from the experience, but there are too many other runners here that I would give my strong consideration.


Drawn to the rail, this colt will have his work cut out for him on Saturday. His only win in three career races was on Turfway Park’s synthetic surface. His two dirt races were respectable. He finished second in a Churchill Downs maiden and fourth in the Grade 3 Withers.

Without a lot speed, however, he will need to have some luck from the inside to get a smooth trip. With all of the horses out front, and his previous performances, I don’t see enough to recommend him here.

Spin wheel Up in the last jump to break the maiden. This son of Hard Spun was making his season debut in front of a strong field at Gulfstream Park’s Grade 3 Holy Bull. He was wide early, then moved to the outside and finished sixth.

He will have to do better Saturday but it is possible. He could rally to the exotics if he has a strong start. It is worth looking at him again.


Ignored at 27/1 last time in the Sam F. Davis, he figures to be much longer this time around after packing it up early and finishing last in a field of twelve.

He did win the two previous starts for Vicki Oliver but it was against cheaper.

He did win his two previous starts for Vicki Oliver, but it was not enough to challenge him for this big race.

How to watch the Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Derby Race Information What Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2) Location Tampa Bay Downs Time Saturday, March 12 — 5: 23 pm Eastern time How to Watch TVG Purse $400,000

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