Friday's Monster Payoff Race at Tampa Eclipsed by Gulfstream on Saturday
Monday, April 13, 2020

    It didn't take long for Friday's sixth-race payoff explosion at Tampa Bay Downs to be upstaged, and eclipsed, by the first race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

    Friday's sixth at Tampa was precipitated by 38-1 winner Automatic, who paid $79. He was followed across the finish line by 71-1 Brown Essence, 13-1 Neat Street and 12-1 Ready to Mingle. The $2 exacta paid $2,669.80, the 50-cent trifecta $4,202.95, and the 10-cent superfecta $7,919.14. 

    The next day came No. 1 at Gulfstream, a $12,500 claimer at five furlongs on the grass. Luis Reyes, on No. 8, 73-1 Freddy Soto, a gelding by Adios Charlie, sat second behind 22-1 Congrats That with Miguel Vasquez, and beat him home by one-half length in :56.59. Felon, a 10-1 prospect with Leonel Reyes finished third, and Shanghai Levi checked in fourth at 11-1. The 2-1 favorite, Bold, with Emisael Jaramillo, had traffic problems and wound up 11th and last. 

     The $2 exacta paid $2,593.40, slightly below Friday's $2,669.80. But the 50-cent trifecta came back $9,442.40, more than double the Friday price, while the 10-cent superfecta - $52,510.06 - was taken home by one lucky bettor, and was more than six times the Friday payoff of $7,919.14.   

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