01/13/2011 1:23PM

Tampa Bay: Scratches - with a Snuggie


Not that anyone up north wants to hear a thing about weather woes down this way, but I must dutifully report that in my nearly 26 years as a racing writer I have never worn a Snuggie in the press box - until today at Tampa Bay Downs. It was in the low 30s this a.m. on the backside, and as the first of 10 Thursday races approaches, it's not much warmer right now - and in a press box without heat, the publicity dept. gave up their much-coveted Cincinnati Reds Snuggie for my own personal use (and the only other guy in this working space is threatening to take photos . . . ugh). Must say it doesn't do much for the frozen fingers, though . . .

Anyway, there's a carryover of nearly $30k in the $2 pick six (races 5-10) here today. Also, as usual, the late pick 4 pool (races 7-10, with a 50-cent minimum) is guaranteed for $35k by TVG. The sun is out (not that it's doing much good) at this quiet track, and the main track is fast and the turf is firm. First post 12:25 ET. Here are the scratches:

Race 1 - SCR #8 Auspiciousargument

Race 2 - SCR #6 Barganha

Race 3 - SCR #4 Getcha Twice; SCR #6 Zippin Along

Race 4 - SCR #8 Salty's Expections

Race 5 - SCR all the also eligibles (#11 thru 14)

Race 6 - SCR #1(p.o.e.) Get Mad; SCR #5 Nashville; SCR #6 Full Impact

Race 8 - SCR #12 Precious Beans

Race 9 - SCR all the also eligibles (#11 thru 14)

Race 10 - SCR #2 Knight Wonder; SCR #12(a.e.) Bullet Boy; note that #11(a.e.) Double Duel draws in