The Kentucky Derby ,may still be three months away, but fans can bet their early favorites — at odds that may be better than on the first Saturday in May — this Friday thru Sunday (Feb. 8-10) at any of the four Virginia Bets OTBs. Breakers Sports Grille (Henrico), Ponies & Pints (Richmond), Buckets Bar & Grill (Chesapeake) and The Windmill (Collinsville) will accept wagers all weekend.
Featured three-year-old race is at Tampa Bay Downs, which hosts the $250,000 Sam Davis Stakes (Gr. 3) as part of their “Derby “Preview” card Saturday. Post time for the stakes race is at 5:25 PM. Also on the card is the $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (Gr. 3) at 3:50 PM, $150,000 Suncoast Stakes at 4:22 PM and the $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (Gr. 3) at 4:52 PM. First post for Tampa’s twelve race program is at 12:12 PM.
Gulfstream Park has a mandatory payout of their Rainbow 6 wager on Saturday. Heading into Thursday’s card, the Rainbow 6 carryover pool is $1.34 million. Lots more will be added before it is doled out Saturday.
Saturday evening, Delta Downs hosts their Louisiana Premier Night card featuring ten stakes races for state-breds. Half the races feature fields of ten horses or more. First post is 6:25 PM.