Friday 8th April Betfred Blog

There are 11 meetings planned across the USA on Friday, and punters can look forward to a total of 96 races, with cards scheduled at the likes of Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Keeneland and Santa Anita.

Friday’s opening card comes from Tampa Bay Downs, with nine races scheduled between 17:15 and 21:20.

Laurel Park’s card soon follows, with a further nine races planned at the track near Maryland. Betfred’s “Extra Place” promotion is available in contests at 18:15 and 21:06, and Biscotto D’Oro (11/10) is expected to challenge in the former, despite being a beaten favourite in two of his last three starts.

The first of ten races at Keeneland starts at 18:00, and Betfred’s “Extra Place” promotion will be available in three contests at 19:04, 20:40 and 21:12.

Five minutes later, Gulfstream’s card gets underway, with punters able to watch the racing from 18:05 until 22:23. Three more races will be covered by Betfred’s “Extra Place” promotion, including an allowance optional claiming race at 21:16.

US Horse Racing Odds

Morning Cocktail (17/2) has been consistent throughout his career, and the four-year-old could run a big race over five furlongs.

At 18:20, the first of eight races commence at Aqueduct, and punters can watch all the action until the finale at 22:01.

Eight races are planned at Santa Anita from 21:00 until 00:49, and there are three places up for grabs in the penultimate contest at 00:15, which is listed as a starter optional claiming race.

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke will partner Papale (4/1) in the one-mile battle, and the pair could go close, with Papale having won last time out.

There are eight races scheduled between 21:15 and 01:05 at Golden Gate Fields, while the same amount are planned at Penn National between 23:00 and 02:10.

Evangeline Downs’ card should run between 23:30 and 03:07, while Charles Town’s meeting will start at midnight, with the eighth and final contest due to start at 03:32.

Sam Houston Race Park’s meeting features ten races, with punters able to watch the action from 00:15 and 04:46.

Today’s Horse Racing Odds