Down to two, for now. That’s the state of affairs for horseplayers looking for action Saturday, with Florida flying the Thoroughbred racing flag and featuring cards from Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs to keep one busy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The handicappers are back for another weekend, fresh off a decent if not spectacular performance last week for Arkansas Derby Day. Our regular quartet from The Saratoga Special handicapped 35 races last weekend – Oaklawn, Gulfstream and Tampa – and not surprisingly John Shapazian came out on top.

John picked 12 winners on the day, including seven of 14 on the Arkansas Derby Day card, and sports a “seasonal” mark of 19-for-57 since we started handicapping Saturdays in mid-April. He leads by one over Tom Law, who also picked seven winners last Saturday at Oaklawn and brings an 18-for-57 mark to the second Saturday in May.

Charles Bedard is right behind the top two with 17 winners, while Rob Whitlock looks to get back in the mix with 13.

Since Tampa Bay Downs’ first post falls 15 minutes before Gulfstream we’ll start there this week. The claimer-heavy 10-race card at Tampa includes a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight on the main track for 3-year-olds and up and a 1 3/8-mile starter allowance on the grass.

Gulfstream’s 12-race card features a 2-year-old maiden early, a 5-furlong turf allowance for 3-year-old fillies midway and the $75,000 Sunshine Forever Stakes and two good optionals – one on turf and one on dirt for Florida-breds – at the end. The Gulfstream picks follow Tampa’s on our rundown.

Good luck.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS SATURDAY

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (19/57):
1-Betweenhereandcool, Red Hot Looks, Americano.
2-Tiz Approved, Red Nation, Highwaytwentyseven.
3-Zitman, The Stifler, Honest To Goodness.
4-Overpraise, Atlas Moon, Hay Hay My Way.
5-Rattlesnakerose, Sunset Empire, Lil B Quick.
6-Unabridged, Colonels Daughter, Cholla.
7-Dark Web, Expensive Style, Evidence.
8-Projected, On A Spree, Americandy.
9-R Next Roll, Animauxselle, U Know I B Lion.
10-Dreaming Of Paris, Etelka, Whiskey Song.

TOM LAW (18/57):
1-Americano, Betweenhereandcool, Red Hot Looks.
2-Sindarius, Tiz Approved, Highwaytwentyseven.
3-Zitman, Talk To The Media, The Stifler.
4-Mozano, Atlas Moon, Papa’s Place.
5-Rattlesnakerose, Sunset Empire, Lil B Quick.
6-Unabridged, Colonels Daughter, I Dream Of Lois.
7-Dark Web, Expensive Style, Prepare For Glory.
8-Projected, Fast Fire, Bourbon Extension.
9-Animauxselle, R Next Roll, Celestial Orb.
10-Dreaming Of Paris, Whiskey Song, Natoma.

CHARLES BEDARD (17/57):
1-Betweenhereandcool, J B Quick, Americano.
2-Tiz Approved, Sindarius, Highwaytwentyseven. 
3-Zitman, Honest To Goodness, Slick As Ice.
4-Atlas Moon, Hay Hay My My, Moro Drama.
5-Rattlesnakerose, Lil B Quick, Alluring Approval.
6-Colonels Daughter, Crown Of Joy, Thump.
7-Dark Web, Expensive Style, Evidence.
8-On A Spree, Do With Pride, Dazzling Truths.
9-R Next Roll, Get Sassy, U Know I Be Lion.
10-Dreaming Of Paris, Freedom Lass, Passionfortreasure.

ROB WHITLOCK (13/57):
1-Betweenhereandcool, Americano, Red Hot Looks.
2-Jumped Bail, Tiz Approved, Highwaytwentyseven.
3-The Stifler, Zitman, Dox Folly.
4-Mozano, Atlas Moon, Papa’s Place.
5-R Sweet Exchange, Moonlit Sea, Rattlesnakerose.
6-Unabridged, Cocktail Skirt, Colonels Daughter.
7-Dark Web, Expensive Style, Impressive Speed.
8-Projected, Fast Fire, Exchequer
9-R Next Roll, Animauxselle, Kupuri.
10-Whiskey Song, Dreaming Of Paris, Natoma. 

 

GULFSTREAM PARK SATURDAY

JOHN SHAPAZIAN
1-Mayito, Barbie's King, Jack Beanstalk.
2-Hyperfocus, Breakthrough, Restored Order.
3-Cat Lady, By His Grace, Mariposa Belle.
4-Sand Drift, Algodonal, Get Rewarded.
5-Poseidons Princess, Socially Astray, Capeline.
6-Call Curt, Strong Headed, Riggins.
7-Fast Scene, Aficionado, Foolish Humor.
8-Louie’s Kingdom, Cat Gone Quick, Reservenotattained.
9-Social Paranoia, Aquaphobia, Admission Office.
10-Battle Of Blenheim, Gray’s Fable, Counter Offer.
11-Tap It To Win, Septemberten, I’ll Fight Dempsey.
12-Peppi The Hunter, Dexter Road, The Robert.

TOM LAW
1-Mayito, Jack Beanstalk, Traffic Trouble.
2-Breakthrough, Restored Order, Hyperfocus.
3-Cat Lady, Dur A Cuire, Kahiko.
4-Too Much War, Sand Drift, Agodonal.
5-Poseidons Princess, Capeline, Socially Astray.
6-Eagles Palace, Riggins, Reconvene.
7-Foolish Humor, Fast Scene, American Tap.
8-Louie’s Kingdom, Assertiko, Reservenotattained.
9-Admission Office, Social Paranoia, Halladay.
10-Battle Of Blenheim, Honey Won’t, Shootin The Breeze.
11-Tap It To Win, I’ll Fight Dempsey, Septemberten.
12-Starship Apollo, The Queens Jules, Peppi The Hunter.

CHARLES BEDARD
1-Lovedisc, Mayito, Dramatic Kitten.
2-Cobb, Full Send, Breakthrough.
3-Dur A Cuire, Cat Lady, By His Grace
4-Jost Sayin, Money Factor, Blame The Gods.
5-Socially Astray, Cool Lily Lou, Lola Wants.
6-Riggins, Strong Headed, Bee Major.
7-Foolish Humor, Afficionado, Happy Loudon.
8-Louie’s Kingdom, Road To Peace, Cat Gone Quick.
9-Social Paranoia, War Of Will, Cullum Road.
10-Battle Of Blenheim, Honey Won’t, Counter Offer.
11-I’ll Fight Dempsey, R Mercedes Boy, Hauntedbythemusic
12-I’ll Faraone, Trappezoid, Pepsi The Hunter.

ROB WHITLOCK
1-Jack Beanstalk, Traffic Trouble, Mayito. 
2-Hyperfocus, Breakthrough, Screen Star.
3-Please, Cat Lady, Due A Cuire.
4-Too Much War, Dana Grace, Algodonal.
5-Poseidons Princess, Capeline, Lola Wants.
6-Wind Ridge, Eagles Palace, Riggins.
7-Fast Scene, Foolish Humor, American Tap.
8-Louie’s Kingdom, Assertiko, War Act.
9-Highland Sky, Halladay, Admission Office.
10-Battle Of Blenheim, Honey Won’t, Gray’s Fable.
11-I’ll Fight Dempsey, R Mercedes Boy, Tap It To Win.
12-Peppi The Hunter, Trappezoid, The Robert.