Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Wednesday the Bob Hess Jr.-trained French Getaway will look to win for the sixth time in his career when he leaves the starting gate in an optional claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs. A 7-year-old gelded son of Giant's Causeway, French Getaway has five wins, one second and three thirds in 21 career starts. He is coming off a fifth-place finish at Santa Anita on March 21 and has been installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite in Race 7, a one-mile turf race that drew 10 entrants, two also-eligibles and two main-track-only runners.
The race is the second leg of the late Pick 4, which requires a bettor to pick the winner in four consecutive races. The late Pick 4 begins with Race 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET. National handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen has handicapped each of the four races in the late Pick 4, and with the sequence featuring competitive fields, you'll want to see his horse racing predictions before building any late Pick 4 tickets at Tampa Bay Downs for Wednesday, May 27.
Kinchen is one of the nation's most successful and recognizable horseplayers. An analyst for Fox Sports' "Saturday at the Races," Kinchen won the National Horseplayers Championship Tour in 2015, a demanding, yearlong series of handicapping events across the country. That same year, he became the only player in history to have both of his entries qualify for the final table of the National Horseplayers Championship.
In addition, Kinchen has scored huge on some of racing's biggest days. At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, he cashed for $150,000 after nailing a Pick 6 and a $300 cold Pick 3 that paid $50,000. He also hit a Pick 4 for $84,000 on Belmont Stakes day in 2010, one of several five-figure days he has had at the track.
He's currently riding a hot streak on his horse racing picks for SportsLine. In the Fountain of Youth Stakes in February, Kinchen nailed an $80 win bet on Ete Indien that paid a healthy $344. In the Beholder Mile in March, he gave out a $50 exacta that paid $550. In the Apple Blossom Handicap, he nailed a $25 win bet on Ce Ce, which paid $245. On April 11, he crushed the Oaklawn Stakes, giving out a $5 exacta that paid a whopping $1,338. He also hit the Pick 4 at tracks around the country a whopping five times last month.
Now, Kinchen has handicapped the late Pick 4 at Tampa Bay Downs for Wednesday, May 27, made his picks and constructed his tickets. Head to SportsLine to see his best bets.
Top Tampa Bay Downs Pick 4 predictions for May 27
Kinchen is high on Big Yes, a 6-1 long shot in Race 6, the opening leg of the Pick 4. This 3-year-old son of Big Drama has two wins in 10 career starts. He is coming off a sixth-place finish on May 13.
Big Yes was ridden passively in that start and ran evenly. "Two starts ago he won with an aggressive ride," Kinchen tells SportsLine.
Kinchen also is high on Sold On Salsa, a 5-1 shot in Race 8. This 5-year-old daughter of Two Step Salsa has one win, four seconds and two thirds in 20 career starts. She is coming off a fourth-place finish on May 9.
Despite the disappointing result in her last start, Sold On Salsa has the chance to be the controlling speed on Wednesday. "This is the best speed horse in the race," Kinchen said. "She has fast pace figures and has a nice outside draw."
How to make Tampa Bay Downs picks for May 27
In addition, Kinchen is high on a double-digit long shot on Wednesday. Kinchen tells SportsLine that this horse "had horrible trips in her last two starts but is usable at a nice price" and could light up the tote board. He's sharing his Pick 4 grid only at SportsLine.
How has Kinchen structured his Pick 4 ticket for Wednesday? And which double-digit long shot can win at a big price? Visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's selections for the late Pick 4 at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, and find out.