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Tampa Bay Downs Derby winner ‘Carpe Diem’ eyed in Kentucky Derby

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All eyes are on “Carpe Diem” to seize the day at this year’s Kentucky Derby. In his first coming out race, the 3-year-old colt won the Tampa Bay Downs Derby by five lengths.

“He did he did he absolutely demolished the field,” said track announcer Richard Gunder.

Gunder has been calling races for 31 years, and feels confident Carpe Diem has a good shot in the “Run for the Roses.”

“He is the real deal. He’s lightly raced, and very professional,” said Gunder.

Fans agree, Rich Hence has been watching races at Tampa Bay Downs for years, and also believes Carpe Diem has got it in him.

Fans compare Carpe Diem to another horse that took home the top prize at Tampa Bay Downs in 2007. “Street Sense” beat “Any Given Saturday” in what’s described as one of the most exciting races in Tampa Bay Downs history.

Street Sense went on to with the Kentucky Derby, and the hope is Carpe Diem will do the same.

Watch the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 2 on NBC News Channel 8 starting at 4 p.m.

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