Florida horse racing

From The Brink Of Death, Needles Became Florida’s Racing Hero, Inspiration For Breeding Industry

Stallion farms around the world have graveyards to honor the horses that built and sustained their operations. The heart and hooves of Needles rest on the property of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., instead of his home farm, because he belonged to the entire state of Florida. Needles set plenty of the milestones that future Florida-breds […]

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Tampa Trainer Darien Rodriguez’s Thirteen-Horse Operation Allows Him To Focus On The Details

With only 13 horses in his stable, Darien Rodriguez might go a week without making a start. But sharp bettors have learned to peruse the entries closely to avoid letting any of Rodriguez’s horses slip away. Since Jan. 27, the 39-year-old conditioner has won six times from 14 starters, with five seconds and two thirds. […]

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Navarro: ‘I Still Get Nervous For Every Horse’ From Claimers To Stakes Runners

After earning career victory No. 1,000 in Saturday’s Grade III Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park with 6-year-old gelding Aztec Sense, trainer Jorge Navarro was quick to emphasize the teamwork behind his ongoing success. “I give thanks for my owners and my staff, because without them I probably would be sitting at 1 (victory),” […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: The Cow Who Thinks She’s A Thoroughbred

When any farm animal grows up as a cherished pet instead of one of a herd, it’s natural to have a little species confusion. That’s the easiest explanation for why Bessie Cow, as the big white Brahma at South Fox Farm LLC is known, thinks she’s in training for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Now […]

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Rainbow 6 Carryover Up To $201K For Friday

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for a fourth straight racing day at Gulfstream Park Thursday, producing a carryover jackpot of $201,965.30 for Friday’s program. Multiple tickets will all six winner were each worth $6,886.50. The popular multi-race wager was hit for a $188,900.81 jackpot payoff Dec. 9. After going unsolved for the first 12 […]

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Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions Under Strangles Quarantine; Some Farm Clients Claim They Were Not Notified

The Florida Department of Agriculture has instituted a quarantine for strangles at Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions in Ocala, Fla., impacting approximately 93 horses on the property. Officials placed the farm under quarantine Dec. 20 after one horse presented with clinical signs of strangles and a positive test result on PCR. At the time of the Department’s […]

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‘Sweet And Sour’: Castanon Looks Back After 2,500 Victories And 30 Years In The Saddle

In the days following his 2,500th career victory, Jesus Castanon took time to reflect on its significance to his career and his life as a classic-winning jockey with 30 years in the saddle. In addition to his family, Castanon heard from former agents, trainers and fellow jockeys in the hours and days after his milestone triumph […]

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Honest, Hard-Trying Bombshell Seeks First Graded Stake In G3 Marshua’s River

Team Valor International’s Bombshell, a winner of two straight to cap her 2018 campaign, makes her 6-year-old debut while seeking her first career graded stakes victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 17th running of the 1 1/16-mile Marshua’s River for fillies and mares four and older is the second of two […]

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Norm Casse Seeking First Gulfstream Stakes Win Saturday

Norm Casse, a longtime assistant for his father Mark Casse before going out on his own earlier this year, recently notched the first victory of his training career at Gulfstream Dec. 23. The 35-year-old trainer will seek to win his first stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday in the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks. Casse, who visited […]

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Friday Card Cancelled At Tampa Bay Due To Ongoing Heavy Rain

Friday’s live racing card and morning training at Tampa Bay Downs have been cancelled because of ongoing heavy rain and anticipation of high winds in the Tampa Bay area. Officials said the track will remain open for simulcast wagering and no-limits action in The Silks Poker Room. “We’re disappointed to lose a day of racing, […]

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