Tampa Bay Derby

PDI #1 Uncle Mo turns in final work

Uncle Mo breezed an easy half-mile Sunday at the Palm Meadows training center – his final work before a start on Saturday, March 12.  Trainer Todd Pletcher said the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream is still the first choice, but the Tampa Bay Derby is a back-up. “We need to run on Saturday,” said Pletcher. […]

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Pletcher: If the Timely Writer doesn’t fill, we’re very comfortable going to the Tampa Bay Derby

On entering Uncle Mo in the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park over the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher gave several reasons for the decision. “The one-mile versus a mile and a sixteenth wasn’t so much the determining factor,” Pletcher said according to the Blood-Horse. “The biggest thing is to get him […]

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Much-Anticipated Workout for Uncle Mo This Weekend

Early Derby favorite Uncle Mo will have his first published workout of his 3-year-old campaign this weekend at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. He is widely expected to make his debut at Tampa Bay Downs in the Tampa Bay Derby. This would mark the third time in five years that the 2-year-old […]

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The Pletcher Factor

Until last year, the story line following Todd Pletcher was simple. Would arguably the country’s top trainer finally breakthrough and win the Kentucky Derby? Fortunately for Pletcher and every journalist not wanting to write the same story line again, he won the 2010 Derby with WinStar Farm’s Super Saver. Now it’s a new year and […]

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Tampa Bay Downs to get winter/spring meet started this weekend

This promises to be an exciting season at Tampa Bay Downs with two upgraded stakes races in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Tampa Bay Stakes (G3). “We’ve worked hard to make the stakes program here as competitive and exciting as possible, and it is gratifying to see Tampa Bay Downs continue to become a […]

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ODYSSEUS EUTHANIZED DUE TO COMPLICATIONS FROM LAMINITIS

PRESS RELEASE Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner Odysseus was euthanized yesterday due to complications from laminitis while receiving treatment for colitis at Hagyard Equine. Odysseus came off the 2010 Triple Crown Trail after hyper extending his knee in the Grade I Blue Grass at Keeneland. Owner Satish Sanan still remained hopeful Odysseus would make a […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

With just two weeks to go before the Kentucky Derby, the only prep race this weekend is the Grade 2 Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland. The morning line favorite and overwhelming sentimental favorite is Uptowncharlybrown, whose trainer, Alan Seewald, passed away unexpectedly this week. “Charly” has four career starts, all at Tampa Bay, and most […]

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EDWIN ANTHONY PEDIGREE ANALYSIS: ODYSSEUS

Edwin Anthony examines the pedigree of Tampa Bay Derby winner Odysseus in the newest installment of his series of articles spotlighting Triple Crown candidates. While the son of Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon may not have enough graded stakes earnings to ensure a spot in the starting lineup, Odysseus gets a chance to add to […]

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LIVE BLOG FROM OAKLAWN PARK

By Ray Paulick There are a lot of people sitting on pins and needles in Hot Springs, Ark., this afternoon, all waiting to see what happens at Santa Anita Park and Fair Grounds when two-time champion Zenyatta and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra make their 2010 debuts in anticipation of their long-awaited match-up, scjheduled […]

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