Tampa Bay Derby

Trombetta Still Weighing Options For ‘Valiant’ Win Win Win

Live Oak Plantation homebred Win Win Win, who finished third in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in his most recent start, will target either the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets or the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland for his next start. Conditioner Michael Trombetta said that a decision will be […]

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Bloodlines: Tacitus Honors Ancestors With Road To The Kentucky Derby Win

One of the quotations of the great Roman historian Tacitus is most appropriate to racing: “As you go into battle, remember your ancestors and think upon your descendants.” That sentiment is appropriate to the racehorse Tacitus, a son of three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and of champion racemare Close Hatches, by First Defence. If […]

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Tacitus ‘Stepped Up To The Plate’ At Tampa; Trio Of Final Prep Options On The Table

With his upset victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, 3-year-old colt Tacitus vaulted into a tie for third place in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” standings with 50 points, assuring his eligibility for the 145th Run for the Roses on May 4 at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Jose Ortiz, […]

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Royally-Bred Tacitus Up The Rail For Stakes-Record Time In Tampa Bay Derby

Juddmonte Farm homebred Tacitus, the Tapit first son of champion Close Hatches, provided an 8-1 upset in Saturday’s G2 Tampa Bay Derby to give trainer Bill Mott another prospective candidate for the first Saturday in May. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the sophomore colt parlayed a rail-skimming ride to win by about a length in stakes-record […]

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Weekend Lineup: Derby Prep Trio On Tap

This weekend’s slate of racing features a trio of tests offering qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby: the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, and the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park. Live television coverage of the Gotham, Jeff Ruby, […]

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No San Felipe But Trio Of Kentucky Derby Points Races Saturday

This week’s Road to the Kentucky Derby features a stakes tripleheader on Saturday. Originally, four races were scheduled but the San Felipe (Grade II) has been tabled while Santa Anita’s track undergoes additional extensive testing. The $300,000 Gotham (GIII) at one mile begins Saturday’s stakes procession at 5:09 p.m. (all times Eastern) and is followed by […]

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Hometown Favorite Well Defined Faces 10 In Tampa Bay Derby

You couldn’t prove it by this morning’s wintry blast, but spring is right around the corner. And with the arrival of the new season, numerous horsemen at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., are contracting their annual case of Derby fever. First, Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. Eight weeks from Saturday, […]

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War Of Will ‘Great As Ever,’ Dream Maker ‘Very Good’ In Fair Grounds Breezes

Rain or shine, business typically goes on as planned at Mark Casse’s stable at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, so a sealed and muddy main track early Saturday morning did not deter assistant David Carroll from working two of the stable’s prized 3-year-olds. Owned by Gary Barber, two-time graded stakes winner War of Will […]

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Florida-Breds Win Win Win, Well Defined Readying For Tampa Bay Derby Showdown

A pair of Florida-breds, track record-holder Win Win Win and Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Well Defined, appear headed for a showdown on Saturday, March 9 in the 39th edition of the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, but there should be no shortage of opponents in the “Road to the […]

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