Tampa Bay Derby

Gallardo Setting Sights High In 2019, Hoping For Tampa Bay Derby Mount

Antonio Gallardo joined the exclusive club of Grade I-winning jockeys in June when he won the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park aboard the 4-year-old colt Funtastic for trainer Chad Brown. The four-time Tampa Bay Downs champion jockey derived equal enjoyment from his victory on 4-year-old filly Hotshot Anna for owner-trainer Hugh Robertson in the […]

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Tampa Bay Stakes Schedule Boasts Record Purse Money Of $3.74 Million

Thoroughbred racing makes its triumphant return to the area Saturday when Tampa Bay Downs plays host to a 10-race Opening Day card beginning at 12:25 p.m. The track’s 93rd anniversary season, which began July 1 during the Summer Festival of Racing and Music, consists of 91 racing days and runs through June 30. The 2018-2019 […]

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40-1 Juvenile Runner-Up Knicks Go Maps Out Path Toward Kentucky Derby

Keeneland-based trainer Ben Colebrook said his two Breeders’ Cup runners came back in good shape. Knicks Go, making a name for himself at delivering at big odds, ran second in the Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to the undefeated Game Winner at odds of 40-1; last month, he won Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity at 70-1. The stable’s […]

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‘The One Race That Fits Him The Best’: Quip On Schedule For Preakness

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing’s Grade 2 winner Quip returned to the work tab with a half-mile breeze Thursday morning at Keeneland ahead of his anticipated start in the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1). A bay son of Distorted Humor bred by WinStar, Quip went four furlongs in 48 seconds over Keeneland’s main track in […]

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Quip Shifted To Arkanses Derby To Chase Grade 1 Status

China Horse Club International and WinStar Farm LLC will be represented in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) after all. After unbeaten Justify was removed from consideration for the Arkansas Derby, trainer Rodolphe Brisset said Thursday that Grade 2 winner Quip was heading to Oaklawn to run in the April 14 race for his high-profile connections. Quip, […]

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Tampa Bay Derby Winner Quip Pleases Brisset With Final Breeze Before Blue Grass

China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm and SF Racing’s Quip completed his major preparation for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) by working 5 furlongs in company in 1:00.40 over a fast track early Sunday at Keeneland. With trainer Rodolphe Brisset aboard, Quip started two lengths in back of Potomac and finished on even terms in posting fractions of :12.60, :25, :47.20 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Life Lessons From A Hall of Fame ‘Father-Figure’

Watching Quip cross the wire first in last weekend’s Tampa Bay Derby, 34-year-old trainer Rodolphe Brisset allowed himself a few moments to revel in the feeling. Then, the soft-spoken Frenchman simply did what has become his habit over the past decade: he went back to work. Born in Tours, France, Brisset never had family members […]

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Quip May Start Once More Before Derby; Casse Pleased With Flameaway’s Effort

Rodolphe Brisset noticed a major difference in his Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip when he returned to the trainer’s Fair Grounds base in New Orleans in early January to resume training after a three-week “vacation” at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. “He matured a lot physically and carried more weight. […]

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Quip Springs 19-1 Upset In Tampa Bay Derby, Gives Former Mott Assistant First Graded Victory

Making his 3-year-old debut in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby, Quip told the world just how much he’d progressed since his juvenile campaign. Owned by breeder WinStar Farm, SF Racing and the China Horse Club, the son of Distorted Humor sat just behind the leader and took over in late stretch to score by about […]

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The Way To Louisville: Pletcher, Motion Have Plenty Of Practice Pointing To Kentucky Derby

There are a variety of ways to get a 3-year-old to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May. Just ask Kentucky Derby-winning trainers Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion, who hope their entries in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby can get them to the 2018 Run for the Roses on time. […]

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