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Tampa Bay Trainers, Jockeys Happy To Be Running During Difficult Time

Anyone looking for signs of normality at Tampa Bay Downs today should have been within shouting distance of trainer Maria Bowersock during the third race. “Come on, Lucky,” Bowersock implored from the Grandstand apron as her 4-year-old filly They Call Me Lucky, under jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr., began maneuvering her way through horse traffic at […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Douglas Sharing ‘All The Tools’ With Next Generation

Former jockey Rene Douglas admits he “wasn’t doing much” after the 2009 accident that stole the use of his legs. The emotional toll must have been indescribable. In a split second, he went from a leading rider and winner of nearly 3,600 races to being paralyzed from the chest down.  Through more than six months […]

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‘A True Friend With A True Heart’: Tampa Bay Downs Community Mourns A Way-Too-Soon Loss

Jeff Lopez, who shoes horses at Oaklawn Park and on the Kentucky circuit, makes the drive from Hot Springs, Ark., to Louisville in about 8 hours. All that keeps him from getting lost are memories of his late fiancée Catherine Dimino, who died in his arms on Jan. 31 after a valiant three-year fight with […]

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Jockey Tyler Gaffalione Has His Day In South Florida — Literally

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione was honored for his accomplishments on and off the track Tuesday when Broward County proclaimed March 10 as “Tyler Gaffalione Day.” Commissioner Michael Udine, representing Broward County’s District 3, said the proclamation “recognized how he grew up in Broward County, how he was voted and won the Champion Apprentice Jockey award, and […]

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Discover Florida: ‘The Sunshine State Stands Out’ When It Comes To Horses

The following sponsored article is from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner. Florida is currently home to nearly every breed of horse. As far back as the 1500’s, Spanish explorers brought a rare breed of horse to Florida’s shores. The Florida Cracker Horse, as they became known, was a small, […]

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Undefeated Kentucky-Bred From Mexico Piques Interest In Tropical Park Oaks

There is something intriguing about an unbeaten 3-year-old filly, especially one who: ·       Comes from another country ·       Has beaten older males ·       Is unbeaten in seven starts ·       Will face U.S.-based competition for the first time ·       And will be making her turf debut. Meet the intriguing Letruska. A Kentucky-bred star in Mexico, Letruska will face her toughest test […]

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More Than A Foot Of Rain Forces Gulfstream To Close For Training, Relocate Some Horses

Gulfstream Park closed its main track for training and moved horses from low-lying barns Monday after 12.80 inches of rain fell overnight across the area. There were no injuries reported to horses, backstretch workers or customers. The main track was expected to reopen for training Tuesday morning. Due to the rain, high tides and a […]

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Irad Ortiz Riding High Heading Into Gulfstream Championship Meet

Irad Ortiz Jr. both started and ended a career year at Gulfstream Park in 2018, one where he was recognized with his first Eclipse Award as North America’s leading rider. As Gulfstream prepares to open its 2019-2020 Championship Meet, the nation’s premier winter Thoroughbred meet which begins its 89-day stand Friday, Ortiz is poised to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Sprint Scratch Imperial Hint Targeting Mr. Prospector At Gulfstream Championship Meet

Raymond Mamone’s multi-millionaire Imperial Hint, forced to scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 2, is being pointed to make his return in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) Saturday, Dec. 21 at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong Mr. Prospector for 3-year-olds and up comes on the fourth Saturday of Gulfstream’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet, the country’s […]

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