florida racing

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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Tampa Bay Downs Set To Kick Off 94th Anniversary Season, 90-Day Meet

World-class Thoroughbred racing returns to Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with the Opening Day card of the 2019-2020 meeting. Admission is free. The track is celebrating its 94th anniversary season with a boatload of activities and promotions planned throughout the 90-day meeting to enhance the equine energy: http://www.tampabaydowns.com/visitor-information/event-calendars Oldsmar oval visitors will notice a new […]

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South Florida Racing Moves To Gulfstream Park West For Fall Turf Festival

With the conclusion of the Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park Sunday, Thoroughbred racing in South Florida will move to Gulfstream Park Wednesday for the Fall Turf Festival Meet. Live racing at Gulfstream Park West, located eight miles west of Gulfstream Park, will be conducted five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, through Nov. 24.  Racing […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Ceci Valentina Chases $400,000, Win Number Two In Florida Sire Stakes Series

Amalio Ruiz-Lozano’s Ceci Valentina is scheduled to seek her second straight victory in the 2019 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series Saturday in the $400,000 My Dear Girl at Gulfstream Park. The My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final leg of the lucrative series for 2-year-old fillies sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida, will co-headline […]

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Florida Horsemen Incensed By Latest Tactics At Oxford Downs

Horsemen’s organizations in Florida say the latest development at Oxford Downs has eliminated any shred of credibility the racetrack had left, and it didn’t really have any to begin with. Oxford has been running “races” for the past five years to maintain a card room license. During that time, the track has taken in more […]

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Gulfstream Park: Lakow To Take Over As VP Of Racing Operations

The Stronach Group announced today that Mike Lakow has been appointed Vice President of Racing Operations at Gulfstream Park. Lakow brings extensive knowledge and experience to Gulfstream Park and its world-renowned racing program in all facets of the industry.  Most recently he served as Racing Secretary for the New York Racing Association at Saratoga Race […]

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‘Widely Respected’ Florida Trainer Monte Thomas Dies After Battle With Cancer

The horse racing world lost a good one yesterday, when long-time Florida trainer Monte Thomas passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Thomas befriended and trained for my father over the last four years, although living on across the country we were never able to all meet face to face. It doesn’t feel that […]

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Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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Gulfstream Park Calls Off Sunday, Monday Races Due To Hurricane Dorian

Gulfstream Park announced today it has cancelled its live racing programs for Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2 as Hurricane Dorian approaches the east coast of Florida. Gulfstream also announced its entire facility – including the Casino at Gulfstream and The Village at Gulfstream Park – will be closed beginning midnight on Saturday, Aug. […]

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