Gerald Bennett

Gerald Bennett Saddles Four Winners For Third Time At Tampa Bay Downs

For a fresh perspective on Gerald Bennett’s four-victory day on Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., it helped to talk to new owner Angenee Persaud. Her 4-year-old colt Soul of the Hero won the 10th and final race on the turf to enable Bennett to tie the track record he shares with two other […]

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74-Year-Old Trainer Bennett Still Has ‘That Desire To Win’

Less than two weeks into the 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, trainer Gerald Bennett has thrown down the challenge. If any of his rivals have designs on unseating him from the top spot in the standings, they had better get busy. The 74-year-old Bennett, who often hauls his own horses from track to track, has […]

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Bennett, Gallardo Repeat As Leading Trainer, Jockey At Tampa Bay Downs

Gerald Bennett plans to haul five horses to Delaware Park on Monday, with another 10 or so headed out on a van Thursday. By the time he’s finished, the veteran trainer should have between 30-35 horses ready for action for the May 30 opening. Transporting Thoroughbreds is second nature for Bennett, who captured his third consecutive Tampa Bay Downs […]

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Economics, Limited Opportunities Drive Bennett From Arlington to Delaware Park

Dale and Denise Bennett are used to heading north at the end of the meet at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. They’ve been snowbirds for some years. This year, however, instead of taking Interstates 75 and 65 back to their Chicago base as they’ve done annually since 2001, the Bennetts are heading northeast to […]

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Centeno, Bennett Collect Meet Riding, Training Titles At Tampa Bay Downs

The 45-year-old Centeno isn’t sure if a five-day suspension for careless riding on March 31 got him fired up, or if a challenge from Tampa Bay Downs newcomer Edwin Gonzalez stoked his competitive juices. Of course, it’s not as if the six-time Tampa Bay Downs riding champion needs extra incentive to chase victory. But it […]

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Florida Cup Day: World Approval Strong In 2017 Debut

The 15th annual Florida Cup at Tampa Bay Downs lived up to expectations, and then some. Highlighted by a powerful performance by 5-year-old gelding World Approval in the $100,000 EG Vodka Turf Classic and a tour de force by 3-year-old filly R Angel Katelyn in the $100,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies, the event produced […]

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Increased Purses Draw 122 Nominations To Tampa’s Florida Cup Series

An increase of $150,000 in purse money and a switch to Sunday are among the changes for the 15th annual Florida Cup, which will be held on April 2 at Tampa Bay Downs. What hasn’t changed is the overall quality of the nominations for the series of six stakes races, each of which features registered […]

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Bennett Goes Four-For-Four At Tampa Bay Downs

Gerald Bennett is a realist. And on the far turn of the eighth race, with his 5-year-old gelding Lucky Rascal languishing near the back of the nine-horse field, he was prepared to savor his three earlier victories on the card. But Lucky Rascal and jockey Erick Rodriguez had other ideas. The duo staged a whirlwind […]

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Bennett Sweeps Saturday’s Juvenile Stakes At Tampa Bay

From the time he arrived here about a month ago, trainer Gerald Bennett has told everyone within listening distance his 2-year-old colt Chance of Luck has the potential to be a contender for the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 11. The gray Kentucky-bred son of Skipshot-Winning Chance, by Alphabet Soup, […]

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Juvenile Stakes Headline Tampa Bay Downs’ Cotillion Festival Card Saturday

The most lucrative stakes schedule in Tampa Bay Downs’ history begins Saturday with 2-year-olds of both sexes set to compete in a pair of $100,000, 6-furlong races. The 32nd running of the Inaugural Stakes, for 2-year-old males, is the seventh race on the card and has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings. The […]

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