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Stormy Embraces Defends Princess Rooney Title To Earn Another Shot At Breeders’ Cup

Matalona Thoroughbreds LLC’s Stormy Embrace earned a shot at Breeders’ Cup redemption Saturday when the 5-year-old daughter of Circular Quay defended her title in the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The Princess Rooney, a seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ stakes for fillies and mares, co-headlined Saturday’s Summit of Speed program with […]

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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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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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Well Defined’s Davis Win ‘A Big Team Effort’ For Local Connections

The celebration at the Kathleen O’Connell Racing Stables barn was relatively subdued after Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes victory by Well Defined at Tampa Bay Downs. But it continued into Sunday afternoon, as well-wishers paid heartfelt tribute to the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding, his trainer and her staff. Paula Bacon, the agent for […]

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Florida-Bred Well Defined Steals Sam Davis With Frontrunning 7-1 Upset

Stonehedge LLC’s homebred Well Defined earned a chance to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after a win in the Florida-bred Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but wound up finishing 12th after an awkward start and being checked at the five-sixteenths pole. The 3-year-old gelded son of With Distinction came back in January to run fifth […]

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Florida-Bred Stakes Winner Well Defined ‘Doing Super,’ Aimed At Mucho Macho Man

Stonehedge homebred stakes winner Well Defined exited his first career off-the-board finish in good order and could launch his sophomore season in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes on New Year’s Day. The one-mile Mucho Macho Man kicks off Gulfstream’s series of races for 3-year-olds leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March […]

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Stormy Embrace Looking For Improvement Off Breeders’ Cup With G3 Sugar Swirl Bid

Matalona Thoroughbreds’ Florida homebred Stormy Embrace, whose multiple stakes wins include the Breeders’ Cup-qualifying Princess Rooney (G2) this summer, goes after her first win since then in Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 37th running of the six-furlong Sugar Swirl and 40th renewal of the $100,000 Rampart (G3) at one mile, both for fillies […]

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Juvenile: Mike Smith Confirmed On O’Connell Trained Well Defined

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is employing the same philosophy with Breeders’ Cup candidates Well Defined and Stormy Embrace that has been the foundation of a 2000-win career – doing things her way. O’Connell reported Thursday that Well Defined, a candidate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and Stormy Embrace, who holds a fees-paid ‘Win & You’re […]

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Well Defined Easiest Of Winners In Florida Sire Stakes In Reality

Well Defined parlayed an easy early lead into an easy victory in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the 2018 Florida Sire Stakes series Saturday at Gulfstream Park, providing Stonehedge LLC’s Gil Campbell and trainer Kathleen O’Connell with their 11th victories in the series for juveniles sired by stallions standing in Florida. “I don’t keep […]

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Kathleen O’Connell Scores Career Win No. 2,000 At Delaware Park

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell notched career victory 2,000 at Delaware Park on Wednesday.  The milestone win came in the sixth race when Charlie Runion’s homebred Wishful Quality won her debut by a head in a $34,000 maiden event. The 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Exclusive Quality was ridden by Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr. and returned $53.80 as […]

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