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Stidham Appreciates ‘Kind And Safe’ Surfaces At Tampa Bay Downs

Although his is a relatively new face to most Tampa Bay Downs regulars, Michael Stidham first trained horses here in 1980 when his late father, George Stidham, sent him to Oldsmar with about 10 run-of-the-mill horses and specific instructions. “He told me to go learn something and not bring any back with me – either […]

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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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FTBOA Silver Charm Stakes At Tampa Offers Winner A Forever Home

Colts and geldings that compete in the inaugural $100,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Silver Charm Florida Sire Stakes on Saturday, May 5 at Tampa Bay Downs will be racing for more than the winner’s purse. The race is a “Win & You’re In” opportunity for the winner, who will earn an invitation to spend his […]

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‘Like A Million Dollars’: Kaelins Celebrate Emotional Win With My Monkey

Derby Day came early for trainer Forrest Kaelin and his wife of 62 years, Betty. The Kaelins, who have long been among the most beloved horse people on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, won today’s fifth race with their 3-year-old filly My Monkey, who was bred by Betty Kaelin and the couple’s granddaughter, Brittany King. […]

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It’s Me Mom: Parents’ Legacy Lives On For Easy Blossom Owners

At the outset of the 2011-2012 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, past Oldsmar champion jockey Willie Martinez raved about the speed possessed by a 3-year-old filly named It’s Me Mom. Already a three-time stakes winner, It’s Me Mom lived up to Martinez’s hype by winning the 6-furlong Minaret Stakes in then-stakes-record time of 1:09.68. Then, after […]

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Wednesday Card At Tampa Features $33,000 Pick-5 Carryover

Thoroughbred racing at Tampa Bay Downs continues Wednesday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:23 p.m. There is a Pick-5 carryover pool of $33,686.86 (since nobody hit the Pick-5 today) that will apply to the late Pick-5 on races 5-9. The pool for the early Pick-5, races 1-5, will start from scratch. The Oldsmar oval adds Thursday racing to the mix […]

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‘Stronger’ Catholic Boy Pleases Thomas Leading Up To Sam F. Davis Stakes

Jonathan Thomas leaned forward in a Grandstand box seat as his 3-year-old colt Catholic Boy commenced his workout on the Tampa Bay Downs dirt oval shortly after 9 a.m. today, accompanied by an unraced stablemate. “Twelve-and-one (seconds for the first quarter-mile),” the trainer murmured via walkie-talkie to exercise rider Tracy Price. “That’s quick enough, guys. Just sit. […]

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Gallardo Rides Five Winners Friday At Tampa Bay Downs

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell had a hard time expressing her admiration for jockey Antonio Gallardo’s performance after he completed his five-victory effort today with a six-and-a-quarter length victory aboard her 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding Real Fast Music in today’s eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs. “What can you say about that?” said O’Connell, who has been instrumental […]

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Jockey Gallardo: ‘You Can Find A Good Horse Anywhere’

Two seasons ago, Antonio Gallardo rode a 3-year-old first-time starter named Imperial Hint to an eye-opening victory in a 7-furlong Tampa Bay Downs allowance in a sizzling time of 1:22.39. The Luis Carvajal, Jr.-trained Florida-bred colt lowered that time to 1:22.15 in his next start with Gallardo in the irons, the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ […]

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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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