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‘Cool Under Fire’: Jockey Pablo Morales Celebrated Career Year In 2019

Pablo Morales had the kind of year in 2019 most jockeys only dream about. He rode 226 winners, the 12th-highest total in North American, and his purse earnings of $4,053,906 marked a career-best. Given that he is 31 and either at the peak of his career, or rapidly approaching it, Morales doesn’t plan to spend […]

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Sophomores J P’s Delight, Jackson Capture Tampa’s Florida Sire Stakes

Despite the relative inexperience of her 3-year-old filly J P’s Delight, trainer Kathleen O’Connell was confident tackling stakes competition in the $125,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. “She just had to be comfortable, and I thought she had the perfect post (No. […]

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Stidham Hits 2,000-Win Milestone On Tampa Bay Downs Opening Day

Thoroughbred trainer Michael Stidham achieved a career milestone in dramatic fashion on Wednesday’s opening day card at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla.,, earning his 2,000th victory with 4-year-old colt Lem Me Tel Ya in the eighth race. After taking the lead in the stretch of the 6 ½-furlong claiming event under jockey Pablo Morales, […]

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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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Jockey Pablo Morales Still Winning, Still Waiting For ‘The Big Horse’ To Arrive

Whenever he reaches the Tampa Bay Downs winner’s circle, Pablo Morales flashes a smile capable of lighting a moonless night. But Morales doesn’t mind letting everyone in on a secret: At 30, being a jockey is more enjoyable than at any previous point of his career. “You’re more mature. You still get discouraged sometimes because […]

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Pasco Longshot War Bridle Has Connections ‘On Cloud Nine’

David Davila is eager to share the thrills of Thoroughbred ownership with about 90 new friends on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Ocala-based attorney, who owns 75-acre Backstretch Farms in the heart of central Florida’s horse country, will be here to watch his 3-year-old gelding War Bridle compete in the $125,000, 7-furlong Pasco Stakes. […]

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An ‘Old Man’ Of 30, Pablo Morales Celebrates 200th Win Of 2018

With the deadline fast approaching, jockey Pablo Morales summoned a consummate front-running performance from 4-year-old gelding Polar City in Tampa Bay Downs’ ninth race to earn his 200th victory of 2018. The 30-year-old Morales, the leading jockey this year at Presque Isle Downs, reached the 200 mark for the first time last year, when he […]

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Tapa Tapa Tapa Takes Tampa Allowance With Ease After Seven-Month Layoff

Thanks to his 15-year-old “hoss” back home and his 3-year-old filly on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, trainer Tim Hamm has felt nearly invincible recently. Three weeks ago, his son, freshman quarterback Shane Hamm of Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban High, threw four touchdown passes to lead the school to a 42-14 victory against Cincinnati Winton […]

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Morales: ‘It’s Not What You Did Yesterday, It’s What You Can Do Tomorrow’

About the only time jockeys at Tampa Bay Downs want to come in last is after they win a race, when the winner’s-circle presentation and an extended chat with the trainer delays their return to their dressing quarters. Pablo Morales hasn’t been making that joyful, carefree stroll to the room with as much frequency this […]

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