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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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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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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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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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