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Jockey David Delgado’s ‘Horsemanship Skill’ On Full Display At Tampa Bay Downs

Every time he exercised Navy Armed Guard this season, David Delgado thirsted for a chance to ride the 3-year-old gelding in a race. When that opportunity came on March 24 at Tampa Bay Downs, Delgado felt as giddy as a schoolboy before his first dance. “It was a long time since I’d been on a […]

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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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A New Way To Measure Joint Disease in Horses

Joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Typically the key symptom is lameness or overall discomfort and traditionally the ways veterinarians diagnosed the issue was via a lameness exam or radiographs. Recently a team of researchers in Spain have identified haptoglobin ,which is found in the synovial […]

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Horse Races On The Beach Thrill Spectators In Spain

Del Mar may be known as the track “where the turf meets the surf,” but a story by The New York Times profiles a venue in Spain where horses compete in races right on the beach itself. The races at Sanlucar de Barrameda, located on an estuary of the Guadalquivir River, drew about 35,000 spectators […]

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Spanish Release Horses as Part of ‘Rewilding Effort’

While U.S. officials struggle to manage wild horses, Spanish officials have released several dozen horses in a biological reserve in the past two years as part of an effort to boost the country’s wild horse population. Wildlife experts say that parts of the country are returning to a wild state as the Spanish population abandons […]

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