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Perseverance Nets Monterrey First Jockeys’ Challenge Title

It would be inaccurate to say Pedro Monterrey, Jr., has been fixated on winning the $5,000 Jockeys’ Challenge during the Summer Festival of Racing and Music at Tampa Bay Downs. But after finishing second, second and fourth in the two-day competition the last three years, the 33-year-old Venezuelan had a strong idea what he needed […]

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Weekend Cards Mark Official Closing, Opening Of Tampa Bay Downs Meetings

Two days of excitement-packed Thoroughbred racing provide the backdrop for a full weekend of entertainment – including the highly popular Corgi races – during the sixth annual Summer Festival of Racing and Music on Saturday and Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs. A full slate of activity Saturday begins at 12:30 p.m. with eight races. The […]

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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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AHC Study: Economic Impact Of Florida Horse Industry Up 33 Percent

The latest American Horse Council study pinpoints the Florida equine industry’s large-scale economic impact and industry officials are taking note. The $6.8 billion annual equine economic impact in Florida is up by 33% since the last study over a decade ago. The racing sector’s impact is up 47%. “That’s significant,” said Lonny Powell, CEO of […]

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‘The One Race That Fits Him The Best’: Quip On Schedule For Preakness

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing’s Grade 2 winner Quip returned to the work tab with a half-mile breeze Thursday morning at Keeneland ahead of his anticipated start in the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1). A bay son of Distorted Humor bred by WinStar, Quip went four furlongs in 48 seconds over Keeneland’s main track in […]

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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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Andina Del Sur Back To Turf, Points To Belmont Oaks

Trainer Tom Albertrani said his Grade III Florida Oaks winner, Andina Del Sur, will return to the turf after her fourth-place finish two weeks ago in the Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes on the dirt at Keeneland. The 3-year-old filly is back at the conditioner’s base at Belmont Park in New York, with tentative […]

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After Yearly ‘Grind’ Jockey Mike Allen Hits 2,000 Career Victories

Mike Allen isn’t given to waxing nostalgic about his 32-plus years as a jockey, even after his 2,000th career victory Friday at Tampa Bay Downs unleashed a flood of memories. But the reaction from family, friends and horsemen helped him put the magnitude of the achievement in perspective. “I had one trainer say, ‘What percentage […]

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Arrogate’s Half-Sister Fourth On Debut; Thomas Expects Filly Will ‘Get Better’ With Distance

Too Charming broke her maiden in the third race on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday(contested before the skies opened), rolling to a length-and-a-quarter victory from Lemon Princess. Daniel Centeno rode the winner, a homebred dau ghter of Bernardini-Tout Charmant racing for Godolphin and trained by Tom Albertrani. The race featured the career […]

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Allen Celebrates 2,000th Victory Friday At Tampa Bay Downs

Mike Allen, who has been on both ends of enough photo finishes to know the score, had a quick quip for Samy Camacho after their mounts crossed the wire together in the first race at Tampa Bay Downs. “I said ‘You didn’t get me this time, Samy,’ ” Allen recounted after winning by a nose […]

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