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America’s Day At The Races Continues On FOX Sports With 11 Hours Of Coverage

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the expanded weekend broadcast schedule will continue for America’s Day at the Races, the acclaimed national telecast presenting coverage and analysis of the best racing from around the country. Produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports, America’s Day at the Races will air on FS1/FS2 on Saturday and […]

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Defending Top Jockey Samy Camacho Rides Four Winners Wednesday At Tampa

Defending Tampa Bay Downs jockey champion Samy Camacho rode four winners on Wednesday, gaining ground on four-time champion Antonio Gallardo in the 2019-2020 Oldsmar standings. Camacho, who won the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 7, trails Gallardo 85-80 entering Friday’s scheduled eight-race card. Camacho captured the second race on the […]

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Jockey Scott Spieth Embracing His Opportunities To Compete

Scott Spieth seems to have been born with a passion for race-riding. “I did it through high school and college, and I’m still doing it,” said the 53-year-old SenÞor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs. “Any day can have its challenges, but when I get on a horse, that goes […]

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‘Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been This Stressed’: Trainers Already Hanging By A Thread

Although most of the country is only a few weeks into closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the racing industry is already hurting badly, according to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officials and horsemen at Canterbury Park, which is scheduled to begin its meet mid-May, have watched the turn of events at other […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Cancels Florida Cup, Allocates Purse Money To Overnight Account

The Florida Cup, a series of six $110,000 stakes races for registered Florida-breds and Tampa Bay Downs’s annual showcase for the state’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The event had been scheduled for Sunday, March 29. The Tampa Bay Downs Racing Office reported 111 nominations […]

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Tampa Bay Trainers, Jockeys Happy To Be Running During Difficult Time

Anyone looking for signs of normality at Tampa Bay Downs today should have been within shouting distance of trainer Maria Bowersock during the third race. “Come on, Lucky,” Bowersock implored from the Grandstand apron as her 4-year-old filly They Call Me Lucky, under jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr., began maneuvering her way through horse traffic at […]

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‘A True Friend With A True Heart’: Tampa Bay Downs Community Mourns A Way-Too-Soon Loss

Jeff Lopez, who shoes horses at Oaklawn Park and on the Kentucky circuit, makes the drive from Hot Springs, Ark., to Louisville in about 8 hours. All that keeps him from getting lost are memories of his late fiancée Catherine Dimino, who died in his arms on Jan. 31 after a valiant three-year fight with […]

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Premier Turf Club Director Of Operations Cathy Dwyer Passes

Cathy Dwyer passed away this weekend in New Port Richey, Fla., after a prolonged and courageous battle with cancer.  Dwyer, 65, was the longtime simulcast director at Tampa Bay Downs and, most recently, the director of operations at Premier Turf Club (BetPTC.com). Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1954, Dwyer moved with her family to Chicago […]

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Journeyman Gary Wales ‘Took A Shot’ By Moving To Tampa, Has Been Rewarded

The SenÞor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month, Gary Wales, wasn’t born when rock-and-roll legend Janis Joplin’s version of “Me and Bobby McGee” spoke to a generation of young people searching for truth and meaning almost 50 years ago. But a snippet from the late musician’s best-known song can easily be applied to the […]

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