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Tampa Bay Downs Schedules Richest Stakes Program In Track History

Tampa Bay Downs will conduct the most lucrative stakes program in its 92-year history during the 2017-2018 Thoroughbred racing season, offering a record 28 stakes races worth a combined $3.65-million. Additional purse and bonus monies for seven stakes – including the Grade II, (now)-$400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds on March 10 – […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Adds Four New FTBOA Sire Stakes To 2017-2018 Schedule

Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association to conduct four Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) races during the upcoming 2017-2018 season. The events will offer $450,000 in purse money to FTBOA-registered Florida-bred horses sired by FTBOA-registered Florida stallions which are FSS-eligible. As announced in May, a pair of […]

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Tampa Bay Downs To Close Sunday & Monday Due To Hurricane Irma

Due to the impending threat from Hurricane Irma, Tampa Bay Downs, The Silks Poker Room and The Downs Golf Practice Facility will be closed Sunday and Monday. Tampa Bay Downs will remain open throughout Friday, with The Downs Golf Practice Facility closing at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, The Downs Golf Practice Facility will be open […]

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‘Galloping Grandma’ Going Strong At Age 63

They call her the Galloping Grandma. But that doesn’t do Sue Martin justice. The jockey recently became a great-grandmother for the seventh time, with another on the way. Martin, mother of seven and grandmother of 18, is 63. She didn’t ride any races Friday afternoon. But that morning at Ellis Park she got on 10 […]

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Wilkes ‘Can’t Read Too Much Into’ McCraken’s Derby Run; Colt Preparing For Matt Winn

McCraken appeared back on the Churchill Downs work tab on Tuesday morning, cruising through an easy half-mile in :49 4/5 seconds. The sophomore son of Ghostzapper, eighth in the Kentucky Derby after suffering a puncture wound during bumping at the start, is being aimed at the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill on June 17, […]

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World Approval Approaching Millionaire Status In Dixie Stakes Preparations

Live Oak Plantation’s World Approval, winner of last year’s United Nations Handicap (G1) at Monmouth Park, can bust through millionaire status in the G2 Longines Dixie Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness Stakes undercard. The nearly white 5-year-old gelding was scratched from Churchill Downs’ Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) because of soft turf conditions after two […]

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Oaks Runner-Up Daddys Lil Darling Tabbed For Investec Oaks At Epsom

Following her second-place finish in Friday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks behind Abel Tasman, Daddys Lil Darling is being aimed at the June 2 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs. Trainer Kenny McPeek told racingpost.com that the 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday, would train on the grass […]

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FTBOA, Tampa Bay Downs Partnering On New Florida Sire Stakes Races

The FTBOA and Tampa Bay Downs announced Tuesday the running of two new $125,000 stakes races for FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) eligible 3-year-olds, marking the first-ever FSS races contested over the Tampa Bay oval. Both worth $125,000—the FTBOA City of Ocala for fillies and the FTBOA Marion County for colts and geldings, these races will […]

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Centeno, Bennett Collect Meet Riding, Training Titles At Tampa Bay Downs

The 45-year-old Centeno isn’t sure if a five-day suspension for careless riding on March 31 got him fired up, or if a challenge from Tampa Bay Downs newcomer Edwin Gonzalez stoked his competitive juices. Of course, it’s not as if the six-time Tampa Bay Downs riding champion needs extra incentive to chase victory. But it […]

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Florida Gambling Bills Die In Conference Committee

State Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, the respective chair and co-chair of the Florida Legislature’s Conference Committee on Gaming, issued a joint statement on Tuesday stating the two chambers were unable to agree to compromise language for gambling legislation before the current legislative session ends on Friday. “Notwithstanding the significant progress made […]

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