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Win Win Win Sets Track Record In Seven-Furlong Pasco

Michael Trombetta, the trainer of 3-year-old colt Win Win Win, had a helpless feeling after Gladiator King broke through the gate as the field for the $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downswas being loaded, delaying the start. But a horse with the kind of talent Win Win Win displayed in setting a 7-furlong track […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sunshine Millions

For much of the United States, sunshine will be in short order this weekend as a winter storm batters the East. Rain isn’t expected to hit South Florida until Sunday, however, so Saturday’s Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream should see a fast track and a firm turf with solid field sizes throughout the card. Mr. […]

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Pasco Longshot War Bridle Has Connections ‘On Cloud Nine’

David Davila is eager to share the thrills of Thoroughbred ownership with about 90 new friends on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Ocala-based attorney, who owns 75-acre Backstretch Farms in the heart of central Florida’s horse country, will be here to watch his 3-year-old gelding War Bridle compete in the $125,000, 7-furlong Pasco Stakes. […]

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‘I’m Just Thinking About Winning’: Samy Camacho Setting A Hot Pace At Tampa

With four victories today, Samy Camacho is winning races at a pace that would enable him to better Antonio Gallardo’s single-season Tampa Bay Downs record of 147 set during the 2014-2015 meeting. Camacho has 46 winners through the first 27 days of the current meeting. If he maintains that rate throughout, he would finish with […]

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Call Paul Could Kick Off 3-Year-Old Campaign In Tampa’s Pasco Stakes

Call Paul, who won the Grade II Saratoga Special last August and finished third in the Grade I Champagne Stakes, is among the likely starters in the $125,000, 7-furlong Pasco Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Tampa Bay Downs, according to Stakes Coordinator Gerry Stanislawzyk. The Pennsylvania-bred son of Friesan Fire-Avani Force, by […]

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‘I Taught Her Everything I Know’: 64-Year-Old Reinsman Relishes $41 Upset Victory

Friday’s Tampa Bay Downs racing program listed numerous workouts for first-time starter Snow Forecast, going back to her 5-furlong breeze in 1:03 1/5 on Oct. 21 at Wesfield Farm in Citra, Fla. What the program didn’t mention was that the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly’s jockey, 64-year-old Gilberto Laiz, was aboard for each of her workouts. Most […]

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‘Sweet And Sour’: Castanon Looks Back After 2,500 Victories And 30 Years In The Saddle

In the days following his 2,500th career victory, Jesus Castanon took time to reflect on its significance to his career and his life as a classic-winning jockey with 30 years in the saddle. In addition to his family, Castanon heard from former agents, trainers and fellow jockeys in the hours and days after his milestone triumph […]

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‘I Never Let It Get Into My Head’: Jesus Castanon Celebrates 2,500th Winner

Jesus Castanon knew he was one victory shy of 2,500 when he entered the starting gate on Tearless in Saturday’s third race at Tampa Bay Downs, the second leg of the Fillies and Mares Division of the Tampa Turf Test starter handicap series. But when the race started, the 45-year-old jockey put the impending milestone […]

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Jockey Mendez Sent For Evaluation After Tampa Bay Spill; Mount Uninjured

Jockey Kevin Mendez was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital for precautionary measures after being thrown from his mount, the 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding Toss, in the eighth race. Toss, who fell on the far turn after appearing to clip heels, was not injured. Mendez was able to stand under his own power a few minutes after […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Announces Inaugural ‘High Rollers Handicapping Contest’

Tampa Bay Downs bettors of all experience levels are invited to chase huge payoffs in the first-ever “High Rollers Handicapping Contest” on Jan. 19, which is Skyway Festival Day at Tampa Bay Downs. The winner earns $20,000 (based on 100 entries) and the first and second-place finishers receive their choice of a seat in the […]

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