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‘Living My Dream’: Jockey Dean Butler Carries On At 48

Dean Butler doesn’t mind if you think he’s hard-headed for continuing to ride Thoroughbreds at 48. Basically, he agrees. “I’ve had nine concussions in my career. My head has taken a pretty good beating,” said Butler, who was born and grew up in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Butler was named to ride three horses today, but […]

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Maker’s 46 Mile: ‘Legit’ Qurbaan Prepares For Rematch With Heart To Heart

Roger Horgan, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, is not sure why Shadwell Stable decided to ship Qurbaan to the U.S. from Europe, but he is glad the move was made. “He’s a legit horse,” Horgan said of the entrant in Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) before the 6-year-old jogged once around a muddy main […]

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Rotstein, Cameron Celebrate ‘Thrilling’ First Training Victories At Tampa

Tyler Rotstein was trying to keep his emotions under control after his 4-year-old gelding Togie won Saturday’s fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the 23-year-old trainer’s first career victory in only three tries. “It’s probably the most thrilling experience I’ve had in a long, long time,” said Rotstein, a former strong safety-linebacker for the Bluffton […]

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Retired Jockey David Flores Celebrates First Training Victory At Tampa Bay Downs

David Flores had planned to accompany his wife Dawn and their two children to LEGOLAND Theme Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday, but when 3-year-old colt Higgins got into the seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs, Flores decided to enjoy fun of a different sort. Wise move, as the retired jockey scored his first […]

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Royally-Bred Tacitus Up The Rail For Stakes-Record Time In Tampa Bay Derby

Juddmonte Farm homebred Tacitus, the Tapit first son of champion Close Hatches, provided an 8-1 upset in Saturday’s G2 Tampa Bay Derby to give trainer Bill Mott another prospective candidate for the first Saturday in May. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the sophomore colt parlayed a rail-skimming ride to win by about a length in stakes-record […]

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Favored Concrete Rose Holds On For Florida Oaks Triumph

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing’s Concrete Rose had the lead at the top of the stretch and was able to hold on through the wire to win the G3 Florida Oaks by a half-length on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The sophomore daughter of Twirling Candy paid $8.40 as the tepid favorite. Ridden by Julien […]

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‘Grown Up’ Dream Maker Represents Friendly Competition In Tampa Bay Derby

On sultry summer evenings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., it’s not unusual to see owners John C. Oxley, Charlotte Weber and Tracy Farmer sharing a table with trainer Mark Casse, reliving the day’s excitement and spinning yarns about the sport’s champions and colorful characters. No matter the outcome of Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa […]

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‘Live It Up’ Online Handicapping Challenge Set To Begin March 9

It’s almost time to pit your handicapping ability against the masses (without the usual risk). The popular “Live It Up Challenge” online handicapping contest begins on Saturday, March 9 (Festival Day 39) and runs through May 5, the final day of the traditional Tampa Bay Downs meeting. Participants must register by 10:30 a.m. on March […]

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‘Energetic’ Hawksmoor Readies For Career Swansong In Hillsborough

Arnaud Delacour has high hopes that his 6-year-old mare Hawksmoor will wave goodbye to the competition in Saturday’s Grade II, $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs. Regardless of the outcome, the trainer will bid her farewell after the race. Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson plan to breed her to 2018 North […]

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Inspector Lynley Works Out Inside Trip To Best Divisidero, Qurbaan In Tampa Bay Stakes

Stuart S. Janney and Phipps Stable’s homebred Inspector Lynley got a perfect inside trip from jockey Jose Ortiz to win Saturday’s G3 Tampa Bay Stakes by about a head on the wire, defeating 4-1 Divisidero and 2-1 co-favorite Qurbaan in a blanket finish. The 6-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid was sent off as the […]

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