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Chilean Jockey Ulloa Chasing His ‘Dream’ At Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs jockey Andres Ulloa got a taste of the big time in 2016 when he traveled to Santa Anita to watch his older brother, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, ride Chilean-bred Kitcat in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Although Kitcat finished near the back of the pack, Andres soaked up the splendor and […]

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Jockey Gallardo: ‘You Can Find A Good Horse Anywhere’

Two seasons ago, Antonio Gallardo rode a 3-year-old first-time starter named Imperial Hint to an eye-opening victory in a 7-furlong Tampa Bay Downs allowance in a sizzling time of 1:22.39. The Luis Carvajal, Jr.-trained Florida-bred colt lowered that time to 1:22.15 in his next start with Gallardo in the irons, the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ […]

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Tapa Tapa Tapa Takes Tampa Allowance With Ease After Seven-Month Layoff

Thanks to his 15-year-old “hoss” back home and his 3-year-old filly on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, trainer Tim Hamm has felt nearly invincible recently. Three weeks ago, his son, freshman quarterback Shane Hamm of Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban High, threw four touchdown passes to lead the school to a 42-14 victory against Cincinnati Winton […]

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Three Rules, Mo Cash Likely To Renew Rivalry In Marion County FSS

A pair of accomplished Florida-bred 3-year-olds, Three Rules and Mo Cash, are likely to strut their stuff on Dec. 16 at Tampa Bay Downs in the $125,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Marion County Florida Sire Stakes. The multiple stakes winners staged a thrilling duel on July 1 in the Grade 3, 7-furlong Carry […]

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Garcia Trades Riding Boots For Condition Book At Tampa Bay Downs

Jose Angel Garcia has traded in his helmet, boots and goggles for a new cell phone and a condition book. The 30-year-old Garcia, who won the final race of the 2017 Summer Festival of Racing at Tampa Bay Downs aboard 6-year-old gelding Cedula Ocho on July 1, is working this season as an agent for veteran […]

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New LED Video Display, On-Site Wagering App Await Fans At Tampa Bay Downs

After a season in which it hosted the winners of two Triple Crown races and a Breeders’ Cup race, Tampa Bay Downs is set to resume its 2017-2018 racing season with Saturday’s “Opening Day” card. Post time for the first of 10 races is 12:25 p.m. The feature is the 10th race, the $26,500 Lightning City Prep at 5 furlongs […]

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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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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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Paolucci Sets Claiming Price Record At Tampa Bay Downs

Laur Net turned in an impressive performance to win today’s fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the Lambholm South Race of the Week for older fillies and mares at a mile on the turf course. As the 6-year-old mare entered the winner’s circle, heads turned again when track announcer Richard Grunder revealed the Illinois-bred had […]

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‘Like A Mechanic Checking Your Car’: Ferrer Riding High At Tampa Bay Downs

More than 30 years ago, when he was making a name for himself as a top rider in New Jersey, Jose Ferrer had the good fortune to learn from some of the best. Jockeys such as Ferrer’s uncle, Carlos Lopez, Sr., and his cousin, Charles “C.C.” Lopez, were eager to share their insights. And when […]

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