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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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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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‘Put The Horses In The Right Place’: Rodriguez’ Hands-On Approach Paying Off At Tampa

Before beginning his training career in 2010, Tampa Bay Downs’ Trainer of the Month Darien Rodriguez worked as an exercise rider for successful trainers Leigh Delacour, Miguel Feliciano and Mike Zwiesler. Riding five or six horses a morning is a routine the 40-year-old conditioner still follows, whether it’s a gallop or a timed workout. It’s […]

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Drawn Outside, Chance It Will Scratch From Fountain Of Youth To Await Tampa Bay Derby

Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It was scratched Saturday from the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2). The colt was the 7-2 morning-line second choice off victories in the Mucho Macho Man and In Reality Division of the Florida Sire Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Currency Swap had drawn the No. 12 post. “We thought […]

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Gouverneur Morris Will Make 2020 Debut In Tampa Allowance

Breeders’ Futurity runner-up Gouverneur Morris now has a target for his 2020 debut, reports bloodhorse.com. The 3-year-old son of Constitution is entered in a one mile and 40 yard allowance race Friday at Tampa Bay Downs, but the colt won’t be rushed to make the first Saturday in May. “We want to have a nice, non-killer […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Reports Record Handle For Festival Preview Day

Tampa Bay Downs put its best foot forward on a record-setting Festival Preview Day on Saturday, but perhaps the main takeaway for the 5,360 fans, horsemen and track employees was a refreshing reminder of the sport’s international scope and widespread appeal. Jockeys from Venezuela (Daniel Centeno and Samy Camacho); Puerto Rico (Hall of Famer John […]

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Admiralty Pier Hangs On By A Nose, Survives Inquiry In Tampa Bay Stakes

Hoolie Racing Stable and Bruce Lunsford’s Admiralty Pier may have been headed in the stretch, but he and jockey Samy Camacho fought back gamely to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes by a nose in a three-way photo over Devamani and March to the Arch. The 21-1 longshot stayed up despite a stewards’ inquiry […]

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Undefeated Independence Hall Expected To Headline Saturday’s Sam F. Davis Stakes

Unbeaten 3-year-old Independence Hall is expected to be the headliner on next Saturday’s Festival Preview Day card at Tampa Bay Downs. The stakes-laden program consists of three graded events, topped by the 40th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds, which is a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race. […]

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