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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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Weekend Lineup: Sam Davis, San Vicente Top 3-Year-Old Action

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Knicks Go will kick off his 2019 season in Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, while Sunday’s top sophomore contest is the G2 San Vicente at Santa Anita Park, featuring Bob Baffert pair Coliseum and Dessman. Only the Davis features points on the Road to the Kentucky […]

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Jockey Gallardo Sore But Unharmed After Tampa Spill

Jockey Antonio Gallardo incurred a left-leg contusion after being thrown to the turf in Sunday’s seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs. Gallardo was unseated when his mount, 5-year-old gelding Lodestar, broke down in the stretch run. Gallardo walked back to the jockeys’ room afterward and was extremely sore after the race, but did not require […]

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Camacho Rides Five Winners Saturday At Tampa Bay Downs

No jockey enjoys losing. But judging from today’s card, leading Tampa Bay Downs rider Samy Camacho takes it personally. A day after getting shut out in five races, Camacho rode five winners, getting up twice within the shadow of the wire. Every jockey relishes luck, but Camacho’s improved upper-body strength, achieved in large measure 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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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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Massam, Wolfson Finish One-Two In ’10 Days Of Festivus Challenge’

Brad Massam of Chatham, N.J., amassed a bankroll of $164.10 to capture the annual “10 Days of Festivus Challenge” Handicapping Contest sponsored by Tampa Bay Downs. The runner-up, with a bankroll of $131.90, was Steve Wolfson of Ormond Beach, Fla., a racing consultant and a member of the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Hall of Fame. […]

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