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‘He Taught Me Everything’: Jockey Bocachica Will Honor Father’s Memory On The Track

The first person Orlando Bocachica thanked after learning of his selection as the Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month at Tampa Bay Downs was his father, who died at home in the Miami area Wednesday morning of a heart attack. Orlando Bocachica Lugo, who was employed as an assistant to Gulfstream Park trainer […]

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Tapwrit Steps Forward With Stakes Record-Setting Performance In Tampa Bay Derby

Bridlewood Farm, Robert LaPenta and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Tapwrit took a big step forward on Saturday, stylishly putting away nine other sophomores in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby to win by about four lengths. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the son of Tapit covered 1 1/16 miles over Tampa’s fast main track in 1:42.36, good enough […]

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No Dozing Will Try To Make Amends In Tampa Bay Derby

After watching No Dozing breeze five furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs this morning with his wife Leigh in the irons, trainer Arnaud Delacour pronounced the 3-year-old colt a likely starter for Saturday’s Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. “Everything needs to go well between now and then, but we’re happy with where we’re […]

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Half-Century Club: Top Tampa Bay Jockey Trio Not Slowing Down

In a sport dominated by statistics, Tampa Bay Downs’ three winningest jockeys ignore one number that leaves no room for interpretation: their age. When Scott Spieth turned 50 on Oct. 25, he joined 52-year-old riders Jose Ferrer and Ronnie Allen, Jr., in the half-century club. A generation or two back, that might have been a […]

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Castanon: Tampa Bay Downs ‘A Good Place To Be’

Further proof this probably is the highest-quality jockey colony in Tampa Bay Downs history arrived Friday in the form of two victories by jockey Jesus L. Castanon. The 43-year-old Mexico City native, who won back-to-back titles at Tampa in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, vaulted to national prominence in 2011 when he rode Shackleford to a Preakness […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Meet Kicks Off Saturday Nov. 26

Thoroughbred racing will be the main focus when the 2016-2017 Tampa Bay Downs meeting resumes on Saturday. But the Oldsmar oval has scheduled an abundance of special events to delight newcomers, intrigue novices and beckon anyone else eager to enjoy a day in the sunshine while watching the equine stars perform. Beginning with the “10 […]

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Trainer Bennett’s Four Wins Ties Track Record At Tampa

Leading Tampa Bay Downs trainer Gerald Bennett had a positive feeling about each of his four entrants on today’s card. “I told (a friend) to bet Thunder Harbor win and place in the third race and let it play through,” Bennett said. It’s an equally safe bet Bennett and his wife Mary will be enjoying […]

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Jockeys at Tampa Bay refuse to ride two races on turf

The final two turf races Friday at Tampa Bay Downs were moved to the main track after riders refused to ride, citing “trouble spots” on the turf course, according to Doug McCoy in Daily Racing Form. Earlier in the day, the fifth race – one of three scheduled turf races on the program – had […]

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