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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‘I’m Going To Enjoy My Life’: Veteran Bill Sienkewicz Retires From Training

Bill Sienkewicz, who achieved his first victory with his first career starter in 1978 at Narragansett Park in Rhode Island, has announced his retirement from training. The 66-year-old Oldsmar resident is giving his four remaining horses to fellow trainer Ned Allard. “I’m happy to give them to Ned because we’ve been lifelong friends,” Sienkewicz said. […]

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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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Named For Martinez’ Late Father, King Guillermo A Longshot Dream Come True

Victor Martinez and Samy Camacho met for the first time Wednesday. By the time they finished talking, they shared a belief that the unsung 3-year-old colt King Guillermo could win Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. “Samy said ‘If this horse keeps going like he has been in his workouts, we’re winning […]

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King Guillermo Springs 49-1 Upset In Tampa Bay Derby

Retired major league baseball player Victor Martinez played on five teams that reached the postseason, was an American League All-Star five times and slugged 246 home runs in his 16-year career, which ended in 2018. But in the glow of a raucous winner’s-circle celebration late this afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs, he said nothing in […]

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‘Better With Age’: Starship Jubilee Pulls Clear In Hillsborough

Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee ran her record to three-for-three in 2020 on Saturday, pulling away to a 1 1/4-length victory in the G2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The 7-year-old daughter of Indy Wind, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Kevin Attard, ran nine furlongs in 1:47.83 over the firm turf course. She […]

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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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Joseph: Chance It ‘As Good As Any Horse In’ Tampa Bay Derby

Chance It, who scratched from last Saturday’s Grade II Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream because of a poor post position, bids to become the first Florida-bred winner of the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby in nine years Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The 3-year-old colt is the only Florida-bred in […]

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