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Allen Celebrates 2,000th Victory Friday At Tampa Bay Downs

Mike Allen, who has been on both ends of enough photo finishes to know the score, had a quick quip for Samy Camacho after their mounts crossed the wire together in the first race at Tampa Bay Downs. “I said ‘You didn’t get me this time, Samy,’ ” Allen recounted after winning by a nose […]

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Jockey David Delgado’s ‘Horsemanship Skill’ On Full Display At Tampa Bay Downs

Every time he exercised Navy Armed Guard this season, David Delgado thirsted for a chance to ride the 3-year-old gelding in a race. When that opportunity came on March 24 at Tampa Bay Downs, Delgado felt as giddy as a schoolboy before his first dance. “It was a long time since I’d been on a […]

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‘Like A Million Dollars’: Kaelins Celebrate Emotional Win With My Monkey

Derby Day came early for trainer Forrest Kaelin and his wife of 62 years, Betty. The Kaelins, who have long been among the most beloved horse people on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, won today’s fifth race with their 3-year-old filly My Monkey, who was bred by Betty Kaelin and the couple’s granddaughter, Brittany King. […]

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Imperial Hint To Miss Dubai Golden Shaheen, Reroutes To Florida Cup Sprint

After Imperial Hint’s second-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 4 at Del Mar, trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr., targeted the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 31 at Meydan Racecourse for his initial 5-year-old start. But the multiple graded-stakes winner came down with a virus that caused him to miss a couple weeks of training, forcing […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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Quip May Start Once More Before Derby; Casse Pleased With Flameaway’s Effort

Rodolphe Brisset noticed a major difference in his Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip when he returned to the trainer’s Fair Grounds base in New Orleans in early January to resume training after a three-week “vacation” at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. “He matured a lot physically and carried more weight. […]

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Quip Springs 19-1 Upset In Tampa Bay Derby, Gives Former Mott Assistant First Graded Victory

Making his 3-year-old debut in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby, Quip told the world just how much he’d progressed since his juvenile campaign. Owned by breeder WinStar Farm, SF Racing and the China Horse Club, the son of Distorted Humor sat just behind the leader and took over in late stretch to score by about […]

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Fourstar Crook Gets Up On The Wire In Hillsborough

Michael Dubb, Gary Aisguith and Bethlehem Stables’ Fourstar Crook recorded her second graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, flying down the center of the course to win by a head at the wire. The 6-year-old Freud mare, ridden by the red-hot Irad Ortiz, Jr., covered nine furlongs over […]

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The Way To Louisville: Pletcher, Motion Have Plenty Of Practice Pointing To Kentucky Derby

There are a variety of ways to get a 3-year-old to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May. Just ask Kentucky Derby-winning trainers Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion, who hope their entries in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby can get them to the 2018 Run for the Roses on time. […]

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It’s Me Mom: Parents’ Legacy Lives On For Easy Blossom Owners

At the outset of the 2011-2012 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, past Oldsmar champion jockey Willie Martinez raved about the speed possessed by a 3-year-old filly named It’s Me Mom. Already a three-time stakes winner, It’s Me Mom lived up to Martinez’s hype by winning the 6-furlong Minaret Stakes in then-stakes-record time of 1:09.68. Then, after […]

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