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Sophomore World Of Trouble Nearly Lowers Track Record In Tampa’s Pasco Stakes

That “thudding” sound you might have heard after the $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs came from a few dozen jaws hitting the grandstand cement after World of Trouble’s 13 ¾-length victory. It wasn’t just the margin, or the time – 1:21.52, .12 seconds off the stakes and track record for 7 furlongs – […]

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‘She Always Seems To Have A Little More’: Chella Making Waves For Sullivan At Tampa

Three years ago, the Ontario-bred Chella was riding a three-race winning streak when Elliot Sullivan claimed her for $10,000 from a race at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown, Ohio. Chella was beaten that day by more than six lengths as a 7-10 favorite, and Sullivan was unsure if he wanted to emerge as the […]

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Chilean Jockey Ulloa Chasing His ‘Dream’ At Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs jockey Andres Ulloa got a taste of the big time in 2016 when he traveled to Santa Anita to watch his older brother, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, ride Chilean-bred Kitcat in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Although Kitcat finished near the back of the pack, Andres soaked up the splendor and […]

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Jockey Gallardo: ‘You Can Find A Good Horse Anywhere’

Two seasons ago, Antonio Gallardo rode a 3-year-old first-time starter named Imperial Hint to an eye-opening victory in a 7-furlong Tampa Bay Downs allowance in a sizzling time of 1:22.39. The Luis Carvajal, Jr.-trained Florida-bred colt lowered that time to 1:22.15 in his next start with Gallardo in the irons, the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ […]

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Tapa Tapa Tapa Takes Tampa Allowance With Ease After Seven-Month Layoff

Thanks to his 15-year-old “hoss” back home and his 3-year-old filly on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, trainer Tim Hamm has felt nearly invincible recently. Three weeks ago, his son, freshman quarterback Shane Hamm of Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban High, threw four touchdown passes to lead the school to a 42-14 victory against Cincinnati Winton […]

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Juvenile Vino Rosso Impresses In Two-Turn Allowance At Tampa

No matter their level of involvement, horsemen and Thoroughbred racing fans are always dreaming of the first Saturday in May, hoping to arrive at Churchill Downs with a Kentucky Derby contender they can embrace. A Tampa Bay Downs crowd of 2,067, which could swell to 10 times that number by spring, might have seen such a horse […]

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Three Rules, Mo Cash Likely To Renew Rivalry In Marion County FSS

A pair of accomplished Florida-bred 3-year-olds, Three Rules and Mo Cash, are likely to strut their stuff on Dec. 16 at Tampa Bay Downs in the $125,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Marion County Florida Sire Stakes. The multiple stakes winners staged a thrilling duel on July 1 in the Grade 3, 7-furlong Carry […]

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Garcia Trades Riding Boots For Condition Book At Tampa Bay Downs

Jose Angel Garcia has traded in his helmet, boots and goggles for a new cell phone and a condition book. The 30-year-old Garcia, who won the final race of the 2017 Summer Festival of Racing at Tampa Bay Downs aboard 6-year-old gelding Cedula Ocho on July 1, is working this season as an agent for veteran […]

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New LED Video Display, On-Site Wagering App Await Fans At Tampa Bay Downs

After a season in which it hosted the winners of two Triple Crown races and a Breeders’ Cup race, Tampa Bay Downs is set to resume its 2017-2018 racing season with Saturday’s “Opening Day” card. Post time for the first of 10 races is 12:25 p.m. The feature is the 10th race, the $26,500 Lightning City Prep at 5 furlongs […]

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Centeno, Bennett Collect Meet Riding, Training Titles At Tampa Bay Downs

The 45-year-old Centeno isn’t sure if a five-day suspension for careless riding on March 31 got him fired up, or if a challenge from Tampa Bay Downs newcomer Edwin Gonzalez stoked his competitive juices. Of course, it’s not as if the six-time Tampa Bay Downs riding champion needs extra incentive to chase victory. But it […]

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