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Rotstein, Cameron Celebrate ‘Thrilling’ First Training Victories At Tampa

Tyler Rotstein was trying to keep his emotions under control after his 4-year-old gelding Togie won Saturday’s fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the 23-year-old trainer’s first career victory in only three tries. “It’s probably the most thrilling experience I’ve had in a long, long time,” said Rotstein, a former strong safety-linebacker for the Bluffton […]

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‘Always So Positive’: Young Jockey Mena Overcomes Injuries, Remains Passionate

Tampa Bay Downs jockey Raul Mena was 19 when his mount failed to negotiate the turn in a race at Valparaiso Sporting Club in Chile, throwing him to the ground like a rag doll and placing his budding career in jeopardy. Mena spent the next six weeks in a comatose state, while doctors and family […]

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Pair Of Half-Brothers Capture Florida Cup Stakes At Tampa

The 17th annual Florida Cup, a celebration of the Sunshine State’s rich heritage of Thoroughbred breeding and racing excellence, was held under sunny skies, with temperatures in the low 80’s at Tampa Bay Downs. All the action took place on a fast main track and a firm turf course in front of a spirited crowd […]

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Retired Jockey David Flores Celebrates First Training Victory At Tampa Bay Downs

David Flores had planned to accompany his wife Dawn and their two children to LEGOLAND Theme Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday, but when 3-year-old colt Higgins got into the seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs, Flores decided to enjoy fun of a different sort. Wise move, as the retired jockey scored his first […]

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Tacitus ‘Stepped Up To The Plate’ At Tampa; Trio Of Final Prep Options On The Table

With his upset victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, 3-year-old colt Tacitus vaulted into a tie for third place in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” standings with 50 points, assuring his eligibility for the 145th Run for the Roses on May 4 at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Jose Ortiz, […]

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Royally-Bred Tacitus Up The Rail For Stakes-Record Time In Tampa Bay Derby

Juddmonte Farm homebred Tacitus, the Tapit first son of champion Close Hatches, provided an 8-1 upset in Saturday’s G2 Tampa Bay Derby to give trainer Bill Mott another prospective candidate for the first Saturday in May. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the sophomore colt parlayed a rail-skimming ride to win by about a length in stakes-record […]

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Rymska Up The Inside For Hillsborough Triumph

Madaket Stables, Tom Coleman, Team Hanley and Elayne Stables’ Rymska captured the G2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday by two lengths, paying $5.20 as the favorite. The 5-year-old Le Havre mare, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Chad Brown, covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:49.18 to defeat Rymska at […]

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Favored Concrete Rose Holds On For Florida Oaks Triumph

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing’s Concrete Rose had the lead at the top of the stretch and was able to hold on through the wire to win the G3 Florida Oaks by a half-length on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The sophomore daughter of Twirling Candy paid $8.40 as the tepid favorite. Ridden by Julien […]

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‘Grown Up’ Dream Maker Represents Friendly Competition In Tampa Bay Derby

On sultry summer evenings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., it’s not unusual to see owners John C. Oxley, Charlotte Weber and Tracy Farmer sharing a table with trainer Mark Casse, reliving the day’s excitement and spinning yarns about the sport’s champions and colorful characters. No matter the outcome of Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa […]

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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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