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Independence Hall ‘Did Just Enough’ In Sunday Work At Tampa

That was trainer Michael Trombetta’s message this morning to his assistant and exercise rider, Sarah Shaffer – as well as area racing fans who hope to see unbeaten 3-year-old colt Independence Hall in action at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 8 in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Trombetta was in touch with […]

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‘Feels Really Good’: Antonio Gallardo Rides Five Winners Sunday At Tampa

With a chance to ride five winners on a single card at Tampa Bay Downs for the fifth time in his career, leading jockey Antonio Gallardo went into the eighth race brimming with confidence. Everyone could see why after first-time starter Chart ran away and hid from her six rivals, posting a 5 ¼-length victory […]

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‘Cool Under Fire’: Jockey Pablo Morales Celebrated Career Year In 2019

Pablo Morales had the kind of year in 2019 most jockeys only dream about. He rode 226 winners, the 12th-highest total in North American, and his purse earnings of $4,053,906 marked a career-best. Given that he is 31 and either at the peak of his career, or rapidly approaching it, Morales doesn’t plan to spend […]

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Now At Tampa, Independence Hall Could Point For Sam Davis Or Risen Star

Two Road to the Kentucky Derby options appear to be the primary choices for undefeated 3-year-old Independence Hall’s next start, trainer Michael Trombetta told horseracingnation.com on Monday. The son of Constitution, now based at Tampa Bay Downs after his win in Aqueduct’s Jerome Stakes on Jan. 1, could point to either the G3 Sam F. […]

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Kathleen O’Connell’s Racetrack Crew ‘Willing To Go The Extra Mile’

When it comes to doling out tender, loving care at Barn 25 on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, trainer Kathleen O’Connell is an equal-opportunity distributor. O’Connell, the Salt Rock Tavern Trainer of the Month, is attuned to the heartbeats of each of the 35 Thoroughbreds in her barn, as well as the 25 or so […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Schedules ‘College Day’ Promotion For Jan. 18

Attracting new generations of fans to the majesty and excitement of Thoroughbred racing is a goal of every racetrack operator. Tampa Bay Downs has made steady strides in that area in recent years. The track’s “Kids & Family Days” gatherings on Sundays in February and March – featuring pony rides, games and bounce houses – […]

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‘You Have To Remember Where You Came From’: Antonio Gallardo Ready For The New Year

Before the 2019-2020 Tampa Bay Downs meeting resumed on Nov. 27, jockey Antonio Gallardo took his wife Polliana and their two children to his hometown of Jerez de la Frontera in Cadiz, Spain to visit with his parents and other relatives. After a down-to-the-wire duel with good friend Pablo Morales for the Presque Isle Downs […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Plans Second Annual High Rollers Handicapping Contest For January 11

The second annual High Rollers Handicapping Contest, featuring a potential first-place prize of $20,000, will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 in the VIP Room at Tampa Bay Downs. To enter, players are required to deposit $1,000, of which $500 serves as the player’s wagering bankroll and $500 goes to the prize pool. Any dollar amount […]

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Merango Tango ‘Always Wanted To Be A Racehorse,’ Wins At Tampa After Five-Year Layoff

Five years can seem like an eternity in horse racing. But when owner-trainer Tim Padilla traveled to Purcell, Okla., early this year to pick up former stable star Merango Tango, it seemed like 2014 all over again, and he devised a plan to get him back to the races. The 8-year-old gelding brought the heartfelt […]

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‘Every Horse Is Running Well For Him’: Camacho Finding The Right Balance Between Work, Family

Jockey Samy Camacho is all business at the racetrack, where he strives to reward his connections with the best rides available while pursuing a second consecutive Tampa Bay Downs jockeys title. But when he hangs up his tack for the day, Camacho transforms into a devoted family man, cherishing time spent with his wife, Kismar […]

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