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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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Florida-Breds Win Win Win, Well Defined Readying For Tampa Bay Derby Showdown

A pair of Florida-breds, track record-holder Win Win Win and Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Well Defined, appear headed for a showdown on Saturday, March 9 in the 39th edition of the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, but there should be no shortage of opponents in the “Road to the […]

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Record-Setting Win Win Win Fires Bullet Toward Tampa Bay Derby

Opinions about 3-year-old Thoroughbreds run rampant this time of year. But a lot of racing fans took notice when long-time observer Steve Haskin moved Win Win Win into the top half of his “Derby Dozen” rankings following the colt’s record-shattering victory in the 7-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa on Jan. 19. This week, Haskin raised […]

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Dream Maker ‘Smooth And Professional’ In Half-Mile Move Toward Tampa Bay Derby

Trainer Mark Casse’s barn on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots backstretch has done a fabulous job in displaying promising 3-year-old talent in New Orleans this winter and impressive Fair Grounds allowance winner Dream Maker took another step closer toward his expected start in the Grade II $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9 with a […]

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