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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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‘Two-Turn Experience’: Spinoff Launches More Derby Hopes For Pletcher At Tampa

Believe it or not, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez had a few anxious moments during Triple Crown nominee Spinoff’s 11 ¾-length victory in today’s second race at Tampa Bay Downs. “He passed the other horses and got to the ¼-mile pole, and then he started waiting. Then he saw the gate (at the top […]

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Killybegs Captain Surprises Imperial Hint With $21.60 Pelican Upset

Count assistant trainer Rory Barron among the handful of folks who thought 5-year-old Killybegs Captain was capable of upsetting multiple-Grade I winner Imperial Hint in the 35th edition of the $100,000 Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. And maybe Barron is the guy everyone should have listened to, since he’s spent the last several weeks […]

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Florida-Bred Well Defined Steals Sam Davis With Frontrunning 7-1 Upset

Stonehedge LLC’s homebred Well Defined earned a chance to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after a win in the Florida-bred Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but wound up finishing 12th after an awkward start and being checked at the five-sixteenths pole. The 3-year-old gelded son of With Distinction came back in January to run fifth […]

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Hawksmoor Proves Deserving Favorite In Endeavour

Lael Stables’ Hawksmoor got 2019 off to a solid start with a 7-5 victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa. The 6-year-old daughter of Azamour, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Arnaud Delacour, covered 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf in 1:40.83. In her first win since the 2017 G2 New York […]

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Inspector Lynley Works Out Inside Trip To Best Divisidero, Qurbaan In Tampa Bay Stakes

Stuart S. Janney and Phipps Stable’s homebred Inspector Lynley got a perfect inside trip from jockey Jose Ortiz to win Saturday’s G3 Tampa Bay Stakes by about a head on the wire, defeating 4-1 Divisidero and 2-1 co-favorite Qurbaan in a blanket finish. The 6-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid was sent off as the […]

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‘Proven’ Knicks Go A Deserving Favorite, But No Sure Thing In Sam F. Davis

Most of the trainers with runners in Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs view the mile-and-a-sixteenth race for 3-year-olds on the main track as a wide-open affair. “I think it’s a good race for everybody to see what kind of level their horse can compete at,” said Arnaud Delacour, […]

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Minshall Trainee Admiralty Pier Ready To ‘Step Up’ For Tampa Bay Stakes

Trainer Barb Minshall currently has a string of 12 horses with her at Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Florida, with more set to join her soon. Minshall had just one starter last week, as Majestic Melody finished fourth at Tampa Bay Downs on February 2. Overall, it’s been a successful start to the winter for […]

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