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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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Imperial Hint ‘Full Of Run,’ To Use Tampa Stakes As Prep For Dubai Golden Shaheen

Imperial Hint, one of the top dirt sprinters in the world, is taking aim on Dubai and a chance at redemption on multiple levels. Two years ago, the son of Imperialism ventured across the world for the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), but was scratched the week of the race with a fever. He also has […]

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Jockey Gallardo Sore But Unharmed After Tampa Spill

Jockey Antonio Gallardo incurred a left-leg contusion after being thrown to the turf in Sunday’s seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs. Gallardo was unseated when his mount, 5-year-old gelding Lodestar, broke down in the stretch run. Gallardo walked back to the jockeys’ room afterward and was extremely sore after the race, but did not require […]

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‘Everybody’s Friend’: Late Forrest Kaelin Honored In Tampa Winner’s Circle

Today’s fifth race was named for trainer Forrest Kaelin, who died in July at 83. As evidenced by the turnout in the winner’s circle after The Forrest Kaelin Memorial Purse, he was a beloved and respected figure at Tampa Bay Downs, dating back to his arrival here as a jockey in 1956 when the track […]

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Camacho Rides Five Winners Saturday At Tampa Bay Downs

No jockey enjoys losing. But judging from today’s card, leading Tampa Bay Downs rider Samy Camacho takes it personally. A day after getting shut out in five races, Camacho rode five winners, getting up twice within the shadow of the wire. Every jockey relishes luck, but Camacho’s improved upper-body strength, achieved in large measure by […]

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Pasco Longshot War Bridle Has Connections ‘On Cloud Nine’

David Davila is eager to share the thrills of Thoroughbred ownership with about 90 new friends on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Ocala-based attorney, who owns 75-acre Backstretch Farms in the heart of central Florida’s horse country, will be here to watch his 3-year-old gelding War Bridle compete in the $125,000, 7-furlong Pasco Stakes. […]

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‘I Never Let It Get Into My Head’: Jesus Castanon Celebrates 2,500th Winner

Jesus Castanon knew he was one victory shy of 2,500 when he entered the starting gate on Tearless in Saturday’s third race at Tampa Bay Downs, the second leg of the Fillies and Mares Division of the Tampa Turf Test starter handicap series. But when the race started, the 45-year-old jockey put the impending milestone […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Announces Inaugural ‘High Rollers Handicapping Contest’

Tampa Bay Downs bettors of all experience levels are invited to chase huge payoffs in the first-ever “High Rollers Handicapping Contest” on Jan. 19, which is Skyway Festival Day at Tampa Bay Downs. The winner earns $20,000 (based on 100 entries) and the first and second-place finishers receive their choice of a seat in the […]

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