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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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An ‘Old Man’ Of 30, Pablo Morales Celebrates 200th Win Of 2018

With the deadline fast approaching, jockey Pablo Morales summoned a consummate front-running performance from 4-year-old gelding Polar City in Tampa Bay Downs’ ninth race to earn his 200th victory of 2018. The 30-year-old Morales, the leading jockey this year at Presque Isle Downs, reached the 200 mark for the first time last year, when he […]

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Massam, Wolfson Finish One-Two In ’10 Days Of Festivus Challenge’

Brad Massam of Chatham, N.J., amassed a bankroll of $164.10 to capture the annual “10 Days of Festivus Challenge” Handicapping Contest sponsored by Tampa Bay Downs. The runner-up, with a bankroll of $131.90, was Steve Wolfson of Ormond Beach, Fla., a racing consultant and a member of the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Hall of Fame. […]

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Gen Z Eligible To Earn College Scholarships At Tampa Bay Downs On Jan. 12

Tampa Bay Downs is set to reach out to “Generation Z” through its inaugural “College Day” promotion, to be held Saturday, Jan. 12. Current college students and high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary education are eligible to compete for one of five $2,000 scholarships to be awarded through the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce […]

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