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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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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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