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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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Stidham Appreciates ‘Kind And Safe’ Surfaces At Tampa Bay Downs

Although his is a relatively new face to most Tampa Bay Downs regulars, Michael Stidham first trained horses here in 1980 when his late father, George Stidham, sent him to Oldsmar with about 10 run-of-the-mill horses and specific instructions. “He told me to go learn something and not bring any back with me – either […]

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Tampa Bay Stakes Schedule Boasts Record Purse Money Of $3.74 Million

Thoroughbred racing makes its triumphant return to the area Saturday when Tampa Bay Downs plays host to a 10-race Opening Day card beginning at 12:25 p.m. The track’s 93rd anniversary season, which began July 1 during the Summer Festival of Racing and Music, consists of 91 racing days and runs through June 30. The 2018-2019 […]

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Bennett, Gallardo Repeat As Leading Trainer, Jockey At Tampa Bay Downs

Gerald Bennett plans to haul five horses to Delaware Park on Monday, with another 10 or so headed out on a van Thursday. By the time he’s finished, the veteran trainer should have between 30-35 horses ready for action for the May 30 opening. Transporting Thoroughbreds is second nature for Bennett, who captured his third consecutive Tampa Bay Downs […]

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Allen Celebrates 2,000th Victory Friday At Tampa Bay Downs

Mike Allen, who has been on both ends of enough photo finishes to know the score, had a quick quip for Samy Camacho after their mounts crossed the wire together in the first race at Tampa Bay Downs. “I said ‘You didn’t get me this time, Samy,’ ” Allen recounted after winning by a nose […]

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Jockey David Delgado’s ‘Horsemanship Skill’ On Full Display At Tampa Bay Downs

Every time he exercised Navy Armed Guard this season, David Delgado thirsted for a chance to ride the 3-year-old gelding in a race. When that opportunity came on March 24 at Tampa Bay Downs, Delgado felt as giddy as a schoolboy before his first dance. “It was a long time since I’d been on a […]

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