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World Approval Has To Work A Little In Tampa Bay Stakes

Reigning Eclipse Award champion World Approval made his 2018 debut in Saturday’s G3 Tampa Bay Stakes, and was sent off at odds of 1-5 over the field of nine. The now 6-year-old son of Northern Afleet had to dig in late in the stretch to fend off a run from Forge, but maintained a 3/4-length […]

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Flameaway Upsets Heavily Favored Catholic Boy In Sam F. Davis

According to the tote board, Catholic Boy (1-2) was going to walk all over the other five sophomore colts entered in Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. But when the favorite drew even with 10-1 frontrunner Flameaway at the head of the lane, there was another story to be told. Jose […]

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C. S. Incharge Gives Romans An Oaks Candidate With Suncoast Victory

It may have taken five starts for C. S. Incharge to find the winner’s circle, but the 3-year-old Take Charge Indy filly seems to have found it to her liking. This Saturday’s $150,000 Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs was her first start since breaking her maiden in January, and C. S. Incharge had to […]

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Champion World Approval Set To Make Seasonal Debut In Saturday’s Tampa Bay Stakes

Those darn butterflies were already starting to churn in trainer Mark Casse’s gut around noon today. Not that Casse would trade the feeling. He’ll bring the reigning Eclipse Award Champion Turf Male, 6-year-old gray gelding World Approval, to the paddock for Saturday’s 11th race, the Grade III, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the grass. “It’s always kind […]

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‘Stronger’ Catholic Boy Pleases Thomas Leading Up To Sam F. Davis Stakes

Jonathan Thomas leaned forward in a Grandstand box seat as his 3-year-old colt Catholic Boy commenced his workout on the Tampa Bay Downs dirt oval shortly after 9 a.m. today, accompanied by an unraced stablemate. “Twelve-and-one (seconds for the first quarter-mile),” the trainer murmured via walkie-talkie to exercise rider Tracy Price. “That’s quick enough, guys. Just sit. […]

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Wilmer Garcia Suffers Broken Collarbone, Wrist In Tampa Spill

In Saturday’s action at Tampa Bay Downs, jockey Wilmer Garcia was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa after being unseated in the fourth race on the turf when his mount, 3-year-old gelding Power Hitter, clipped heels with Seminole Charlie in the stretch. Both horses completed the course and were reported in good condition afterward. […]

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Sophomore World Of Trouble Nearly Lowers Track Record In Tampa’s Pasco Stakes

That “thudding” sound you might have heard after the $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs came from a few dozen jaws hitting the grandstand cement after World of Trouble’s 13 ¾-length victory. It wasn’t just the margin, or the time – 1:21.52, .12 seconds off the stakes and track record for 7 furlongs – […]

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‘She Always Seems To Have A Little More’: Chella Making Waves For Sullivan At Tampa

Three years ago, the Ontario-bred Chella was riding a three-race winning streak when Elliot Sullivan claimed her for $10,000 from a race at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown, Ohio. Chella was beaten that day by more than six lengths as a 7-10 favorite, and Sullivan was unsure if he wanted to emerge as the […]

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Chilean Jockey Ulloa Chasing His ‘Dream’ At Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs jockey Andres Ulloa got a taste of the big time in 2016 when he traveled to Santa Anita to watch his older brother, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, ride Chilean-bred Kitcat in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Although Kitcat finished near the back of the pack, Andres soaked up the splendor and […]

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Jockey Gallardo: ‘You Can Find A Good Horse Anywhere’

Two seasons ago, Antonio Gallardo rode a 3-year-old first-time starter named Imperial Hint to an eye-opening victory in a 7-furlong Tampa Bay Downs allowance in a sizzling time of 1:22.39. The Luis Carvajal, Jr.-trained Florida-bred colt lowered that time to 1:22.15 in his next start with Gallardo in the irons, the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ […]

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