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‘Like A Million Dollars’: Kaelins Celebrate Emotional Win With My Monkey

Derby Day came early for trainer Forrest Kaelin and his wife of 62 years, Betty. The Kaelins, who have long been among the most beloved horse people on the Tampa Bay Downs backside, won today’s fifth race with their 3-year-old filly My Monkey, who was bred by Betty Kaelin and the couple’s granddaughter, Brittany King. […]

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Imperial Hint To Miss Dubai Golden Shaheen, Reroutes To Florida Cup Sprint

After Imperial Hint’s second-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 4 at Del Mar, trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr., targeted the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 31 at Meydan Racecourse for his initial 5-year-old start. But the multiple graded-stakes winner came down with a virus that caused him to miss a couple weeks of training, forcing […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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Quip May Start Once More Before Derby; Casse Pleased With Flameaway’s Effort

Rodolphe Brisset noticed a major difference in his Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip when he returned to the trainer’s Fair Grounds base in New Orleans in early January to resume training after a three-week “vacation” at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. “He matured a lot physically and carried more weight. […]

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Quip Springs 19-1 Upset In Tampa Bay Derby, Gives Former Mott Assistant First Graded Victory

Making his 3-year-old debut in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby, Quip told the world just how much he’d progressed since his juvenile campaign. Owned by breeder WinStar Farm, SF Racing and the China Horse Club, the son of Distorted Humor sat just behind the leader and took over in late stretch to score by about […]

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Fourstar Crook Gets Up On The Wire In Hillsborough

Michael Dubb, Gary Aisguith and Bethlehem Stables’ Fourstar Crook recorded her second graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, flying down the center of the course to win by a head at the wire. The 6-year-old Freud mare, ridden by the red-hot Irad Ortiz, Jr., covered nine furlongs over […]

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The Way To Louisville: Pletcher, Motion Have Plenty Of Practice Pointing To Kentucky Derby

There are a variety of ways to get a 3-year-old to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May. Just ask Kentucky Derby-winning trainers Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion, who hope their entries in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby can get them to the 2018 Run for the Roses on time. […]

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It’s Me Mom: Parents’ Legacy Lives On For Easy Blossom Owners

At the outset of the 2011-2012 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, past Oldsmar champion jockey Willie Martinez raved about the speed possessed by a 3-year-old filly named It’s Me Mom. Already a three-time stakes winner, It’s Me Mom lived up to Martinez’s hype by winning the 6-furlong Minaret Stakes in then-stakes-record time of 1:09.68. Then, after […]

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Trainer Nations Believes Two Turns Won’t Be An Issue For Sophomore Justaholic

Trainer Keith Nations was looking for answers from Justaholic in Sunday’s second race at Tampa Bay Downs, a $27,500 conditional allowance/optional claiming event for 3-year-olds racing 7 furlongs. The Kentucky-bred son of Justin Phillip-Luxaholic, by Macho Uno, checked off enough boxes for Nations to consider nominating him to the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa […]

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Velazquez Leads Earnings, Wins Categories For Jockey Of The Week Title

John Velazquez led all North American jockeys by earnings and by number of wins to be named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for February 5-11, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in […]

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