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Garcia Trades Riding Boots For Condition Book At Tampa Bay Downs

Jose Angel Garcia has traded in his helmet, boots and goggles for a new cell phone and a condition book. The 30-year-old Garcia, who won the final race of the 2017 Summer Festival of Racing at Tampa Bay Downs aboard 6-year-old gelding Cedula Ocho on July 1, is working this season as an agent for veteran […]

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New LED Video Display, On-Site Wagering App Await Fans At Tampa Bay Downs

After a season in which it hosted the winners of two Triple Crown races and a Breeders’ Cup race, Tampa Bay Downs is set to resume its 2017-2018 racing season with Saturday’s “Opening Day” card. Post time for the first of 10 races is 12:25 p.m. The feature is the 10th race, the $26,500 Lightning City Prep at 5 furlongs […]

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Centeno, Bennett Collect Meet Riding, Training Titles At Tampa Bay Downs

The 45-year-old Centeno isn’t sure if a five-day suspension for careless riding on March 31 got him fired up, or if a challenge from Tampa Bay Downs newcomer Edwin Gonzalez stoked his competitive juices. Of course, it’s not as if the six-time Tampa Bay Downs riding champion needs extra incentive to chase victory. But it […]

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‘Like A Mechanic Checking Your Car’: Ferrer Riding High At Tampa Bay Downs

More than 30 years ago, when he was making a name for himself as a top rider in New Jersey, Jose Ferrer had the good fortune to learn from some of the best. Jockeys such as Ferrer’s uncle, Carlos Lopez, Sr., and his cousin, Charles “C.C.” Lopez, were eager to share their insights. And when […]

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‘Hot’ Jockey Edwin Gonzalez Rides Six Winners Friday At Tampa

Tears of joy streamed down Karina Morales’ face as she hugged her husband, jockey Edwin Gonzalez, after his sixth victory today at Tampa Bay Downs. A few moments later, Gonzalez admitted that he was crying too while galloping out Blake’s Magic following his triumph on the 7-year-old mare in the 10th race on the turf. […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: The Horse Whose ‘Heart’ Carries Him

To anyone else, he was just another dark bay racehorse crossing the wire in front on a Friday afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs. The self-assured way he jogged back to the winner’s enclosure hinted at something more, suggesting he knew exactly what he’d accomplished. It had been 21 months since Captain Genius was seen on […]

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Online Handicapping Contest ‘Live It Up’ Begins Feb. 11

Horse players wishing to travel to Las Vegas next winter and chase a jackpot of about $800,000 can take the first step through the fourth annual “Live It Up Challenge” online handicapping contest sponsored by Tampa Bay Downs. The contest begins Saturday, Feb. 11, on the Oldsmar oval’s annual Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm […]

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