Friday, February 06, 2009


BLIND RIVER FOX FACES TOUGH SUPER STAKES FIELD


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 6, 2009) A full field of ten older horses are scheduled to go forward in tomorrow’s $75,000 seven furlong Super Stakes over the main track. Headlining the field is Blind River Fox, who captured last month’s Pelican Stakes here; the seven-year-old Florida-bred Foxtail gelding has never finished worse than second in four trips at the 7/8 mile distance and has campaigned over the Oldsmar oval 21 times, winning 10 races, coming in second 9 times and was thrice third. Willie Martinez will retain the ride on Blind River Fox for owner Winning Stables and conditioner Gerald Bennett.


He’s So Chic comes off a fourth-place finish in January 17’s Grade III Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream Park; the son of Jump Start has accrued a bankroll of $170,678 entering the Super Stakes; and will have the services of Tampa Bay Downs’s leading rider Daniel Centeno, who will attempt to halter his fourth stakes win for the 2008-2009 race meeting. Paradise Dancer looks for a return to form in the Super Stakes; the nine-year-old Langfuhr gelding has amassed $551,633 for leading Tampa owner Richard N. Averill and Courtside Grille Trainer of the Month Kirk Ziadie. Paradise Dancer is a graded stakes winner who has never finished out of the money in four starts at the seven-furlong distance.

Finish Lines… Trainer Jamie Ness saddled two winners today; his first victory came with Close the Deal, a five-year-old Running Stag mare bred in Florida by Adena Springs, owned by Acclaimed Racing Stable and ridden by Carlos Cruz. Ness got his second win with Breeze Keeper; the Florida-bred Arrested gelding was booted home by top Tampa jockey Daniel Centeno and is owned by L. A. Inc.

Tomorrow’s Morning Glory guest will be John Morrissey, one of the Tampa Bay Downs Stewards. Morrissey will join track announce Richard Grunder at 10 AM in the first floor of the Grandstand; Morning Glory is free and includes complimentary coffee, donuts and admission to the afternoon’s races. Sunday, February 8 is Kids and Family Day at Tampa Bay Downs. Join Radio Disney and the gang for an afternoon of free fun, games and pony rides in the Backyard from noon until three PM.

Racing resumes tomorrow, February 7 with an eleven race card; the Pick 6 carryover is $6,671.63 and the High 5 carryover is $12,206.90. The Silks Poker room is open daily from 12:30 PM through 12:30 AM, and The Downs Golf Practice Facility is open on Mondays from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM and on Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 AM through 10:00 PM.


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