Saturday, March 12 2016
FLORIDA OAKS QUOTES
GRADE III, $200,000 FLORIDA OAKS
WINNER: BACIAMI PICCOLA
Winning trainer Brian Lynch: “She came over in mid-summer and was a little slow to get adjusted to the way we do things over here, so we sort of played with her through the fall. Julien and her started to hook up once we got to Palm Meadows, and he spent a lot of time with her. She is a very difficult filly to ride and can be temperamental, but they seemed to get along fantastic.
GRADE II, $200,000 HILLSBOROUGH
WINNER: TEPIN (COURSE RECORD, 1:46.26)
Winning trainer Mark Casse: “Relief. I was a little worried after the first quarter, but I’m happy. I’m always nervous. It’s funny, the distance worked in our favor today. She’s quite a horse. She can do a little bit of everything; that’s what makes her so amazing.”
Winning jockey Julien Leparoux: “I knew (Isabella Sings) was going fast, but when that happens, you almost have to not pay attention to the one in front. Johnny (Velazquez) came back a little at the half-mile pole, but my horse had to fight hard today, which is good. I didn’t whip her because I could feel she was running for me. She had to have a big race to win, and she did.”
LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY QUOTES
GRADE II, $350,000 LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY
WINNER: DESTIN (STAKES AND TRACK RECORD, 1:42.82)
Winning and runner-up trainer Todd Pletcher (via telephone from Gulfstream): “I was very, very pleased with (Destin’s) performance. He seems to be getting more and more professional and is learning how to finish his races. I felt he would improve with more experience and that is proving to be true. After his first two races, he was still piecing things together, but he has gotten better with experience. We will assess him but probably would not come back in the Florida Derby, which leaves the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass or Arkansas Derby as possibilities.
Friday, March 11 2016
MOTION HOPES RAFTING STEPS UP IN LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY
OLDSMAR, FL. – Kentucky Derby-winning trainer H. Graham Motion draws a couple of parallels between Rafting, his entry in Saturday’s Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, and Ring Weekend, which won the Tampa Bay Downs showcase two years ago.
“They’re both by the same stallion (Tapit, the leading U.S. sire the last two years),” Motion said today from his Palm Meadows Training Center base in Boynton Beach on Florida’s east coast. “And they were both horses I thought very highly of as 2-year-olds.”
Thursday, March 10 2016
OLDSMAR-BASED TRAINERS PREPARED FOR SATURDAY’S CHALLENGE
OLDSMAR, FL. – As a former assistant to trainer Mike Maker, 35-year-old Jordan Blair got to admire many of the Kitten’s Joy offspring Maker trained for top owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.
Last spring, Blair purchased a Kentucky-bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy-Prime Silver, by Silver Hawk, for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-Year-Old Sale. “Not many of Kitten’s Joy’s babies are that pretty, but they all run hard, and if you get a nice one it can turn out to be something special,” Blair said.
NO HICCUPS FOR BRODY’S CAUSE AS 2016 DEBUT NEARS
FACES NINE RIVALS
– Shortly after last fall’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland, trainer Dale Romans laid out a road map to get his talented 3-year-old, Brody’s Cause, into the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
The colt’s first major step toward Thoroughbred immortality takes place Saturday in the 36th edition of the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. Brody’s Cause is the presumptive favorite in a 10-horse field for the mile-and-a-sixteenth main-track contest, which offers 50-20-10-5 points to the first four finishers as part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series of 3-year-old prep races.
Sunday, February 14 2016
LAMBHOLM SOUTH ENDEAVOUR STAKES QUOTES
GRADE III, $150,000 LAMBHOLM SOUTH ENDEAVOUR STAKES QUOTES
Winning owner Robert E. Masterson: “These are once-in-a-lifetime horses. I’ve had a lot of graded horses, but this one, she’s a champion and she is just special. We know her so well – when they let her go out in (50.17 for the half-mile), it was like, you’re not going to catch her down the lane. She is just too fast.”
Wednesday, November 25 2015
OPENING DAY CARD ATTRACTS OVERFLOW FIELDS, RETURNING STAKES WINNERS
– Full fields and the return of two Tampa Bay Downs stakes winners highlight a 10-race card Saturday on Opening Day at the Oldsmar oval.
In addition to the feature ninth race, the $28,000 Lightning City Prep for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf, the program includes the first legs of the popular Tampa Turf Test Starter Handicap Series, with one-mile races for both males and fillies and mares.
Wednesday, November 04 2015
NEW-LOOK STAKES SCHEDULE DESIGNED WITH HORSEMEN, FANS IN MIND
OLDSMAR, FL. – Tampa Bay Downs is unveiling a new-look stakes schedule that promises to elevate the excitement level for horsemen, fans and bettors throughout the 2015-2016 meeting.
The track will present multiple stakes races on six Saturdays, including the 36th annual Festival Day card on March 12. Highlighting that card is the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, a Triple Crown stepping stone for 3-year-olds on the main track and part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby points series.
Thursday, January 29 2015
PROMISING 3-YEAR-OLDS PREPARE FOR STERN TEST IN SAM F. DAVIS
OLDSMAR, FL. – Promise and potential will take a back seat to performance late Saturday afternoon when 12 3-year-olds line up to face the starter in the 35th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the main event on Tampa Bay Downs’ Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South program.
Sunday, January 25 2015
CATALINA RED APPROACHING GRADE III DAVIS IN TOP FORM
OLDSMAR, FL. – The countdown has begun to discovering if Tampa Bay Downs track and multiple stakes-record holder Catalina Red can continue to excel while going around two turns against 3-year-olds from some of the country’s top stables.
Friday, February 01 2013
FESTIVAL PREVIEW TURF RACES HOLD SPECIAL APPEAL
OLDSMAR, FL. – In terms of the “big picture,” the majority of the focus Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs will be on the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds, and rightfully so.