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.





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DYNAMIC SKY HEADS DAVIS; FULL FIELDS GALORE SATURDAY


OLDSMAR, FL. – Pasco Stakes winner Dynamic Sky, from the potent barn of trainer Mark Casse, headlines a 10-horse field for Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, one of three graded events on the track’s lucrative 12-race Festival Preview Day.





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Monday, January 28 2013


SAM F. DAVIS STAKES PART OF KENTUCKY DERBY POINTS SYSTEM


OLDSMAR, FL. – Anticipation is building to a fever pitch for the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs, one of three official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands prep races scheduled across the nation for Saturday.





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Thursday, January 24 2013


LIGHTING CITY STAKES DRAWS HIGH-QUALITY FIELD


OLDSMAR, FL. – Madame Giry, a winner of five races in a row before a narrow defeat last month at Gulfstream, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $75,000 Lightning City Stakes for older fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf.

The Lightning City Stakes is the showcase of a full weekend of Thoroughbred action at Tampa Bay Downs that kicks off with a 10-race card Friday beginning at 12:38 p.m. The Lightning City will be contested as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race card.





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Monday, January 21 2013


SHANGHAI BOBBY HEADS SAM F. DAVIS NOMINATIONS


OLDSMAR, FL. – Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby, a near-unanimous choice as 2012 Eclipse Award Champion 2-Year-Old Male, headlines a list of 54 3-year-olds nominated to the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 2.





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Saturday, January 19 2013


NO DENYING ALLEY OOP OOP; SERPA WINS THREE AGAIN


OLDSMAR, FL. – Alley Oop Oop, who drew into the field from the also-eligible list after a late scratch, powered through the stretch to win the $30,000 Tampa Bay Stakes Prep on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs by a neck from El Commodore.

A crowd of 7,230 poured into the track for the 11-race card on Cap Giveaway Day.





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Monday, December 31 2012


SANDPIPER WINNER COR COR TO CONTEST JAN. 1 GRADE III


OLDSMAR, FL. – Tampa Bay Downs will offer a full plate of simulcast wagering Monday and Tuesday to ring out 2012 and welcome 2013 before live racing resumes Wednesday with a 10-race card.

At Gulfstream Park on Tuesday – New Year’s Day – Cor Cor, who won the $75,000 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 1, will compete in the Grade III, $100,000 Old Hat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs.





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Sunday, December 23 2012


MIND SPELL MUCH THE BEST FOR DaCOSTA, CENTENO


OLDSMAR, FL. – Trainer Jason DaCosta and jockey Daniel Centeno both considered Lucky Tiz the horse to beat in Saturday’s $22,200 allowance optional claiming feature for 2-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs – especially since Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux came in to ride the Kentucky-bred colt.





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Sunday, December 16 2012


FERNANDO JARA – REMEMBER HIM? – SEEKS RETURN TO TOP


OLDSMAR, FL. – Five years ago, jockey Fernando Jara thought winning major races might be as easy as riding a bicycle.

The native of Panama won the 2006 Belmont Stakes on Jazil and the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2007 Dubai World Cup on Invasor – all while still a teenager. Invasor’s two huge victories alone were worth $11-million in purse money.





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Saturday, December 15 2012


KAELIN SHOWS HE KNOWS WHEN TO HOLD ’EM


OLDSMAR, FL. – Toward the end of the Churchill Downs fall meeting last month, trainer Forrest Kaelin entered his 3-year-old filly Slander in a $15,000 claiming race.

But after reflecting on her third-place finish for a $20,000 claiming price against 11 rivals at Keeneland on Oct. 12, the 77-year-old Kaelin decided it was too risky to put Slander up for sale.





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Thursday, December 13 2012


TRAINERS CIBELLI, STEWART OFF TO STRONG STARTS


OLDSMAR, FL. – Trainers Jane Cibelli and Chad Stewart insist they’re only as good as the people and the horses around them.

Judging from the first five days of the 2012-13 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, though, it’s obvious both possess the traits needed for long-term success in a demanding occupation.





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Sunday, December 09 2012


MARTINEZ BACK HOME AFTER BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS


OLDSMAR, FL. – Willie Martinez knew his supporters back in Tampa Bay – from horsemen to racing fans to his family – were cheering wildly when he won the $1.5-million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint aboard Trinniberg last month at Santa Anita.





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