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.
Friday, December 07 2012
ACTION ANDY SEEKS A SLICE OF HISTORY
OLDSMAR, FL. – Action Andy, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Robert Gerczak and trained by Carlos Garcia, will try to become the fourth horse to win back-to-back editions of the $60,000 Pelican Stakes on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.
The 87th season of Thoroughbred racing at the west-central Florida oval enters its third day of competition Friday with a 10-race card that begins at 12:38 p.m.
Thursday, December 06 2012
REDBUD ROAD FINDS TRACK TO HER LIKING
OLDSMAR, FL. – Over the past two months, almost all of Redbud Road’s workouts at Calder in Miami had been the fastest of the morning.
So her trainer, Stanley Gold, liked her chances in Wednesday’s $30,000 Minaret Prep at Tampa Bay Downs as long as the 3-year-old filly enjoyed the track surface.
Sunday, December 02 2012
PURPLE EGG, COR COR SET STAKES RECORDS
OLDSMAR, FL. – A 2-year-old gelding with the potential and pedigree to develop into a two-turn powerhouse and a juvenile filly with the speed to run away from the competition set stakes records Saturday as Tampa Bay Downs opened its 87th season of Thoroughbred racing.
Friday, November 30 2012
FLORIDA OAKS AWARDED GRADE III STATUS FROM TOBA
OLDSMAR, FL. – The $150,000 Florida Oaks, Tampa Bay Downs’ premier race for 3-year-old fillies, has been elevated to Grade III status by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in Lexington, Ky.
Tuesday, November 06 2012
EARLY BARN ARRIVALS RAISE EXCITEMENT LEVEL
OLDSMAR, FL. -- For the nine Anthony Pecoraro-trained horses that arrived at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday morning, the 20-hour trip from Monmouth Park in New Jersey must have seemed like a romp in a lush paddock.
Five days after Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey coast, Anthony Pecoraro's horses were loaded onto an Andrew Simoff Horse Transportation van for the trip south to their lodgings for the 2012-13 Tampa Bay Downs racing season, which begins Dec. 1.
Thursday, November 01 2012
TAMPA BAY DOWNS BARN AREA TO OPEN EARLY
Due to the impact on horsemen and horses in the Northeast, Tampa Bay Downs has elected to open the barn area on Monday Nov 5th, 2012 at 8:00am.
“A number of our horsemen are effected at Monmonth Park and Delaware Park; to ease the burden of flood waters and lack of electricity we elected to open early to try and accommodate as many horsemen as possible,” said Peter Berube, Vice President and General Manager of Tampa Bay Downs.
Wednesday, October 31 2012
CHALLENGER CHAMP FORT LARNED PRIMED FOR CLASSIC
Tampa Bay Downs trainer Ian Wilkes admits he never expected his 4-year-old colt Fort Larned to be among the favorites for the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic after his victory in the Challenger Stakes at the Oldsmar oval on March 3.
“I’d be kidding if I said I thought he would get this good,” Wilkes said. “At the beginning of the year, we weren’t talking about the Breeders’ Cup. But he showed a lot of talent early in his career, and as the year went on he got better and better.”
Friday, September 28 2012
FIVE GRADED EVENTS HIGHLIGHT 2012-13 TAMPA BAY DOWNS’ STAKES SCHEDULE*
OLDSMAR, FL. -- Tampa Bay Downs has unveiled its stakes schedule for the 2012-13 meeting, and fans can again look forward to watching many of the country’s fastest Thoroughbreds compete when the track’s 87th season begins Dec. 1.
For the second meeting in a row, Tampa Bay Downs will run 25 stakes worth $2,595,000. The lucrative added-money slate is highlighted by the 33rd edition of the Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby, a mile-and-a-sixteenth showcase for 3-year-old Triple Crown candidates, on March 9.
Tuesday, August 07 2012
TROT’S EFFORTS AND SUCCESS RECOGNIZED WITH MAJOR GRANTS
Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa (TROT) has received grants from a pair of major Thoroughbred retirement charity organizations for its efforts and success in rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out horses after their careers on the racetrack
TROT was approved for a grant of $5,700 from Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and another of $2,850 from Blue Horse Charities (BHC), which was formed in 2001 by the Fasig-Tipton Sales Company. Lexington, Ky.-based TCA is the managing agent for BHC.
Wednesday, May 16 2012
DESPITE DECLINES, TAMPA SEES SILVER LINING FOR 2012-13 SEASON AND BEYOND
Tampa Bay Downs wrapped up its 86th Thoroughbred racing season the weekend of May 5-6 with a memorable two-day celebration.
A festive crowd of 9,028, the second-largest of the meet, watched and wagered on 12 live races and the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby on the final Saturday of the 2011-12 campaign. The following day, the 92-day meeting drew to a close as the track recognized loyal patrons with the annual Fan Appreciation Day activities.
Monday, May 07 2012
FINAL DAY OF TAMPA BAY DOWNS SEASON GIVES PAUSE FOR REFLECTION
The sight of a pair of adult sandhill cranes with two adorable chicks making their way across the main track two hours before post time at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday served as a fitting metaphor for the final day of the 2011-12 Thoroughbred meeting.
For horsemen, jockeys and Tampa Bay Downs officials, Sunday was a time to reflect on the achievements of the past five months – including a highly successful Kentucky Derby Day party that attracted more than 9,000 fans – while looking forward to the promise of a bright future.