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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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.”





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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.





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