Saturday, April 28 2012


SERPA SET TO DEPART TAMPA BAY DOWNS WITH WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE


As an apprentice jockey at Aqueduct two years ago, Angel Serpa soaked up knowledge from Hall of Fame member Edgar Prado, perhaps best known as the rider of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

The lessons from Prado didn’t end when they left the jockeys’ room.





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ROSES ULTIMATE GOAL FOR TAMPA BAY DERBY WINNER PROSPECTIVE


Owner John C. Oxley and trainer Mark Casse took several days after Prospective’s lackluster sixth-place finish in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes to decide whether to enter the 3-year-old colt in the Kentucky Derby.

Oxley won the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Monarchos and captured the Kentucky Oaks with Gal in a Ruckus in 1995, the same year he ran both Jambalaya Jazz and Pyramid Peak in the Derby. Oxley and his wife Debby also campaigned 1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Beautiful Pleasure.





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Thursday, April 26 2012


PREPARING TO GO ON THE ROAD AGAIN


Traditionally, the exodus from the Tampa Bay Downs barn area begins with a trickle after spring break, accelerating gradually as the 3-year-old picture rounds into focus and the last remnants of winter depart from the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions.

Suddenly – much too soon for Thoroughbred racing fans up and down Florida’s west coast – only six racing days remain in the 2011-12 season, the 86th at the track. It is time again for trainers and jockeys to start packing, call the van companies and head to their next destination.





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Monday, April 23 2012


LORELEI’S SONG DELIVERS A SWEET TUNE IN CAREER DEBUT AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS


On an otherwise ordinary Sunday afternoon of racing at Tampa Bay Downs, trainer Will Phipps officially unveiled a 3-year-old filly a lot of people may be talking about later this year.

Kentucky-bred Lorelei’s Song sat off a rapid pace set by No Contest before commencing her move at the quarter-pole and proved every bit the best through the stretch, drawing away by a length-and-a-half from Bella Vida to capture the five-furlong, $20,500 maiden special weight affair in 59 seconds flat on a wet-fast surface.





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Saturday, April 21 2012


ALLEN SAVORS THE CHASE; BEAR ALWAYS SETS TRACK RECORD


With nine days left in the 2011-12 Tampa Bay Downs meeting, Ronnie Allen, Jr. knows his chance of repeating as the track’s leading jockey is slim.

Allen, who won Friday’s first race aboard the 3-year-old gelding Wokeuponhomeplate for owner Winning Stables Inc., and La Marca Stable and trainer Gerald Bennett, has 67 victories, 21 fewer than Leandro Goncalves. Tampa Bay Downs newcomer Angel Serpa is third with 63 victories.





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Monday, April 16 2012


KENTUCKY DERBY AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS - A SLICE OF AMERICANA IN OUR BACKYARD


The garland of red roses draped across the winner’s withers. Mint juleps. The Twin Spires atop the roofline at Churchill Downs. Derby hats. Derby pools. College students partying in the infield. The old Kentucky Home far away.

Since its first running in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has established enough tradition to blanket relatively short-lived spectaculars such as the Super Bowl, Masters and NBA Finals.





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Sunday, April 15 2012


COLLINS SHOWS HE HASN’T LOST THE WINNING TOUCH


Six years ago, trainer Johnny Collins gained his greatest fame when he turned Live Oak Stud’s Miesque’s Approval from a beaten $50,000 claimer into a Breeders’ Cup Mile winner.

Winning three races in two days at Tampa Bay Downs – two on Saturday – probably pales in comparison. But for Collins, the opportunity to get the most from a horse has always been what the sport of Thoroughbred racing is all about.





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Friday, April 13 2012


LONG-SHOT BETTORS REAP BIG REWARDS


Long-shot players had plenty of reasons to rejoice at Tampa Bay Downs on a Friday the 13th card that proved mighty unlucky for favorites.

A steady string of misfortune for the bettors’ choices reached a high – or low – point in the seventh race, when even-money favorite and apparent winner Gallop Girl was disqualified for interference shortly after the break.





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LONG-SHOT BETTORS REAP BIG REWARDS


Long-shot players had plenty of reasons to rejoice at Tampa Bay Downs on a Friday the 13th card that proved mighty unlucky for favorites.

A steady string of misfortune for the bettors’ choices reached a high – or low – point in the seventh race, when even-money favorite and apparent winner Gallop Girl was disqualified for interference shortly after the break.





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Wednesday, April 11 2012


TAMPA BAY DERBY WINNER PROSPECTIVE SET FOR BLUE GRASS STAKES


Mark Casse says the subject of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense came up more than once when discussing the next step for Grade II Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective.

In 2007, Street Sense beat Any Given Saturday by a nose in the Tampa Bay Derby, setting a still-standing stakes record of 1:43.11 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth.





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Sunday, April 08 2012


IT’S ME MOM’S RECORD-BREAKING EFFORT HIGHLIGHTS THRILL-PACKED FLORIDA CUP


The 10th annual Florida Cup at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday produced enough thrills to satisfy any fan of Thoroughbred racing. The action built to a crescendo that reached its apex when popular 4-year-old filly It’s Me Mom, bred and owned by Jean and Thomas Bosch of Holiday, Fla., won the $75,000 Hilton Garden Inn Sprint against males and set a track record of 1:08.67 for the six-furlong distance.

Here is a race-by-race recap of the six stakes for registered Florida-breds, each worth $75,000:





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Saturday, April 07 2012


Yara on Target for Start in Kentucky Oaks


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 6, 2012) – Following her fifth-place finish in the last week’s Gulfstream Park Oaks, trainer Jose Garoffalo has indicated that Peras International’s Grade 2 winning filly Yara is on target for a start in this year’s running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

“That was the initial plan before her last race and we’re going to stick to it,” Garoffalo said Friday morning. “We’re looking forward to running her in the Oaks; for now that’s the plan.”





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