Thursday, January 14 2010
SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY DRAWS COMPETITIVE FIELDS FOR STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 14, 2010) Tampa Bay Downs will host Skyway Festival Day, a celebration of the Tampa Bay area capped off with the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings and the $75,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies, on January 16, 2010. Both races will be run over the main track at seven-eighths of a mile, and each has drawn a field of eight horses. Skyway Festival Day serves as a prep for February 13th's Festival Preview Day, and is the second Festival Day of Racing in the succession of races leading to Festival Day on March 13, 2010.
LUIS GONZALEZ NAMED HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 13, 2010) Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Luis Antonio Gonzalez has had much to celebrate in the month of January, including a win in the Minaret Stakes aboard Perf; the mare has won both of her starts so far at Tampa Bay Downs this year under Luis Gonzalez. Along with his victory in the Minaret, Gonzalez has booted home 17 winners, 7 second place finishers and 14 thirds for $207,908 in purses through 18 days of riding in the current meet, making him the third leading rider overall as of January 13, 2010.
Monday, January 11 2010
O’CONNELL TIES RECORD BY CONDITIONING FOUR TO VICTORY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 10, 2010) FlameStone Grill Trainer of the Month Kathleen O’Connell solidified her position as Tampa Bay Downs’s leading conditioner by taking four trips to the Winner’s Circle today, tying her own record along with Jamie Ness for the most wins on a card for a trainer in recorded history.
O’Connell got her first win in the afternoon’s opener with Levy Light, a six-year-old Colony Light mare bred in Florida by Florine Gulick. Levy Light is owned by Winners Edge, Inc. and was ridden to victory by jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr. O’Connell struck again in the third race with Curious Tiger, a six-year-old Florida-bred son of Tiger Ridge ridden by Wilmer Galviz and owned by C. Robert Valeri.
Sunday, January 10 2010
SNEAKING UPONYOU STEALS THE PELICAN STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 9, 2010) Trainer Jamie Ness had a lot to celebrate in today’s Pelican Stakes, when the horses owns under the name of Jagger, Inc. finished first and third in the 26th edition of the $65,000 main track test. Sneaking Uponyou, a four-year-old Florida-bred son of Snuck In with Daniel Centeno in the irons, was the winner; his entrymate War Fighter, a Florida-bred Repent gelding, was third with Huber Villa-Gomez aboard. Conchaser was second, completing a trifecta which yielded $229.00 for a $2 wager.
Friday, January 08 2010
TEN TO GO POSTWARD IN 26TH RUNNING OF THE PELICAN STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 8, 2010) Tampa Bay Downs will put forward an eleven race card on Saturday, January 9 featuring the $65,000 Pelican Stakes, a six furlong main track test for four-year-olds and upward. Included in the ten-horse field is 2008 Grade III Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck, a five-year-old son of Hook and Ladder who has accrued $370,062 in his career. Jockey Luis Gonzalez will have the call to ride Big Truck for owner Eric Fein and trainer Derek Ryan.
Thursday, January 07 2010
KRISTINA MCMANIGELL BOOTS HOME FIRST CAREER WINNER
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 7, 2010) Apprentice rider Kristina McManigell took home her first career win today when she piloted Real Stormy to victory in the second race. Real Stormy is a seven-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding owned by Kelly Hickey, trained by Donald Pittman and bred in Florida by Freddie Hyatt.
McManigell, a native of southern Illinois, attended the Chris McCarron North American Racing Academy. Although she gained an interest in the sport of kings by attending the Ellis Park races when she was growing up, McManigell had never ridden racehorses before she attended the jockey school. She said of her first win, “I felt like I had so much horse under me; the outrider had to pick me up – I was so tired! I asked him, ‘Did I win?’ I wasn’t even sure.” McManigell added that she had no idea what she was going to do to celebrate her victory, but said she was very happy and excited.
KATHLEEN O’CONNELL NAMED FLAMESTONE GRILL TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 6, 2010) January’s FlameStone American Grill Trainer of the Month is Kathleen O’Connell, who has saddled 8 winners, 6 seconds and 1 third-place finisher from 27 starters since the beginning of the meet. O’Connell enjoyed escorting two of her trainees to the Winner’s Circle on January 6, thereby securing her position as second leading trainer overall at the Oldsmar oval for the current season. Additionally, O’Connell just concluded the Tropical at Calder race meet as the leading conditioner, the first time a woman has taken the trainer’s title at the South Florida track.
Monday, January 04 2010
LEMONETTE SWEET IN CODY’S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE RACE OF THE WEEK
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 3, 2010) The Cody’s Original Roadhouse Race of the Week was won today by Lemonette, a seven-year-old Lemon Drop Kid mare owned by Jerry Jamgotchian, trained by Eric Reed and ridden to victory by Leandro Goncalves.
The 1 1/16 miles turf event attracted a field of eight fillies and mares, four of whom have participated in Grade or Group one races. Lemonette won the race by 2 ¾ lengths, with Closeout finishing second and Little B Rosson coming in third.
Sunday, January 03 2010
PERF PUNCHES THROUGH IN MINARET STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 2, 2010) The 29th edition of the Minaret Stakes was won today by Perf, a four-year-old Florida-bred Burning Roma filly who made a late run to capture the six furlong main track event by a neck in 1:10.78. Perf is under the care of trainer Mary Bennett for owner Harold Queen; jockey Luis Gonzalez had the call. Rate of Exchange was second and Nick completed the Trifecta, which yielded $47.40 for a $2 wager.
Trainer Mary Bennett said of Perf’s win, “The track was in her favor, because there was so much speed and it was a tiring track today. It really helped her. She’s a really special horse because she has the ability to go short and long. I have her nominated at Gulfstream going a mile and an eighth right now, but we need to look at a couple of other races.”
Friday, January 01 2010
ELEVEN FILLIES AND MARES ENTERED FOR MINARET STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 31, 2009) Eleven fillies and mares are set to go postward in Saturday’s running of the $65,000 Minaret Stakes, a six furlong main track test for fillies and mares four years old and up.
Headlining the Minaret is Gemswick Park, a Graded stakes winner of over $230,000 who missed winning the Ruling Angel Stakes at Woodbine Race Track by only two lengths in her last start. The four-year-old Speightstown filly is coming off of a two month layoff; however, she captured the Grade III Old Hat Stakes this January after a similar break.
Monday, December 28 2009
HOMEISTER WINS THREE, O’CONNELL AND BENNETT SCORE TWO VICTORIES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 27, 2009) The duo of trainer Kathleen O’Connell and Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Rosemary Homeister, Jr. teamed up for two trips to the Winner’s Circle today, while Dale Bennett took home two wins for his stable. Homeister went on to boot home a third winner on the afternoon’s card, making her tied for leading rider for the current Tampa Bay Downs meet.
O’Connell and Homeister scored their first victory in the day’s opener with Regina Twain, a two-year-old daughter of Adcar bred in Florida by owner WSB Investments. The pair got their second win in the fifth race, an about 1 1/16 miles allowance event for two-year-old fillies. Homeister booted home Golden Humor, a Florida-bred Distorted Humor filly owned by Cloverleaf Farm II; the win gave Homeister her 200th victory of the calendar year. Kathleen O’Connell has haltered five wins in the current season, making her the second leading conditioner through the early trainer standings at the Oldsmar oval.
Sunday, December 20 2009
PECORARO STRONG OUT OF THE STARTING GATE FOR TAMPA’S 84TH SEASON
Oldsmar, Fla. (December 19, 2009) Anthony Pecoraro saddled two winners today, giving the trainer seven wins from ten starts through the early days of the Tampa Bay Downs meet. Pecoraro, who opened up the Oldsmar oval’s 84th season by winning the first three races run, teamed up with owner Armand Delaperriere and jockey Carlos Marquez for both of his victories on today’s card.
The trio took home their first win with Snow Mon in the fourth race. Snow Mon is a four-year-old son of Snow Ridge bred in Florida by his owner; in his ten starts, Snow Mon has finished in the money on seven occasions.