Saturday, January 23 2010
LEIGH DELACOUR SCORES A TRAINING DOUBLE; FELICIANO BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 23, 2010) Trainer Leigh Delacour escorted two of her charges to the Winner’s Circle today, while jockey Ricardo Feliciano booted home three winners on today's card.
Delacour took home her first victory of the day with Sales Tax, a five-year-old High Yield mare carrying the colors of owner William M. Backer with Pedro Cotto, Jr. in the irons. Delacour scored again with Joharmony, this time for owner Gary Chervenell and jockey Ricardo Feliciano.
Friday, January 22 2010
HOMEISTER AND O’CONNELL WIN TWO; SATURDAY IS CAP GIVEAWAY DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 22, 2010) Jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr. teamed up with trainer Kathleen O’Connell for two winners on today’s card. Homeister and O’Connell took their first trip to the Winner’s Circle with Angel Aquarius, a four-year-old Concorde’s Tune filly bred in Florida by Charles Spence and owned by Audrey Tenney and Kathleen O’Connell. The pair of O’Connell and Homeister got their second victory of the day in the evening’s nightcap with Unbridled Sally, a three-year-old Snow Ridge filly bred in Florida by owner Blackacre Farms, Inc.
Thursday, January 21 2010
CHRIS BLOCK NAMED FLAMESTONE GRILL TRAINER OF THE MONTH
Oldsmar, Fla. (January 20, 2010) The FlameStone Grill Trainer of the Month for January is Chris Block, who in the week of January 13 - 17 escorted all three of his starters at Tampa Bay Downs to the Winner’s Circle. This is Block’s first year stabled at Tampa Bay Downs, but the horseman has had many starters at the Oldsmar oval in prior meets, including Fort Prado, winner of over $1.2 million.
Chris Block grew up in the Thoroughbred industry with his parents, who have been involved in racing and breeding for about 40 years. "My dad loved racing and ran a few down at Fairmount when I was a kid. I insisted he take me every time he went. I loved the horses and the races. The more I went, I knew I'd get involved in racing,” says Block of his upbringing.
Saturday, January 16 2010
UPTOWNCHARLIEBROWN WINS PASCO; DIVA DELITE TAKES GASPARILLA ON SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 16, 2010) Today’s Skyway Festival Day was headlined by Uptowncharliebrown winning the $75,000 Pasco Stakes and Diva Delite capturing the $75,000 Gasparilla Stakes.
Uptowncharliebrown won the Pasco after settling behind early leaders, drawing ahead to win by six lengths under Daniel Centeno for owner Fantasy Lane Stable and trainer Alan Seewald. Big Looie was second, and Black Diamond Cat was third, yielding $152.40 for a $2 trifecta wager.
Friday, January 15 2010
$45,381 PICK SIX CARRYOVER FOR SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 15, 2010) Tomorrow there will be a Pick Six carryover of $45,381.51 going into Skyway Festival Day at Tampa Bay Downs. Skyway Festival Day is the beginning of the three-year-old stakes series at the Oldsmar oval, offering the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings and the $75,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies. 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.
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.