Thursday, January 07 2010
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.
Saturday, December 19 2009
TAMPA BAY DOWNS DEBUTS MASCOT
Mouse, the Tampa Bay Downs mascot, will make her debut tomorrow, December 19. Mouse is a three-year-old miniature horse filly, who came to Oldsmar oval from the Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa (T.R.O.T.). She will be in the Tampa Bay Downs Back Yard, located just north of the Grandstand, from 11:30 AM through 1:30 PM, and patrons young and old are encouraged to meet her.
Thursday, December 17 2009
ROSEMARY HOMEISTER NAMED HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 17, 2009) Rosemary Homeister, Jr. is named December’s Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the month after she took home four wins on one card on December 17. Homeister, who ended her second season last year at Tampa Bay Downs, was the second leading rider in the 2008-2009 Oldsmar oval meet.
Born on July 5, 1972 in Hollywood, FL, Homeister started her life with horses at a very early age: her mother, Rosemary, is a trainer and her father was an exercise rider. “I just fell in love with it because my mother and father were at the races every day and working in the morning. I was always around the riders and the horses. I lived on a farm with my own horses so it was just in my blood growing up. Actually from when I was two, I knew that I wanted to be a jockey,” Homeister has said of her calling.
Sunday, December 13 2009
RECORD OPENING DAY HANDLE; TALETOBETOLD CAPTURES LIGHTNING CITY STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 12, 2009) The Lightning City Stakes, a $65,000 turf test for fillies and mares three years old and up running five furlongs headlined Opening Day for Tampa Bay Downs’s 84th live race meeting. In the final start of her career, Taletobetold won the Lightning City Stakes for owner Robert DeWitt, trainer Eddie Kenneally and jockey Tony Farina. The mare, a five-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, captured the five furlong turf dash in front of an Opening Day crowd of 5,004 fans. The on-track handle of $449,131.80 was on par with last season’s on-track handle, while the total handle of $4,920,218.61 was up 7.6% ($381,596.60) from last year, an Opening Day record.
Friday, December 11 2009
FOURTEEN FILLIES AND MARES ENTERED IN OPENING DAY’S LIGHTNING CITY STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 10, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s Opening Day, December 12, 2009, will feature the 6th running of the $65,000 Lightning City Stakes, a five furlong turf test for fillies and mares three years old and up. Headlining the fourteen-horse strong field is Cure for Sale (Arg), a five-year-old daughter of Not for Sale who is under the care of Raja Malek. In her last race, Cure for Sale narrowly missed Keeneland’s Grade I Frosty Lady Stakes by only two lengths. The mare has proved herself as a turf specialist, having haltered all of her career victories on the lawn; additionally, Cure for Sale has never finished out of the money when running five furlongs on the grass.
Wednesday, December 09 2009
TAMPA BAY DOWNS WELCOMES ITS 84TH SEASON
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 9, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs is pleased to welcome fans and horsemen back for another great year of racing excitement at the Oldsmar oval. Last year’s graduates of the Tampa Bay Downs three-year-old stakes program made up 25% of the 2009 Kentucky Derby field, solidly placing the road through Oldsmar as a major stop on the Derby trail.
The 2009-2010 race meeting will also see a decrease in takeout for exacta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Super Hi-5 and Pick Six wagering. New this year, too, are 50¢ Trifecta and Pick 4’s. The decrease in takeout has been an ongoing trend at Tampa Bay Downs for the past several years, as the Oldsmar oval continues to reward the players that that support the Tampa Bay Downs product. Tampa Bay Downs will continue to build upon large field sizes, with goals to increase upon last season’s average field size of 9.32 horses per race, once again enhancing the horseplayers’ experience.
Friday, December 04 2009
TAMPA BAY DOWNS, HBPA AND JOCKEYS TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY CHARITIES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 3, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs is pleased to announce that the track, in conjunction with jockeys and the local Horsemen’s Association representing owners and trainers (the Tampa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association), will make donations to a variety of local and national charities that benefit horses and those involved within the Thoroughbred industry. Funds will be allocated to the Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa (T.R.O.T.) from the HBPA, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund from the riders of the Oldsmar oval and the Backstretch Recreation Program run by the Racetrack Chaplaincy from Tampa Bay Downs for an expected joint contribution of approximately $27,000. Each group will donate the equivalent $1 for every horse that starts at Tampa Bay Downs.