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.
Tuesday, December 01 2009
PRECAUTIONARY EQUINE MEASURES TAKEN AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS
OLDSMAR (November 30, 2009) As of 11/30/2009, Tampa Bay Downs will be restricting access to its barn area. There will be NO backside admittance for horses currently stabled at Calder Race Course. There are NO cases of EHV-1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
As a precaution, the following control measures are being implemented:
Monday, November 23 2009
TALAMO WINS FIVE, INCLUDING MOCCASIN ABOARD BICKERSONS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2009) — Jockey Joe Talamo capped a four-win afternoon with a victory aboard eastern horse Bickersons in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Talamo, 19, rode a perfect race, briefly relinquishing the lead on the backstretch when Bickersons was challenged by Neeko, and the Canadian-bred had plenty left when challenged by favorite Crisis of Spirit rounding the far turn.
Thursday, May 07 2009
Tampa Bay Downs End of Season Report
OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 7, 2009) On May 3, Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 83rd racing season, highlighted by five Tampa Bay Downs alumni participating in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. Tampa Bay Derby winner Musket Man, who campaigned in the Tampa Bay Downs three-year-old stakes program, was the third place finisher in the Run for the Roses and looks to make his next start in May 16’s Preakness Stakes.
The prep race for the Tampa Bay Derby, the Sam F. Davis Stakes, became a graded event for the first time in its 29 year history; additionally, the purse was increased to $225,000 this year. The Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes was run on February 14, 2009, and its 11 horse field yielded three Kentucky Derby starters; among them was Sam F. Davis Stakes winner General Quarters, who captured the Grade I Bluegrass Stakes in April.
Monday, May 04 2009
CENTENO, AVERILL, STRAIGHT AND NESS CAPTURE YEAR END AWARDS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 3, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 83rd live race meeting today by handing out honors to the leading trainer, jockey, owner and apprentice jockey.
The title of Leading Trainer went to conditioner Jamie Ness for the third year in a row. Ness saddled 62 winners from 223 starters this year with purse earnings approaching $650,000.
Sunday, May 03 2009
DINNER IN ODEM UP IN TIME FOR CHRIS THOMAS TURF CLASSIC
OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 2, 2009) A crowd of 10,144 fans turned out for the twelve race Tampa Bay Downs card and the simulcast of the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. The featured race on the Tampa program was the tenth edition of the $75,000 Chris Thomas Turf Classic, which was captured today by Dinner in Odem, a five-year-old gelded son of Quaker Ridge owned by Sharyn and Peter Wasiluk, trained by Peter Wasiluk and ridden to victory by Phil Teator. Dinner in Odem broke alertly, settled off of the pace and emerged mid-stretch to capture the 1 1/8 miles turf test by a neck in a thrilling stretch battle with Sir Dave and Sporting Art, who finished second and third, respectively. The order of finish yielded a $2 trifecta payout of $673.20.
Wednesday, April 29 2009
FIVE TAMPA GRADS GEAR UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 29, 2009) Don’t miss all of the Kentucky Derby excitement at Tampa Bay Downs! The 135th edition of the Run for the Roses will be shown at the Oldsmar oval on Saturday, May 2; gates open at 10 AM, mutuel lines will open at 10:15 AM and post time for the first race at Churchill Downs will be at 10:30 AM! Tampa Bay Dows will be running a 12-race live card with a special post time of approximately 12:15. Parking is always free, valet parking is $5, Grandstand admission is $2 and Clubhouse admission is $3. Mint juleps will be on sale throughout the facility all day in the official commemorative glass of the Kentucky Derby.