Friday, February 27 2009
RON ALLEN, JR. NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDMSAR, Fla. (February 26, 2009) On Valentine’s Day, 2008 jockey Ron Allen, Jr. rode in a race for the first time in four years. The 42-year-old was mounted on his father’s trainee Tricks of Glory, and the two swept the lead to win the third race by three lengths. "It was a great feeling," said Allen, a three-time leading rider at Tampa Bay Downs who in his career has won over 2,100 races and amassed mount earnings of more than $15 million. "There's just no feeling like riding in a race. I really missed it." He continued, “This is where I love to be, with the excitement and action.”
Sunday, February 22 2009
CENTENO CAPTURES FIVE WINS ON SUNDAY CARD
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 22, 2009) Tampa’s leading rider Daniel Centeno added five more victories to his tally today, tying for second place for most wins on a single card at the Oldsmar oval. Today was the first time that the reinsman has won five races on one program. “It’s a great day!” said Centeno. “I’ve won four races many times, but never five.”
Richard DePass set the record of seven wins on one program in 1980; and Centeno is joined by Rick Luhr, Jorge Guerra, Herson Sanchez, Jesse Garcia and Joe Judice as jockeys that have booted home five winners in one day. The 37-year-old native of Venezuela has now accrued 75 wins from 271 mounts through 50 days of racing at the Oldsmar Oval.
Saturday, February 21 2009
VICTORY ALLEGED HONEST IN TAMPA BAY BREEDERS’ CUP
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 21, 2009) Victory Alleged pulled an upset in today’s $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup, besting a field of nine other older horses to win at odds of 28-1 with jockey Carlos Marquez in the irons. Victory Alleged is an eight-year-old son of Victory Gallop trained by Dennis Manning for owner Mac Fehsenfeld.
Victory Alleged broke alertly, settled behind early leaders Riversrunrylee and Fahgedaboudit Sal, moved to the lead in the late stretch to win by a neck. Classic Campaign was second, and Society’s Chairman was third, completing a trifecta that paid $1,381.20 for a $2 wager.
Friday, February 20 2009
TEN TO LINE UP FOR $150,000 TAMPA BAY BREEDERS’ CUP
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 20, 2009) The $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup has attracted a full turf field of ten older horses scheduled to cover 1 1/16 miles in tomorrow’s eighth and featured race. Atoned, who was runner-up in last year’s edition of the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby, will make his grass debut in the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup after putting in several strong works over the lawn at Palm Meadows. His last listed work earned him a bullet for travelling 5 furlongs with around the dogs in the day’s fastest time of :59.2 for owners Dogwood Farm and conditioner Todd Pletcher.
Thursday, February 19 2009
HUBER VILLA GOMEZ BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 19, 2009) Huber Villa-Gomez escorted three horses to the winners’ circle on today’s card, giving him fifteen wins for the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing season.
Villa-Gomez got his first victory in the day’s opener aboard Speculator, a four-year-old Exchange Rate gelding bred in Florida by Marianne Chess, conditioned by Manuel Criollo, and owned by the breeder. Villa-Gomez also visited the winners’ circle in the fourth race aboard Always in Love, a three-y ear-old gelded son of Northern Afleet saddled by Jorge Navarro, Jr. for owner Julian De Mora.
MIKE ZWIESLER NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE II TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 18, 2009) Trainer Michael Zwiesler has had an outstanding Tampa Bay Downs season thus far, including back-to-back stakes victories with Rock Candy. The three-year-old Mineshaft filly is undefeated over the Tampa Bay Downs surface, breaking her maiden here as a two-year-old on December 27, then capturing January’s Gasparilla Stakes as well as the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes on Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South on February 14.
Michael Zwiesler said of Rock Candy’s performance, “Carlos Montalvo rode a great race. I think having a couple of trips over the race track definitely helped her. It was a very competitive field, and she’s just progressing. She showed her determination today. She ran hard. We’ll definitely nominate her for the Florida Oaks here on March 14. We’ll see how she comes out of this and I’ll talk to her owner Mr. Farish. I’m really proud of her, and she’s really seemed to come around.”
Monday, February 16 2009
CENTENO SCORES HAT TRICK
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 15, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s leading jockey Daniel Centeno added three more victories to his win tally today, giving him 62 trips to the Winner’s Circle in 44 days of racing at the Oldsmar oval; additionally, Centeno is currently ranked as the fourth leading rider in the nation by wins.
Centeno took home his first win aboard Superlook; the three-year-old gelded son of Double Honor was bred in Florida by owner Wilfredo J. Agusti and was conditioned to victory by Leo Azpurua, Jr. Centeno scored again with Screening Room, this time fir trainer David Burns and owner Leslee Cummings.
Sunday, February 15 2009
GENERAL QUARTERS COMMANDS IN GRADE III SAM F. DAVIS STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 14, 2009) A crowd of 6,673 fans arrived at Tampa Bay Downs for Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, in which General Quarters proved the best of a field of eleven in today’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. General Quarters is a son of Sky Mesa bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. R. David Randal, is owned by Thomas McCarthy and was conditioned to victory by Mark L. Miller with James Lopez in the irons.
General Quarters stalked the field throughout the 1 1/16 miles race, moving to the lead mid-stretch to win by 3 ½ lengths. Sumo was second and Musket Man completed the trifecta, which paid $6,783.60 for a $2 wager.
Friday, February 13 2009
$33,783.63 PICK SIX CARRYOVER FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY PRESENTED BY LAMBHOLM SOUTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 13, 2009) A Pick 6 carryover of $33,783.63 ushers in tomorrow’s Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, the premiere day of February racing at the Oldsmar oval. The Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card is highlighted by the Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for three-year-olds, the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up on the turf, and the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for fillies three years old.
Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South Biographical Information
Owner: Paul M. Giacopelli and Donnie Kelly
Donnie’s mother was mucking stalls when she went into labor with Kelly. His family was involved with Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, as his father was a trainer. Kelly grew up in Sallisaw, Ok. where his family owned and operated a training facility; he went to school in Sallisaw, but spent the summers at various tracks in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Kelly worked as an exercise rider and assistant for trainer Ronnie Werner for several years, before joining the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito as an assistant. He already was acquainted with Jamie Sanders at the time, so they both worked for a while for Zito until he and Saders decide to launch their own racing stable in 2005. Kelly typically accompanies the stables' runners to the track aboard a lead pony
ENTRIES OUT FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY PRESENTED BY LAMBHOLM SOUTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 12, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs’s Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South has produced three full stakes fields for the premiere day of racing in February at the Oldsmar oval. The Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes has garnered eleven entries, the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes has attracted thirteen fillies and mares, and the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes will have a large field of nine three-year-old fillies.
The Sam F. Davis Stakes has drawn such up-and-coming three-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls as morning line favorite Free County, who comes into the Sam F. Davis off of an impressive victory in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on January 8 for owner Silver Wing Stable, et al. and trainer Kenneth McPeek. Jockey Kent Desormeaux has the call to ride the Kentucky-bred son of Big County.
Wednesday, February 11 2009
ROSEMARY HOMEISTER RIDES THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 10, 2009) Jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr., who is currently the second leading rider at Tampa Bay Downs through 40 days of racing, added three more victories to her win tally today. Homeister has been to the Winner’s Circle 41 times thus far, has ridden 33 second place finishers and 24 thirds.
Homeister’s first win came aboard Expect Validity, a six-year-old Valid Expectations gelding bred in Florida by Arthur Appleton. Valid Expectations is owned by Tampa Bay Downs’s leading owner Richard Averill and is trained by Kirk Ziadie.