Friday, February 13 2009
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.
Monday, February 09 2009
PROBABLE SAM F. DAVIS STAKES STARTERS PUT IN FINAL WORKS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 8, 2009) Probable contenders for Saturday’s Grade III 1 1/16 miles $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes are posting their final works leading up to the race. On February 7, Musket Man, who captured last month’s Pasco Stakes here, drilled five furlongs in 1:00 flat for trainer Derek Ryan. Atomic Rain also worked yesterday, clocking four furlongs in :49.08 over the Oldsmar oval, while A. P. Cardinal worked 4 furlongs at Palm Meadows in :49.85. Free Country traveled 5 furlongs in 1:02.1 and was ranked 18th of the 30 horses that worked the morning of the seventh at Gulfstream Park.
Sunday, February 08 2009
HYPOCRITE HONEST IN SUPER STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 7, 2009) Hypocrite proved the best of a talented field of nine older horses in today’s $75,000 Super Stakes, giving the four-year-old his fifth lifetime win. Hypocrite is an Outofthebox colt bred in Florida by Steve Tortora and Toni Ancona, owned by Jacqueline Tortora and Toni and Richard Ancona and was conditioned to victory by trainer Emanuel Tortora.
Hypocrite broke alertly under jockey Manoel Cruz in the seven furlong Super Stakes, settled behind early leader On the Vineyard and moved to the lead mid- stretch to win by 3 ¾ lengths in the running time of 1:22.84. Paradise Dancer was second and Let It Rock was third to pay $813.40 for a $2 trifecta wager.
Friday, February 06 2009
BLIND RIVER FOX FACES TOUGH SUPER STAKES FIELD
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 6, 2009) A full field of ten older horses are scheduled to go forward in tomorrow’s $75,000 seven furlong Super Stakes over the main track. Headlining the field is Blind River Fox, who captured last month’s Pelican Stakes here; the seven-year-old Florida-bred Foxtail gelding has never finished worse than second in four trips at the 7/8 mile distance and has campaigned over the Oldsmar oval 21 times, winning 10 races, coming in second 9 times and was thrice third. Willie Martinez will retain the ride on Blind River Fox for owner Winning Stables and conditioner Gerald Bennett.
KIRK ZIADIE NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 5, 2009) Trainer Kirk Ziadie has enjoyed a very successful 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs meet, and in the week of January 29 through February 3 has had 8 wins, 3 seconds and 4 third-place finishes from 20 starters. Though February 3rd, the conditioner is leading the Tampa Bay Downs trainers’ colony with 23 victories to his credit.
Ziadie conditioned R Lady Joy to a nine-length win in the 2005 Florida Oaks and joins Gerald Bennett and Ron Allen, Sr. as the only trainers in Tampa’s top ten to make the top 100 trainers by wins in the nation by achieving 68 wins that year.
Tuesday, February 03 2009
FEBRUARY 2009 PROMOTIONS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 3, 2009) February 2009 is action packed at Tampa Bay Downs, starting with this Saturday’s $75,000 Super Stakes, a seven furlong sprint for four-year-olds and up. The fun continues on Sunday, February 8th with Kids and Family Day. Join Radio Disney and the gang for an afternoon of free fun, games and Pony Rides in the Backyard from noon until three PM.
Saturday, February 14 is Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, featuring the Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the $100,000 Grade III Endeavour Stakes the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes. New on the Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card is Taste of the Bay, featuring some of their most popular menu items during the event adjacent and just north of the Grandstand! Each featured Bay area restaurant will have a variety of items available at reasonable prices from 11 AM until 4 PM.
Monday, February 02 2009
FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY PRESENTED BY LAMBHOLM SOUTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 1, 2009) February 14’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is the highlight of Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, headlining a card that also includes the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up on the turf as well as the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
The Sam F. Davis Stakes held its inaugural running as a $25,000 listed stake in the spring of 1981, created to serve as a prep race for the Tampa Bay Derby for three-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail. In 2004, the Sam F. Davis Stakes received a purse boost to $100,000, and has since gained in popularity for horsemen and horse players alike. This year, the race received graded status for the first time as well as its richest purse yet, $225,000.
Sunday, February 01 2009
RISING FEVER HEATS UP MANATEE STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 31, 2009) Rising Fever (BRZ) haltered the $65,000 seven furlong Manatee Stakes today, giving the five-year-old Put It Back mare her seventh lifetime victory and first win on North American soil. Leading Tampa Bay Downs jockey Daniel Centeno had the call to ride Rising Fever for trainer Christophe Clement and owner David Soifer.
Rising Fever took the lead early to ease away in the stretch, winning by 1 ¼ lengths. Star Operator was second, and Dee’s Rose rounded out the trifecta, which paid $49.60 for a $2 wager.
Friday, January 30 2009
LUIS ANTONIO GONZALEZ NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 29, 2009) Jockey Luis Antonio Gonzalez has had much to celebrate in the month of January, including a win in the Pasco Stakes aboard Musket Man. Gonzalez piloted the three-year-old to a 2 1/4 length victory in the seven furlong test, and Musket Man is expected to make his next start in Festival Preview Day’s Grade III $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes here on February 14. Along with his victory in the Pasco, Gonzalez has booted home 21 winners, 20 second place finishers and 18 thirds for $279,872 in purses through 28 days of riding in the current meet, making him the fourth leading rider overall.
Wednesday, January 28 2009
LEADING OWNER STIKES AGAIN; NESS WINS TWO
OLDMAR, Fla. (January 27, 2009) Leading owner Richard Averill haltered his ninth victory from twenty starts today; Averill has posted a 45% win clip and 80% in-the-money finishes at Tampa Bay Downs over the thirty days of racing and has accrued $96,279 in purse money since the meet began. Averill, who finished the 2005-2006 Tampa season as leading owner, will co-host Saturday’s Morning Glory Club with track announcer Richard Grunder. Morning Glory begins at 10 AM in the first floor of the Grandstand, is free to the public, and includes complimentary coffee, donuts and Grandstand admission.