Wednesday, January 07 2009
GERALD BENNETT, VICKI OLIVER SADDLE TWO WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 6, 2009) Trainers Gerald Bennett and Vicki Oliver each escorted two of their trainees to the Winner’s Circle today. Bennett’s first victory of the day came with Real Conquest. Luis Antonio Gonzalez rode the four-year-old daughter of Full Mandate, who was bred in Florida by Barry Ostrager and Steven Mukamal and is owned by Robert Killian. Bennett and Gonzalez hooked up again to win the eighth race with Right Flanker. The six-year-old Florida-bred Outflanker gelding scored his ninth win from forty-eight lifetime starts for owners Winning Stables and Ray Rech.
Monday, January 05 2009
JANUARY SCHEDULE PREVIEW
January racing is underway at Tampa Bay Downs with five live Thoroughbred racing days a week. Dark days are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays, with the exception of a bonus live racing day on Wednesday, January 21.
Tampa Bay Downs rings in the New Year with Skyway Festival Day on January 17th, in which the bright three-year-old stars of the Oldsmar oval compete in the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for fillies and the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for colts and geldings.
Sunday, January 04 2009
DREAM RUSH HUSTLES TO MINARET VICTORY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 3, 2009) The 28th renewal of the $65,000 Minaret Stakes was captured today by Dream Rush, a five-year-old daughter of Wild Rush who ran the six furlongs over the main track in 1:10.73 before a crowd of 4,245 fans. Dream Rush is under the care of trainer William Phipps, is owned by Minor Stables and was bred in Kentucky by James H. Petrey. Jockey Daniel Centeno had the return call to ride Dream Rush, giving the mare her eighth lifetime victory from fifteen starts. Dream Rush has won such noted stakes as the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga and the Grade I Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park, and has now earned more that $750,000.
Friday, January 02 2009
DREAM RUSH HIGHLIGHTS FULL MINARET STAKES FIELD
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 2, 2009) Dream Rush, who won her last start on Opening Day at Tampa Bay Downs, will make her way postward with nine other fillies and mares in the 28th edition of the Minaret Stakes on Saturday. The Minaret Stakes is a $65,000 test for fillies and mares four years old and up run over 6 furlongs on the main track. Dream Rush is the winner of $749,364 in her career, which has included victories in the Grade I Prioress Stakes and the Grade I Test Stakes. The five-year-old Wild Rush mare will retain the services of Daniel Centeno for owner Minor Stable and trainer William Phipps.
Thursday, January 01 2009
DANIEL CENTENO NAMED HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 31, 2008) Daniel Centeno has enjoyed tremendous success at the Oldsmar oval, and has begun Tampa Bay Downs’s 83rd racing season with a bang, scoring 13 wins, 6 second place finishes and 7 thirds from 43 attempts for $175,368 in purses earned in just 9 days of racing. Among these wins is a victory in December 27’s Sandpiper Stakes, a $65,000 event for two-year-old fillies; additionally, Centeno piloted three horses to the Winner’s Circle on December 30. Centeno is ranked as the 17th leading jockey in the nation by wins for 2008, ahead of such nationally recognizable names as Edgar Prado and John Velazquez.
Wednesday, December 31 2008
PAST LEADING JOCKEY DANIEL CENTENO WINS THREE RACES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 30, 2008) Jockey Daniel Centeno, who secured the riding title here over the past two seasons of racing, escorted three horses to the Winner’s Circle on today’s ten race card. Centeno’s first victory came aboard Roboponi, a three-year-old Volponi gelding owned by Frank C. Calabrese under the care of Rick Slomkowski. Centeno next scored wearing the colors of Wheelock Whitney aboard Glen Wilding, a four-year-old Devil’s Bag filly. Glen Wilding was bred in Florida by Whitney and was conditioned to victory by Leigh Delacour. Centeno rounded out his hat trick with Cooltime, a three-year-old Florida-bred gelded son of Unbridled Time trained by conditioner Derek Ryan for owner Liam Benson.
Saturday, December 27 2008
DR. ZIC, TOP SEED TAKE TOP HONORS ON LAMBHOLM SOUTH COTILLION FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 27, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs hosted Lambholm South Cotillion Festival Day in front of a crowd of 4,839 today. Cotillion Festival Day, a day dedicated to two-year-old racing, was headlined by both the $65,000 Sandpiper Stakes for fillies and the $65,000 Inaugural Stakes for colts and geldings; both races were run over the main track at the six furlong distance.
The $65,000 Sandpiper Stakes was captured by Dr. Zic for owners Derby Lane Farm, Jim Tom, Marette Farrell and Joan Scott; Scott also saddled the Milwaukee Brew filly. Last year’s leading Tampa Bay Downs jockey Daniel Centeno had the call to ride Dr. Zic, piloting her home handily in 1:10.77, just 2/5 of a second off of the stakes record. Sunday in Malibu was second and Hooh Why was third.
Friday, December 26 2008
LYNNE SCACE NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 26, 2008) Lynne M. Scace is fast out of the starting gate for Tampa Bay Downs’ 83rd season of racing. Scace, who was leading trainer at the Oldsmar oval in the 2003-2004 race meet, has accrued five wins as of December 26 from ten attempts, and is currently the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs. One of her wins came with her homebred On the Vineyard, a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.
Wednesday, December 24 2008
LAMBHOLM SOUTH COTILLION FESTIVAL DAY DRAWS 134 ENTRIES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 23, 2008) Saturday, December 27 is Tampa Bay Downs’s second annual Cotillion Festival Day, presented by Lambholm South. Cotillion Festival Day is a day of two-year-old racing capped off by two six furlong $65,000 stakes: the Inaugural Stakes for two-year-olds and the Sandpiper Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Among the top trainers who have nominated their two-year-olds to the Cotillion Festival Day card are Todd Pletcher, Graham Motion, Christophe Clement, and Eddie Plesa.
The $65,000 Inaugural Stakes has garnered 12 entries, including Code Runner, winner of the Fasig Tipton Dash Stakes at Calder Race Course. Code Runner is a Florida-bred son of Omega Code owned by Lloyd and Lisa Carnes, trained by Robert Smith and will be piloted by Paco Lopez; the colt has accrued $96,054 in lifetime earnings thus far.
Sunday, December 21 2008
LOPEZ, ZIADIE EACH WIN THREE RACES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 20, 2008) Past leading trainer Kirk Ziadie won a hat trick on the Tampa Bay Downs card today. Ziadie took home his two victories in conjunction with reinsman Paco Lopez; the later also scored with a victory in the second race.
Ziadie and Lopez’s first trip to the Winner’s Circle came with Southern Scoundrel, a three-year-old Yankee Gentleman colt who is owned by Sheila and Fred Mead. The pair got their second win with Baron Van Tap in the tenth and featured event, a one mile and a sixteenth allowance test on the turf. Baron Van Tap is a seven-year-old Pleasant Tap horse out of the Oh Say mare Miss Cover Girl who is owned by Margaret J. Picarello.
Saturday, December 20 2008
SCACE PULLS TO AN EARLY LEAD
Oldsmar, Fla. (December 19, 2008) Lynne M. Scace scored another training double today, earning her fourth win in as many days of racing at Tampa Bay Downs. Scace’s first trip to the Winner’s Circle came with her gelding Alex Ingram, a three-year-old son of Smoke Glacken who took home the day’s opener with Juan C. Levya in the irons.
Scace saddled her second winner of the day with her homebred On the Vineyard in the featured race Pelican Prep, this time with Carlos Cruz aboard. On the Vineyard is a four-year-old half-brother to Vineyard Haven; that two-year-old is the winner of both the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and the Grade I Champagne Stakes and was also bred by Scace.
Friday, December 19 2008
ROSEMARY HOMEISTER, JR. CELEBRATES 2000TH WIN
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 18, 2008) Rosemary Homeister, Jr. booted home Rustyshouldrun for her 2000th career victory today at the Oldsmar oval. Homeister, who ended her inaugural season last year at Tampa Bay Downs as the second leading rider, said of her milestone win, “It felt like it took forever to get that last win! I can’t even explain the feeling – it’s like winning your first race!” Homeister, who was met with congratulations from fans and horsemen alike after her win, said that she doesn’t plan on resting on he laurels for the upcoming Tampa meet. “I’m currently the third leading female rider in the country, and I’m only behind P. J. Cooksey a hundred thirty-something wins. My next goal is to be second leading female rider in the country… but I don’t know if I’ll ever catch Julie Krone! I’m just so grateful and happy to be back here in Tampa. I love it here, and I’m hoping to have another great season.”