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.”
Thursday, December 18 2008
ARTERBURN, McBRIDE SCORE TRAINING DOUBLES STEWARDS’ REPORT NOW ONLINE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 17, 2008) Conditioners Lonnie Arterburn and Barbara McBride took two trips to the Winner’s Circle each today, with siblings Mike and Ron Allen riding their respective trainees. Lonnie Arterburn, who owns both of his winners, teamed up with Mike Allen for their first win on the card with Garbo and Me, a two-year-old You And I filly who scored her first lifetime win in only her second career attempt. Arterburn’s other winner was Orozco, a seven-year-old Halo’s Image gelding bred in Florida by Pat Thompson.
Sunday, December 14 2008
GAME N LAUGHIN’ ELECTRIFIES IN LIGHTNING CITY STAKES
The Lightning City Stakes, a $65,000 turf test for fillies and mare three years old and up running five furlongs headlined Opening Day for Tampa Bay Downs’s 83rd live race meeting. The race was a family affair this year when Game N Laughin’ won for trainer Bernell Rhone with his son-in-law Dean Butler in the irons; it was the first Tampa Bay Downs stakes win for both men. The five-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, who is owned by Diamond G Ranch, upset the rest of the ten-horse field to capture the Lightning City Stakes in front of an Opening Day crowd of 5,471 fans. The co-mingled all-source handle was an Opening Day record of $4,538,581, up 16% from last’s year’s record-breaking Opening Day figure.
Friday, December 12 2008
TAMPA BAY DOWNS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED WAGERING PLATFORMS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 12, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement with Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) venues in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Downs HBPA for the upcoming season beginning on opening day, December 13. Tampa Bay Downs’s signal will be available on Xpressbet.com, myracebet.com), tracknet.com and twinspires.com (a subsidiary of the Churchill Downs, Inc.) as well as the Television Games Network (TVG) and Horse Racing Television (HRTV). YouBet.com is in final negotiations with Tampa Bay Downs with both parties looking to make an announcement later this afternoon.
Wednesday, December 10 2008
TAMPA BAY DOWNS OPENING DAY STAKE GARNERS 49 NOMINATIONS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 9, 2008) The $65,000 Lightning City Stakes, a five furlong turf test for fillies and mares which headlines Opening Day of the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing meet, has drawn nominations from 49 fillies and mares. Among the nominees is Mike Hennig’s trainee Jazzy (ARG), a graded stakes winner who has earned $245,261 for owners Team Valor International, Robert Muir and Des Scott. While Jazzy has never attempted the five-eighths of a mile turf condition, the mare has achieved a stakes win and a second-place finish on the lawn at 5 1/5 furlongs.