Sunday, January 18 2009
MUSKET MAN AND ROCK CANDY SOAR ON SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 17, 2009) Musket Man and Rock Candy garnered top honors in today’s Skyway Festival Day, winning the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-olds and the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies, respectively. Both races were contested at seven-eighths of a mile over the main track.
Musket Man, under jockey Louis Antonio Gonzalez, remains undefeated though his third lifetime start for owners Eric Fein and Vic Carlson and trainer Derek Ryan. The three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Yonaguska broke alertly, and ran along early leaders to draw away in mid-stretch to win by one length in 1:23.06. General Quarters was second and Miles and Miles was third.
Friday, January 16 2009
COMPETITIVE FIELDS HIGHLIGHT SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 16, 2009) Tomorrow’s Skyway Festival Day is Tampa’s premiere day of three-year-old racing in January, featuring the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for three-year-olds covering 7/8 of a mile over the main track and the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes for three-year-old fillies also running seven furlongs on the dirt.
The $75,000 Pasco Stakes has attracted seven entrants; among them is Musket Man, a Yonaguska colt who has posted bullet workouts in his last two breezes over the Tampa Bay Downs surface. The colt, who is co-owned by Vic Carlson, carries the colors of Eric Fein, who owns last year’s Tampa Bay Derby Winner Big Truck. The three-year-old is undefeated in his two lifetime starts, capturing a maiden special weight at Belmont as well as a $44,000 allowance event at Philadelphia Park in the fall.
HUBER VILLA-GOMEZ NAMED HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 15, 2009) Huber Villa-Gomez has broken sharply out of the gate for the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs race meet, haltering 28 in-the-money finishes from 71 attempts. In week of January 8th through the 13th, Villa-Gomes rode fifteen horses, piloting home four winners and three second-place finishers at average odds of 10.67-1.
Villa-Gomez was born on January 28, 1978 and began riding at in his native Peru after he gained an interest in horses through a cousin who worked at a racetrack. “The first day I went to the track, that’s when I knew I wanted to ride,” says Villa-Gomez. At age eighteen he attended jockey school in Peru, and won his first race there on a horse named Victorio.
Wednesday, January 14 2009
ZIADIE SADDLES TWO WINNERS; LOPEZ RIDES THREE TO VICTORY
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 13, 2009) Kirk Ziadie escorted two of his trainees to the Winner’s Circle today, thereby securing his position as leading Tampa Bay Downs trainer with 12 wins for the current meet.
Ziadie’s first victory came in the seventh race with Summer Party Girl. The four-year-old Florida-bred son of Snuck In is owned by Richard Averill and was ridden by Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Ziadie next saddled Iztaccihuatl to victory, this time with jockey David Cardoso aboard. Iztaccihuatl was bred in Florida by Dr. Michael Marenchic and carries the colors of St. George Stable.
Monday, January 12 2009
LUIS GONZALEZ BOOTS HOME THREE WINNERS
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 11, 2009) Luis Antonio Gonzalez escorted three horses on today’s card, giving him fourteen wins for the 2008-2009 Tampa Bay Downs racing season.
Gonzalez got his first victory in the day’s opener aboard E. F. F. Sher, a three-year-old Eltish filly bred in Florida by William Lauren, conditioned by Jane Cibelli, and owned by Lauren Stable. Gonzalez completed the early Daily Double aboard Bo’s Secret Storm, a five-year-old gelded son of Exploit saddled by Odin Londono, Jr. for owner Jeff Hayes.
Sunday, January 11 2009
BLIND RIVER FOX FLIES TO VICTORY IN THE PELICAN STAKES
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 10, 2009) Blind River Fox soared to victory in today’s $65,000 Pelican Stakes, completing the six furlongs over the main track in 1:10.09. Blind River Fox is a seven-year-old son of Foxtail who was bred in Florida by Adena Springs, is owned by Winning Stables, Inc., trained by Gerald Bennett and was ridden to victory by Willie Martinez.
Blind River Fox raced just off of the early lead, and challenged Ruby’s Red Socks mid- stretch to pull ahead by a neck at the wire. Ruby’s Red Socks was second and Dukes Flying Tiger was third to complete a trifecta that paid $1,380.00 for a $2 wager.
Friday, January 09 2009
JOAN SCOTT NAMED COURTSIDE GRILLE TRAINER OF THE MONTH
OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 8, 2009) Blame it on Tuesday. That was the name of the pony trainer Joan Scott received from her parents when she was eight because, according to the conditioner, “My mom felt sorry for me riding the broom all over the house.”
>From those humble equine beginnings in her home town of Penn Laird, VA, Scott has toured the country and world working such prestigious sales as Deauville, in France, and Newmarket, in England, as well as exercising and breaking yearlings for top outfits like Juddmonte Farms, Fares Farm, Ashleigh Stud, England’s Stowell Hill Farm and Haras du Quesnay in France.
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.