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.
Tuesday, November 25 2008
SAM F. DAVIS STAKES MAKES THE GRADE
OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 24, 2008) Tampa Bay Downs was pleased to receive the news today that the American Graded Stakes Committee has awarded the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes a Grade III status. The Sam F. Davis, to be run on February 14, 2009, has become an important stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, and past participants include such horses as Smooth Air, Any Given Saturday, and Bluegrass Cat.
Peter Berube, Vice President and General Manager of Tampa Bay Downs, said of the grading, “I am very pleased by the Graded Stakes Committee’s decision, as the Sam F. Davis has become an integral part of the Tampa Bay Downs stakes program. “ Berube continued, “Tampa Bay Downs now offers five graded stakes with the addition of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, which joins the Grade III $150,000 Endeavour Breeders’ Cup, the Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes, $200,000 Florida Oaks, and the Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.”
Friday, November 14 2008
BARN AREA OPENS FOR 2008-2009 RACING SEASON
OLDSMAR, Fla. (November 13, 2008) The Tampa Bay Downs backstretch opened this morning, heralding the start of the Oldsmar oval’s 83rd season of Thoroughbred racing. After an overnight trip from Delaware Park, trainer Richard Ciardullo was the first trainer to enter the grounds f for the new season, arriving at 6:30 with his string of horses.
Among the first trainers to set up their stable was Robert Jeffries, President of the Tampa Bay Downs National Horsemen’s Benevolence & Protective Association, who escorted Pitchnicholas into stall 50 in Barn 22. “He was in this stall last year, and he loves it. He’s a really curious horse, and he can watch all the comings and goings from here,” said Jeffries. He went on to express his pleasure at returning to Tampa Bay Downs.