Friday, December 23 2011
LENTENOR REKINDLES FOND MEMORIES; GONCALVES CLOSES IN ON 1,000
Based on his winning performance Friday at Tampa Bay Downs, Lentenor may be on the verge of stepping out from the huge shadow cast by his older full brother, ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Expertly guided by jockey Luis Garcia, 4-year-old Lentenor charged through the stretch to overtake 6-year-old Beckham Bend and post a one-and-a-half length victory in an impressive time of 1:40.95 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth race on the turf around the 22-foot temporary rail.
BARBARO’S FULL BROTHER TO COMPETE AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS
Lentenor, a 4-year-old full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, is scheduled to make his Tampa Bay Downs racing debut in Friday’s seventh race, an allowance/optional claiming event at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf for 3-year-olds and up.
Sired by Dynaformer and out of the mare La Ville Rouge (by Carson City), Lentenor turned in a sharp five-furlong workout of 1:02.60 breezing on Dec. 16. Lentenor is 2-for-11 lifetime, with two seconds and three thirds. His most recent victory came July 31 in a mile-and-70-yard turf race at PARX Racing in Philadelphia. As a 3-year-old in 2010, Lentenor finished fourth in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream.
Wednesday, December 14 2011
SCOTT HORSES QUICK TO SHED MAIDEN TAG; QUIZ WHIZ ACES PELICAN PREP
Only five days into the 2011-12 Tampa Bay Downs Thoroughbred racing season, it seems like more than coincidence that seven horses from the Joan Scott Racing Stable were the first arrivals when the track backside opened last month for training.
Scott has already posted five victories from six starters, her only setback a second-place finish. Scott was a perfect 3-for-3 Wednesday, scoring with Alifyfe Racing’s 3-year-old gelding Like a Dream in the third race; Nae Problem, a 4-year-old filly owned by Alifyfe, in the fifth race on the turf via disqualification; and Ron and Steve Ballou and Wine N Equine Racing’s 3-year-old filly Vertical Lift in the 10th on grass.
Saturday, December 10 2011
IT’S ME MOM KEEPS SCHOOLING HER ELDERS
When It’s Me Mom won Wednesday’s $30,000 Minaret Prep at Tampa Bay Downs, it marked the fourth consecutive time the 3-year-old filly has raced against older horses. She won for the third time in those four races, sprinting clear to an 8¼-length victory in a speedy time of 1:10 flat for the six furlongs.
What made It’s Me Mom’s performance doubly impressive was that jockey Willie Martinez geared her down a notch in the final yards. The Florida-bred daughter of Put It Back-She Too, owned by Jean and Thomas Bosch and trained by Lynne Scace, has won seven of 12 career starts, including a pair of $100,000 stakes at Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania and a $100,000 stakes at Suffolk in Boston.
Thursday, December 08 2011
LUKE OF YORK HEADLINES COTILLION FESTIVAL DAY
Luke of York, who was considered a top candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint after his eye-popping victory in the Keeneland 75th Anniversary Stakes, makes his dirt track debut Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in the 27th running of the six-furlong Inaugural Stakes, one of two $75,000-guaranteed events on the 10-race card. Post time for the first race is 12:27 p.m.
The Inaugural and the 33rd annual Sandpiper Stakes for fillies are the centerpieces of the track’s fifth annual Cotillion Festival Day Presented by Lambholm South, celebrating an entire afternoon of 2-year-old racing. “The majority of these youngsters were bred in Florida and represent the hopes and aspirations of their breeders, owners and trainers,” said Tampa Bay Downs Vice President and General Manager Peter Berube.
Wednesday, December 07 2011
HOMEISTER’S RETURN TO TAMPA BAY DOWNS MERITS HONORS
Winning the $75,000 Lightning City Stakes aboard 4-year-old filly Jenny’s So Great on Opening Day at Tampa Bay Downs was a magical moment for jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. But it couldn’t compare to giving birth to her first child Aug. 21.
While baby daughter Victoria Rose was being cared for at home by the mom of Homeister’s fiancé and fellow jockey, Irwin Rosendo, Homeister guided Jenny’s So Great through a narrow opening in deep stretch to win the five-furlong turf race for owners Vicki and Bill Poston and trainer Jason Servis. It was one of two Opening Day victories for Homeister, who has 2,441 in her career.
Sunday, December 04 2011
ROSEMARY, JENNY’S SO GREAT TEAM FOR LIGHTNING CITY TRIUMPH
Despite having ridden more than 2,400 winners in her career, jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. felt she had something to prove on Opening Day at Tampa Bay Downs.
Her mount in the $75,000-guaranteed Lightning City Stakes, Jenny’s So Great, ran as if she felt the same way.
Friday, December 02 2011
DEEP STAKES FIELD HIGHLIGHTS OPENING DAY
Defending champion Suzzona and Grade III-winner Jenny’s So Great headline an accomplished field of 12 fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $75,000-guaranteed Lightning City Stakes, the feature event on Tampa Bay Downs’ 11-race Opening Day card.
Post time for the first race is 12:27 p.m. The Lightning City, slated as the eighth race, will be run on the turf at a distance of five furlongs.
Wednesday, November 23 2011
Opening Day Stakes Attracts 49 Nominations at Tampa Bay Downs
Defending champion Suzzona and Grade III stakes winners Jenny’s So Great and Rapport headline a quality group of 49 fillies and mares nominated for the eighth running of the $75,000-guaranteed Lightning City Stakes, the feature race on the Dec. 3 Opening Day card at Tampa Bay Downs.
The Lightning City Stakes, for female horses ages 3-and-up, will be run at a distance of about five furlongs on the track’s turf course. It is the first of 25 stakes offering an aggregate $2.6 million scheduled for the 92-day meeting, which runs through May 6.
Thursday, November 10 2011
TAMPA BAY DOWNS PREPARES FOR 86TH SEASON OF THOROUGHBRED ACTION
OLDSMAR -- The reputation of Tampa Bay Downs as a proving ground for champions has grown by leaps and bounds the past several years.
For solid evidence of that fact when the 2011-2012 thoroughbred racing season begins on Dec. 3, look no further than a pair of Hall of Fame trainers who will stable horses on the backside this season, Carl Nafzger and William Mott.
Tuesday, November 08 2011
CHANGES AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS TO BENEFIT FANS, HORSEMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT
OLDSMAR – Fans, horsemen and the environment all stand to prosper when Tampa Bay Downs kicks off its 86th season of live thoroughbred racing Dec. 3, the earliest opening date in track history.
“Once again, we look forward to meeting the challenges of enhancing our live racing product and providing our fans and horsemen the most enjoyable experience possible,” said Vice President and General Manager Peter Berube. “As the economy continues to rebound, we believe we are in position to continue our growth as a premier winter racing destination and multifaceted entertainment complex.”
Thursday, November 03 2011
SUNSHINE, ENTHUSIASM GREET FIRST THOROUGHBRED ARRIVALS AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS
OLDSMAR, FL -- It didn't take much coaxing Thursday morning for van driver Kim Oskins and groom Anibal Catalan to lead Ancil, a handsome 2-year-old chestnut colt from the Joan Scott Racing Stable, into his new home in Barn 7 on the backside at Tampa Bay Downs.
Runner-up last summer in the Chenery Stakes at Colonial Downs in Virginia, Ancil -- a Kentucky-bred son of City Zip-Le Grand Belle, owned by George Pruette -- was the first official arrival at Tampa Bay Downs in anticipation of the 2011-2012 thoroughbred racing season, which begins Dec. 3.