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Thursday, September 29 2011


Tampa Bay Downs Stakes Schedule


OLDSMAR, FL--Tampa Bay Derby entrants have won two of the past five editions of the Kentucky Derby, so the eyes of the thoroughbred world will focus on Tampa Bay Downs when the 32nd renewal of the $350,000 showcase for 3-year-olds is contested March 10.

The 86th season of racing at the picturesque racetrack and entertainment facility features 25 stakes offering an approximate $2.6 million in purses. The 92-day meeting begins Dec. 3 and runs through May 6, the day after the 2012 Kentucky Derby.





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Wednesday, May 11 2011


TAMPA BAY DOWNS’ 85TH SEASON SEES ACROSS-THE-BOARD INCREASES


OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 11, 2011) For the second year in a row, Tampa Bay Downs concluded its meet with a record set for co-mingled all-sources handle. Despite the loss of handle from New York City OTB parlors, the Oldsmar oval’s total all-sources handle grew to $411,484,853, up $30,495,981 or 8.00%; this was accomplished even with one fewer racing day than the 2009-2010 season due to a mechanical failure. The average all-source daily handle is a new record for the Oldsmar oval, with $4,572,054 wagered daily on Tampa Bay Downs, a 9.20% increase. This translates to $436,820.49 wagered per race, also a new record, up 8.46% from last year’s figures.

Tampa Bay Downs’s Vice President and General Manager Peter Berube said of the record-setting increases, “I am very pleased with the outcome of our season. Fans and horsemen alike enjoyed a relatively dry and warm winter here, which certainly helped us increase attendance and on-track handle. Overall, we credit our lower takeout, large fields, 18% more turf racing and greater access to the California market as key to our success as well as a larger simulcast following nationwide.”





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Monday, May 09 2011


TRAINERS GERALD BENNETT AND ROY LERMAN WIN TWO


OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 8, 2011) Trainers Gerald Bennett and Roy Lerman celebrated two wins each on today’s Closing Day card at Tampa Bay Downs.

Gerald Bennett had his first victory of the day with Rock It; the five-year-old Eavesdropper gelding is owned by Winnign Stables and Ray Rech and was ridden by Mike Allen. Bennett scored again with Irish Lion, this time for owner Caesar Nieves with Ronnie Allen, J. in the irons.





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Sunday, May 01 2011


RACE FOR TRAINER’S TITLE HEATS UP


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 30, 2011) Trainer Jamie Ness took two trips to the Winner’s Circle, giving him 57 wins throughout 87 days of the meet; conditioner Gerald Bennett has 54 victories to his credit with only four days of racing left in Tampa Bay Downs’s 85th season.

Ness got his first victory for owner Midwest Thoroughbreds with High Cry, a five-year-old Street Cry mare bred booted home by Danny Coa. Ness and Midwest Thoroughbreds struck again with I Wanna Run; jockey Huber Villa-Gomez had the call to ride the three-year-old Werblin gelding, who was bred in Florida by Ponder Hill, Inc.





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Saturday, April 30 2011


TAMPA GRADS TO RUN IN GRADED STAKES NATIONWIDE; ALLEN AND NESS TEAM UP FOR 4 WINS


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 29, 2011) Graduates of Tampa Bay Downs will go postward in Graded stakes around the country this Saturday.

The Grade III $200,000The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial has attracted an entry from Beamer; the three-year-old son of Vindication was fourth in both the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby and the Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes here this spring. Additionally, the Carl Nafzger trainee broke his maiden here in January by 5 ½ lengths for owner-breeder James Tafel.





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Wednesday, April 27 2011


LEIGH DELACOUR NAMED CODY’S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE TRAINER OF THE MONTH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 27, 2011) Leigh Delacour has been named the Cody’s Original Roadhouse Trainer of the Month with four wins from seven starters in the week of April 17 through April 23; the conditioner’s trainees have won with average odds of 5.8-1.

Born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1980, Leigh Delacour started working with horses at age 11, galloping at a training center in Davisdsonville, Maryland. At age 16, Delacour began working for trainer Graham Motion at Laurel Park. She attended the University of Virginia but spent every weekend at Laurel galloping for Graham, who encouraged her to continue with college and even gave her a horse to train on her own at places like Charlestown Race and Slots. Delacour said, “It was great – I could actually pay part of my tuition with that horse!”





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Sunday, April 24 2011


NESS AND MIDWEST THOROUGHBREDS, LONNIE ARTERBURN WIN TWO EACH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 23, 2011) Trainer Jamie Ness teamed up with owner Midwest Thoroughbreds for two wins on the afternoon’s card, and trainer Lonnie Arterbun also celebrated two wins on the program.

The duo took their first trip to the Winner’s Circle with Silver Prism with Huber Villa-Gomez aboard in today’s featured seventh race, a $30,000 overnight handicap. Ness and Midwest Thoroughbreds scored again with Wotan, this time with Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month Danny Coa in the irons.





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Saturday, April 23 2011


TAMPA GRADS LINED UP FOR STAKES AROUND THE COUNTRY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 22, 2011) Graduates of Tampa Bay Downs are starting in stakes nation-wide this Saturday. At Keeneland, Derby Kitten, second by only half a length here in an overnight handicap on February 5, will go postward in the Grade III $200,000 Coolmore Lexington. Also at Keeneland, Tampa alumnus Exhi, second in an allowance event here on February 17, 2010, is slated to run in the Grade III $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes; and the $100,000 Giants Causeway Stakes has drawn the attention of Stormy Publisher, winner of this season’s Minaret Stakes, as well as Lunar Mist, who was second in an allowance optional claiming event here on December 18.

At Woodbine, Hooh Why, who was third in the 2008 running of the Sandpiper Stakes, will run in the Grade III $150,000 Whimsical Stakes. At Hawthorne Park, Cruise, Hello Again and Kathleen L are scheduled to go postward in the $100,000 Governor’s Lady Handicap; Cruise missed last year’s edition of the Minaret Stakes by only 3 ¾ lengths, Hello Again ran in three allowance races and one overnight handicap here this season, and Kathleen L ran in the Minaret Stakes and an overnight handicap here in the winter. The $100,000 Pretty Jenny Stakes will include Third Chance, fourth in this year’s Suncoast Stakes.





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Monday, April 18 2011


GERALD BENNETT TEAMS UP WITH RONNIE ALLEN, JR. FOR TWO WINS


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 17, 2011) Trainer Gerald Bennett teamed up with jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr. for two wins on today’s card.

Bennett and Allen took their first trip to the Winner’s Circle with Crimson Knight; the three-year-old Leroidesanimaux gelding was second by only a nose in the Tampa Bay Derby in his previous start on March 12, and in his race today captured an allowance optional claiming event for owners Winning Stables and Ray Rech going 1 mile over the lawn. Bennett and Allen scored again with Gimmearide, a four-year-old Gimmeawink filly bred in Florida by Barry Long and owned by Harold Queen.





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Thursday, April 14 2011


JANE CIBELLI NAMED CODY’S TRAINER OF THE MONTH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 13, 2011) Trainer Jane Cibelli, who is the April Cody’s Original Roadhouse Trainer of the Month, has had an outstanding Tampa Bay Downs 2010 – 2011 season, racking up 23 wins, 11 second-place finishes and 12 thirds from 96 attempts as of April 13, 2011; in the last week alone, Cibelli has notched four wins and two second-place finishers from twelve starters at average odds of 5.6-1.

Jane Cibelli moved to the United States in 1983 after working with horses in her native United Kingdom. “I was always interested in horses from the time I was a kid. I rode show jumpers as a teenager. I got into racing when I left high school and galloped horses. In England you do everything: you gallop, you rub horses, everything.”





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Monday, April 11 2011


RHONE, BENNETT SADDLE TWO WINNERS EACH


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 10, 2011) Trainers Bernell Rhone and Gerald Bennett celebrated two victories each on today’s eleven race card.

Bernell Rhone scored his first victory High Spirit for owner Robert Hovelson with jockey Dean Butler in the irons. Rhone scored again with Tabby Lane, this time for Grevelis Tacing Stble with Luis Gonzalez aboard.





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Saturday, April 09 2011


RECORDS BROKEN IN NINTH FLORIDA CUP DAY


OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 9, 2011) The ninth running of Florida Cup Day was comprised of six $75,000 stakes races for Florida-breds of all ages at a variety of distances on both turf and dirt. A crowd of over 6,000 fans witnessed two track records broken in the six Florida Cup races.

The Vinery Turf Classic –1 1/8 miles: Leandro Gonçalves got his second stakes win of the day aboard Slews Answer in the Vinery Turf Classic for owner-breeders Live Oak Plantation and conditioner Graham Motion. The Ghostzapper gelding set was lightly raced coming into the Vinery Turf Classic, having broken his maiden at first asking at Gulfstream Park and then finishing second there after a troubled trip in his only other start. Blazen was second in the Vinery Turf Classic, and Vanquisher was third.





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