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.
Cotillion Festival Day on tap. Some of Tampa Bay Downs’ top 2-year-olds will be on display Saturday during the fifth annual Cotillion Festival Day Presented by Lambholm South, featuring a full 10-race card devoted to juveniles.
Two $75,000, six-furlong stakes highlight the action. The 27th Inaugural Stakes, the sixth race, for colts and geldings, marks the dirt-track debut of Luke of York, who is 2-for-2 in his career, including a victory in the $125,000 Keeneland 75th Anniversary Stakes. The fillies are in the spotlight in the ninth race, the 33rd annual Sandpiper. The 11-horse field includes Red Hot Doll, a two-time stakes winner at Fort Erie in Canada who will be ridden by Rosemary Homeister Jr. Post time for the first race is 12:27 p.m.
All for one. … Rosemary Homeister Jr. has gotten plenty of attention for her successful return to race-riding after delivering a daughter, Victoria Rose, in August, and rightfully so. But Homeister’s fiancée and Victoria Rose’s father, jockey Irwin Rosendo, is doing his part to keep baby warm, happy and well-fed.
Rosendo won two races Friday, raising his total for the fledgling meeting to three victories. He won the first race on 9-2 shot Importuno for owner Roger Urbina and trainer Manuel Azpurua. In the sixth race, Rosendo scored on 23-1 shot Extra Fuse for owner-trainer Lloyd Lockhart, the second time already this meeting the pair has combined for a triumph. Homeister kept pace in the eighth race Friday, winning aboard Chickabunny for trainer Eric Reed – who happens to be Victoria Rose’s godfather.
Live Thoroughbred racing is scheduled Saturday and there will be three days of live racing next week: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tampa Bay Downs is open every day for simulcasting, as well as no-limits poker in the Silks Poker Room and golf fun and instruction at the Downs Golf Practice Facility.