OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 23, 2009) Tampa Bay Downs is pleased to announce that Lambholm South will be the presenting sponsor of Festival Preview Day, to be held here on February 14, 2009. Lambholm South Festival Preview Day is headlined by the newly graded Sam F. Davis Stakes, a Grade III $225,000 1 1/16 miles main track event for three-year-olds beginning on the Triple Crown Trail. Also on the card is the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes, a 1 1/16 mile turf race for fillies and mares four years old and up. Completing the Lambholm South Festival Preview Day program is the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for fillies three years old going 1 mile 40 yards on the main track.
Lambholm South is owned by Roy S. Lerman and is comprised of 1,830 acres in Reddick, FL. Lambholm South has positioned itself as one of the premier stallion stations in Florida, providing breeders with stallions representing the most prolific sire lines in the industry. The Lambholm South stallion roster includes Max’s Pal, Leading the Parade, Lido Palace and Safe in the USA. Additionally, over the past three decades Lambholm’s full-service operation in the heart of Ocala/Marion County’s Thoroughbred country has been the training ground for nine national champions and more than 50 Grade I stakes winners.
Finish Lines… Trainer William Phipps remains undefeated at Tampa Bay Downs for the current meet, having saddled his fourth consecutive winner this afternoon. In addition to his win with Causin’ Thunder today, Phipps has had a victory with Dream Rush in an allowance race on Opening Day and conditioned the mare to a win in the Minaret Stakes earlier this month. Phipps trainee Fierce Wind also took a trip to the Winner’s Circle after the colt, who won last year’s Sam F. Davis Stakes, made his first start back since the 2008 rendition of the Florida Derby.
Tomorrow, January 24 is Cap Giveaway Day at Tampa Bay Downs. Patrons will receive a free commemorative Tampa Bay Downs baseball cap with each paid admission while supplies last. Additionally, jockeys will be on hand on the first floor of the Grandstand throughout the day to sign autographs and answer fans’ questions.
Racing resumes tomorrow, January 24 with an eleven race card; the Pick 6 carryover is $9,441.65, and the High 5 carryover is $3,893.59. The Silks Poker room is open daily from 12:30 PM through 12:30 AM, and The Downs Golf Practice Facility is open on Mondays from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM and on Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 AM through 10:00 PM.