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TRAINING “NEWCOMER” GALVAN EARNS ZERILLO’S HONOR; SEE I A BACK ON TOP

Baltazar Galvan enjoying success while shipping in from The Williston Mile, captures Zerillo's Italian Grill Trainer of the Month honor; See I A guts out fifth victory of the meeting.

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JOCKEYS, TRAINERS ARE PREPARING TO BID FAREWELL UNTIL NEXT AUTUMN

Major jockey contingent headed to Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania; trainers are loading up the vans; Tampa Bay Downs is closed Sunday for Easter; Thoroughbred racing resumes Wednesday.

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TRAINERS NESS, GERALD BENNETT TO PRESENT PROMISING 3-YEAR-OLDS IN SPRINT FEATURE

Graded-stakes placed Cee 'n O and Daniel Centeno are likely favorites, but it won't be a cakewalk; L.J. McKanas survives Cagayan experience, enters two Saturday.

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VILLA-GOMEZ FORGOTTEN NO LONGER; HE’S A WORTHY JOCKEY OF THE MONTH

After missing two months with a fractured ankle, veteran Huber Villa-Gomez is back at full strength, earning the Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month Award.

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GALLARDO RIDES FOUR WINNERS, ALLEN HITS 100; LOOK FOR GREAT DUEL TO ENSUE

Antonio Gallardo hugs the rail on 4-year-old filly Polomint to win the 10th race on the turf, giving him his fifth four-bagger of the meeting; Ronnie Allen, Jr., rides two winners to stay ahead.

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GUAM TYPHOON BOUNCES BACK STRONG, JUST MISSES TRACK RECORD

Veteran campaigner just misses five-and-a-half furlong track record for trainer Jamie Ness, jockey Daniel Centeno; Tom Proctor's hot streak continues.

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TRACKSIDE PAVILION TO HOST KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY ON MAY 3

Start working on that Derby hat, dig into the past performances and find a way to beat California Chrome -- we dare you. Louisville has the race, but Tampa Bay Downs has the party!

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PROCTOR IS ZERILLO’S TRAINER OF MONTH; PATRICK WINS FOR BOYHOOD FRIEND ABNER

Tom Proctor has won with almost 30 percent of his starters and has three stakes victories -- and is doing even better at Santa Anita; trainer Gary Patrick honors his childhood friend, the late Walter Abner, with a victory.

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TRUST US – NESS HAS SOFT SPOT IN HIS HEART FOR SNEAKING UPONYOU

En route to his eighth consecutive local training title, Jamie Ness finally grabbed his first stakes victory of the meeting with an honest, hard-knocking 8-year-old gelding.

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SNEAKING UPONYOU TURNS BACK THE CLOCK, CAPS AWESOME FLORIDA CUP CARD

The 8-year-old gelding Sneaking Uponyou, trainer Jamie Ness and jockey Huber Villa-Gomez cap a memorable Florida Cup Day with a tour de force in the Hilton Garden Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites Sprint.

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FLORIDA CUP DAY HAS CAPTURED ATTENTION OF STATE’S HORSEMEN, FANS

A busman's holiday to Delaware Park 12 years ago gave Tampa Bay Downs President Stella F. Thayer and Vice President of Marketing & Publicity Margo Flynn an inspiration known today as the Florida Cup.

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DEEP, COMPETITIVE FIELDS PROMISE MEMORABLE FLORIDA CUP DAY

There are 54 state-breds entered in Saturday's 12th annual Florida Cup Day extravaganza, with six stakes offering $75,000 apiece; six stakes winners entered in Hilton Garden Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites Sprint alone.

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PAIGE ME, COTTON PICKIN PLUCK TURF TEST EVENTS; PEDROZA IS JOCKEY OF MONTH

A $7,500 claim turns into a "monster" for owner-trainer Rory Barron, while stakes-placed Cotton Pickin rewards the faith of her breeder -- and new owner -- by going the distance.

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RACING BACK TO “NORMAL” FOLLOWING RAIN-SOAKED SATURDAY

Jockeys Fernando De La Cruz and Luis Garcia, trainers Jamie Ness and Dale Bennett all pick up two victories; Tampa Turf Test is Wednesday.

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RETIRED JOCKEYS SHARE MEMORIES, SHED SOME TEARS AND RAISE MONEY FOR NEEDY BRETHREN

The inaugural Jockeys and Jeans luncheon to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is a rousing success; Angel Serpa and Brian Pedroza each ride three winners on damp day.

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VEGA STARTS DAY 3-FOR-3; KITTY CITY GIVES NESS MEMORY TO CHERISH

Jockey Harry Vega passes the 4,100-victory mark by starting the day 3-for-3; Kitty City improves to 9-for-9 at Tampa Bay Downs and is claimed; Daniel Centeno rides Risky Rachel at Aqueduct on Saturday.

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JOCKEYS AND JEANS LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY; O’CONNELL NAMED TRAINER OF MONTH

Many of the sport's legendary names are expected to attend Saturday's Jockeys and Jeans event, including Hall of Fame riders Pat Day, Jacinto Vasquez and Walter Blum; Kathleen O'Connell is Zerillo's Italian Grill honoree.

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FLORIDA CUP DAY NOMINATIONS INCREASE; GALLARDO RIDES FOUR WINNERS

Trainer Kathleen O'Connell nominates 10 horses to the April 5 Florida Cup, including Breeders' Cup participant Scandalous Act for the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies; Antonio Gallardo boots home 4 winners again.

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TULIRA CASTLE REIGNS IN CHALLENGER STAKES

Sidelined for nine months as a 3-year-old after surgery to remove a bone chip, Tulira Castle and his connections can look forward to a promising 2014 campaign after his impressive Challenger score under Angel Serpa.

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PACE SCENARIO LIKELY TO HAVE BIG EFFECT ON CHALLENGER; CENTENO RIDES THREE WINNERS

Trainer Ian Wilkes hopes to replicate 2012 Challenger Stakes success with Nicklaus Way and Twin Engine; Managed Account, Ruler of Love loom tough; Daniel Centeno rides three winners; Jockeys and Jeans next Saturday.

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SERPA’S RESURGENCE RESULTS IN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH HONOR; TWO CARRYOVERS FRIDAY

Angel Serpa has gotten red-hot on the turf, which bodes well for the remainder of the 2013-14 meeting and his planned spring-summer stay at Monmouth Park.

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JOCKEY RACE HEATS UP AGAIN AS GALLARDO FOLLOWS ALLEN 4-BAGGER WITH ONE OF OWN

Ronnie Allen, Jr., knows it won't be easy holding off his youthful rival for a record-tying fifth Tampa Bay Downs jockeys title. Expect a fun ride as the two strive for the top spot over the final third of the meeting. 

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DRESS THE PART LIVES UP TO POTENTIAL; RONNIE ALLEN, JR., RIDES 4 WINNERS FOR FIFTH TIME

A $700,000 yearling, Dress the Part has found Tampa Bay Downs the place to unwrap her potential, winning the Wayward Lass Stakes; winning jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr., caps a day to remember with the flawless performance.

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SUNSHINE, WARMTH MAY BE TO MONTANA NATIVE’S LIKING; ANCIL INVITED TO ROYAL ASCOT

Full field of 12 fillies and mares expected for Saturday's $50,000 Wayward Lass Stakes; Turf Dash record-setter Ancil invited to Royal Ascot meeting in England, trainer Joan Scott says he'll go.

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DE LA CRUZ RIDES THREE WINNERS; MOTION IS ZERILLO’S TRAINER OF THE MONTH

Fernando De La Cruz starts off hot; Dale Bennett, Anthony Granitz saddle two winners apiece; trainer H. Graham Motion weighs options for Ring Weekend while basking in Zerillo's Italian Grill Trainer of the Month honor.

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CENTENO MADE ALL THE RIGHT MOVES IN WINNING HIS SECOND TAMPA BAY DERBY

Tampa resident Daniel Centeno takes time to relive the thrill of winning the Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on 14-1 shot Ring Weekend; Jamie Ness adds a couple of new clients, and keeps winning.

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RING WEEKEND SPRINGS TAMPA BAY DERBY UPSET FOR MOTION, CENTENO

Long shot Ring Weekend steals the Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on the front end under Daniel Centeno for trainer H. Graham Motion and many owners; Testa Rossi, Cloud Scapes post impressive turf triumphs.

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TEAM EFFORT KEEPS VINCEREMOS CONNECTIONS OPTIMISTIC; GALLARDO WINS 4

Vinceremos tries to stay alive for the Tampa Bay Downs Million Dollar Derby Bonus by winning the Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby, but a stablemate may stand in the way; Antonio Gallardo rides four winners.

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LARGE FIELDS SET FOR FESTIVAL DAY, 10 IN TAMPA BAY DERBY; LEBRON JOCKEY OF MONTH

Vinceremos, Cousin Stephen and Matador set to resume rivalry in Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday; Victor Lebron is the Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month.

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RIDING LEGENDS TO APPEAR AT INAUGURAL JOCKEYS AND JEANS EVENT

Ramon Dominguez is the featured speaker for the Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser on March 29; Pat Day, Jacinto Vasquez, Mike Manganello and Walter Blum set to attend.

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PLETCHER, CASSE HAVE DOUBLE THE HORSEPOWER FOR TAMPA BAY DERBY

Mark Casse confident in the abilities of his Tampa Bay Derby probables, Conquest Titan and Matador; Vinceremos works four furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center.

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ANCIL BREAKS STAKES AND TRACK RECORDS IN TURF DASH

The 5-year-old gelding puts his best foot forward for owners Kathy Thompson and Scott Farmer, trainer Joan Scott and jockey Daniel Centeno, who rides four winners on the card.

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TRAINERS VAN BERG, BRADLEY SCHEDULED TO APPEAR; TULIRA CASTLE WINS PREP

Trainer Buff Bradley of Groupie Doll and Brass Hat fame will appear on Saturday's 10 a.m. "Morning Glory Club" show with track announcer Richard Grunder; Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg to sign his book Sunday.

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NESS AIMS EX-CLAIMER FOR TURF DASH JACKPOT; KITTY CITY PURRS AGAIN

Cactus Son, from the barn of trainer Jamie Ness and Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc., is a leading contender for Saturday's $100,000 Turf Dash; Antonio Gallardo rides three winners, including a dead-heat.

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DALE BENNETT IS TRAINER OF MONTH; DAVID ORTIZ HITS ONE OUT FOR FIRST WIN

Dale Bennett joins his father, Gerald Bennett, as a 2013-14 Zerillo's Italian Grill Trainer of the Month Award recipient; polished ride up rail gives apprentice jockey David Ortiz his first victory, plus a cold bath.

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PLETCHER CONTINGENT, BOND HOLDER HEAD TAMPA BAY DERBY NOMINATIONS

Now, the speculation begins. With Vinceremos eligible for the Tampa Bay Downs Million Dollar Derby Bonus, how many other horses will trainer Todd Pletcher send to Oldsmar on March 8?

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OUR DOUBLE PLAY IS SPARKLING IN SUPER STAKES TRIUMPH

Trainer Phil Bauer scores his first career stakes victory with the 4-year-old colt, who just misses the track record; Antonio Gallardo rides three winners; Tom Proctor saddles two.

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THREE DE LA CRUZ BROTHERS FIND WINNER’S CIRCLE; YOGI BERRA TRIUMPHS

Apprentice Juan De La Cruz won the first race, then Walter nosed out Fernando in the fourth. Fernando rebounded to win the fifth in a feat that may be unprecedented in jockey annals. 

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SATURDAY’S $100,000 SUPER STAKES A WIDE-OPEN AFFAIR

Grade III winner Bear Tough Tiger, lightly-raced sensation Palace Barista head Saturday's $100,000 Super Stakes field; $12,188 Super High-5 carryover Friday; make plans to attend Hearts Reaching Out benefit.

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WILL TRAINER L.J. McKANAS BE THE SOLE SURVIVOR? TUNE IN WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M.!

L.J. McKanas loves a challenge. As a contestant on the upcoming season of Survivor, the Tampa Bay Downs trainer got everything he could handle.

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LUIS GARCIA DETERMINED TO PROVE HE’S A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Luis Garcia's versatility on dirt and turf, going short and long, makes him Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month; Hearts Reaching Out event upcoming; Guam Typhoon threatens track record.

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TOP FOUR FROM SAM F. DAVIS RETURN TO WORK

Davis winner Vinceremos and runner-up Harpoon breeze four furlongs for trainer Todd Pletcher; Cousin Stephen, Matador went out Saturday.

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GIANCARLO BACK ON TRACK FOR POSSIBLE FESTIVAL DAY APPEARANCE; HUGE SUNDAY CARRYOVERS

Three-year-old Giancarlo justifies 6-5 favoritism, but long shots rule the day; south Florida jockey Jesus M. Rios goes 3-for-3; Brian Pedroza, Harry Vega ride two winners apiece.

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SEE I A DOMINANCE NO SECRET; MYSTERY MUTUEL VOUCHER GIVEAWAY SATURDAY

See I A, who won the 2011 Pelican Stakes for Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Jamie Ness, is still going strong for his new connections -- he runs the fastest six furlongs of the meeting.

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GALLARDO A NEW FATHER; CEDENO SET TO RETURN

Jockey Antonio Gallardo won't relax on the track, but he's more at peace since the birth of his daughter Monday; Carol Cedeno set to return to the saddle Saturday. 

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TRAINER OF THE MONTH WARD FINDS THE RIGHT SPOTS FOR EVERY HORSE

Zerillo's Italian Grill Trainer of the Month Dennis Ward keeps busy with ponying his own horses and working on the track during racing; Firestone-Delacour-Garcia connection goes back-to-back.

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RAGS-TO-RICHES FLORIDA-BRED RIBO BOBO HEADS SUPER NOMINEES; NESS WINS THREE

It's not surprising the Super Stakes has attracted so many accomplished nominees -- check the list of past winners; perennial Tampa Bay Downs champion Jamie Ness extends lead in trainer standings. 

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ENCORE, ENCORE: RISKY RACHEL SETS STAKES RECORD IN MANATEE ROMP

The 7-year-old New York-bred mare dominates her rivals in the $50,000 Manatee Stakes while setting a stakes record under Daniel Centeno; Antonio Gallardo rides three winners; Golfest continues Sunday. 

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LOVE HORSES? OR GOLF? OR BOTH? TAMPA BAY DOWNS IS THE PLACE TO BE

The $50,000 Manatee Stakes for older fillies and mares and Golfest Presented by Valspar, featuring David Price, Shelton Quarles and Corey Ivy, top Saturday's offerings.

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RISKY RACHEL RETURNS SATURDAY FOR NEXT STEP ON COMEBACK TRAIL

Risky Rachel will look to handle the seven-furlong distance of the Manatee Stakes on Saturday; walk over to The Golf Practice Facility earlier to see David Price in the Celebrity Golf Skills Challenge.

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FOURTH TIME A CHARM FOR ALLEN; VEGA MAKING OLD AND NEW FRIENDS ALIKE

Ronnie Allen, Jr., rides four winners for the fourth time at the meeting, but it wasn't as easy as it looked; top newcomer Harry Vega is Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month; Golfest Presented by Valspar is this weekend.

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AMISS HUMBLED TO BE WOOLF AWARD FINALIST; GOLFEST IS NEXT WEEKEND

Tampa Bay Downs jockey David Amiss is one of five finalists for the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

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PLETCHER HORSES RUN 1-2 IN DAVIS, WITH VINCEREMOS, PRADO PULLING THE UPSET

Vinceremos, the lesser-regarded of trainer Todd Pletcher's Sam F. Davis entries, noses out stablemate Harpoon in thriller; Guys Reward shows class in Lambholm South Tampa Bay Stakes; Suncoast winner Please Explain dominates.

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SAM F. DAVIS STAKES A STARTING POINT FOR DERBY DREAMS

Each of the entrants in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes has something to prove. One thing is certain: A fan who picks the winner will have a chance to win $100,000 in the Lambholm South Fan Bonus.

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EIGHT 3-YEAR-OLDS SET TO CONTEST SAM F. DAVIS ON FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY

A pair of Ontario-bred stakes winners challenge top contenders from trainers Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown in Saturday's Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.

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ANOTHER FOUR-BAGGER FOR ALLEN; FIRST STEP TO POTENTIAL WEALTH SATURDAY

Ponce de Leon should have consulted Ronnie Allen, Jr., on his search for the Fountain of Youth; Festival Preview Day on Saturday promises excitement and potential wealth for one lucky fan.

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CLOUD SCAPES TRIUMPHS IN ENDEAVOUR; SHRINKING VIOLET, PALACE BARISTA WIN

Trainer H. Graham Motion wins his second Endeavour Stakes; Wesley Ward's bargain-basement purchase Shrinking Violet in full bloom in Lightning City; Scace plan with Palace Barista works to perfection in Pelican.

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ENDEAVOUR HAS RICH HISTORY OF PRODUCING TOPFLIGHT WINNERS

Full fields of 12 for Grade III Endeavour, Lightning City Stakes on turf highlight Saturday action; time running short to register for Live It Up Challenge handicapping contest.

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ENDEAVOUR, LIGHTNING CITY STAKES ON SATURDAY ATTRACT OVERFLOW FIELDS

Hall of Fame trainers Jonathan Sheppard, William Mott aim for Endeavour; Daniel Centeno is Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month; Antonio Gallardo rides three winners.

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MILLION-DOLLAR BONUS LURES 43 NOMINEES TO FEB. 1 SAM F. DAVIS

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher nominates eight horses to the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 1; Million-Dollar Derby Bonus and Lambholm South $100,000 Fan Bonus add to intrigue.

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR TAMPA TURF TEST WINNERS NATIVE WAVE AND HERE’S d’BRIDE

Former jockey David Nunn applauds his spirited gelding and winning rider Willie Martinez after their dramatic victory; Here's d'Bride developing into some bargain; Nathan Hyland does his old man proud.

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ALLEN, JR., WINS FOUR; TAMPA TURF TEST ON TAP; STAKES SKED ABOUT TO REV UP

Ronnie Allen, Jr., extends his lead in the jockey standings with seven victories over the past two programs; nominations out for banner Jan. 25 card; Cap Giveaway Day is Saturday.

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GERALD BENNETT IS ZERILLO’S ITALIAN GRILL CHOICE; ALLEN, JR., RIDES THREE WINNERS

Gerald Bennett says one of the keys to his success is keeping his horses happy; Ronnie Allen, Jr., extends lead in jockey standings.

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TAMPA BAY SUNSHINE LURES CENTENO, HEATS UP JOCKEY RACE; “K.O.” WINS THREE

Five-time Tampa Bay Downs leading jockey Daniel Centeno has returned to a place of prominence among the track's riders; two-time leading trainer Kathleen O'Connell sends out three winners.

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RISKY RACHEL RETURNS BETTER THAN EVER, HONORS HER DAM’S MEMORY IN MINARET

A layoff of almost 15 months is no impediment for the classy Risky Rachel, who defeats a game Cor Cor in the $50,000 feature for older fillies and mares.

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COR COR BACK AT SCENE OF STAKES-RECORD VICTORY

Cor Cor, New York-invader Risky Rachel headline Saturday's Minaret Stakes; Daniel Centeno rides three winners; Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger saddles winner of third race.

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ROAD TO UNITED STATES PROVES FRUITFUL FOR GALLARDO

Moving to the United States more than five years ago was the best decision ever for jockey Antonio Gallardo, who will be honored Saturday during the races as the Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month.

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ALLEN WINS THREE, NOW ATOP STANDINGS; CASTANON TO RETURN

The 49-year-old Ronnie Allen, Jr., keeps quaffing from the Fountain of Youth; riding rival Antonio Gallardo determined to keep pace; Jesus Castanon set to join them.

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MIGHTY BROWN, NESSO WIN STAKES; CAREER WINNER NO. 1,000 FOR PROCTOR

Tim Ice-trainee Mighty Brown wins the Pasco; Nesso impressive for Amaty Racing in Gasparilla; congratulations to trainer Tom Proctor on career milestone.

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CRIMSON KNIGHT AWAKENS THE ECHOES; SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY SATURDAY

The 2011 Tampa Bay Derby runner-up, Crimson Knight, has won two straight on the turf for trainer Gerald Bennett -- who lost him to a claim in June; Angel Serpa rides two winners.

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SKYWAY FESTIVAL DAY PROMISES TOP COMPETITION IN PASCO, GASPARILLA

The $100,000 Pasco Stakes on Saturday draws seven colts and a gelding, while 10 fillies are slated to go postward in the $100,000 Gasparilla Stakes; Friday's nine-race card begins at 12:25 p.m.

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ZERILLO’S TRAINER OF MONTH DaCOSTA LEARNED LESSONS WELL

Despite only 17 starts, Jason DaCosta leads the trainer standings with eight victories; Ronnie Allen, Jr., rides three winners on today's card.

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“LIVE IT UP CHALLENGE” HANDICAPPING CONTEST ON TAP FOR NEW YEAR

It's your chance to test your handicapping skills against bettors across North America -- and it's free. At stake: a chair in the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

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NATIVE WAVE, STOPTALKINGMARIA WIN TAMPA TURF TEST EVENTS

Willie Martinez rides Native Wave to an impressive triumph in the Colts and Geldings Division, while Stoptalkingmaria rewards her international connections in the Fillies and Mares contest.

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SATURDAY ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE TAMPA TURF TEST KICKOFF; DE LA CRUZ IN SPILL

First legs of Tampa Turf Test on tap Saturday; Fernando De La Cruz taken to hospital for observation after spill; Morning Glory Club begins Saturday morning with trainer Tim Ice.

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COOL COWBOY, MY SWEET DOVE NOMINATED; ALLEN WINS 4 IN A ROW

Skyway Festival Day on Jan. 4 features stakes-caliber horses' sophomore-season debuts; Ronnie Allen, Jr., wins four in a row and Hampton Inn & Suites Jockey of the Month Award; five in a row for trainer Joan Scott.

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AUSTIN SOLIS RIDES FIRST WINNER; GALLARDO, JOAN SCOTT HAVE HUGE DAYS

Austin B. Solis, son of racing legend Alex Solis, captures his first victory and gets the treatment from fellow jockeys; Antonio Gallardo rides four winners; Joan Scott saddles three winners.

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LAVALLEE TWIST MAKES HER TRAINER FEEL GOOD; DaCOSTA TOPS STANDINGS

At it turns out, owner-trainer Kathleen Guciardo had nothing to be nervous about. Her 5-year-old mare Lavallee Twist and jockey Harry Vega led the field on a merry chase to win the Lambholm South Race of the Week.

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DE LA CRUZ KEEPS ROLLING ALONG, WINS FOUR; FULL CARDS THIS WEEKEND

Fernando De La Cruz caps his four-victory day by riding 15-1 shot Going to Market to a come-from-behind win in the seventh race on turf, giving him 20 victories in seven days of action.

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NESS IS ZERILLO’S TRAINER OF MONTH; CENTENO TO RETURN FRIDAY

Jamie Ness is in a customary spot -- atop the trainer standings at Tampa Bay Downs; five-time leading jockey Daniel Centeno to return Friday; trainer Barbara McBride, jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr., win two each.

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MOTION FILLY WINS IMPRESSIVELY; VETERAN CAMPAIGNERS STILL CAPABLE

Cloud Scapes shows her heels to the field, while 9-year-old Dinner in Odem and 8-year-old Hold On Smokey prove they've hardly lost a step.

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NESS PERFECT ON DIRT; DE LA CRUZ WINS 3 AGAIN; WIDE-OPEN TURF FEATURE SATURDAY

Perennial leading trainer Jamie Ness has saddled six main-track winners from six starters to begin the 2013-14 meeting; Fernando De La Cruz rides three winners for the fourth consecutive card. 

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FORMER JOCKEY TO DELIVER MESSAGE OF HOPE AT SATURDAY BOOK SIGNING

Eddie Donnally, an Eclipse Award-winning journalist who rode at Tampa Bay Downs, will sign copies of his book "Ride The White Horse: A Checkered Jockey's Story of Racing, Rage & Redemption;" nine-race card Friday.

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DE LA CRUZ – WHO ELSE? – IS HILTON GARDEN INN JOCKEY OF THE MONTH

Fernando De La Cruz rides three winners for third consecutive card, gains Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of the Month honor; former jockey Eddie Donnally to attend book signing at track Saturday.

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COOL COWBOY LIVES UP TO HYPE; MY SWEET DOVE UPSETS SANDPIPER

Cool Cowboy -- a son of 2009 Eclipse Award-champion sprinter Kodiak Kowboy -- toys with seven rivals in the $100,000 Inaugural for 2-year-olds, while My Sweet Dove holds off a challenge to win the $100,000 Sandpiper for fillies.

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COOL COWBOY PLANS TO SHOW HEELS TO FOES; DE LA CRUZ WINS THREE

Cool Cowboy, from the barn of trainer Dale Bennett, is the favorite for the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes on Lambholm South Cotillion Festival Day card; Fernando De La Cruz is on a roll.

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DE LA CRUZ SURPASSES MILESTONE, RIDES TWO WINNERS FOR NESS

Jockey Fernando De La Cruz records career victories No. 1,000 and 1,001, while his younger brother Walter rides Crimson Knight to victory on the turf; Mellow Fellow and Ronnie Allen, Jr., grab the feature.

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WAIT ALMOST OVER; THOROUGHBREDS BREAK FROM GATE WEDNESDAY

Opening week of racing promises thrilling competition, a jockey's quest for 1,000 victories and Breakfast at the Downs on Saturday, plus two $100,000 stakes for juveniles.

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RACING RETURNS WEDNESDAY; TWO $100,000 STAKES ON DEC. 7

Three days of Thoroughbred racing -- Wednesday, Friday and Saturday -- comprise a banner upcoming opening week at Tampa Bay Downs. Breakfast at the Downs is Saturday, Dec. 7, Lambholm South Cotillion Festival Day.

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RIDERS UP! PUB NEWEST GATHERING PLACE FOR THOROUGHBRED LOVERS

Located on the first floor of the grandstand across from the finish line, the bar will offer craft and domestic beers, liquor and an eclectic collection of horse racing aficionados.

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ENTERING 2013-14 SEASON, TRAINER NESS SETS GOLD STANDARD

A mix of familiar faces and new shooters creates promise of exciting trainer and jockey races when the 2013-14 meeting resumes on Wednesday, Dec. 4; free December grandstand passes to stuff an early stocking.

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TRAINING BEGINS FOR 2013-14 THOROUGHBRED MEETING

Plenty of sunshine, cool breezes and the acclaimed Tampa Bay Downs racing surface greet early arrivals on the first day of training.

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PAPA JIM’S KITCHEN PREPARED TO SERVE THE BACKSTRETCH MASSES

Thoroughbred owner and former trainer Jim Tsirigotis brings a lifetime of restaurant experience to Papa Jim's Kitchen, the place for trainers, jockeys and grooms to congregate during the upcoming season.

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GRIFFITH CONTINGENT FIRST TO ARRIVE FOR 2013-14 MEETING

Three vans carrying 21 Thoroughbreds from the stable of trainer Greg Griffith are the first arrivals as the barn area opens for the upcoming Tampa Bay Downs meeting.

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TAMPA BAY DOWNS’ CONNECTIONS ABOUND AT BREEDERS’ CUP

Verrazano, the Tampa Bay Derby winner last season, and defending Classic champion Fort Larned headline the list of horses with Tampa Bay Downs connections entered in this weekend's Breeders' Cup.

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OCALA HORSEMAN STEWART, FAMILY LIVE BREEDERS’ CUP DREAM

Tampa Bay Downs trainer Chad Stewart and wife Laurie bred Tightend Touchdown, a contender in Saturday's $1-million GEICO Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, but may miss the race due to son Zackary's youth football game.

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O’CONNELL, SCANDALOUS ACT EARN BREEDERS’ CUP SHOT

Two-time leading Tampa Bay Downs trainer Kathleen O'Connell has her first Breeders' Cup starter in Scandalous Act, a contender for next weekend's $2-million Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

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$1-MILLION BONUS ANNOUNCED; COULD MAKE FAN RICH, TOO

Tampa Bay Downs will award $1-million to the owners of any horse winning its Sam F. Davis Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby, plus the Kentucky Derby; should a horse sweep all three races, a lucky fan will win $100,000.

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STAKES PURSES REACH ALL-TIME HIGH; OAKS JOINS DERBY ON FESTIVAL CARD

The 34th renewal of the Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8, 2014 will be part of a Festival Day card featuring three graded stakes and a track-record $700,000 in stakes purses...

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TAMPA BAY DOWNS TO PARTNER WITH STROPS MARKETING

Tampa Bay Downs will partner with advertising agency Strops Marketing, Inc., of St. Petersburg, track General Manager Peter Berube has announced.

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PURSE INCREASE, BANNER STAKES SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHT 2013-14 MEETING

Summer Festival of Racing generates 15-percent purse increase; 88th Thoroughbred season to resume Weds., Dec. 4; 34th Tampa Bay Derby is March 8, one of 25 stakes races during the season.

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CENTENO, NESS HAVE CLEAR, BUT NOT INSURMOUNTABLE, LEADS
With the 11th annual Florida Cup in seven days and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands a mere five weeks away, the 87th season at Tampa Bay Downs has officially hit the homestretch.
 
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