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BEHIND-THE-SCENES EFFORTS REAP SUCCESS; SANTOS WINS JOCKEYS’ CHALLENGE

Average field size for the two-day Summer Festival of Racing is 7.3 horses; Ademar Santos claims the Jockeys' Challenge with five victories; $12,283.20 trifecta in third race.

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KRIGGER AMONG MANY TO VOICE HEARTY ‘YES, SIR!’ FOR SUMMER FESTIVAL

Kevin Krigger and Ademar Santos each ride three winners, with Krigger taking a 6-point lead entering Tuesday's action in $5,000 Jockeys' Challenge; first post time Tuesday is 12:30 p.m.

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OUTSTANDING RESPONSE FOR SUMMER FESTIVAL; 10 TURF RACES SLATED

All but one of the 16 scheduled races draw full fields of eight or more horses; track maintenance staff has dirt and turf courses in midseason form; $5,000 Jockeys' Challenge up for grabs.

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TWO DOZEN JUNIOR GOLFERS ADVANCE IN DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT

Local qualifiers at The Downs Golf Practice Facility advance to the subregional at Reunion Resort in Orlando in August. Their ultimate goal: to compete at Augusta National, site of the Masters, next April.

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SUMMER FESTIVAL FEATURES PURSE INCREASE; RACES TO BE SIMULCAST

Thoroughbred racing returns to the Oldsmar oval on June 30 and July 1, with a 25-percent boost in purses from the 2013 Summer Festival of Racing. Both day's races will be simulcast to other tracks.

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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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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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