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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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DOWNS GOLF TO HOST DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT QUALIFYING EVENT ON JUNE 14

A field of 200 Tampa Bay area youngsters with visions of competing at Augusta National Golf Club next spring will descend on The Downs Golf Practice Facility.

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TOP JOCKEY GALLARDO RECORDS SEVENTH FOUR-BAGGER; MIDWEST, NESS ALSO HONORED

Antonio Gallardo finishes his Oldsmar season with 124 victories, receives Leading Jockey trophy; top trainer Jamie Ness garners eighth consecutive crown; Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc., reaps top owner award (check Facebook for photos!).

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FIRST-TIME VISITOR RENEWS ROMANCE WITH RACING; GALLARDO CLINCHES JOCKEY TITLE

Rainy weather failed to diminish the enthusiasm of a Tampa Bay Downs crowd of 9,134 that watched California Chrome dominate; Antonio Gallardo clinches jockey title.

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CAN VINCEREMOS UPSET CALIFORNIA CHROME AND SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON OLDSMAR OVAL?

The stage is set for the most exciting two minutes in sports. The gates open at 10 a.m. and fans can wager on all the races and enter the "Cut the Cash" 50-50 raffle to benefit Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc.!

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VINCEREMOS – THE HORSE AND CENTER – TAKE YOUNG GIRL ON MAGICAL DERBY RIDE

Sam F. Davis Stakes winner and Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Vinceremos -- named for a therapeutic riding center in Loxahatchee -- take Adison and her mom on incredible journey to Churchill Downs.

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LOZADA’S HOT APRIL GARNERS JOCKEY OF MONTH HONOR; PEDROZA RIDES THREE WINNERS

Carlos Lozada sees his persistence pay off with Hilton Garden Inn Jockey of Month Award; Brian Pedroza rides three winners, aims for top-five finish; racing resumes Friday.

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COUNTDOWN TO RUN FOR THE ROSES, FAN APPRECIATION DAY HAS BEGUN

Final full week of 2013-14 meeting set to begin Wednesday; simulcasts of Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby part of spectacular week of racing ahead; Ring Weekend out of Run for the Roses; Daniel Centeno wins three.

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THE LOOK SAYS THERE IS NO STOPPING GALLARDO NOW

Jockey Antonio Gallardo would be lying if he said he didn't feel pressure chasing his first meet title. But after winning four races for the sixth time today, he wears the look of eagles that marks a champion.

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TURF SPRINT EVENT OFFERS ADRENALINE RUSH; RING WEEKEND, VINCEREMOS ON GO

Saturday's five-furlong turf feature, the 10th race, worth sticking around for; Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend, Sam F. Davis winner Vinceremos preparing for Kentucky Derby; Brian Pedroza rides three winners.

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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