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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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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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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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