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TAMPA BAY DOWNS OFFERS FESTIVE HOLIDAY RACING SCHEDULE

 
Thoroughbred fans looking for a respite from the holiday whirlwind have four more opportunities to enjoy live racing at Tampa Bay Downs before a four-day break to allow horsemen and racing officials time to celebrate the season with loved ones (see calendar below).
On Saturday, Tampa Bay Downs will present a full 10-race card beginning with a first-race post time of 12:27 p.m. Live racing will also be offered next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Dec. 21-23), then resume Dec. 28-31 as the track heralds the approach of 2012.
When January rolls around, Tampa Bay Downs will race five days a week from Wednesday through Sunday, with the exception of a pair of dark Thursdays -- Jan. 5 and Jan. 12.
During the holiday season, TBD will remain open every day except Dec. 25 for simulcast wagering from tracks across the country. In addition, TBD offers exciting no-limit card games and tournaments in its Silks Poker Room and golf fun and top-notch instruction at the Downs Golf Practice Facility.
Tampa Bay Downs resumes its stakes race program Dec. 31 with the $50,000-guaranteed Minaret Stakes on tap. The six-furlong Minaret is for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
Jockey Leandro Goncalves won the 10th race Friday aboard the Kathleen O’Connell-trained 2-year-old Top Dog to break a four-way tie atop the Tampa Bay Downs jockey standings through the first six days of the 2011-12 meeting. Goncalves has six victories. Ricardo Feliciano, who rode two winners on Friday’s card, is tied for second with defending TBD riding champion Ronnie Allen, Jr. and Danny Coa at five victories apiece.
Feliciano’s second winner, Phil’s Tango, became the first horse to win two races at the current meeting. The seventh-race winner, a 3-year-old gelding, was claimed out of the Jamie Ness barn for $6,250 by Darien Rodriguez.
Trainer Lloyd Lockhart recorded his third victory of the meeting from five starters when his 5-year-old mare Prized Dream won Friday’s ninth race, paying $27.60. Lockhart bred and owns each of his winners.
Joan Scott leads all trainers with five victories from eight starters, each win coming with maiden runners. Ness is next with four victories.
The Pick-5 wager (correctly selecting the winners of the final five races) paid $11,802.50 Friday, but no one hit the Super High-5 on the final race. The carryover to Saturday’s first Super High-5 wager is $3,137.98.

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**Track Closed Dec 25th, 2011 **
LIVE RACING
SIMULCASTING/POKER ONLY
 
 
 

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