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    • May
    • 07

    “LIVE IT UP CHALLENGE” CHAMP SURVIVES EARLY SCARE TO BEAT 700-PLUS FOES

    Additional lifelines vital to Chris Crowley's title performance, enabling him to collect $1,000 first prize and two seats at next season's High Rollers event; Tampa Bay area player Kevin Monaghan finishes second, earns $500 and one seat.
    • May
    • 05

    BENNETT WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TRAINING TITLE; AVERILL RACING ON TOP

    Heavy rain, accompanied by widespread lightning and high winds, force the cancellation of the remainder of the May 5 card after the first race.
    • May
    • 04

    MORALES SHINES ON JACKSON, WILDWOOD’S BEAUTY IN FTBOA STAKES; GOES 5-FOR-5

    Two stakes victories highlight run of four consecutive winners for jockey; trainer Kathleen O'Connell sends out three winners.
    • May
    • 03

    ALLEN RIDES 4 WINNERS; PREPARE FOR DERBY CELEBRATION

    Veteran reinsman Ronnie Allen, Jr., has a near-perfect day, with four victories and two seconds from six mounts; we're planning a Kentucky Derby party Saturday, hope you all can make it.
    • May
    • 01

    ALLEN EARNS JOCKEY OF MONTH HONOR AFTER FACING PERSONAL DEMONS

    Popular four-time Tampa Bay Downs champion jockey Ronnie Allen, Jr., is battling his addiction, day by day, with strong support from family, friends and community and his own inner strength.
    • Apr
    • 28

    BENNETT KEEPS PILING UP VICTORIES; MORALES RIDES 3 WINNERS

    With a fourth consecutive training title assured, Gerald Bennett sees no reason to rest on his laurels; Pablo Morales is a master of the Oldsmar turf.
    • Apr
    • 27

    WEEP NO MORE MY LADY – DERBY DAY GALA FAST APPROACHING

    Among the scheduled events on Kentucky Derby Day is the Hat Contest, with prizes awarded to the winners in men's, women's and children's divisions; Jose Angel Garcia, Pablo Morales each ride two winners today.
    • Apr
    • 26

    CAMACHO, GALLARDO TO BID FAREWELLS WEDNESDAY; MURRILL WINS THREE

    Top two Oldsmar jockeys to compete in Saturday stakes at Gulfstream, which will be simulcast here; Mitchell Murrill appears ready to fill void, scoring a hat trick.
    • Apr
    • 24

    WARD SUMMONS LATE-MEET MAGIC TO EARN TRAINER OF MONTH AWARD

    Five victories from last nine starters enable Dennis Ward to pull out Rumba Island Bar & Grill Trainer of the Month Award.
    • Apr
    • 20

    GALLARDO RIDES THREE WINNERS; TRACK CLOSED ON EASTER SUNDAY

    Thoroughbred action resumes Wednesday; Oldsmar oval promises plenty of fun on May 4, Kentucky Derby Day.
    • Apr
    • 19

    BUTLER NAMED JOCKEY OF MONTH; RAIN, LIGHTNING FORCE CANCELLATION

    "Hard-headed" veteran Dean Butler earns Señor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month Award; nasty weather arrives on schedule, forces last seven races to be cancelled; Daniel Centeno returns to Laurel to ride Preakness prospect.
    • Apr
    • 17

    CAMACHO WINS FOUR; TRACK, SILKS POKER ROOM TO CLOSE EASTER SUNDAY

    Samy wins on his first four, helps Pedro Menendez to his first career training victory; no racing on Easter Sunday.
    • Apr
    • 17

    ONE OF THE FAMILY: 34-YEAR-OLD ‘WELFIE’ KEEPS GIVING

    After an undistinguished racing career, trainer John Pimental turned the bay gelding Welfare Line into a top-notch pony horse. But it's what the now-34-year-old pensioner has done for John and Diana and their family that is noteworthy, and inspiring.
    • Apr
    • 14

    QUIP’S OAKLAWN HANDICAP VICTORY BURNISHES TAMPA BAY DERBY REP

    Most Tampa Bay Derby winners since Street Sense in 2007 have gone on to further glory; 18 tickets sold on winning late Pick-5 combination.
    • Apr
    • 13

    ‘GREAT BETTING RACE’ PRODUCES THRILLING FOUR-HORSE PHOTO FINISH; NO ONE HITS LATE PICK-5, SO CARRYOVER POOL OF $18,176 INTO SUNDAY

    Harv Won't Tap rallies from the clouds to win wide-open Lambholm South Race of the Week; pair of long-shot winners ensure Sunday's late Pick-5 will be large.
    • Apr
    • 12

    KENTUCKY DERBY RESERVED SEATS GOING FAST; TWO FTBOA STAKES ON CARD

    Reserved Grandstand seats on the May 4 finish line are $10; patrons who pay the $3 general admission fee can access Grandstand seating on a “first-come, first-served” basis, as always.
    • Apr
    • 10

    SWEEZEY KEEPS SEEKING TO IMPROVE; CENTENO, GALLARDO EACH WIN 3

    Kent Sweezey is Salt Rock Tavern Trainer of the Month; Daniel Centeno has 11 victories over last six racing days.
    • Apr
    • 07

    TACITUS, WIN WIN WIN SHOW THEIR DERBY STUFF IN SATURDAY PREPS

    At least three Tampa Bay Downs "graduates" are expected to run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 4.
    • Apr
    • 06

    EMOTIONS RUN HIGH FOR FIRST-TIME WINNING TRAINERS

    Budding law student Tyler Rotstein and career horseman Lee Cameron experienced a feeling Saturday they'll never forget.
    • Apr
    • 05

    AMBITIOUS JOCKEY OF MONTH VIEWS OBSTACLES AS OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW

    Raul Mena credits his faith and his family for helping him to come back from a serious accident at 19 and a recent 0-for-36 skid, earns Señor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month Award; Samy Camacho, Ronnie Allen, Jr., each ride two winners; major Kentucky Derby prep races to be simulcast Saturday.