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November 30, 2019


by Mike Henry
Makeme Dream's future appears bright; one of three winners today for six-time Oldsmar riding champ.

Makeme Dream, a 3-year-old filly from the barn of turf maestro Christophe Clement, turned on the jets on the far turn and rolled to a 2 ¼-length victory from Strella’s War in today’s eighth race, the Lambholm South Race of the Week.

Makeme Dream and jockey Daniel Centeno toured the mile-and-a-sixteenth on the firm turf course in a time of 1:43.19 in the allowance event for fillies and mares 3-years-old-and-upward. The victory was the second in five tries for the daughter of Quality Road-Primadona, by Galileo, a homebred racing for breeder-owner Moyglare Stud Farm.

“I think she is going to be a nice filly,” said Centeno, who won on three of his four mounts today, with one second. “There wasn’t much pace in the race so I wanted to make sure I got a good trip and wasn’t too far behind, and everything went perfect.


Daniel Centeno

“It looked like (pace-setter Haniel) was opening up a little (nearing the turn), but I just had too much horse and when my filly went through (on the inside), it was easy to the wire.”

Centeno is a six-time riding champion at Tampa Bay Downs, tied with Mike Manganello for the most in track history.

Makeme Dream’s victory was no surprise to bettors, who hammered her down to 2-5 in the wagering. Her victory helped assure the track’s new Ultimate 6 wager – which requires bettors to correctly select the day’s last six races – would be hit for the first time since being launched Wednesday, as the betting favorites won four of those races, with a high win payoff of $10.80 by Mz. Foo Do.

A total of 31 winning 20-cent tickets were sold on the Ultimate 6, each returning $84.82. The Ultimate 6 pays out 75 percent of the pool with the rest carried over, unless there is only a single winner, in which case that bettor takes the entire amount.

Centeno won today’s third race on Whistle Me Home, a 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding owned by Hemingway Racing and trained by Ian Hemingway. He added the fourth race aboard 3-year-old filly Mz. Foo Do, owned by FooDo Stables and Lucille Caruso-Mazza and trained by Joseph Mazza.

Centeno came up short by a neck in the seventh race on Pleasant Buffy, defeated by a late rally from Do What It Takes and Antonio Gallardo.

Around the oval. Tampa Bay Downs offers the second annual “Tampa Bay Owners Club” contest on Saturday, Dec. 7. Fans receive an entry blank at the gate, and anyone who selects the winner of a designated race becomes a “fantasy” owner of that horse for the duration of the meeting.

Each winner receives free admission and a program each time “their” new horse competes, along with a mutuel voucher, concession stand discounts, an attractive pin and trips to the paddock and (hopefully) the winner’s circle.

The winner of last year’s “Tampa Bay Owners Club” race, War Bridle, ran twice more at the meeting, finishing fourth in the Pasco Stakes and fifth in an allowance/optional claiming event. That’s horse racing. Soon to turn 4, War Bridle is 5-for-17 lifetime, with earnings of $88,970.

The contest winners share in neither the purse earnings nor expenses associated with the horse, but enjoy the vicarious thrills the sport presents to those with more than a wagering interest.

Saturday, Dec. 14 is the always-popular “Touch Vodka Breakfast at the Downs” beginning at 9 a.m. under the Trackside Picnic Pavilion Tent. Tickets are $10, which covers breakfast, a Bloody Mary (adults only) and a racing program. Tickets are available in the General Office and at the site on the day of the event.

Fans can get an early start on the day’s racing excitement, watch workouts and meet with track officials, jockeys and trainers.

Thoroughbred racing continues Wednesday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:25 p.m. Tampa Bay Downs currently races on a Wednesday-Friday-Saturday schedule, with Sundays added to the mix on Dec. 22 and a special Thursday card on Dec. 26.

The track is open every day except Christmas, Dec. 25 for simulcast wagering, no-limits action and tournament play in The Silks Poker Room and golf fun and instruction at The Downs Golf Practice Facility.