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    • Feb
    • 27

    TRAINER OF MONTH RODRIGUEZ MAKES MOST OF LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES

    Darien Rodriguez has been out of money once with last 14 starters, earns Rumba Island Bar & Grill Trainer of Month honor; Antonio Gallardo, Samy Camacho and Raul Mena all ride two winners.
    • Feb
    • 24

    WIN WIN WIN TURNS IN STRONG WORK, HEADS TAMPA BAY DERBY NOMS LIST

    Win Win Win breezes 5 furlongs in 59 1/5 seconds from gate, will probably have one more breeze leading to Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9; 187 total nominations for five Festival Day 39 stakes.
    • Feb
    • 23

    MALKIA LIVES UP TO HIGH HOPES; NIGEL’S DESTINY WINS GATE-TO-WIRE

    That $16,000 Laura Cazares and her partner spent to claim Malkia may prove a great bargain, she's not too far off Tepin's course record in Fillies and Mares Division of Tampa Turf Test; iron horse Nigel's Destiny wins Males Division in his second race of the week.
    • Feb
    • 22

    SPINOFF’S IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE HAS US DREAMING AGAIN

    A lightly raced colt trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez makes smashing 3-year-old debut -- sound familiar?; Tampa Turf Test races are Saturday; "Hearts Reaching Out" golf tournament, dinner on March 4; "Generation Z Special" race is Sunday; Gary Wales sweeps late daily double.
    • Feb
    • 20

    CANNON IS JOCKEY OF MONTH; JUSTIFY’S HALF-SISTER FIFTH IN DEBUT

    Six victories from 14 starters over four days of racing earns Irish rider the Señor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month Award; another first-time starter, Pep, upsets Egyptian Storm.
    • Feb
    • 17

    BENNETT WINS 4, TIES TRACK MARK; SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS NAMED

    Veteran trainer has now won four races on a single Tampa Bay Downs card three times; accomplishes feat today for four different owners (actually, six, counting two partnerships); "College Days" winners deliver bold, fresh marketing ideas.
    • Feb
    • 16

    KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN UPSETS IMPERIAL HINT IN PELICAN

    Leading jockey Samy Camacho sends Killybegs Captain from the outset, and Imperial Hint and the others have no answers; owner Curragh Racing and trainer John P. Terranova, II complete stakes sweep with Heavenly Score in Minaret; Kids and Family Days event is Sunday in Backyard Picnic Area.
    • Feb
    • 15

    ‘HEARTS REACHING OUT’ TOURNAMENT, DINNER TO KICK OFF FESTIVAL WEEK

    Monday, March 4 is date for popular social event; Imperial Hint seeks to dazzle in Pelican Stakes on Saturday; John Rigattieri is Salt Rock Tavern Trainer of Month.
    • Feb
    • 15

    HERE IT COMES: GOLFEST CELEBRATION THIS WEEKEND

    Golfers of all ages get to embrace the start of a new season this weekend, with numerous chances to win prizes, including Valspar Championship tickets and $500 for a hole-in-one; Golfest Stage entertainment promises to delight; kids 14-and-under get in free; check out great stuff at silent auction.
    • Feb
    • 13

    IMPERIAL HINT SET FOR PELICAN; CENTENO OK, STATUS FOR FRIDAY UNCERTAIN

    Florida-bred 6-year-old's 2019 debut on Saturday a prep for $2.5-million Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 30; six-time Oldsmar riding champion sore but alert, undergoes concussion-protocol testing after frightening spill.
    • Feb
    • 10

    WELL DEFINED’S VICTORY A TESTAMENT TO TEAMWORK; GALLARDO WINS 3

    Winning trainer Kathleen O'Connell spreads the credit around for Florida-bred gelding's Grade III Sam F. Davis upset victory; jockey Antonio Gallardo has ridden three winners six times in last 11 racing days; $7,764.28 Super High-5 carryover Wednesday.
    • Feb
    • 09

    TRAINER ‘K.O.,’ JOCKEY MORALES TEAM WITH WELL DEFINED FOR DAVIS WIN

    Wire-to-wire victory by "home-team" trainer and jockey thrills crowd of 5,208; Hawksmoor, Inspector Lynley tops on turf; Suncoast winner Point of Honor may have very bright future.
    • Feb
    • 08

    KNICKS GO LEGIT DAVIS FAVE, BUT NO SURE THING; FERRER JOCKEY OF MONTH

    Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes gives connections a chance to see where their youthful 3-year-olds belong; two Grade III turf stakes also on 12-race card; Jose Ferrer is Señor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of Month; Ademar Santos rides three winners; first "Kids and Family Days" event is Sunday.
    • Feb
    • 06

    10 3-YEAR-OLDS SET TO TAKE FIRST DERBY STEPS IN GRADE III SAM F. DAVIS

    Grade I winner Knicks Go, along with stakes winners Five Star General and Well Defined, headline deep field; Grade III Tampa Bay Stakes, Grade III Lambholm South Endeavour and Suncoast all appear wide open; Antonio Gallardo rides three winners, again.
    • Feb
    • 03

    TRIO OF SPRINT STARS NOMINATED TO FEB. 16 PELICAN; GALLARDO SORE BUT OK

    Imperial Hint, X Y Jet, World of Trouble and last year's Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner, Quip, among Pelican nominees; jockey Antonio Gallardo incurs left-leg contusion when his mount breaks down in seventh.
    • Feb
    • 02

    SAM F. DAVIS HISTORY SUGGESTS WINNER MIGHT JUST BE GETTING STARTED

    Is this the year a Grade III Sam F. Davis winner enters the most hallowed ground in racing on the first Saturday in May? Next Saturday starts to tell; jockey Antonio Gallardo is beginning to roll, with six victories in two days and 10 since Sunday.
    • Feb
    • 01

    FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY FAST APPROACHING; GALLARDO & CAMACHO WIN 3

    Preliminary weather forecast for Feb. 9 megastakes card is excellent, we'll keep you posted; jocks Antonio Gallardo, Samy Camacho play riveting game of "Can you top this?"
    • Feb
    • 01

    EX-TRAINERS FIND WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE AFTER LEAVING BARNS BEHIND

    Retired trainers Ronnie Allen, Sr., Carlos Garcia and Lori Smock find new outlets to express their love of Thoroughbreds and quench their passion for racing at Tampa Bay Downs.
    • Jan
    • 30

    WINS KEEP PILING UP FOR RUMBA ISLAND TRAINER OF MONTH NAVARRO

    With seven victories from 16 local starts in January, Jorge Navarro is easy choice for Rumba Island Bar & Grill Trainer of Month honors; second-race winner Smoken Deb shows promise.
    • Jan
    • 27

    KNICKS GO HAS FEB. 9 SAM F. DAVIS SQUARELY IN SIGHTS; GALLARDO WINS 3

    Grinch-like weather spoils much of today's fun, but busy elves in Oldsmar racing office gather 132 nominations for Feb. 9 Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South.