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    • Dec
    • 29

    LIGHTNING CITY, TURF DASH DRAW SALTY FIELDS; GALLARDO JOCKEY OF MONTH

    Trainer Kathleen DeMasi has good shots with Everything Lovely in Lightning City, Dubini in Turf Dash; Antonio Gallardo to be honored as Señor Tequila Mexican Grill Jockey of the Month, rides three winners; Sunday racing to return on New Year's Eve.
    • Dec
    • 27

    INSPIRED BY GREATNESS, “ROOKIE” HANDICAPPER WINS 10 DAYS OF FESTIVUS

    El Dorado, Ark., resident Ken Hamilton nailed 38-1 shot on first day of contest and made the lead hold up; big fields for Turf Dash and Lightning City Stakes on Saturday.
    • Dec
    • 23

    TAPA TAPA TAPA KNOCKS DOWN THE DOOR IN STRONG RETURN EFFORT

    Already celebrating an Ohio state football title engineered by his son, trainer Tim Hamm welcomes back Tapa Tapa Tapa with outstanding performance; fields for Turf Dash, Lightning City on Dec. 30 taking shape.
    • Dec
    • 22

    VINO ROSSO COULD BE RIGHT VINTAGE; FERRER, GALLARDO EACH WIN 3

    Todd Pletcher-trained 2-year-old colt wins for fun under jockey John Velazquez, could return here Feb. 10 for Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes; Jose Ferrer and Antonio Gallardo win three apiece; Suncoast Stakes winner Tapa Tapa Tapa set to return Saturday.
    • Dec
    • 21

    PAPA JIM’S KITCHEN TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER ON CHRISTMAS DAY

    Jim Tsirigotis, his wife Terry, their son Jim, Jr., and cook John Rizos are preparing Christmas Day dinner for 250 backstretch workers as Papa Jim's Restaurant and Tampa Bay Downs give back to the Thoroughbred community.
    • Dec
    • 20

    STIDHAM IS TRAINER OF MONTH; $34K PICK-5 CARRYOVER FRIDAY

    Michael Stidham splits his stable between Tampa Bay Downs and Fair Grounds, and with sterling help from his crew, it is working; apprentice jockey Stephanie E. Sheroski earns first Oldsmar victory.
    • Dec
    • 16

    FTBOA RACES PRODUCE WORTHY WINNERS; 2-YEAR-OLD STAKES WINNERS EXCEL

    Mo Cash scores second Tampa Bay Downs stakes triumph; Surprise Wedding dashes to the altar; Almond Roca sets stakes record in Sandpiper; Inaugural winner Tricks to Doo one to keep eye on.
    • Dec
    • 15

    ALLEN IS SEÑOR TEQUILA JOCKEY OF MONTH; RIDES ZIPPING IN FTBOA STAKES

    Some of his rivals weren't born when he won his first Oldsmar title, but Ronnie Allen, Jr.'s youthful, enthusiastic approach plays well in any decade; Festival Cotillion Day stakes action begins with second race; Michael Stidham-Brian Pedroza combo tallies again.
    • Dec
    • 13

    STAKES FIELDS SET FOR SATURDAY; CENTENO RIDES THREE WINNERS

    Three Rules and Mo Cash prepared to do battle in FTBOA Marion County Florida Sire Stakes; Daniel Centeno scores a hat trick, while Dean Butler notches his first victory since returning from injury.
    • Dec
    • 09

    STIDHAM BARN OFF TO HOT START, CAPTURES LAMBHOLM SOUTH FEATURE

    Lone 3-year-old in field stages whirlwind rally to triumph; Jose L. Alvarez rides two winners; racing continues Wednesday.
    • Dec
    • 08

    THREE RULES, MO CASH SET SIGHTS ON OLDSMAR; DEC. 16 BRUNCH SET

    Outstanding Florida-breds could reprise their Grade III Carry Back thriller in FTBOA Marion County Florida Sire Stakes a week from Saturday; trainer Gerald Bennett has R Angel Katelyn on verge of peak performance.
    • Dec
    • 06

    FERRER A FINALIST FOR GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD

    Veteran wins first race since returning to action, ahead of doctor's prediction, following horrific multi-horse spill in September; nominations released for Dec. 16 stakes card; David Hinsley is Tampa Bay Brewing Company Trainer of the Month.
    • Dec
    • 02

    GO CRISTIAN GO DEFIES ODDS; CONNECTIONS AIMING FOR 12/30 TURF DASH

    Lone 3-year-old in the field sets swift fractions and pulls away late to establish his bona fides for the $100,000 Turf Dash Stakes on Dec. 30.
    • Dec
    • 01

    POPULAR JOCKEY DECIDES IT’S TIME TO REPRESENT OTHERS; FERRER BACK

    Former jockey Jose Angel Garcia is hustling business for established veterans Huber Villa-Gomez and Javier Santiago, with an eye toward cracking the top 10 of the standings; veteran Jose Ferrer defies predictions of doctors, returns to action 11 weeks after incurring serious internal injuries.
    • Nov
    • 29

    DEFENDING CHAMP CENTENO IS FIRST SEÑOR TEQUILA JOCKEY OF MONTH

    Veteran takes a day-by-day approach marked by taking care of his body, working horses with a purpose, studying the form and replays and providing quality feedback to trainers.
    • Nov
    • 25

    EVERYTHING LOVELY RETURNS WITH A FLOURISH ON GLORIOUS OPENING DAY

    Kathleen DeMasi-trained mare will now attempt to better last year's third-place finish in Lightning City Stakes on Dec. 30; one of three winners today for top jockey Daniel Centeno.
    • Nov
    • 24

    SPANISH-SPEAKING FANS TO REAP BENEFITS OF NEW WEBSITE LINK, PODCASTS

    With an extensive background in Thoroughbred racing and the computer-based skills to deliver his knowledge in a timely and informative fashion, Luis Ocasio will open a new window onto the Tampa Bay Downs racing scene for Spanish-speaking fans.
    • Nov
    • 21

    OLDSMAR OVAL SET FOR BANNER SEASON; SEVERAL HIGH-TECH ADDITIONS

    Lightning City Prep, Tampa Turf Test races highlight Opening Day action on Saturday; most of top trainers, jockeys have returned.
    • Nov
    • 02

    WORLD APPROVAL TOPS OLDSMAR GRADS SET FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

    Four horses with Tampa Bay Downs form have made it to Del Mar: turf star World Approval, crack sprinter Imperial Hint, Tom Proctor-trained turf mare Cambodia and 3-year-old filly Elate; Fernando De La Cruz to ride Bucchero in Saturday's Turf Sprint.
    • Oct
    • 30

    VETERAN TRAINER RAYMOND SETS UP SHOP IN BARN 5 AS BACKSIDE OPENS

    Long-time Tampa Bay Downs trainer Bobby Raymond is the first arrival as Oldsmar oval opens backside; training begins Nov. 6, Opening Day is Nov. 25.