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Tampa Bay Downs To Boost Overnight Purses By $5.5 Million

Beginning next fall, horsemen will have more reason than ever to “Live It Up at the Downs.” Tampa Bay Downs will allocate $5.5-million from the state of Florida for overnight Thoroughbred purses during the 2023-2024 meet, track Vice President-General Manager Peter Berube announced. The money will boost purses for all non-stakes races, from lower-level claiming […]

‘One Of The Best’: Tampa Bay Steward Dennis Lima, 77, Passes

Dennis Lima wore a variety of hats during his 30 years as an Association Steward at Tampa Bay Downs – mentor, friend and confidant foremost among them. “He was somebody you could always talk to, and you could trust him to give you good advice,” said Tampa Bay Downs racing official Jenn Moore. “And he […]

‘He Is The King Here’: Camacho Secures Third Straight Tampa Bay Riding Title

Over the past couple of months, the only mystery surrounding Samy Camacho’s third consecutive Tampa Bay Downs riding title has been his final margin of victory. Even before runner-up Pablo Morales nearly had his little finger severed in a freak starting-gate accident on March 19, ending his meet, Camacho had too great a lead to […]

Mena Returns To Riding After Four Months On Sidelines

Raul Mena felt more tired than he’d expected after riding Antonov to a third-place finish in Tampa Bay Downs opener Sunday, the jockey’s first race since fracturing his left femur in an accident in a turf race at the Oldsmar, Fla. track on Dec. 7. Outside of his fatigue, which was increased by the heat […]

Tampa Bay Derby Winner Tapit Trice Headed To Kentucky Monday Ahead Of Blue Grass Bid

Tapit Trice breezed four furlongs Saturday in :49.57 at Palm Beach Downs in his final workout for the $1-million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland next Saturday. The Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner, who worked in company with stablemate and Wood Memorial (G2) hopeful Crupi, is expected to be one of two 3-year-old […]

Pablo Morales Recovering After Losing Finger In ‘Freakiest Accident’

About 30 years from now, when a bunch of retired jockeys gather to talk about freak injuries, Pablo Morales will have a story to top all of them. The 34-year-old Tampa resident was awaiting the start of Sunday’s first race aboard 4-year-old Florida-bred filly Nicolino when all heck broke loose in the starting gate. In […]

Morales Injured In Freak Accident In Tampa Bay Downs Starting Gate

Pablo Morales was forced off his mounts Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs after a freak accident in the starting gate before the first race. Morales, who was aboard 4-year-old filly Nicolino, suffered a compound fracture of his right pinkie when the horse to his outside, Azulene, reared in her stall and struck Morales’s hand on […]

Another Upset Brewing? Bennett Wants Dreaming Of Snow To ‘Do Her Own Thing’ In Florida Oaks

In her shocking 38-1 upset victory against Eclipse Award Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Wonder Wheel four weeks ago in the Suncoast Stakes, trainer Gerald Bennett’s Florida-bred Dreaming of Snow displayed a tenacity through the stretch that reminded him of his childhood pet, a mongrel dog named Skip. “My brother Carmen and I had the only two […]