Tags ‘Tampa Bay Downs’

Florida Sham: ‘Racetrack’ a Mockery of the State and Sport

A day of racing at Oxford Downs near The Villages retirement community in South Marion County in Florida would be funny if it weren’t so sad. But sad, indeed, is the state of pari-mutuel regulations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Moving On: Getting Back to Business at Tampa Bay Downs

This game can surprise you. It was just over four months ago that Thoroughbred owner Reid Nagle – who took out his trainer’s license in 2010 after leaving active management of a highly successful... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

CDI Takes Financial Hit in Florida Racing Dates Battle

The South Florida racing wars will enter their sixth month soon, and Churchill Downs Inc. has paid a steep price for the lack of agreement between the track it operates, Calder Race Course and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Navarro’s Tampa Bay Drug Violations Up to 300 Times Over Permitted Level

Three of the six Tampa Bay Downs medication violations cited in an Oct. 4 Consent Order against Jorge Navarro – recently crowned leading trainer at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park – were for overages of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nagle: An Open Letter to Tampa Bay Downs

When I visited Tampa Bay Downs last March, owners and trainers I spoke with were up in arms over the lack of action by track management against trainer Jane Cibelli, whose veterinarian, Dr. Orlando... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Florida Investigation: Vet Said Cibelli Told Him ‘Keep Me Out of It’

Orlando Paraliticci sat in his Honda Odyssey, a nervous wreck. Only minutes before, he had been caught by a Tampa Bay Downs official injecting a pain-blocking agent into a horse’s right foreleg hours... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

I, Robot: The Future of Horse Race Wagering?

For nearly as long as computers have existed, professional gamblers of all kinds have used them to seek an edge. As far back as the early 1980s, computer betting outfits operated in the shadows,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Florida: The New Twilight Zone

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Vet Caught Injecting Cibelli Horse Suspended 90 Days, Agrees to Cooperate

The veterinarian who injected a Jane Cibelli-trained horse on the day it was to race at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 27 has been suspended 90 days as a result of a stipulated agreement with the state of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Zarooni and Cibelli: A Study in Contrasts

On Jan. 27, a veterinarian hired by Tampa Bay Downs to conduct pre-race soundness examinations walked into trainer Jane Cibelli’s barn and caught private vet Orlando Paraliticci allegedly injecting a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cibelli Case: Two Months and Counting

It’s been nearly two months since veterinarian Orlando Paraliticci was banned from the Tampa Bay Downs premises by track management because of an incident that took place at the barn of trainer Jane... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ness Fined for TCO2 Overage at Tampa: ‘It’s Taking the Fun Out of It’

Tampa Bay Downs leading trainer Jamie Ness has been fined $2,000 and horses from his stable entered for the next 30 days at the Tampa-area track are required to be under 24-hour pre-race security... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Florida Racing Dates: Is It Really About Live Racing?

Gulfstream Park says it’s all about live racing. Calder says it’s all about live racing. But I’m beginning to wonder: Is the dates conflict that will have the two South Florida Thoroughbred tracks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dynamic Sky Headlines Sam F. Davis Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Pasco Stakes winner Dynamic Sky, from the barn of trainer Mark Casse, headlines a 10-horse field for Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.  The improving Ontario-bred 3-year-old is owned by Oklahoma oilman John C. Oxle... Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby, Three More Races

Three more races will run as part of the Prep Season in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series with 51 precious points on the line. The Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita and Withers... Read More...

Reveron Aims for Second Derby Win

Reveron hasn’t received much media attention heading into Saturday’s Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. But the son of Songandaprayer proved game in winning the Gulfstream Park Derby earlier in the meeting for owner Walter Stipa and trainer Aug... Read More...

Off The Pace

Off the Pace contributed by Ann Sabo “Shipping” Encouraged by the growing popularity of horse racing in movies and on television, lifelong racing fan Ann Sabo says she created her popular cartoon, Off the Pace, to help share the sport of ho... Read More...

Tampa Bay Stakes Attracts Strong Field

Photo of Uptowncharlybrown courtesy of Tampa Bay Downs/Cooley photo Popular runner Uptowncharlybrown finds himself on the outside looking in Saturday’s $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles over the Oldsmar lawn attracted a competitive overf... Read More...

Animal Kingdom Returns at Gulfstream Park

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo “I hope he gets a chance this year to show what a super horse he is.” –Trainer Graham Motion on Animal Kingdom Last year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and Eclipse Award champion Animal Kingd... Read More...

Where do you stand on Aqueduct inner track racing?

As Nick Kling of The Troy Record states, there two ways to look at winter racing in New York. Either you ignore it completely for Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Downs or Santa Anita or you find the challenge of handicapping Aqueduct’s inner track a rite o... Read More...

Odysseus romps by 15 in two-turn debut

New to the Trail | 5 years ago
Odysseus jumps onto the Triple Crown Trail with a emphatic 15-length allowance win in his two-turn debut at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 17. Probable next start: Tampa Bay Derby (G3) Mar. 13 Read More...