Some heady handling by jockey Eduardo Nunez helped Wildcat Kate turn the tables on previously unbeaten rival Bode's Dream with the former putting the heat on early and getting up in the final strides to take the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes.
Gerald Bennett became only the second trainer in Tampa Bay Downs history to start four horses and win with all of them on single card when he did so March 5 at the Florida racetrack.
Ranlo Investments' multiple stakes winner Lady Shipman, most recently second against males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), could make her 4-year-old debut in the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint Feb. 6 at Gulfstream.
Randall Lowe's turf sprint specialist will move from Kathleen O'Connell's barn to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Following a narrow defeat when heavily favored in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes Oct. 9 at Keeneland, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman is still on target for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Following her dramatic win in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 9, Lael Stables' Ageless was treated at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for a cut in her left hock sustained during the turf sprint.
Lael Stables' Ageless took down favored Lady Shipman with a late charge Oct. 9 in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, but was injured in the process.
With five victories from nine starters since April 25, Jamie Ness entered Tampa Bay Downs' May 3 card on one of those mini-hot streaks that have propelled him to the top of the track's trainer standings eight years in a row.
A large and energetic crowd packed the grandstand for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 26th annual Day of Champions races at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 27, and the festive day of racing did not disappoint.
A group of trainers with horses on the backstretch at Calder Casino & Race Course were told Jan. 2 they have to relocate their stock.
When Stanley Gold saddled Sing Praises to win the Dr. Fager Stakes, the first leg of the Florida Sires Stakes series, the veteran trainer joined exclusive company in the annals of the series for 2-year-olds.
Florida's biggest series of 2-year-old races moves to Gulfstream Park Aug. 9 when the track holds the first two races in the newly renamed Florida Sire Stakes series.
Jockey Jose Gutierrez registered his 1,000th North American win April 11 when he guided Sharp Tongue to victory in a maiden claiming race at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man was honored as 2013 Florida-bred Horse of the Year the Florida Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards gala March 9 in Ocala, Fla.
Gil Campbell's homebred Scandalous Act, who swept the three-race Florida Stallion Series races for fillies, worked a half-mile in :51 4/5 at Calder Oct. 25 in preparation of the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Scandalous Act won the $300,000 My Dear Girl Stakes in a romp Oct. 12 at Calder Casino & Race Course to complete her sweep of the female division of the Florida Stallion Stakes for owner/breeder Gilbert G. Campbell.
Apprentice Octavio Antonio Vergara Jr. won the first race of his career July 26 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Big Drama, south Florida riding stalwart Eduardo Nunez, and top-five, all-time Calder trainer Dan Hurtak were among the nine new members elected to the Calder Hall of Fame.
Two T's At Two B and D'nied Permission, winners of the first two events in this year's Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino and Race Course, will return for the In Reality Division, the rich finale of the series Oct. 13.
Trainer Kathleen O'Connell said she hopes the rains that fell on the Louisville, Ky. area this weekend and Monday, May 2, end in time for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The son of Macho Uno worked in 1:00 2/5. Trainer Kathy Ritvo said the colt handled the track well and is blossoming.
Gilbert Campbell's Watch Me Go, currently 21st on the list of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) graded stakes earnings, will be shipped from South Florida to Churchill Downs early next week, according to trainer Kathleen O'Connell.
Watch Me Go, sent off at odds of 43-1, outdueled 86-1 longshot Crimson Knight by a neck to post a shocking upset in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Despite declines in on-track handle and attendance, the 84th season of live racing at Tampa Bay Downs concluded May 2, with the Oldsmar, Fla., track reporting a 5.16% increase in average daily all-source handle.
Kathleen O'Connell and Jamie Ness tied atop the trainer standings with 51 victories apiece as the 2009-2010 Tampa Bay Downs season came to a close May 2.
Kathleen O'Connell, the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, won four races at the track Jan. 10, tying the record for most wins in a day there by a trainer set by O'Connell and Jamie Ness.
Calder Casino & Race Course concluded its 47-day Tropical Meet on Jan. 2 with Kathleen O'Connell highlighting the session by becoming the first woman to win a training title in the 39-year history of the Florida racetrack.
Fly by Phil, a 23-1 longshot making his stakes debut, got the graded stakes season off to a rousing start when he ran down odds-on favorite Lost Aptitude in the final jump to win the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT).
This Ones for Phil, making his first start for Rick Dutrow Jr., took over at the top of the lane from 6-5 favorite You Luckie Mann and drew away for a 2 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.
Following a June 9 meeting, officials of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Churchill Downs Inc. plan to meet again June 10 in an effort to resolve a costly contracts dispute at CDI-owned Calder Race Course.
Karen Keen's 2-year-old Silk Ridge will seek a sweep of the Florida Stallion Series in her division when she heads to the post in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder Race Course Oct. 13, the track's Calder Derby day.
Congrats, recently sold as a stud prospect to John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farm, is instead back in training at the Calder Race Course stable of Kathleen O'Connell.
Grade II winner Ivanavinalot has been retired from racing and will be bred to Horse of the Year Mineshaft.
Last year's Sunshine Millions Oaks runner-up Ivanavinalot will try to put a disappointing 2003 campaign behind her when she goes in Saturday's $500,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff at Gulfstream Park.
Gilbert Campbell's homebred 3-year-old filly Ivanavinalot will be among the top contenders in Saturday's $100,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes at Calder Race Course, going 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, her second start on grass.
Gilbert Campbell's 3-year-old filly Ivanavinalot worked a good mile at Calder Saturday morning in 1:45 3/5 and trainer Kathleen O'Connell is ready to take her on a road trip to Pimlico for her next start.
Ivanavinalot, winner of the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, needs to breeze once more at Calder before trainer Kathleen O'Connell decides if she is going to take the 3-year-old filly to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Even-money favorite Ivanavinalot found the winner's circle again after a pair of runner-up finishes to begin the 2003 season, defeating front-running My Boston Gal by 1 3/4 length in the $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park on Friday.
Dogwood Stables' Smok'n Frolic has returned to the Palm Meadows training center after a successful trip to Santa Anita where she won the Sunshine Millions $750,000 Vessels Stallion Farm Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 25.
Living up her to name and billing, Ivanavinalot made another race look easy as she took the early lead and coasted home for the 13 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
The highlights of Saturday's Festival of the Sun program at Calder, with nine stakes races worth $1.65 million, will take place when 2-year-olds Lawbook and Ivanavinalot lead the fields for the $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
In an impressive gate to wire performance, Ivanavinalot won Saturday's $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Calder Race Course.
The $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes and $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes at a mile and 70 yards each will give Calder's top 2-year-old prospects their first opportunity to be tested over a distance of ground in a stakes race on Sept. 21.
One should never underestimate the value of a good start. That's what the owner and trainer of Ivanavinalot advise, after seeing their 2-year-old filly dominate the Susan's Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Saturday at Calder Race Course.
Stonehedge Farm's 6-year-old gelding Blazing Sword used a ground-saving trip under jockey Jose Rivera II to earn a one-length victory in the $250,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Arlington International. Over a fast track, the Kathleen O'Connell trainee completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.59.
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