We understand the reasoning behind the bundling of "big days." Tracks can charge a premium for their simulcast signal on those days while increasing handle: That's the main driver--but has the pendulum swung too far?
Siena Farm's homebred Isabella Sings took the lead and never looked back, easily winning by three lengths in the $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (G3T) Feb. 11 at Tampa Bay Downs.
The built up to McCraken's seasonal bow ended with results to match. Under some left-handed urging from jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the unbeaten colt unleashed a wicked turn of foot down the middle of the track to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3).
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week Tampa Bay Downs gets the spotlight with three graded stakes Saturday.
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky
As the regular rider for McCraken, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find his current groundswell of momentum dwarfed by what could come his way should his mount prevail.
When trainer Arnaud Delacour saddles No Dozing for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) Feb. 11 at Tampa Bay Downs, it could mark an early step toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
In what could be her racing swan song, Isabella Sings will try to successfully pull off her catch-me-if-you-can routine against 10 other fillies and mares in the Feb. 11 $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (G3T).
After a mild case of colic, the planned 2017 season debut for Tepin has been pushed back.
His full name is William Bradley, but to anyone who knows him, it's Buff Bradley; and this season Buff Bradley and the Bradley Racing Stable runners have enjoyed a quick start at Tampa Bay Downs.
The first sophomore step for McCraken will come when he makes his seasonal bow in the 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 11, trainer Ian Wilkes said after the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 Jan. 25.
The Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI) will be holding its annual training conference at Tampa Bay Downs, Feb. 26-March 1.
A. Bronson Thayer, husband of Tampa Bay Downs co-owner Stella Thayer, died Dec. 24 at age 77. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Thayer, a prominent banker in Tampa, died after a battle with prostate cancer.
A GoFundMe page has been established to raise money to help offset medical costs for jockey Bryce Alderson, who suffered injuries in a spill during a race at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 21.
Jockey Bryce Alderson was reported to be in serious but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital Trauma Center in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 21 after being injured during the fourth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
Trainer Jonathan Thomas has found a home at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., which allows him farm time as well as continued racetrack work.
J J Brevan Stable's Chance of Luck dug in late to win the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs and become the first black-type stakes winner for sire Skipshot.
Ballybrit Stable's Dynatail became the first winner for 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail when she broke her maiden at fourth asking with a wire-to-wire run Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs.
The old saying, "If it ain't broke don't fix it," would seem to fit Tampa Bay Downs' position perfectly as the picturesque track located just outside Tampa in Oldsmar, Fla. begins its 91-date meeting Saturday, Nov. 26.
Tampa Bay Downs has reached agreements with spirit companies EG Vodka and 14 Hands Winery to sponsor $100,000 stakes races on the track’s 15th annual Florida Cup Day program on April 2, 2017.
Twenty-four stakes worth nearly $3 million are scheduled
The grade III race is a key Tampa Bay Derby prep
Exciting Thoroughbred racing returns to Tampa Bay Downs June 30 and July 1 as horsemen, jockeys, track officials, and area fans celebrate the fourth annual Summer Festival of Racing.
Two of Florida's premier Thoroughbred racing tracks, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park, have each donated $10,000 in support of the Ocala Initiative, a Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation project to advance equine medical research in Florida.
Former Tampa Bay Downs general manager Lorraine M. King died May 31 in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Dean Butler earn victory No. 2,000 April 22 in the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs aboard Impromptu, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Empire Racing and trained by Bernell Rhone.
Darien Rodriguez is having a successful Tampa Bay meet with his six-horse stable, which he operates with no employees, and he has begun picking up new owners.
Apprentice jockey Ashley Castrenze won with her first mount April 15 at Tampa Bay Downs, taking the fourth race on Sister Pat.
Tampa Bay Downs, Santa Anita, Australia, Gulfstream, Laurel Park, Turfway & More
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Destin delivered a second straight stakes win at Tampa Bay Downs March 12, this time landing the track's top classic prep race: the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby Stakes (gr. II).
Amerman Racing's Baciami Piccola made the best of her first U.S. start March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs, where she closed widest of all in the stretch to win the $155,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT).
Champion Tepin set a stakes record and a course record March 12 in the $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIT) at Tampa Bay Downs, running the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.26 when catching leader Isabella Sings
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Sovereign Stable's Enjoy Yourself has continued to gain maturity and focus this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, and trainer John Terranova believes the Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) entrant can be a major player this year.
Grade I winner Brody's Cause is scheduled to make his 3-year-old season debut Saturday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
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.
Legislation that would allow most pari-mutuel operations to end live racing and become slot-machine casinos or card rooms with simulcast wagering easily cleared the Florida House Finance and Tax Committee Feb. 29.
A state group that studies the impact of tax changes in Florida offered a general assessment Feb. 26 that decoupling horse racing from gaming would have minimal effect on pari-mutuel revenue for state government.
One of the most successful partnerships in Thoroughbred racing, that of Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Jamie Ness, ended quietly with a phone call the week of Feb. 15.
When it comes to winter racing and training, Gerald Aschinger, who operates War Horse Place in Kentucky with his wife, Dana, said Tampa Bay Downs is an excellent spot to build a foundation for horses before they head north.
The Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee Feb. 17 passed two pieces of legislation, one authorizing a compact with the Seminole tribe and another that would allow decoupling at most racetracks in the state.
Review exciting holiday weekend races from Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita, Tampa Bay Downs, Gulfstream Park and more! view slideshow
True to form, jockey Jose Ferrer displayed a minimum of emotion after reaching the 4,000-win milestone Feb. 14 aboard 3-year-old Florida-bred filly Rocket Bottle in the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
Phipps Stable homebred Reload opened his 7-year-old season with a bang, outlasting longshot Take the Stand (Arg) in the stretch to win the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, Feb. 13 on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.
After beating the boys last time out in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the 5-year-old Bernstein mare handled her own division with exactly the kind of dominance trainer Mark Casse was seeking in her season debut.
Destin surged to the lead off the far turn and then turned back a stretch challenge from Rafting to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
Whatawonderflworld hasn't raced on the dirt, but trainer Mark Casse is hopeful the Tiz Wonderful gelding puts in a good showing in the Feb. 13 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs.
Rafting will try to open his 3-year-old season in similar fashion against an expected six other sophomores in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Most Popular Stories
- Louis Quatorze Dies of Heart Attack
- Broken Pelvis Cause of Charismatic's Death
- Unique Bella Goes Easy in Five-Furlong Work
- Pierce Trains Tampa String for Sam-Son, Pin Oak
- Horse of the Year Charismatic Dies
- CHRB Approves Medication-Based Conditions
- Maker Quartet Headlines Fair Grounds 'Cap
- Finger Lakes Racing Dates Could Plummet Under Proposal
- Hong Kong Stars to Battle on Sunday at Sha Tin
- Arrogate 'His Usual Self' in Five-Furlong Move