The Florida track will offer 23 stakes worth $2.7 million on six Saturdays.
Reading, twice the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, worked for both George Steinbrenner and Stella Thayer, the racetrack's former co-owner and current owner.
The Tampa Bay Downs Division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America has established a fund to assist exercise rider Erasmo Tranquilino, who was critically injured Jan. 18 at the Florida track.
- By Ryan Conley
Wagering on Tampa Bay Downs' 83rd live meet, which opens Dec. 13, will be available to most advance deposit wagering outlets, the Oldsmar, Fla., track announced Dec. 12.
Dennis Diaz, who created a stir by bypassing a chance to win the Triple Crown with his 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Spend a Buck, died July 2 at his Tampa, Fla., home.
Tampa shippers Atticus Kristy and Around the Cape ran one-two in the $115,000 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf Friday.
Continuing a trend that began several years ago, on-track and total handle, as well as daily average overnight purses, at Tampa Bay Downs showed solid gains when the Florida racetrack hit the midpoint of its 2005-06 season the week of Feb. 20.
Tampa Bay Downs announced Monday that Margo Flynn has been promoted to vice president of marketing and publicity and Greg Gelyon has been named vice president of finance.
Tampa Bay Downs racing is growing in popularity as evidenced by a 22% increase in total handle during the 93-day that ended May 4. Total handle of $237,158,919 was up about $44 million from the 2001-2002 season.
Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 76th anniversary season of Thoroughbred racing May 5th with handle its live races from all-sources averaging nearly $2.1 million per day. The previous high was 1.8 million per day during the 1999-2000 season.
A 15-day contract dispute at the start of Tampa Bay Downs' 93-day meet was blamed by track management for declines in attendance, on-track handle, and total handle. Despite the declines, the meet set a couple single-day handle records and saw growth in its interstate simulcasting handle.
Rick Hiles, president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, was denied access to Tampa Bay Downs' stable area Wednesday. Hiles was attempting to talk with horsemen about ways to end a prolonged purses contract dispute.
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