It's Monday so we're looking back at all the racing action from the weekend including the Sam F. Davis card at Tampa Bay Downs, the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park, racing from Santa Anita, and more!
Well Defined winning the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) - Photo by SV Photography The $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs was supposed to feature a fast pace and a speed duel between a few of the prominent front-runners in the field. But Well Defined simply laughed at that notion, waltzing along on an uncontested lead to win the race in dominant fashion. Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Well Defined [...]
It's Friday so we're looking ahead to the weekend stakes action, focusing on Sam F. Davis day at Tampa Bay Downs and a trifecta of stakes races from Santa Anita.
Knicks Go winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo I don’t think anyone will deny that #3 Knicks Go was among the best two-year-olds of 2018, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll be unbeatable in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. Knicks Go will surely be favored in the 1 1/16-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, but he’ll be making his first start in 2 ½ months [...]
We're excited to welcome in trainer Keith Nations to talk about his barn at Tampa Bay Downs, his career path from Fed Ex, to jockey agent, to graded stakes winning trainer, and more!
We look ahead to the weekend and discuss Audible returning to Gulfstream, the Springboard Mile from Remington, Tampa Stakes Action, and more! Then the BARN Jury discuss some of their not so favorite moments of 2018.
Tampa Bay Downs Scenic (SV Photography) With the 2019 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) looming on the distant horizon, Tampa Bay Downs will kick off their annual schedule of stakes races for young Derby and Oaks contenders with the Inaugural Stakes and Sandpiper Stakes on December 15th. These six-furlong sprints, one for colts and one for fillies, serve as stepping stones toward more significant two-turn tests at the Florida track in 2019, including as [...]
We talk about the retirement of Cloud Computing and Awesome Slew and welcome in John Barile from "The Tampa Bay Downs Handicapper" to talk about the upcoming Tampa meet, handicapping it, and more.
William "Buff" Bradley - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography Handicapping horse races involves many factors, and among the most popular (and lucrative) is analyzing the records of trainers to identify the areas where they excel. For examples, some trainers—such as the two-time Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown—have an outstanding reputation for training turf horses. Others, such as the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, are known for their skill at training dirt horses. One of my favorite angles involves horses [...]
Quip winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - SV Photography We’ve seen some significant upsets so far on the Kentucky Derby trail, more than in recent years, and the trend of longshot winners continued on March 10th when Quip posted a 19-1 upset in the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs. On paper, the 8.5-furlong race was supposed to feature a battle for the lead between the speedy World of Trouble and the [...]