Big Race Showdown: Week 6

This week, the Big Race Showdown panel tackles a trio of Derby preps: the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), the Gotham (G3), and the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3)! Joining me on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Read on for our top picks, and who we think can run into... Continue Reading →

Big Race Showdown: Week 3

I’m thrilled to return to the panel for the Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing this year! Also on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Each week we’ll zoom in on a few of the biggest races, share our top picks, and have a little friendly competition to see... Continue Reading →

winter days in Tampa Bay

Last weekend, I headed back out to Tampa for a few days of horses and friends.  A few of my pictures from my trip were published in my article at Brisnet.  But, I got far more pictures than that...so come, take a look, and enjoy a long weekend at Tampa Bay Downs!  

A Day at the Races: Tampa Bay Downs

Last week, I returned to one of my favourite tracks: Tampa Bay Downs.  Over at Brisnet, I talk about my trip in words and pictures. The big races of the weekend were the graded stakes on Saturday, and you'll certainly see the likes of McCraken and Isabella Sings here.  But, you'll also see the other race... Continue Reading →

a scene from a friendly track

The first word that comes to mind when describing Tampa Bay Downs is friendly.  I got that feeling when I visited the track last year.  Strangers would come up to me to talk horses, and by the end of the weekend, I felt comfortable striking up some equine small talk with whoever happened to be next... Continue Reading →

a weekend in Tampa Bay

Of course, the one weekend when this winter in Chicago finally felt like winter, I had flown south.  It was for good reason, though, despite my preference for the cold.  I visited Tampa Bay from Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14, and spent most of my waking hours at Tampa Bay Downs.  The main... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: Illinois-breds in Tampa!

Yesterday at Picks and Ponderings, I published my analysis of the stakes races on Saturday's excellent card. Today, I took a look at the pair of Illinois-bred runners in Saturday's stakes races: Lovely Loyree in the Endeavour and Missalaney in the Suncoast.  I chatted today with trainers Michele Boyce (Lovely Loyree) and David Hinsley (Missalaney)... Continue Reading →

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