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 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 →

Blinkers Off hits the road!

In less than two weeks, Blinkers Off will hit the road to Tampa Bay! No...not for good, only for a few days. I will be heading down to Tampa Bay from February 11 through 14 for Sam F. Davis weekend.  Nominations have come out forr that Saturday's four stakes races, as well as a prep... Continue Reading →

a change of plans for Ocean Knight

Though Ocean Knight (Ocean Goddess, by Stormy Atlantic) raced last in the Sam F. Davis (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs, the original plan was that he would be shipping north for the Gotham Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct.  Instead, it was announced today that he is staying south, and will race in the Tampa Bay Derby... Continue Reading →

back from their layoffs

Over the weekend, three Curlin babies made their first starts off of sizable layoffs. One of them fell off the Derby trail early, and finally started again for the first time in a year.  Another had a fraught journey down the Oaks trail, tried turf once in August, and then spent six and a half... Continue Reading →

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