03/14/2011 11:39PM

Reflections of Tampa Bay Downs

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My colleague (and frequent Daily Racing Form contributor) Tom Keyser, lured by Breeders' Cup runners Bridgetown and Silver Timber, visited Tampa Bay on February 19 for the Turf Dash.  Bridgetown narrowly missed the track mark for 5 furlongs that day - 55.28 (track record 55.02).  

The atmosphere at the track was uplifting and comfortable, the employees were very helpful, and (no surprise) the weather was great - a very enjoyable day at the track!  Here are a few photos from his visit.

Above - Clockwise from top left: Prime Prospector (Seeking the Gold - Remember Love, by A.P. Indy), Silver Rock Star (Rockport Harbor - Lady Houston, by Houston), Pervis (Kitten's Joy - Dare to Mambo, by Kingmambo), Peaceadaaction (Peace Rules - Tune Up the Band, by Concorde's Tune)

Above - Left to right: Luis Garcia, Ronnie Allen Jr., Huber Villa-Gomez

Above (3):  Bridgetown, Willie Martinez up, $75,000 Turf Sprint

Above - Left to right: Pervis (Kitten's Joy - Dare to Mambo, by Kingmambo), Ravalo (10-time stakes winner, track record setter, earner of $980,522 as of 2/18, by Mutakddim - Momentary Hope, by Southern Halo), Just Playin Around (Drewman - Very Laughable, by Out of Place)

Above: Lava Lake leads the way into the first turn of the fourth race

Above - Clockwise from top left: Ronnie Allen Jr., Wilmer Galviz, Andrew Ramgeet, Daniel Centeno, Luis Antonio Gonzalez, Leandro R. Goncalves, Willie Martinez, Pablo Morales (center)

Above:  Golden Causeway (2008 ch. c. by Giant's Causeway - In the Gold, by Golden Missile), ridden by Daniel Centeno - beautifully bred maiden winner owned by Live Oak Plantation and trained by Graham Motion

Above - Clockwise from top left: Jacobs Kiss (Include - Enchanted Kiss, by Afternoon Delites), Olde Kings Highway (Eddington - Elle Est Revenue, by Night Shift), Little Nick (multiple stakes winner by Tiger Ridge - Hay Jude, by Wavering Monarch), and Silver Timber (multiple stakes winner by Prime Timber - River Princess, by Alwuhush)

Above - Left to right: Huber Villa-Gomez, Jesse Jimenez Garcia, Andrew Ramgeet

Above:  The leading trainer at Tampa Bay, Jamie Ness

Above - Clockwise from top left: Sneaking Uponyou (winner 2010 Turf Dash, by Snuck In - Chestnut Game, by Dahar), Great Attack (multiple stakes placed, by Greatness - Cat Attack, by Storm Cat), Little Nick (multiple stakes winner by Tiger Ridge - Hay Jude, by Wavering Monarch), and Silver Timber (multiple stakes winner by Prime Timber - River Princess, by Alwuhush)

Above:  Peaceadaaction - the sixth race 

Above:  Bridgetown heads to the test barn after his victory in the Turf Dash

Above:  Proud railbird enjoys the Florida sunshine