03/25/2013 12:31PM

Tampa Bay Downs: Ness racing toward training title

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Tom Keyser
Jamie Ness has an 11-win lead in his quest for his seventh straight Tampa Bay Downs training title.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – As the race meet at Tampa Bay Downs moves into its final six weeks, the Ness Express continues to chug toward another local training title.

Through Sunday’s racing, horses trained by Jamie Ness have won 39 races, 11 more than the runners of Jorge Navarro, and the stable continues to win races at a staggering 36 percent clip. Barring any late-season collapse, the Ness barn will wind up atop the trainer standings for the seventh straight season. (He shared the title in 2009-10 with Kathleeen O’Connell and in 2010-11 with Gerald Bennett.)

In the history of this track, only the legendary Don Rice, who captured eight training titles, has had more success here than Ness and, in fairness, Rice concentrated his efforts on the Tampa meeting alone and had mixed success at other venues around the country.

Ness, on the other hand, has been on top or near the top of the standings at several other tracks around the country, including Delaware Park, Presque Isle, and Penn National. Ness’s amazing run has included leading the country in races won in 2012.

With powerhouse owners Midwest Thoroughbreds firmly behind him, Ness looks as though he’s going to be the man to beat not only here but at a number of tracks around the country for some time to come.

Ness’s success hasn’t come due to lack of competition. Navarro, Bennett, O’Connell, and others are having strong meetings, and when there isn’t a trainer on the leader board who is winning at less than a 17 percent clip, it’s obvious those here are no bunch of pushovers.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Didn't this slug just get busted - again!!!
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Its funny how peeps talk about the one he moves up but not the ones he (or others) claims for 25000 and wins for 7500. 25000 to 7500 what kind of juice do need to get a horse to do that?
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
it's called a bad claim,bad legged horses,juice doesn't fix joints
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Bob they all use drugs . Doesnt matter what you think they all use drugs . Every trainer at every track uses something thats illegal . They all use legal drugs and push that to the limit .Try to get close to the time frame they have thats how most overages happen . Push the google button go to OWNERVIEW.CON OR THOROUGHBREDRULINGS.COM look up all your trainers look at the drugs there using . It will make your head spin . Wesly Ward used a drug on a horse that ran in Pleaston Fair couple yrs baxk in CAL . The pirse was 7k for a 4k claimer got a bad test cost him 25 k plus days . You made some other statements earlier about somet other things .When you are in this game you need to know what you are up against . What Frank Passero and Mike Gill did to horses was terrible .
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
The whole system is a joke ! Trainer s yrs ago didnt use the stuff they have now > People claim theraputic but yet its a bad test period . Pick up a racing form go to all the track trainer standings take the top 5 trainers and look up there names on THOROUGHBREDRULINGS .COM or OWNERVIEW>COM see what you find .Parx Lake Vaders > McCaslin Guerreo Brothers Estrada Phil Aristone has 2 cocaine positives .Penn Steph Beattie David Wells Sam Webb Tim Kriser Murray Rojas look at the violations .juan Vasqez DEL has a list a mile long . Julio Cartagena etc .Cody Autery Karl Broberg Wesley Ward . Please tell me me how Kirk Zaide has a traing lic > Jane Cibelli Scooter Davis . Jerry Hollendorfer the list of 30 % trainers has a huge black cloud over it .
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
you remember John McCaslin, boy when he started he had a horse named Cuchillo, that was a real deal runner
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
He is still there . Trains under Ed Auwater . He got fined a 1000 couple yrs back punched a horse in the head in the paddock . Remember them al Burton K Sipp etc.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
sipp ran an entry Rocco Gabrealla on one, Steve Pagano on the other, Rocco led and at head of lane vered back and forth blockin and Pagono flew down the middle and won Sipp trained a horse who ran in big Handicap races for a man and his grandaughter in NY this horse ran right with Dr Patches. Burton tells the owner we gotta drop in 100k claimers, they do, don't win the race and it gets claimed, next start Burton claims the horse from that guy, runs back in the handicap and beats Patches. Big law suit follows and Sipp is relegeted to dog crap
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
McCaslin lost his lisc. when he killed a guy on a motorcycle driving drunk
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Pagao married Kathy Ryan . He is a steward in Suf in Masss Rocco was the ckerk of scales at one time Parx
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
Charles, you are welcome to come to the farm and see Mr Hay and A Diller a Dollar if you like
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
I like that Jay > You will rember me then . I am Still with JIM THE GREEK lol. he is still training
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
he use to laugh cause I always used the binocks, you can see alot in a race
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Charles humanity is progressive and so is horse racing. You just gotta deal with it.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
He is a good trainer . He does spot his horses well etc. But he isnt as clean as all of you think . He has 47 violations since 05 !!!!!!!!!!!!! Go to OWENERVIEW.COM or THOROUGHBREDRULINGS.COM . Check all your facts there . Look up all your 30% trainers and look at al l there violations . Start with Kirk Ziade Juan Vasquez work your way down see what you fine ! I agree with what everyone is saying but they all have a advantage over everyone else when it comes to treating there horses . Check out Mr Ness on 4-21-09 at tampa .
robert More than 1 year ago
hey genius, pagano isnt a steward in mass. get your facts straight.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Thanks Bob !
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
He might be good at was he does . Yes he might have money to do what he wants . But he isnt as clean as you think he is . Everyone has comments i have facts !!!! Go to OWNERVIEW.COM or THOROUGHBREDRULINGS.COM . Yes he can train but he has help big help .47 violationns since 05 steriods caught with needles syringes etc on 4-21-09 Tampa . Go read up on your 30% trainera Kirk Zaiade Jane Cibelli Kral Kroberg Cody Autery Phil Aristone Juan Vazquez Scott Lake Jerry Hollandorffer Dick Dutrow Scooter Davis > Look up all you want all the info is there for public . They all use . Im not taking away that they know hoe to train but the also know how to use the vet the system to win races . Sorry about my spelling but the facts are there use . Come back at me with whatever malice attacj you want I did my homework . I just dont blow up someones spot with out the correct info . Thanks
Mike More than 1 year ago
Joel, your point would be viable if it were true. However Ness regularly claims off of skilled trainers and improves horses drastically. Case in point is a claim of his from last year named Escort. He claimed thie horse from Tom Proctor and Claiborne Farm. As is typical with Ness, the improvement was immediate and significant, suspiciously so. Look it up. This is a perfect example of what we're talking about. Do you really think the horse wasn't getting appropriate care from Proctor and Claiborne?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Guam Typhoon, Saturday - Gulfstream.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
i think u people criticizing this guy are just ignorant and bigoted first of all ness is not really a trainer he is the name and face and makes ultimate decisions where to race horses he picks them out in tampa maybe-they probably a delegator for that as well. after that he oversees thats all the training is done by grooms exercise riders and vets do u clowns think ness has actually been to aqueduct ever probaly once or twice-he doesnt train these horses he is an executive trainer midwest is a corporation in the truest sense they take their time with horses-dont run them in the ground and keep them healthy thats the secret of their success-period!
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
batman again, come to a lab, I'll show you chemistry and how if used it will destroy any animal, maybe you'd like your kids to use this crap and maybe win the olympics if they survive the injections,certainly he isn't at all the tracks, but he is the TRAINER of record
Joel E. More than 1 year ago
Have any of you highly intelligent people ever taken a look at the people that they claim horses off of and their winning percentage?? I believe thats the answer to ninety percent of what Jamie Ness does. The horsemanship on the backside is at a all time low as anybody can get a license to train and most barely have a clue as to what is going on .They feed cheap feed, cheap farriors and the list goes on with the word cheap as common denominator. Now add the fact that 90% of horses in America are over trained. Fix the problems of what I just mentioned and you get the results he gets. Its called common sense.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
you can't move a horse up 15 lengths,only 1 way, my one mare got beat by the same trainer with 2 different horses she claimed, moved um both up 3 seconds, both were claimed back by their previous trainers and then couldn't beat my mare, as they never could before on 3 occasions each.Oh and one of them was a 5k claimer who then won an open Allowance to beat us, that poor girl was never seen again.This trainer was an 8% trainer and then after leaving training for a year ,came back and became a 40% trainer, and almost 50% off the claims for 2 years running, you are very blatantly mistaken.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Jay from Penn Nat is this you ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cry babies! all of you losers think its drugs that make a horse run This man is doing his job by running his horses where they belong. The trainers with the top horses pamper and prep until they find the right spot and don't go to the well every time there horses run.There are many trainers that win at 30% plus and you would be wise to follow them. Jbeau
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
You shouldnt be name calling ! people post a comment right away there losers cry babies not nice . If you dont have anything nice to say then dont say anything at all . Just a malice attack . Yes he is good at what he does but he isnt clean . He has 47 violations since 05 !!! Yes he can win races but he has help . Go to THOROUGHBREDRULING>COM or OWNERVIEW>COM read up on Mr.Ness and all his volations for overages steriods etc . List is a mile long . See in not crying iam listing facts . All your 30% trainers are on thoose sites to read up on them ! Juan Vazquez DEL leading trainer has a list mile long has appealls pending . Steph Beattie Tim Kriser David Wells Penn Aristone Parx 2 cocaine poasitives Estrada Guerro . You can say what you want list of your so callrd 30 % all use .Cibelli etc . Go to those sites do some research tell me I am wrong .
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
yeah, and where is your name, real name, mine is right here, who are you Batman or maybe Jamie
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
I try to steer clear of Tampa and tracks where Ness sets up shop in large numbers. As an American it is my choice. I found betting on him is difficult for many reasons low odds and even social conscience. I have also found trying to beat him gives me a headache.So I generally turn the page if I see him in a race. 35% win rate with large numbers is hard to imagine. His defenders say he spots his horses well. That I agree is a small part however the big jump in Beyer rating on most his stock is undeniable. I see more horses on the rise after a claim than a decline in claiming price with Mr. Ness. If Mr. Ness was so proficient at his craft why don't the deep pocketed new money of racing flock to this guy. If he wins 35% with cheap horses why wouldn't Repole or a Bobby Flay give him a few million dollars worth of horse flesh. The answer is obvious most legitimate horse owners run from the man and his methods. It is a just matter of time in my humble opinion before he joins a long list of trainers with a very lengthy suspension. If I am wrong then I apologize to Mr. Ness. In the mean time Tampa will not get my handle.