Horse Racing News

Trainer Mark Casse wasn't sure whether Flameaway was good enough to outrun Catholic Boy and a couple others Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, but he was very confident of one thing.
Om led throughout the Thunder Road Stakes for turf milers, a tactic similar to his wins in three Grade 2 races in 2015 - the Del Mar Derby, Twilight Derby and Mathis Brothers Mile. Saturday's win pushed Om's career earnings past the seven-figure mark.
After seven frustrating attempts that included several heartbreaking near-misses, Heart to Heart finally got his first career Grade 1 victory after holding off a late bid from Kurilov to register a neck decision in Saturday's Gulfstream Park Turf.
World Approval began the defense of his championship as the top turf horse in North America by holding off Forge and winning the Tampa Bay Stakes, the last of four Saturday stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Elysea's World rallied from mid-pack to run down her uncoupled stablemate Dream Awhile in deep stretch to register a neck decision under jockey Javier Castellano.
Kanthaka benefited from a torrid early pace that sapped odds-on favorite Ax Man and set it up for a horse with Kanthaka's late-running style.
Stronger Than Ever, the 3-year-old filly who scored an upset victory Jan. 13 in the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds, won't start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Feb. 17.
Dona Bruja will have a new rider in Eclipse champion Jose Ortiz when she faces La Coronel and Ultra Brat in a terrific lineup of eight older fillies and mares in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Endeavour Stakes on Saturday.
If anyone ever accuses Mark Casse of having Derby fever, well, he's got a good comeback. "Doesn't everybody?" Casse said, laughing.
Trainer Mark Casse said all systems are go with World Approval, the reigning Eclipse turf champion who will be using the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Stakes on Saturday as a prep for the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 31. John Velazquez has the return mount.
 
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