January 11, 2024 Edition

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Florida-bred Rathmore– Chelsea Durand Photo

Florida-breds Rathmore, Banded Rocket, El Principito Set for Pasco


The Three Colleen Stable's Rathmore heads a trio of Florida-bred colts who will face four other 3-year-olds in the $125,000 Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday. The seven-furlong Pasco purse includes a $50,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus and a $25,000 Florida Sire Stakes win bonus, both presented by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association.


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Inside This Issue

Florida-breds Rathmore, Banded Rocket, El Principito Set for Pasco

Lynch-Trained Silent Heart Makes Anticipated Return Friday

Obituary - John Michael Cummings

This Day in Florida Thoroughbred History - January 11

• Florida-breds in Stakes

• Florida Stallion Progeny

• Florida Breeders' List

• W2W Business Place

The Florida Horse Podcast

Nick de Meric a thoroughbred consignor and member of the Florida Thoroughbred industry.

E32 –Stallion Series - Journeyman Stud

In episode 32, host Tammy Gantt joins Brent and Crystal Fernung of Journeyman Stud for a 2024 stallion preview.

Silent Heart – Lauren King Photo

Lynch-Trained Silent Heart Makes Anticipated Return Friday


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL-Terry Hamilton's Silent Heart, a dominating maiden winner in his Dec. 7 Gulfstream Park debut, is scheduled to make his highly anticipated return to the races in Friday's sixth race, a five-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-olds. "I expect him to run very good again.

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Obituary - John Michael Cummings

October 17, 1958 - January 6, 2024 John Michael Cummings, age 65, of Ocala, Fla., passed away on Jan. 6, 2024 at Ocala Regional Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 17, 1958, in Miami, Fla. He moved to the Ocala area in 1970, later graduating from St. John Lutheran School.



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John Michael Cummings

Florida-bred Copy Editor – EQUI-PHOTO

This Day in Florida Thoroughbred History - January 11

1998 - Florida-bred Copy Editor and jockey Jerry Bailey win the Grade 3 Mac Diarmida Handicap at Gulfstream Park carrying co-high weight of 114 pounds.

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Monday: Florida Stallion Series - Roadster

Tuesday: Member Spotlight – Vanessa Nye

Wednesday: Board Member – Jerry Campbell

Milestone Watch

Jockey Scott Spieth is approaching a personal milestone of 5,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Thursday, Jan. 11, Spieth was at 4,995 wins. He has no scheduled mounts.

Scott Spieth – SV Photography

Saturday, January 13

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Genuine Peril - Coady Photography

Tampa Bay Downs

$50,000 Wayward Lass S.

[Race 6, 3:04 p.m.]

Fillies and mares, 4-years-old and older, 1 1/16 miles

........ Dream Concert (#4)


Tampa Bay Downs

$125,000 Gasparilla S.

Includes $50,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

Includes $25,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Win bonus

[Race 7, 3:34 p.m.]

3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs

........ Mystic Lake (1)

........ Girvin’s Princess (#5)

........ Genuine Peril (#7)


Tampa Bay Downs

$125,000 Pasco S.

Includes $50,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

Includes $25,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Win bonus

[Race 9, 4:32 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 7 furlongs

........ Banded Rocket (#5)

........ El Principito (#6)

........ Rathmore (#7)

Sunday, January 14

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Charlie's Wish - Ryan Thompson photo

Gulfstream Park

$75,000 Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf S.

Plus $20,000 Florida Sire Stakes Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

[Race 5, 2:08 p.m.]

Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and older, one mile turf

........ Both Sides (#1)

........ Charlie’s Wish (#2)

........ Baby Steps (#3)

........ Sweet Dani Girl (#4)

........ Tracy Ann’s Legacy (#5)

........ Thelastbulletsmine (#6)

........ Time Passage (#7)

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