Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Trainer Anthony Pecoraro wins three times; Taletobetold wins in her final race

OLDSMAR — Fans welcomed another season of thoroughbred racing and an owner said goodbye to his stakes-winning mare on a record-breaking afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.

All-source wagering for the 11-race card was $4,920,218, surpassing last year's record total by $476,441.

In front of 5,004, the track's 84th season began with trainer Anthony Pecoraro saddling winners in the first three races.

Later, the $65,000 Lightning City Stakes was the finale of a 36-race career for winner Taletobetold, who defeated 9-5 favorite Easy Ashley by a half-length in the 5-furlong turf sprint.

"We're going to breed her," owner Robert DeWitt said. "We're waiting on a contract now to a real nice stallion (in Kentucky)."

Taletobetold, fourth in last year's Lightning City, set fractions of 21.69 and 45.47 seconds with Charlie Papa alongside. But she pulled away entering the stretch and held off Easy Ashley in 58.19 seconds under jockey Tony Farina. Kosmo's Buddy was another half-length behind in third, and Charlie Papa finished seventh.

It was the eighth victory for Taletobetold, a 5-year-old mare by Tale of the Cat. The $30,000 paycheck increased her career bankroll to $469,550. Her $16.80 winning mutuel was the highest of the day.

Pecoraro, 46, who has never captured a training title, won with three of his four starters: Aaron's Flight ($7.60), Snuck in Love ($6.60) and Sunny Exchange ($4.80). All made their first Downs starts. Juan Levva (two) and Inez Karl­sson were the riders. The streak ended in Race 6, when Beatrippi finished fourth.

"Years ago, I was an assistant to my dad (Matteo) here, and we won seven in a row," Pecoraro said.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Pecoraro has been at the Downs for the past 25 years, once losing a title to John Reading by one victory. Pecoraro has only 10 horses.

Herson Sanchez, a former rider and now a jockey agent to Ricardo Feliciano and Andrew Ramgeet, said Pecoraro's showing was special.

"I've been here since 1979 and can't remember anything like that happening before," he said.

Trainer Anthony Pecoraro wins three times; Taletobetold wins in her final race 12/12/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 12, 2009 9:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. My AP Top 25 ballot: FSU out, USF, Florida Gators back in

    Blogs

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher still thinks he can have a good team, as I wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times. Maybe he's right.

  2. Road to Atlanta, Week 4

    College

    State-ments

    Central Florida defensive lineman Tony Guerad (93) gestures in front of teammate Jamiyus Pittman, right, and Maryland offensive lineman Damian Prince, left, after tackling Maryland running back Ty Johnson and forcing a punt on fourth down in the first half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) MDPS104
  3. Trump tweet and NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

    Politics

    The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump's suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]
  4. New Rowdie Hunter Gorskie nets game's lone goal

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Hunter Gorskie enjoyed a smashing Tampa Bay debut, scoring the lone goal and getting in one of many crucial second-half clearances as the Rowdies held off visiting Charlotte 1-0 before an announced 7,786 at Al Lang Stadium.

    The Tampa Bay Rowdies Hunter Gorskie (27) celebrates a first half goal against the Charlotte Independence at Al Lang Field Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in St. Petersburg. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies
  5. Mikhail Sergachev learning when to keep it simple

    Blogs

    Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev tried to carry the puck through the middle in front of his net Friday night against Nashville.

    Mikhail Sergachev has to show he can make the right decisions, even if it's the boring one.