Bennett rebuilds as Tampa Bay Downs opener

Gerald Bennett was the man who recently beat the Tampa Bay Downs, winning the coaching title eight years in a row.

But to hear him tell it, the 2022-23 meeting, which starts on Wednesday, could be a different story. He said, “We have to see how we can rebuild.” Horse racing nation Tuesday.

“They confiscated a lot of horses from us at Monmouth,” he said. With about 38 horsepower, “we’re a lot less stock than we’ve ever been.”

And Bennett expects the meeting to start “kind of slow because of the circumstances. I’ve got a lot of horses, three non-winners, in the 25,000 range nothing here yet. The horses are ready but unless I want to give them away – there are no horses around. So it’s kind of A situation where if I run them places early in the meet, they’re going to be claimed. I’m going to sell for the fire.”

He also said, “We’ve got some old people who’ve had surgery, but they’re just starting over. And it won’t be about another month before they roll over.”

But there are bright spots. He’s had “a lot” of two-year-olds, and very few others come back from surgery.

to get the latest version HRNIn the Barn Tour series, Bennett explained what was on his mind to several runners.

The person who will return is feast / banqueta 5-year-old extended son of Twirling Candy with a 9:4-0-2 record this year, including a win in the black-type Rumson Stakes at Monmouth Park.

“He’s a really nice horse, but the chance of him running here, unless you bring him in for a lower mark or something, there isn’t much. You have the Pelican Stakes, and he doesn’t want to go very far on paper. I haven’t had him that long, but to stretch it, no. I think he’ll go far. Then his form is on the grass. He’s only had one start on the grass, but sooner or later I’ll start on the grass.”

For others who would return, “Okay, I have in the loop And the Beautiful grace And that R Cali Kim The horse that won at Churchill. She has been discharged for surgery and is ready to return. The R Adeus Jersey Run will be in the restricted stakes here in Tampa in December.”

R Addius Jersey He is 4 years old and hasn’t started since May. Bennett expects to make her start in the FTOBA Sire Stakes on December 10th.

Despite the setbacks, Bennett isn’t worried. “All these horses,” said Bennett, “I’ll get them going.” “In this game, it is best not to panic too much.”

Among his two-year-olds, Dreaming of snow She “beat a pretty field” when she won her first Colonial match in September. “If she stays on target, she’s a nice filly.”

“And then we have another horse that we’ve bred, Playboy handsome. won first. He’s a state-bred horse and we hope he can win us two great races.”

Later in the encounter, look for the Gervin filly named here R Swervin Gervin. “She can run a little. I ran her once in Delaware—I can’t run 2 2-year-olds with lasix, and she bled a little. So wait till she gets to 3.”

Bennett also has two 2-year-olds who entered races in the Gulfstream on Sunday.

“I have a colt Bocchero (Lookin’ Super) that I bought myself for 25. He runs well if he runs to training. I have another one, Madam James, by Valiant MInister. It’s there on Sunday too. Should have won first, I got Just had a bad ride. She looks very good Sunday. These are young horses, Florida natives, who are just starting to show.”

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