Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Carl Nafzger will have a string of 14 horses here at Tampa Bay Downs this winter.
Nafzger won the 1990 Kentucky Derby with Unbridled and the 2007 Derby
with Street Sense, a horse he shipped here to win the Tampa Bay Derby
in a prep that set him up perfectly for his success in Kentucky.
It was his experience with Street Sense and other horses he has
shipped to Tampa over the years from the East Coast of Florida that
prompted Nafzger to apply for stalls here this season.
“I have been very pleased in the past with the racing surfaces both
on the main track and the turf course, very happy with the way most of
my horses come out of races here, so we decided to ask for stalls this
season,” Nafzger said. “We will have horses at Palm Meadows, but we can
ship horses to Tampa and back, try them on the turf if we want, and if
they show a particular fondness for the main track or the turf there
then we can leave them there and race them there. It gives us a lot of
flexibility with our organization.”