Archives for March 16, 2020

BetPTC Director of Operations Cathy Dwyer Dies After Long Battle

Cathy Dwyer of BetPTC and Tampa Bay DownsCathy Dwyer passed away this weekend in New Port Richey, Florida after a prolonged and courageous battle with cancer.  Dwyer, 65, was the longtime Simulcast Director at Tampa Bay Downs and, most recently, the Director of Operations at Premier Turf Club (BetPTC.com).

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1954, Dwyer moved with her family to Chicago as a child.  She later worked on the Chicago stock exchange.

In 1983, she moved to the west coast of Florida with her family.  In late 1990 she took a job in the marketing department at Tampa Bay Downs.  She was eventually promoted to the Simulcast Director position, where over the course of many years, she helped expand the track’s signal nationwide.

“Cathy was a key member of our team for over 22 years,” explained Peter Berube, General Manager of Tampa Bay Downs. “She was there in the beginning when few people knew about our signal, and as Simulcast Director she played a major role in getting us to the status we’re at today.”

In 2013 she left Tampa Bay Downs to take the position at Premier Turf Club in Dunedin, Florida. In addition to handling daily administrative tasks, she continued to work with her racetrack contacts throughout the country to distribute their signals.

“Cathy was an invaluable asset to our team here at BetPTC,” stated General Manager Todd Bowker.  “She will be dearly missed by both us and everyone she touched within the industry.”

“In addition to be a great worker and friend, she showed us what a true fighter is,” explained Rich Nilsen, Marketing Director for BetPTC. “She leaves a legacy of faith and inspiration to everyone who loved her.”

Cathy is survived by numerous friends and family, including her son Chris, daughter-in-law Maggie and three grandchildren.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – March 16

Horses to Watch & Trip Notes for AGOS visitors. Agameofskill.com is an educational website for handicappers.  Thank you for visiting.

GULFSTREAM PARK

ROMAN EMPIRE (Race 5, GP 2/28/2020) – Empire Maker colt moved to the dirt for his second career start and looked like he may have a nice future for trainer Todd Pletcher.  Crushed a decent field and should handle class rise next out.

AS SEEN ON TV (Race 14, Fountain of Youth, GP 2/29/2020) – Lookin At Lucky colt didn’t have the best of trips here as he was stuck racing inside of horses for most of the running.  That’s a tough spot for a young colt but he never gave up and was just bobbed out of the place spot at the wire.   Kelly Breen runner has talent and can improve in the right spot.

Read what Graham Motion and Terry Finley had to say about the FBI  indictments of the slimey Navarro and Servis.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

POINT OF HONOR (Race 2 at TAM, 3/7/2020) – This was clearly a prep race for the Grade 1 placed runner from last year.  She ran well to be a non-threatening 2nd behind a quality stakes winner and should move forward off this public workout  (Weaver is only 11% with layoff runners).

GOGO SHOES (Race 6 at TAM, 3/7/2020) – This filly ran sneaky well in her debut when 4th and then came back here to improve further as many second time starters do.  She crushed a good looking maiden special weights field on the Derby undercard.