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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-038

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 1, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Trainer Killed At Tampa Bay Downs

    Horse falls on trainer causing his death.
    • Monday
    • February 1, 2010
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Tampa Bay Downs
    • 11225 Race Track Rd
    • Tampa, FL

    Hillsborough County deputies responded to Tampa Bay Downs in reference to a “person down” call.  Deputies learned that trainer, Robert Shields was exercising 3-year-old Thoroughbred “Gaellea” on the track when for unknown reasons the horse reared up and fell back on the rider.


    Shields was transported to Mease Hospital where he expired.  The horse was not injured.

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