02/27/2016 5:59PM

Ahs Uncle Si dominates Sunshine State Derby

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Ahs Uncle Si, ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, wins the Sunshine State Derby in 18.918 seconds for 400 yards.

Ahs Uncle Si left no doubt he was the best horse in the $200,000 Sunshine State Derby for Florida-bred Quarter Horses on Saturday at Hialeah Park.

Breaking alertly from the rail under Rodrigo Vallejo, Ahs Uncle Si ($3.60) surged to the front, opened up by 3 1/2 lengths in midstretch, and scooted home two lengths in front. He completed 400 yards in a hand-held time of 19.430 seconds.

It was the fifth stakes victory of the meet for leading trainer Judd Kearl.

Ahs Uncle Si, a son of Struttin to Beduino, had won his trial heat by a length but was disqualified and placed fifth for drifting out. He is now 2 for 5 lifetime.

The filly Shes a Tourist, last of 10 at the start, rallied to get second as the 2-1 second choice, beating 19-1 outsider La Doncella Comminup by a length.