07/31/2005 11:00PM

Colonial: Tompest wins turf debut

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Lagging in ninth after the first three furlongs of a 5 1/2-furlong sprint, Tompest ($5.80) rallied strongly to win his turf debut by 1 1/4 lengths in the $60,000 Chenery Stakes at Colonial Downs.

Ridden by Jose Betancourt for trainer Todd Pletcher, Tompest was making his first start since finishing fourth of five in the Grade 3 Flash on the main track at Belmont.