03/07/2009 12:00AM

Fierce Wind comes again


TAMPA, Fla. Favored Fierce Wind came back late to outfinish a game Fearless Vision and post a neck victory in the $65,000 Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.

Under a strong ride by Daniel Centeno, Fierce Wind bid outside on the second turn after being parked wide by Fearless Vision. Fierce Wind continued to do battle with that one through a long drive before surging in deep stretch to get up in the shadow of the wire.

Fearless Vision was clearly second best, finishing 2 1/2 lengths to the good of Paradise Dancer, with Unbridled Heat fourth in the field of nine.

The win improved trainer Will Phipps's record at the meet to 5 for 5. Fierce Wind returned $4.40 while covering the 1 1/16 miles over a fast racing strip in 1:45.01.