Updated on 09/17/2011 11:13PM

New records set in sprint, route

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Pie's Prospect wins the 9th race at Tampa Bay Downs and breaks the current track record with a time of 1:43.27.

OLDSMAR Fla. - Last week was one for the books at Tampa Bay Downs, with three track-record performances on display.

On Friday, Nick Zito sent Pies Prospect in from Gulfstream Park for his first race since April. The vacation must have done Pies Prospect a world of good, as in the day's ninth race he lurked just off the pace for five furlongs under confident rating by Jesus Castanon, moved up outside rivals to challenge leaving the turn, then drew off late to hit the wire with 5 3/4 lengths to spare.

While the interior fractions weren't that quick, Pies Prospect came home with a 24-second-and-change quarter-mile to reach the mile point in 1:36.75, then covered the final sixteenth in just over six seconds to hit the wire in 1:43.27, breaking the 1 1/16-mile track record of 1:43.40 set by Sunny Prospector in 1989. The performance was especially impressive, considering that a review of the day's final times indicated the racing surface was fast but far from being at its quickest.

Zito, speaking from Miami, said the stable was still mulling over options for Pies Prospect's next outing. The 5-year-old is eligible for the $60,000 Super Stakes here at seven furlongs on Feb. 11, as well as several stakes at Gulfstream Park.

"This horse has had his share of problems," Zito said, "but when he's right he's capable of running a good race with good horses."

On Jan. 8, trainer Dwayne Glenn decided to try his sprinter Western Kind on the turf for the first time in a five-furlong optional claiming sprint. Despite racing somewhat greenly and being steadied along in the early going by Jose Delgado, Western Kind obviously took to the footing. As Unfaced cut out early fractions of 21.08 and 43.94 seconds, Western Kind found himself sitting in the cat bird's seat. When a sizeable hole opened up along the rail, Western Kind shot through to the lead, drew off to midstretch, then had just enough left to prevail by three-quarters of a length over Hitthegroundrunnin and Rockhurst.

Western Kind, who had spent the summer racing at Great Lakes Downs, covered the five furlongs in a sizzling 55.75 seconds, shattering the mark of 55.89 seconds set by Scrubs last February.

But Western Kind held the record for just 24 hours. On Jan. 9, trainer Barbara McBride saddled the well-traveled Chaotic Achiever in another five-furlong optional claiming turf sprint. Chaotic Achiever went right to the front, running the first quarter in an astounding 20.77 seconds and the half in 43.33. He came home in just over 12 seconds to hit the wire with a neck to spare over In Memoriam, stopping the teletimer in 57.74 seconds, one-hundredth of a second faster than Western Kind.

Both horses are eligible for the $75,000 Turf Dash at five furlongs on March 18.