04/03/2009 11:00PM

Plesa, Scace score doubles on card


Eddie Plesa Jr. and Lynn Scace shared the spotlight Saturday on Florida Cup day at Tampa Bay Downs, both trainers winning two stakes apiece on a card that featured six stakes races restricted to Florida-breds.

Plesa won his races back to back, the Sophomore with Bee Cee Cee and the Turf Classic with Fearless Eagle. Scace won the Sophomore Fillies with the undefeated Snow Lass before returning a couple of hours later to upset the Sprint with the 30-1 On the Vineyard. The six stakes were worth $85,000 each.

Bee Cee Cee ($6.60) had been knocking heads at Gulfstream Park with some of the top 3-year-olds in south Florida earlier this winter, finishing third in the Spectacular Bid and Grade 2 Hutcheson before checking in a well-beaten sixth behind Quality Road in the Fountain of Youth.

A son of Songandaprayer, Bee Cee Cee rallied from just off the pace under jockey Daniel Centeno to a three-length decision over longshot Biblionico in the Sophomore with Golf Pal finishing a distant third. Anythingyouwant, the 7-10 favorite, pulled up before going a half-mile and was vanned off.

Fearless Eagle ($10.80) also rallied from just off the lead before slipping through along the hedge to run down pacesetter Marquet Cat by a neck in the 1 1/8-mile Turf Classic. Ruff and Ready outfinished 2-1 favorite Silver Tree to finish third, another 1 1/4 lengths further back.

Fearless Eagle, a son of Invisible Ink, finished third behind Soldier's Dancer and Silver Tree in the 2008 Turf Classic. He completed the distance in 1:48.09 seconds, just .03 of a second off the course record.

"Elvis rode him fantastically," said Plesa. "It was his turn today. I mean, you could probably run this race five times and have three or four different winners. It was our day today."

On the Vineyard, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Vineyard Haven, finished 1 3/4 lengths clear of How's Your Halo to win the six-furlong Sprint. Ruby's Red Socks was another neck further behind, with the 4-5 Hypocrite struggling home a well-beaten sixth. On the Vineyard, who was ridden to victory by Willie Martinez, paid $63.

On the Vineyard stalked the early pace of Stradivinsky, edged clear in early stretch, and easily withstood the challenges of How's Your Halo, Ruby's Red Socks, and Duke's Flying Tiger. Hypocrite broke last, lagged near the rear of the field and was never a factor.

"This feels fantastic," said Scace, who also owns and bred On the Vineyard.

Sophomore Turf: Tamborim re-rallies

Headed a furlong out, Tamborim came back on again through the final furlong under Daniel Centeno to post a hard-earned three-quarter-length victory in the Sophomore Turf at 1 1/16 miles.

Sent off as the favorite, Tamborim returned $4.80 and covered the distance over a firm turf course in 1:43.05. Cheeks Malone, who rallied outside to gain a short lead passing the eighth pole, hung late but held on to save the place by a neck, then pulled in in apparent distress following the finish.

Duke of Mischief was a fast-closing third inside.

Bill Mott trains the winner.

* Snow Lass remained undefeated after leading from start to finish to take the Sophomore Filly Stakes under Rosemary Homeister Jr. The Scace-trained Snow Lass scored her third straight win by 3 3/4 lengths over Sweet Yulianna, covering the seven furlongs in a stakes record of 1:23.78. She returned $8.20

* Quiet Meadow took over the lead leaving the second turn of the Turf Distaff, then turned back favored Scolara for a hard-earned half length victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf race. With Elvis Trujillo aboard for trainer Chad Brown, Quiet Meadow covered the distance over a firm turf course in 1:42.30. Scolara was easily second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Azura. Quiet Meadow paid $13.20.

- additional reporting by Doug McCoy