12/19/2015 5:02PM

Solemn Tribute prevails in four-horse photo in Tropical Park Derby

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Solemn Tributge, ridden by Julien Leparoux, holds off Team Colors by a head in the Tropical Park Derby.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -   The final derby of the 2015 racing season turned out to be a good one as the pacesetting Solemn Tribute held on gamely down the stretch to prove narrowly best in a four-horse blanket finish  in the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park.

Solemn Tribute ($12) held on by  a head over Team Colors with Watchyourownbobber and A Lot finishing in a dead heat for third. The winning time for 1 1/16 miles on turf was 1:39.87.

Solemn Tribute controlled the pace under jockey Julien Leparoux, setting solid fractions of 22.94 and 46.89 seconds  for the opening half-mile f while stalked by Watchyourownbobber from the outset. Solemn Tribute continued to maintain a narrow advantage leaving the final turn and then dug in bravely to turn back all challengers down the stretch to register the first stakes victory of his nine-race career.

Team Colors was hung wide after breaking from the extreme outside in a field of a dozen 3-year-olds, advanced to closer contention entering the stretch, and then continued willingly outside the leaders to just miss. Watchyourownbobber, who defeated Solemn Tribute when the pair met last month in the Showing Up Stakes at Gulfstream Park West, dogged the winner throughout but lacked the necessary kick at the end. A Lot raced between horses while rallying through midstretch and hung late.  It was just a length back to both Conquest Typhoon and the 7=2 favorite, Tweet Kitten, who finished noses apart in fifth and sixth. Solemn Tribute, a son of Medgalia d’Oro, is trained by Brian Lynch for the Lael Stables.

“Everybody was together at the wire,” said Leparoux, who was aboard Solemn Tribute for the first time.. “I had to come back and look at the TV  to see who won. He broke very sharp, I got him to relax on the lead, and he fought back when they came to him, which was great.”               

Tammy the Torpedo up in time to take Tropical Park Oaks

Tammy the Torpedo withstood a wide trip, running down game pacesetter Celestine to register her first stakes victory in the Tropical Park Oaks. Light in Paris rallied belatedly to finish third. Joel Rosario rode the winner for trainer Chad Brown.

Tammy the Torpedo ($8.60), ridden by Joel Rosario, won by a neck, completing 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:43.33.