02/13/2012 12:01PM

Tampa Bay Downs: Action Andy continues to impress with Super Stakes win

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Tom Cooley
Action Andy, with jockey Daniel Coa up, wins the Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Jockey Daniel Coa felt as though he was just along for the ride aboard Action Andy in Saturday’s $75,000 Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

“Anybody in the [jockeys’] room could have won on this horse today,” he said.

Action Andy had looked sharp winning the Pelican in his previous start, and he looked even more impressive in Saturday’s feature as he stalked early leader Tommy’s Memory for five furlongs and then moved to the fore into the stretch to gain the lead. Action Andy then had little trouble holding a trio of challengers at bay late as Coa merely showed him the whip and rode him out to the wire.

Coa said he had agreed to split the winning jockey’s share of the purse with Jessie Garcia, Action Andy’s regular rider who was sidelined with a broken collarbone and rib injuries after going down in a spill earlier in the week. Trainer Carlos Garcia said he has no immediate plans for Action Andy, but will be trying to find a race here for the star.

“The people here have been so nice to us, and he likes this track so much we’d like to run him here, if we can,” Carlos Garcia said.

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell said 2011 Tampa Bay Derby winner Watch Me Go, who ran second in the Super Stakes, came out of his first start this season “just great,” but she has no immediate plans for him.

O’Connell also said that her promising 3-year-old filly Spielzeit broke a bone in her hind leg during the running of the Florida Oaks and will be sidelined until fall.

“It’s a shame, because we think she’s a really special kind of horse,” O’Connell said. “Now, we’ll have to just bring her back in the fall and go from there.”

Tell All You Know impresses in sprint

Horses racing in the first race on the day’s card aren’t usually the type who turn in noteworthy performances, but Tell All You Know proved a notable exception Friday, when he blew by the leaders through the stretch of a seven-furlong optional claiming sprint for his second straight win this meet.

The 3-year-old tracked the leaders through a blistering half-mile of 44.77 seconds, rallied outside through six furlongs in 1:10:25, and drew off late to win by three in 1:24.13. He earned a 71 Beyer Speed Figure, which is solid for 3-year-old sprinters here.

Last fall, Tell All You Know showed early speed and then faded in three races at Calder. Trainer Chad Stewart said a combination of some touchy shins and immaturity led to his lack of stamina as a juvenile.

“He had some shins that bothered him, plus he was still learning and was a bit of a kid last year,” Stewart said. “We gave him some time off, and when he came back not only did his shins show good improvement, he also seemed to have grown up a bit. He’s more tractable now – he’s learned to relax, as he showed Friday. We’re just going to see how he comes out of this race. He’s a really good-looking horse – some 16-2 hands – and we’re going to take it slow and see if he continues to progress.”

Let’s Get Married worth watching

Saturday’s seventh race, run over a fast but drying-out racing strip, could well produce several runners with a future, starting with the winner of the seven-furlong maiden special weight sprint, Let’s Get Married.

Let’s Get Married relaxed nicely while setting a moderate pace to the stretch and then drew off without the need of a lot of encouragement by jockey Leandro Goncalves to be almost three lengths clear of Final Escrow, with Ubu third.

Let’s Get Married’s mother won 2 of 3 races before being retired and has produced several stakes-caliber runners, most notably $183,000-earner Bondage. Let’s Get Married, a Live Oak Stud filly, has the look of a horse that could be something special.

Final Escrow finished nicely along the rail to gain the place after a slow beginning, and this half-sister to $883,000 stakes winner Vicar figures to get better the longer she runs.

Ubu, who is still learning her manners around the gate, showed improved speed in her second start and also could be a filly with a future.