02/23/2013 6:48PM

Tampa Bay Downs: Good Lord bests Action Andy to win Super Stakes in track-record time

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Good Lord drives to the lead outside Action Andy in deep stretch of the Super Stakes.

OLDSMAR, Fla. - Prominent from the outset under Fernando de la Cruz, Good Lord outdueled favorite Action Andy through a long stretch duel to come away with a hard-earned three-quarter-length victory in the $75,000 Super Stakes.

Good Lord, who was sent off the second choice in the field of nine, covered the distance in 1:22.03, a new track record for seven furlongs, eclipsing the 1:22.13 mark set by Manicero in 2011.

Action Andy took the early lead with Good Lord right to his outside and Winslow Homer racing third on the outside. Action Andy set a strong pace that included a half of 45.13 seconds and hit the furlong marker with a short lead after completing six furlongs in 1:09 but through the final furlong Good Lord would not be denied and drove to the lead in the final 40 yards.

Action Andy saved the place by a half-length with late-closing Bellefire third. Winslow Homer, who had dropped back into the stretch under Daniel Centeno, came on again inside Bellefire to be fourth, beaten a neck for the show.

Good Lord was scoring his ninth career win and earned $45,000 for his efforts.

Forrest Kaelin trains Good Lord, who returned $10.60.