02/23/2013 7:48PM

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.

The_Whiz More than 1 year ago
Thank you for recoginizing Walter De La Cruz - he is an outstanding young rider and is very wise beyond his young years and has a work ethic second to none. I thank Fernando for bringing Walter to the USA - we need talented hard working riders who "want" to ride.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Sounds like you handle his book! Good luck if you do Whiz.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Fernando de la Cruz, this kid is really on fire the last few weeks in Oldsmar and although not quite the Ortiz brothers yet, he and bro Walter are certainly making names for themselves this winter. The winner looked outstanding on the track and ran according to his good looks. Action Andy is a very good sprinter in his own right and also ran a superlative race at perhaps not his preferred and best distance.