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Tampa Bay Downs: Six statebred stakes on Florida Cup Day
By Doug McCoy
OLDSMAR, Fla. – The 11th Florida Cup, an afternoon of racing that features six $75,000 stakes for horses bred in the Sunshine State, will be held Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.
Perhaps the most interesting and competitive race of the day is the $75,000 Sprint, a six-furlong race that includes Good Lord, who came off a short layoff in his first race of 2013 to score a bang-up victory over Action Andy in the seven-furlong Super Stakes.
Trained by Forrest Kaelin, Good Lord was compromised by quarter-crack problem early last season, but once his feet healed, the sprinter won five of his last seven outings, all against stakes company. He captured the Bernhardt Stakes on the dirt at Ellis Park and then moved to the turf to take the $75,000 Turf Dash at Kentucky Downs. After a second in the $100,000 Schaeffer Memorial at Hoosier Park, Good Lord journeyed to Mountaineer to capture the $130,000 Mountaineer Mile.
He came off a nine-week break to win the Super Stakes. He dueled with Action Andy through a long drive before getting up late by three-quarters of a length. He has since worked three times, and with the turn back in distance should be close to the pace from the start.
It’s Me Mom, a winner of 11 of 21 lifetime starts, tired badly to finish last after being fractious in the gate in her first start since September. She shortens up in distance for this race against the boys and has worked well since her poor showing. The Lynn Scace runner captured last year’s Sprint Stakes on Florida Cup Day as the betting choice.
Wild About Chrome came close to cracking the seven-furlong track record en route to his fourth straight win last out. While he moves to a stakes for the first time, he certainly can’t be taken lightly.
Sneaking Uponyou took the 2011 edition of the Sprint and had a rough trip at Gulfstream Park in his last start on the turf. Soaring Stocks, from the Todd Pletcher barn, makes his first start since July but won the Sunshine Millions Sprint against Florida-breds in January 2012 at Gulfstream.
Distaff Turf: Last try for Hooh Why
There will be a bit of nostalgia attached to the 1 1/16-mile Distaff Turf as the race could be the final career outing for Hooh Why, who is in foal to Leroidesanimaux, sire of Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom. An earner of $1,165,103 during her career, Hooh Why has had to chase Brazilian star Old Tune when fifth and fourth in the Grade 3 Hillsborough and Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes in her last two starts.
Scenario Analysis, a recent winner, and Inaugurate, who has won three of her last six starts and hasn’t been beaten more than a length dating back to August, are both trained by Chad Brown and are top the challengers to Hooh Why.
◗ Kanturk Kid, who makes his first start since winning the Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes last November at Calder, heads the Sophomore Turf at 1 1/16 miles. China Holiday, a close fifth in his turf debut last out, and Balino, a two-time local winner, also deserve a look.
◗ The nine-furlong Turf Classic is a wide-open affair. Alley Oop Oop, who has two wins from four outings over the local course, was fourth, beaten just a neck, last out. He will face Roman Tiger, winner of last year’s Turf Classic, and Star Channel, who took the Sophomore Turf here last year for trainer Todd Pletcher.
◗ R Free Roll, a close third here in the Sandpiper and second in the Primal Force Stakes at Gulfstream last out, heads the Sophomore Fillies at seven furlongs on the main track. Holy Macho Mattie, a winner of two of three lifetime over the Tampa strip, and recent maiden winner Tap it Easy, from the Chad Brown barn, top the challengers.
◗ The Sophomore at seven furlongs features four last-out winners. Mind Spell comes off a third in the OBS Sprint in his most recent start.
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