05/03/2012 9:51AM

Tampa Bay Downs: As usual, Allie's Event will be rolling late


OLDSMAR, Fla. – Allie’s Event, a late-charging veteran who was beaten just over three lengths by Roman Tiger in the Turf Classic here last time out, tops a field of 10 in the featured $30,000 overnight handicap at one mile on the turf as Tampa Bay Downs conducts a 12-race Kentucky Derby Day program.

First post on Saturday has been moved forward slightly to 12:15 p.m.

Trained by Lori Smock, Allie’s Event has had a love affair with the Tampa grass course throughout his career, finishing first or second in seven of his nine career starts over the infield course. He will be shooting for his fourth locaL turf win.

In his first start of the season, Allie’s Event closed stoutly in an optional claiming race at a mile on the grass to finish second, beaten a half-length. He came back in a prep for the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes and rallied from last to be up in the final strides for a three-quarter-length win.

In the Tampa Bay Stakes, Allie’s Event closed like a shot again but ran out of stretch, winding up fourth, beaten a length by Roman Tiger, who got through along the rail to upset at 28-1.

Most recently, Allie’s Event closed again in the Turf Classic against statebred rivals but finished sixth, beaten just over three lengths by Roman Tiger.

Lethal Combination, winner of the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga as a 3-year-old in 2010, makes his first start since last September and moves to the Lloyd Lockhart barn. He certainly has enough back class to be given a long look on Saturday.

Formerly trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Lethal Combination began his career in England before being sent to the U.S. He won two of eight starts in 2010, then was off over a year before finishing unplaced in his only 2011 start late in the Saratoga meeting against optional claiming company.

Capital Appeal has been no worse than third in three local outings and last time out made a serious run at Bear Always through the stretch before winding up beaten just over two lengths. Bear Always set a new track record for a mile and 40 yards in that race.

Riversrunrylee returns to Tampa after being caught in a suicidal speed duel going seven furlongs on the main track at Calder. The veteran has four wins over the Tampa turf and if not pressed in the early going, could prove tough to run down.