Updated on 09/16/2011 8:00AM

Tampa Bay: Equality looks impressive


Equality may be headed for bigger and better things after scoring his first stakes victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs.

Trainer Graham Motion said he will have to think seriously about giving Equality a shot against some of the top 3-year-olds in the country, perhaps in next month's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

"We're going to take some time and let this sink in," said Motion, noting that a race for Equality at Keeneland would be convenient for owner Josephine Abercrombie, who lives in Lexington, Ky. "He might have won a place in one of the prep races. The Blue Grass may be a nice race for him."

Equality ($10.60) earned a career-high 103 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory, his third in six lifetime starts.

Previously unbeaten Bunk N Ted, the 2-1 favorite, was washy in the post parade and finished a dull fifth.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez swept both graded stakes on the card. In addition to his win aboard Equality, he rode French Satin ($5) to victory for trainer Steve Standridge in the Grade 3, $150,000 Florida Oaks.

Platinum Tiara ($29.20), owned by former major league pitcher Rob Murphy, won the third stakes on the card, the $1000,000 Hillsborough on turf.