04/06/2013 5:27PM

Tampa Bay: Hooh Way wins while in foal on Florida Cup Day

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The 7-year-old Hooh Why, ridden by Ronnie Allen, wins the Distaff Turf for the second time.

OLDSMAR, Fla. - Hooh Why, a 7-year-old mare making one of the last starts of her million-dollar career, rallied outside to be up in the final strides to defend her title in the Distaff Turf on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.

The race was one of six stakes, worth $75,000 apiece, for Florida-breds on a 12-race Florida Cup Day program.

Under a well-judged ride by Ronnie Allen Jr., Hooh Why ($6) moved to contention along the outside out of the second turn, and then unleashed a strong late rally to run down Inaugurate by a head in the 1 1/16-mile turf race. Sweet Little Lion was three parts of a length back in third.

Hooh Why, who is two months in foal to Animal Kingdom's sire Leroidesanimaux, covered the distance in 1:42.56.

“She is as sound as she was when she was 2, which is why I keep running her,” said major owner Mark Hoffman, who will point Hooh Why to next month’s Grade 3 Arlington Matron – a race in which she finished second last year. “She’ll be turned out for two week. She was just out 14 days and breezed once coming into today.”

In the other stakes:

* Wild About Chrome ($16.80) drove to the lead into the final furlong of the Sprint and posted a length win over a strong field in the six-furlong race.

Trained by Jim McCullough and ridden by Allen, Wild About Chrome was posting his fifth straight career win and his second since being claimed for $16,000 in early March.

Wild About Chrome covered the six furlongs in 1:10.91. Sneaking Uponyou was a fast- closing second along the outside, a half-length ahead of Soaring Stocks.

* Hobbs ($9.40) found room from between rivals under jockey Daniel Centeno to challenge for the lead in the stretch of the 1 1/8-mile Turf Classic and emerged from a three-horse photo with a half- length win.

Star Channel finished second after setting the pace much of the way, nosing out Bad Debt. The winning time over a course rated good was 1:49.22

* Putitinmypokcet ($55.60) rallied past the leaders through the final sixteenth to post a stunning two-length upset in the seven-furlong Sophomore Fillies. She ran the distance in 1:25.39.

* Boy of Summer ($8.60) split rivals in the drive and managed to outfinish three other horses for a hard-earned head win over China Holiday in the Sophomore Turf. Boy of Summer completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.67.

* City of Weston ($5) got up in the final strides by a nose over Ruler of Love, and then survived an inquiry and two claims of foul to take the Sophomore Stakes at seven furlongs.

A review of the finish revealed that Risk Factor, the third-place finisher a head behind Ruler of Love, came out near the wire, bumping into Ruler of Love and pushing that one into the winner.