01/12/2013 6:15PM

Tampa Bay: Oxley stablemates run one-two in Pasco

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Dynamic Sky shrugs off traffic trouble under Luis Conretras to outfinish stablemate Sky Commander by three-quarters of a length in the Pasco for 3-year-olds.

OLDSMAR, Fla. - Dynamic Sky overcame some traffic problems in the stretch of the $100,000 Pasco Stakes for 3-year-olds to rally past his entrymate Sky Commander and stamp himself as one of the early favorites for local Kentucky Derby prep races with a most impressive victory.

Jockey Luis Contreras rated Dynamic Sky ($3.20) off the leaders for five furlongs of the seven-furlong Pasco as three horses battled through a half-mile 45.35 seconds. Coming out of the turn after steadying over his entrymate Sky Commander's heels, Dynamic Sky finally swung four wide in midstretch and surged up outside in the final sixteenth to take over the lead and finished three-quarters of a length in front.

"When I swung out entering the stretch, he showed me a real run and he just kept on showing how good he is down the stretch," Contreras said.

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Sky Commander held on well for second, 1 1/2  lengths ahead of pace contender Divine Ambition with O T B Bob a late-closing fourth.

The win was the second from five starts for Dynamic Sky, who was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The first two finishers are owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse.

Dynamic Sky completed the distance in 1:22.79, .66 of a  second off the track record of 1:22.13.

Dynamic Sky will likely be asked to stretch out around two turns for the Grade 3, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 2 and the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9.

In the co-featured $100,000 Gasparilla Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, favored Vitameta came again in the stretch to gain the lead and then held off a late charge from Cindys Casino to prevail in a three-horse photo.

Ridden by Jose Cruz, Vitameta ($3.80) covered the seven furlongs in a solid 1:23.86 to post her third win from five career starts.

Prominent from the start, Vitameta moved to challenge for the lead outside in the turn and then held on well when Martha's Moon and Paco Lopez slipped up the rail to gain a short advantage into the furlong grounds. The David Fawkes-trained Vitameta came back to regain the lead in the final furlong, and then just held off Cindys Casino, who also came back on after being shuffled back in the turn. The three horses hit the wire together with Vitameta holding a neck edge with Cindys Casino a neck ahead of Martha's Moon.