01/07/2006 12:00AM

Tampa: Platinum Perfect prevails

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Avoiding trouble at the start that eliminated several of her rivals, Platinum Perfect chased the early leader for a half-mile, then rallied into the stretch to take over the lead and posted a length victory in the $60,000 Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Ridden by the meeting's leading rider, Jose Lezcano, Platinum Perfect ($6.20) covered the six furlongs over a fast racing strip in 1:10.68 to post her seventh win from 15 outings. The $34,500 winner's share of the purse raised her career earnings to $218,350.

Beautiful Bets rallied willingly late to be second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of early pacesetter Louve Sauvage.