12/28/2009 1:00AM

Uptowncharlybrown dazzles in debut


OLDSMAR, Fla. - While the co-featured Sandpiper and Inaugural stakes both produced exciting blanket finishes, the single most impressive performance on last Saturday's Cotillion Festival program at Tampa Bay Downs may have been the debut of Uptowncharlybrown in the eighth race.

Trained by Allen Seewald, Uptowncharlybrown is a 2-year-old chestnut Limehouse colt out of the Langfuhr mare La Iluminada and is a half-brother to stakes-winning West Coast sprinter Startjumpin Marnie.

A big, robust colt, Uptowncharlybrown overcame breaking to the outside under Daniel Centeno to stalk the leaders for a half-mile in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint, then swung outside, roared to the front into the stretch, and drew off smartly to win by nine lengths. His time of 1:17.85, that included a six-furlong clocking of 1:11.39, translated to a 76 Beyer Speed Figure and it looked like Uptowncharlybrown had something left in the tank.

Mt. Fugi, another good-looking colt by Fusaichi Pegasus, was easily second by six lengths and he too could well have a future.

Reinstedler sends out three winners

Trainer Tony Reinstedler, a solid mainstay on the Kentucky circuit, went 3 for 3 on Saturday, saddling the winners of the second, fourth, and fifth races.

James Lopez, who had a standout meeting here last year that included a win in the Sam Davis Stakes aboard General Quarters, was sidelined for a time last summer after breaking his wrist in a fall at Colonial Downs but has looked good early in the meet and put up three professional efforts aboard Reinstedler's winners.

Lopez sat just off the pace in the second race then swept past the leaders aboard Security Breach ($9), who drew off by more than three lengths in a claiming sprint. The jockey came back to employ similar tactics to rally past the leaders aboard Silver Craft ($4.60) in the fourth, an allowance sprint. He completed the triple by splitting rivals in the drive in the fifth to capture a 1 1/16-mile turf route aboard Slammy Boy ($4.60).

Reinstedler has seven stalls on the Tampa backstretch in this, his first full season racing here and is very pleased with what he has found thus far.

"This place is like a hidden jewel," Reinstedler said. "The racing surface is very fair and very safe. It gives the horses a good legging up and the atmosphere and surroundings are very nice. It's a great place for both horses and people to regroup and recharge their batteries, so to speak, after a long year."

Gleam of Hope, winner of the Cradle Stakes at River Downs, is getting a freshening and will be pointed for the Sam F. Davis, according the Reinstedler.

Homeister makes road trip worthwhile

Rosemary Homeister Jr. passed on several solid mounts on Cotillion Day to travel to Calder and continue her successful partnership with 9-year-old Cloudy's Knight in the Grade 2 W. L. McKnight Handicap.

Rallying from off the pace, Cloudy's Knight scored by 1 1/2 lengths in the McKnight to post the fourth win from five starts since Jonathan Sheppard put the pair together. Their lone defeat came when they fell just a nose short in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

Homeister scored a riding triple on Sunday, which gave her 11 wins at the meeting and put her in a tie with Luis Gonzalez Jr., who posted two wins on Sunday's card. Defending champion Daniel Centeno also won a race and now has nine wins..

* John Reading celebrated his 96th birthday last week but doesn't show signs of slowing down much. The horseman, who topped the trainer standings at Tampa Bay Downs in 1991-92 and 1992-93, is a regular visitor to the backstretch and walks a hot or two for Peg McVey, who trains her own string after serving as Reading's assistant for many years.