World Leader, the 4-5 favorite, rallied along the rail and held off a re-bid by Light Blue to win by a head in the opener at Tampa Bay Downs.
World Leader won in 1:24.94 in the seven-furlong dirt race for maiden claimers. Mike Allen rode for trainer Reid Nagle.
The third race will be the first of six stakes on the Florida Cup card. It is the Sophomore Turf at 1 1/16 miles. Please see our previous post for a pre-race analysis.