Sonic Boom made his first trip to Tampa worthwhile, winning Saturday’s $75,000 Columbia stakes by 1/2 length under Julian Leparoux.
Sonic Boom’s time was 1:34.73 in the one-mile turf stakes, on the course listed as firm.
Trained by Ian Wilkes, this was the sophomore’s first stakes victory in a half-dozen starts. Profiteer, from the barn of hall-of-famer Shug McGaughey got up for the place after a furious rally up the rail that fell just short with Jose Ortiz in the irons. Show went to Holiday Stone, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by George Weaver.
The 3-1 winner returned $8.00, $4.00 and $3.20. The $2 exacta was worth $32.80 and the $2 trifecta gave back $158.00.
Wilkes’s plans for Sonic Boom are incomplete at this time. But we should expect to see this one again on the Kentucky circuit later this spring.