Saturday, March 12, 2016
Speed Not Holding at Two Turns at Tampa Bay
For handicapping the 1 1/16 mile Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2), let's note that speed did not hold today in two early dirt races at that distance.
In the $100,000 Challenger, Adirondack King (11-1) stalked the pace and took the lead in deep stretch--then held off Neck 'n Neck to win by a half-length. Outlash, the early leader and 3-2 favorite, faded to finish fifth in the seven-horse field.
Javier Castellano rode Adirondack King for trainer John Servis. The winning time was 1:44.15 on the track listed as fast.
Bold Start set the track record of 1:42.83 in winning the Challenger in 2010.
Street Sense set the Tampa Bay Derby record of 1:43.11 in 2007. We'll have more on that historic race later this afternoon.
In the first race Springscourt (5-2) rallied from fifth after a half mile and beat Kids Rule by 6 1/4 lengths.
Pendulum, the leader after six furlongs, finished fourth in the seven-horse field. The winning time of 1:45.59 was decent for $6,250 claimers at 1 1/16 miles.
Fernando De La Cruz rode for trainer Sandino Hernandez.