Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tepin, Destin Star at Tampa Bay

After a busy two-track day here are highlights of the last three of six stakes races at Florida's tracks:

Tampa Bay
* Tepin set a turf course record  for 1 1/8 miles in winning the Hillsborough Stakes (Grade 2)  for fillies and mares 4-YO and up.

Tepin trailed loose leader Isabella Sings by 13 lengths  after three-quarters of a mile. She then staged a Zenyatta-like rally and won by a length.

The Eclipse Award winning Tepin was clocked in 1:46.26.  She broke the record of 1:46.55 set by Special Envoy in winning an allowance/optional claiming race on March 18,  2015.

Regular jockey Julien Leparoux rode Tepin for trainer Mark Casse.

*Destin beat his stablemate Outlook by a length in the $350,000  Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2)  at 1 1/16 miles  on dirt for 3-YOs.

Both colts are trained by Todd Pletcher.

Destin was ridden by Javier Castellano and won in the fast time of 1:42.82. John Velazquez rode Outlook.   

Destin earned 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) which will be run May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. That should assure him a spot in the 20-horse field.

Outlook earned 20 points, which might be enough to get into the Kentucky Derby. 

Gulfstream Park
Miss Matzoball won the $75,000 Captiva Island at five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 4-YO and up.  She was followed by Katie's Kiss  and Jewel of a Cat.

On Sunday morning, we will have more details on the Tampa Bay Derby on this blog and on our Web site
 --Jim  Freer

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