Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fifty Five Crowned as Florida Oaks Queen

Sophomore filly Fifty Five showed her class as she bested a field of eight fillies and set a new Stakes record to capture the 34th renewal of the $200,000 Florida Oaks (Grade 3) on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.

Conditioned by Tom Bush and ridden by Jose Ortiz, the New York-bred covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1: 41.60, earning a neck victory over the favored Mark Casse trainee La Coronel.  Third was Compelled from the Tom Proctor outfit, finishing another half-length behind.

Fifty Five now boasts a record of 3 victories out of 5 starts all on grass. This is a filly with a future.

Fifty Five returned $10.20, $3.40 and $2.20. The $2 exacta was good for $26.20 and the $2 trifecta paid out $69.00.
--Bob Bauer

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