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Sunday, February 08, 2009


HYPOCRITE HONEST IN SUPER STAKES


OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 7, 2009) Hypocrite proved the best of a talented field of nine older horses in today’s $75,000 Super Stakes, giving the four-year-old his fifth lifetime win. Hypocrite is an Outofthebox colt bred in Florida by Steve Tortora and Toni Ancona, owned by Jacqueline Tortora and Toni and Richard Ancona and was conditioned to victory by trainer Emanuel Tortora.

Hypocrite broke alertly under jockey Manoel Cruz in the seven furlong Super Stakes, settled behind early leader On the Vineyard and moved to the lead mid- stretch to win by 3 ¾ lengths in the running time of 1:22.84. Paradise Dancer was second and Let It Rock was third to pay $813.40 for a $2 trifecta wager.


Manoel Cruz said of his mount’s trip, “I had never ridden him before, but they told me he was going to run a big race and I should come up to Tampa. He has speed but he doesn't want to lead. We were in tight with some other horses early but it didn't bother him. I worked him to the outside and asked him to get closer in the turn, and then when I set him down in the stretch he surprised me...he just zipped.”

Trainer Enrique Tortora explained how he prepared Hypocrite for the Super Stakes. “I trained him like I always train him. I had to back off of him for a while because we had a little problem with his foot, so we gave him some time. It seems like everything turned out alright, though. He’s a nice horse; he’s just had some bad luck in the past. But now, well, he just missed the track record here. ”

Finish Lines…

The Lambholm South Race of the Week was captured by Unique Afleet, a four-year-old son of Northern Afleet who was bred in Florida by owners Denis A. Dwyer and John Reynolds and was conditioned to victory by trainer Enrique Alonso with Daniel Centeno in the irons.

Courtside Grille Trainer of the Month Kirk Ziadie teamed up with current leading Tampa owner Richard Averill to win two races today. The duo took their first trip to the Winner’s Circle with R Vicarious Girl in the Tampa Turf Test with leading rider Rosemary Homeister, Jr. in the irons. Ziadie and Averill also took home the afternoon’s closer with He’s So Classy, a Florida-bred son of Exploit piloted by Wesley Henry.

Trainer Charles R. Harvatt had two victories from two entries today at Tampa Bay Downs; the conditioner took home his first win with Storming Carson, who paid $110.40 for a $2 win wager. Storming Carson is a six-year-old Stormin Fever owned by Harvatt and ridden my apprentice Michele Dehn. Harvatt next saddled Namesake to victory, this time with journeyman Jose Martinez, Jr. aboard for owner Joseph J. Newman.

Tomorrow, February 8th is Kids and Family Day at Tampa Bay Downs. Join Radio Disney and the gang for an afternoon of free fun, games and pony rides in the Backyard from noon until three PM.

Racing resumes tomorrow, February 8th with a ten race card; the Pick 6 carryover is $8,534.68 and the High 5 carryover is $3,054.30. The Silks Poker Room is open daily from 12:30 PM through 12:30 AM, and The Downs Golf Practice Facility is open on Mondays from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM and on Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 AM through 10:00 PM.


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