HorseRacingFLA Staff Report
Tiger Blood and Spanish Concert were the very fast winners of Saturday’s sprint stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Spanish Concert set a stakes record in the $50,000 Minaret, for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.
Tiger Blood (photo on home page) ran the second-fastest time in the 33-year history of the $100,000 Pelican Stakes for males four-years-old and up.
Both races were six furlongs on the dirt track, on which several other winners ran fast times during the afternoon.
Spanish Concert led almost the entire race in winning by 3 ¼ lengths over My Mertie.
Spanish Concert set a stakes record of 1:09.63. She broke the record of 1:09.68, set by It’s Me Mom in 2011.
Ronald Allen Jr. rode Spanish Concert for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.
Tiger Blood prevailed in a stretch duel with Springmeier and won by a length.
The winning time was 1:09.42. That was the second fastest time in the 33-year history of the Pelican. Action Andy set the stakes record of 1:09.14 in 2014.
Pablo Morales rode Tiger Blood, a 4-year-old colt, for trainer Darien Rodriguez and owner Victor Barraza.
Tampa Bay Downs will resume racing on Wednesday, with nine races and first post of 12:50 p.m.
It also will have racing from Thursday through Sunday. To find out first post times and other news, you can visit this Website each race day morning.
–Photo by Monique Welch