Marathon update

In our marathon update today, we’re going to take a look back over a bevvy of lovely winners this week, and then forward to a host of tasty weekend action. Enjoy!

At Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, Phoenix Thoroughbred’s Contraflow, a Street Sense gelding, made a second career start a winning one, streaking clear under Hector Diaz.

A few races later at the same track, Donald Dizney’s highly-tried Federal Case won his first race in a long while when proving too good under Diaz. This was a nice training performance from the big man.

Today in Florida, Phoenix Thoroughbred’s Branco Maria breezed to a second career victory under a red-hot Diaz, making it a good week for the owners.

And now for the weekend!

Tomorrow at Fair Grounds,  the exciting Tate is drawn 2 of 7 in the $75,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes, a six furlong sprint. With Angel Suarez on board, Tate is a 4-1 shot on the Morning Line. 

In race 7, the $75,000 Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, a 5 1/2 furlong turf sprint, Embolden is drawn 8 of 11. Suarez takes the ride on the 15-1 shot, who won the Punch Line Stakes last time out.  

Two races later, Militiaman is drawn 9 of 11 in the $75,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes, a turf race over 1 and 1/16th miles. The man Suarez once again is in the saddle on this 15-1 shot.

And now for the rest of the stable’s weekend entries:


Fair Grounds
Proxy – Race 1, Allowance  
Night Things – Race 1, Allowance  
Master of the Ring – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight  
Kobla Mas – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight  
Singapore Flash – Race 5, Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000  
Vettori Kin (BRZ) – Race 5, Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000    
Big Easy Empire – Race 10, Maiden Special Weight  

Gulfstream Park
Pago Querido – Race 7, Allowance Optional Claiming $25,000  

Tampa Bay
Dreaming of Gerry – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight  
Wilton – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight  
Foxglove – Race 10, Maiden Claiming $16,000

Fair Grounds
Louisianalightning – Race 6, Allowance  
Waywardness – Race 9, Maiden Special Weight  
Peace Nicker – Race 9, Maiden Special Weight

Tampa Bay 
Parade Grand – Race 4, Maiden Claiming
Fly Nightly – Race 9, Claiming


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