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Updated: February 19, 2022 at 1:16 p.m.
1st-Tampa Bay Downs, $28,600, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 2-19, 3 yrs, 7f, 1:24.10, foot, head.
BELGRADE (c, 3, hard spun–Miss Prytania, by Eskendereya), a $700,000 KEEJAN purchase earlier this year on the heels of a first six-length graduation for owner Randy Bradshaw and trainer Brendan Walsh in a special debut weight reserved for horses sold or ARN for $45,000 or less at auction at Fair Grounds Dec .18, delivered as a 1-2 favorite after some anxious moments in his first start for new connections in Tampa on Saturday. After a stumbling start since their draw, Belgrade trailed the pack of six in the opening stages. Running through a bit of traffic while tight after an opening quarter of :23.29, he curled into the clear four to challenge command on the far corner, and kept coming in the stretch with a sustained rally to wear down Morgan Point (Jess’s Dream) by a header. The winner’s dam, a half-sister to third-medal GI Belmont S. (Dynaformer), has a Prank call filly of 2020 (purchase of $150,000 KEENOV by OXO Equine) and Accelerate foal of 2021 in preparation. She was raised at army mule for 2022. Sales history: $45,000 Ylg ’20 FTKSEL; $700,000 3yrs ’22 KEEJAN. Lifetime record: 2-2-0-0, $35,400. Click for it Chart Equibase.com or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Carl F. & Yurie Pascarella; BJ. R.Ward Stables LLC (KY); E. Graham motion.
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