Stuart S. Janney and Phipps Stable’s homebred Inspector Lynley got a perfect inside trip from jockey Jose Ortiz to win Saturday’s G3 Tampa Bay Stakes by about a head on the wire, defeating 4-1 Divisidero and 2-1 co-favorite Qurbaan in a blanket finish. The 6-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid was sent off as the 3-1 third choice, winning the 1 1/16-mile contest for trainer Shug McGaughey in a final time of 1:40.35 over Tampa’s firm turf. Inspector Lynley also won the 2017 edition of the Tampa Bay Stakes.
“I rode him last time at Gulfstream and he broke from way outside and I had to take him back farther than we wanted to and I told Shug that day we had to be a little more aggressive on him,” Ortiz recalled. “Today we drew perfect and had a great target in Heart to Heart to follow and that was my goal, to be right behind him, and that’s what We did. I know Heart to Heart tends to lean out a little bit, he has a tendency to run with his head in the air, so I sat there confidently. I tried to split horses but at the same time I tried to split them, (Heart to Heart) came out a touch and it opened up for me. I knew then I was going to get through.”