By TVG / Emily Shields
Five stakes races bolster a 12-race card at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, March 9, led by the $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2). The race drew a field of 11 vying for Kentucky Derby points, including 50 to the winner and 20 to the runner up.
The Ortiz brothers, Jose and Irad, both have mounts in the 1 1/16 mile race. Irad is aboard #7 Win Win Win, and Jose will ride #10 Tacitus.
Irad said of Win Win Win, “I’m very excited to ride this horse. I want to thank Mike (Trombetta) and the owners for this opportunity. This colt won the Pasco Stakes impressively while setting a new track record. He has a tremendous bloodline that includes the double crowned Smarty Jones and the multiple G1 winner in Japan, Hat Trick, so the distance looks like it’s not going be a problem for him. Last three workouts speak for themselves. We got a good post position. And he’s a winner over Tampa Bay track. I’m looking forward to this race.”
Jose said of Tacitus, “He’s a well bred horse. I had the opportunity to be the rider on both of his two races including his victory at Aqueduct on 11/10/2018 at a mile. Tacitus has been working really good at Payson Park. It’s a tough race, but he’s developing well, and is in great hands (trainer Bill Mott).”
Irad is looking for his first Tampa Bay Derby victory. Jose will try to emulate the 2017 performance when he won with Tapwrit, who went on to win the Belmont Stakes (G1).
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