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Eclipse Award winners highlight Festival Day card

OLDSMAR — Festival Day appears full of intrigue.

With War Pass in the signature race for 3-year-old colts and geldings and Dreaming of Anna in the Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes for fillies and mares 4 and older, it is thought to be the first time in Tampa Bay Downs' 82-year history that two Eclipse Award winners are on the same card.

The Grade III $200,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies is in its first year as a graded event with My Baby Baby the early 2-1 favorite. Lookinforthesecret, trained by Downs' top conditioner Jamie Ness, defends his title in the $75,000 Turf Dash for horses 3 and older. Rival Fort Prado, the 2006 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup winner, can eclipse $1-million in career earnings with a win.

The Hillsborough and Turf dashes are among five turf events on the 13-race card, which offers $974,400 in purse money.

For the second year in a row, a Bennett will have a horse in the Derby. Dale Bennett hopes to have better luck with Dynamic Wayne than father Gerald had in the 2007 race when All I Can Get finished fifth to Street Sense.

Dale has three other stakes entries: Unfolding Wish and Dee's Rose in the Florida Oaks and Prosico in the Turf Dash.

DERBY LANE: The 2007 All-America team is expected to be announced at the American Greyhound Track Operators Association's annual conference Monday in Las Vegas. McAllister Kennels' Flying McAllister is a top contender for team captain.

Eclipse Award winners highlight Festival Day card 03/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:39am]
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