Tampa Bay Downs
Undefeated Musket Man captured the $75,000 Pasco Stakes and Rock Candy took the $65,000 Gasparilla Stakes on Saturday during Skyway Festival Day at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Both horses made their 3-year-old debuts in the 7-furlong sprints. Musket Man, trained by Derek Ryan for owners Eric Fein and Vic Carlson, rallied under jockey Luis Gonzalez to defeat General Quarters by a length in 1 minute, 23.06 seconds. It was the third victory at three tracks for Musket Man, the 3-2 favorite who paid $5. In the Gasparilla, Rock Candy won her second straight start with a 21/4-length victory over Vicki'sprideandjoy. Ridden by Carlos Montalvo, she was timed in 1:25.63 and returned $10.20 to win for trainer Michael Zwiesler and owners William Farish and Mrs. William Kilroy. Market Vendor was two lengths farther behind in third place. Both winning horses earned $30,000.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent