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Victory Alleged wins $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup at Tampa Bay Downs

OLDSMAR — Victory Alleged pulled off an upset in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup on Saturday, paying $58 to win, at Tampa Bay Downs.

Ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr. for trainer Dennis Manning, Victory Alleged beat Classic Campaign by a neck, clocking a run of 1 minute, 41.35 seconds on the 11/16-mile turf course.

Society's Chairman was third followed by Atoned and Dinner in Odem.

SANTA ANITA: Georgie Boy rallied to defeat Halo Najib by 2¾ lengths to win the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Georgie Boy covered seven furlongs in 1:21.85 and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10 as the odds-on favorite. "I squeezed him a little at the top of the lane and he responded like it was a morning breeze," Gomez said. "When we made the lead, I got into him a little bit just to keep him focused, to keep him from pulling himself up." Georgie Boy was coming off a 2½-length victory in the Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 24 over the same track. He was sidelined for seven months last year because of a back injury. Georgie Boy has six wins in 11 starts.

STAKES REDUCTION: Freehold (N.J.) Raceway is dropping seven races from its 2009 stakes schedule in a move to recoup purse overpayments from last year. The move will save the harness track about $250,000, said Chris McErlean, a board member of track owner Pennwood Racing.


McAllister Kennels registered two wins with Flying Mancini ($3.40) and Flying Regent ($13.40), and Julia Ww Garland ($8.60) and Tmc's Trail Boss ($4.80) also prevailed in first-round qualifying of the $85,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

Victory Alleged wins $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup at Tampa Bay Downs 02/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 21, 2009 10:34pm]
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