Karamea lived up to her backers' expectations as 6-5 favorite and captured the $25,000-added Swashbuckler Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Pedro Rodriquez, the 3-year-old filly was content to stalk the leaders down the backstretch. She won an exciting stretch duel with Radiant Fling and held on gamely to be best by a neck.
The winner covered the 1/ mile over a fast track in 1:46.3 and paid $4.40 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show. This marks three victories in four attempts for Karamea.