It was the 37th running of the $100K Pelican Stakes. Seven horses lined up to run six furlongs over the dirt listed as Fast. The winner was ZENDEN, ridden by Samy Camacho, trained by David Carlos, owned by LLP Performance Horse, LLC — in a gutsy stretch duel.
The field broke evenly as ZENDEN was gunned from the one hole. He was joined by the seven horse, SOUPER STONEHENGE, and they raced on even terms through opening fractions of 22.61 and 44.88. ZENDEN continued to press the pace from the rail, trading head-bobs for the lead. They approached the turn and now EDGEMONT ROAD joined the fray, moving up to their outside — only to get fanned 6-wide as they hit the top of the stretch. His rally was neutralized, and it became a two horse race with half a furlong left to run. ZENDEN and SOUPER STONEHENGE are still slugging it out but it is ZENDEN who refuses to submit. ZENDEN keeps on fighting and holds on to win by a head. SOUPER STONEHENGE a game second. EDGEMONT ROAD ran on to be third. They stopped the clock in 1:09.85.
ZENDEN paid $16.40 to win, $8.20 to place, $5.00 to show. He is by FED BIZ out of YOU LAUGHIN by SHARP HUMOR. He notches his fifth career win and pushes his earnings to $261,760.
This was ZENDEN's first win over the Tampa Bay track out of three tries. He earned a 105 Equibase Figure for his effort. He is becoming quite the six furlong specialist — having won 4 out of 5 times, and finishing second in his only loss at this distance.