Tampa Bay Stakes Recap

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Friday, February 26, 2021

The smoke has cleared. We have two fast horses to follow as the best sprinters in the U.S. begin to identify themselves. Have a look at how they performed.

The $100K Turf Dash Stakes was won by THE CRITICAL WAY, ridden by Samy Camacho, trained by Jose Delgado, owned by Monster Racing Stables - an impressive wire to wire victory. 

THE CRITICAL WAY broke out on top and vied for the lead through a speedy opening quarter of 20.99 and 43.54 half mile. He carried his speed well into the stretch, and repelled the late charge of IMPRIMIS, who once again found himself in a little bit of traffic but was second best that day. THE CONNECTOR rallied to get up for third. The final time for the five-furlong dash was 55.30 seconds over the firm turf. 

THE CRITICAL WAY paid $7.80 to win, $3.80 to place, $2.80 to show. He is by TIZWAY out of CRITICAL FACTOR by STAR DE NASKRA. 

This marks his 7th win from 22 starts and pushes his earnings to $334,168. He's now 2 for 2 over the Tampa Bay lawn and earned his second highest speed figure of his career.

This must be a major confidence booster for THE CRITICAL WAY, turning the tables on IMPRIMIS who beat him last time out in the Janus Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Wherever THE CRITICAL WAY sprints next, he will be much shorter than the 7-1 odds we were gifted yesterday, and deservedly so.

The $100K Lightning City Stakes was won by MISS AURAMET, ridden by Roberto Albarado Jr, trained by Edward Plesa Jr., owned by David Melin, Leon Ellman, and Laurie Plesa.

She won using an impressive turn of foot in the stretch, charging past the leaders to be ahead by a little more than a length, then holding off a flying ODE TO JOY who would settle for second. SETHAME STREET ran third. 

Look at the fractions! They sizzled a 20.78 first quarter, 43.43 for the half, and 55.40 for the final time. They tied the earlier stakes race for five furlongs over the firm turf.

MISS AURAMET paid $18.00 to win, $8.20 to place, $6.80 to show. She is by UNCAPTURED out of HELLO ROSIE by YES IT'S TRUE. She continues to build on her consistent resume, finishing in the money 15 out of 19 times, while 8 times the winner. She pushed her earnings to $349,790.

It will be interesting to see if MISS AURAMET remains on the grass from this point forward. Her other two best races were actually on the dirt going, still, five furlongs. On either surface, she'll be tough to beat. She earned her highest speed figure off this effort, so she's in top form.

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