Hotstufanthensome, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Runnin Horse Farm and saddled by Norman Pointer, won Saturday's $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup Stakes on the turf.
After breaking through the gate prior to the start of the race, Hotstufanthensome broke well, and stalked leaders Cherokee Prince, Demeteor and Defer while saving ground. Hotstufanthensome’s jockey Rajiv Maragh made his move coming around the turn while four wide, passing rivals to get the lead leaving the furlong marker and holding off Classic Campaign for a half-length victory.
Classic Campaign finished one-half length in front of Defer, who rounded out the race’s trifecta. Saint Stephen, the 9-5 choice in a field of eight, finished fifth.
“I know we had a beautiful position, exactly what we wanted,” said Maragh of the winner. “He was relaxed. Once we saw daylight he just exploded.”
Pointer said that his gelded son of Awesome Again was training “real good."
"After that last race (the grade III Red Bank at Monmouth Park), he had a belly ache. We had to open him up. But he came back great.”
Hotstufanthensome ran about 1 1/16 miles on the lawn in 1:41.24, paying $11.80, $5.40, and $4.
Classic Campaign returned $3.60 and $3.20. Defer was $3.80 to show.