Trainer Sam Cronk made three trips to the Tampa Bay Downs winners' on Thursday giving them a big boost in their respective standings at the Oldsmar oval.
With his big Thursday, Cronk joined an exclusive club. Only seven other Tampa trainers have won three on a single card: Lynn Scace (Jan 9, 2005) Greg Griffith (March 31, 2003); Richard Ciardullo, Jr. (Jan. 14, 2003); Duane Knipe (April 24, 2001); William Mitchell (April 10, 2001); Sam Cronk (Dec. 28, 1997) and Don Rice (Feb. 13, 1997).
Kathleen O'Connell is the only Tampa trainer to score four wins on a card which she accomplished Feb. 23, 2003.
Cronk's wins came in the second race (Cross Keys, jockey Juan Umana, $7.60 mutuel); third (Run For Sam, Ricardo Valdes, $11.80) and fourth (Lost Patrol, Juan Umana $7.40)