Turf Dash S.

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LOOKINFORTHESECRET (CH h, 121 lb) $42,500
Cimarron Secret —Looking Better , by Vicksburg
B—Francis McDonnell, FL.; O—Balkrisna Sukharan; T—Jamie Ness

Prosico (B g, 119 lb) $10,000
Siphon (BRZ) —Timely Quarrel , by Time for a Change
B—Brereton C. Jones, KY.; O—Goldish, Marc D. and Savoy Stable; T—Dale Bennett

Fort Prado (GR/RO h, 117 lb) $5,000
El Prado (IRE) —Fort Pond , by Fortunate Prospect
B—David P. Block, IL.; O—Team Block; T—Chris M. Block

Margins: ¾, 3½, 2½. Others: Dead Red 117($2,500) , Around the Cape 117($1,500) , Neil the Knife 117($1,000) , The Nth Degree 117 , Bullet From Abroad 117($8,500) , Uncledannysbrother 119($4,000) . Winning Jockey, Daniel Centeno.

Lookinforthesecret must have found it March 15, when the 6-year-old horse took the Turf Dash Stakes for the second year in a row at Tampa Bay Downs. In the process, he continued to prove that he could win consistently on dirt or turf.

“I was a little worried running on the softer course,” said trainer Jamie Ness. “He handled it great. He broke from the outside post and did his usual thing wire to wire.”

This was Lookinforthesecret’s fifth win in a row and his third stakes victory this year. His other triumphs came in the Jan. 12 Pelican Stakes and Feb. 9 Super Stakes, both at Tampa Bay Downs.

Balkrisna Sukharan, a former jockey from Guyana, owns Lookinforthesecret. Ness and Sukharan claimed Lookinforthesecret in January of last year for $12,500. Since then he has earned $321,940 for the team, which also includes jockey Daniel Centeno, who has been in the saddle for the last five wins.

“I liked his speed,” Ness said about his decision to claim Lookinforthesecret. “He just seemed to excel when he got on a program, and ever since then he has been consistent. His jockey seems to fit him and the combination is hard to beat.”

The son of Cimarron Secret has won six stakes races since he was claimed and has now won an equal amount of stakes of dirt and turf races. Although Lookinforthesecret is consistent on both surfaces, Ness said the speed horse seems to prefer the firmer ground of the turf.

Lookinforthesecret was bred by Francis McDonnell in Florida and started his racing career with his breeder and trainer James Hartley before being claimed by Ness and Sukharan.

The unraced Vicksburg mare Looking Better is the dam of Lookinforthesecret. Looking Better’s dam, Lookslikemomma (by Mugatea), was a winner, and Looking Better’s half-brother, Russian Momma, was stakes-placed.

Lookslikemomma’s dam, Traki Traki, was a stakes winner and went on to produce grade I winner Bushfire and stakes winners Maracaibo, Frosty’s Girl, and Frosty’s On Track.

All of Looking Better’s foals are by Cimarron Secret, a multiple stakes winner and winner of the Tropical Park Handicap (gr. III), who was campaigned by McDonnell. Looking Better produced five foals, and all four of her starters are winners. Lookinforthesecret is Looking Better’s first stakes winner.

Looking Better was kept at Cimarron Farm near Ocala, Fla., until 2005 when she died as the result of colic. She was 7-years-old.

Cimarron Secret has sired two stakes winners. His other stakes winner is Pepper Lang. The 17-year-old son of Tejano stands at Cimarron Farm for a fee of $1,250.—K.B.