Trainer Scace Tallies Tampa Bay Hat Trick

Trainer Lynne Scace made three trips to the Tampa Bay Downs winners' circle on Sunday.

Scace, last year's training leader at Tampa, now has seven wins at the meet and is tied for first in the trainer standings with Anthony Pecoraro.

Scace joined an exclusive club. Only six other Tampa trainers have scored a hat trick on a single card: 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.

Scace's wins came in the first race (M.Y. Bridlewood, jockey Alfredo Clemente, $10.60 mutuel); second (Bella and Whistles, Winston Thompson, $13.80) and sixth (Skipping Wild, Clemente, $9.80).

Jockey Terry Houghton, who has been on a torrid streak since late December notching 16 wins in 12 racing days, also won three races on Sunday. He is second in the rider standings with 22 wins for the meet, only one behind leader Jesus Castanon, who was blanked Sunday. The pair has resumed their duel from last year when Castanon won the riding honors with 87 wins. Houghton, the two-time riding leader at Tampa, finished second with 82.