Three Rules last raced July 1, when he took the Carry Back Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Three Rules last raced July 1, when he took the Carry Back Stakes at Gulfstream Park

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Three Rules Heads Marion County Florida Sire Stakes

Tampa Bay Downs features a pair of $125,000 3-year-old Florida-bred stakes Dec. 16.

The annual Cotillion Festival Day Dec. 16 at Tampa Bay Downs features a pair of $125,000 3-year-old stakes sponsored by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association.

The seven-furlong FTBOA Marion County Florida Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings will be a rematch between grade 3 winner Three Rules and stakes winner Mo Cash. The two met July 1 in the Carry Back Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, with the Jose Pinchin-trained Three Rules staging an impressive rally to edge Mo Cash by a neck.

The Marion County is the first race since the Carry Back for Three Rules, a five-time stakes winner owned by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds, Tom Fitzgerald, and Geoff Roy. The son of Gone Astray  also finished second last winter in the Swale Stakes (G2) and ran third in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), both at Gulfstream. He will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo.

Mo Cash, trained by Ronald Spatz for Marco Thoroughbred Corp., has two career stakes victories, including the April 2 Florida Cup Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore at Tampa Bay Downs. Jockey Antonio Gallardo has the call in the Marion County.

One race earlier on the card, the FTBOA City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes for 3-year-old fillies has attacted seven entrants and will also be contested at seven furlongs.

Heading the City of Ocala is R Angel Katelyn, who has recorded three of her five stakes victories at Tampa Bay Downs. Owned by Averill Racing, CCF Racing Stable, and K Lauren Racing and trained by Gerald Bennett, the High Cotton filly has sprinter's speed and has won at the distance. She will be ridden by Gallardo.

Her top challenger is the Kathleen O'Connell-trained Stormy Embrace, who finished third in last month's Millions Distaff Stakes at Gulfstream Park West. Wilmer Garcia is set to ride.

Also on the card are two $100,000 six-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds. Among the top contenders in the Inaugural Stakes is Wildcat's Legacy, a Florida-bred colt whose two-for-two record includes an easy victory in the Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 11. 

In the Sandpiper Stakes, Graham Motion sends out Kentucky-bred maiden winner Almond Roca to face eight foes. The field also includes Toni Ann's Miracle, the Larry Pilotti-trained filly riding a three-race win streak, and Valuable Package, a Skip Einhorn-trained Florida-bred who broke her maiden by 7 3/4 lengths before finishing third in the Matron Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park in October.

Entries: FTBOA City of Ocala Florida Sire S.

Tampa Bay Downs, Saturday, December 16, 2017, Race 2

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 12:54 PM (local)
11Keep Your Head Up (FL)Daniel Centeno119Joseph F. Orseno5/1
22Sweet Distinction (FL)Emisael Jaramillo119Thomas F. Proctor8/1
33Patton's Girl (FL)Huber Villa-Gomez119Paula Loescher20/1
44Surprise Wedding (FL)Jesus M. Rios119David Fawkes7/2
55Katinka (FL)Leonel Reyes119Michael Yates6/1
66R Angel Katelyn (FL)Antonio A. Gallardo119Gerald S. Bennett2/1
77Stormy Embrace (FL)Wilmer A. Garcia119Kathleen O'Connell3/1

Entries: FTBOA Marion County Florida Sire S.

Tampa Bay Downs, Saturday, December 16, 2017, Race 3

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo Colts and Geldings
  • 1:23 PM (local)
11Mo Cash (FL)Antonio A. Gallardo119Ronald B. Spatz8/5
22Overcame (FL)Daniel Centeno119Peter Wasiluk, Jr.15/1
33Zipping (FL)Ronald Dale Allen, Jr.119Roger Laurin7/2
44Three Rules (FL)Emisael Jaramillo119Jose Pinchin3/2
55Royal Flame (FL)Edwin Gonzalez119Gerald S. Bennett15/1
66Epic Drama (FL)Willie Martinez119Gerald S. Bennett8/1
77Charzaam (FL)Pablo Morales119Nancy S. Harris30/1

Entries: Sandpiper S.

Tampa Bay Downs, Saturday, December 16, 2017, Race 6

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:52 PM (local)
11World Is My City (KY)Daniel Centeno116Eoin G. Harty12/1
22Toni Ann's Miracle (FL)Emisael Jaramillo116Larry Pilotti5/2
33La Femme Royale (KY)Fernando De La Cruz116Randy L. Klopp6/1
44Valuable Package (FL)Wilmer A. Garcia116Skip Einhorn9/2
55R True Talent (FL)Antonio A. Gallardo116Gerald S. Bennett10/1
66Trappe Me Later (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateSamy Camacho116Robert G. Smith12/1
77Super Beautiful (KY)Raul Mena116Paul Marino20/1
88Malandrina (FL)Orlando Bocachica116Darien Rodriguez8/1
99Almond Roca (KY)Pablo Morales116H. Graham Motion3/1

Entries: Inaugural S.

Tampa Bay Downs, Saturday, December 16, 2017, Race 9

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo
  • 4:22 PM (local)
11Gone Fishing (FL)Emisael Jaramillo116Jose Pinchin8/1
22Wildcat's Legacy (FL)Antonio A. Gallardo122Ralph E. Nicks3/1
33Salsa Lane (FL)Raul Mena116Gerald S. Bennett20/1
44His Name Is Sue (FL)Wilmer A. Garcia116Kathleen O'Connell8/1
55Twin Farms (KY)Jesus Lopez Castanon116Ben Colebrook4/1
66Arazi Like Move (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateScott Spieth116Aldana Gonzalez5/1
77Nickie's Papa (KY)Ricardo Feliciano116Joan Scott15/1
88Tricks to Doo (KY)Daniel Centeno116Arnaud Delacour5/2
99Charge Card (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFernando De La Cruz116Cheryl Winebaugh20/1