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Two of Steinbrenner's horses win at TB Downs
Two thoroughbreds running under the silks of George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable celebrated trips to the winner's circle Tuesday, with Steinbrenner in attendance at Tampa Bay Downs.
By DON JENSEN, Times Correspondent
Published December 12, 2007
OLDSMAR - Two thoroughbreds running under the silks of George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable celebrated trips to the winner's circle Tuesday, with Steinbrenner in attendance at Tampa Bay Downs.
His first winner was Unfolding Wish, ridden by Carlos Montalvo for trainer Dale Bennett in the $20,200 sixth race for 2-year-olds at 6 furlongs. The $17,700 ninth race, 11/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds and up, gave the New York Yankees owner his second winner with Massasoit, trained by Gregory Griffith and ridden by last year's leading jockey, Daniel Centeno.
The victory was one of two for Centeno; he rode Gibber's Gold in the $20,000 fifth race, 1 mile on turf, for owner Patricia Generazio and conditioner Tony Wilson. Gibber's Gold is a 2-year-old Florida-bred son of Horse Chestnut. It was Gibber's Gold's first win.
Rosemary Homeister Jr. also rode two winners. Her first came aboard Two Spot Club in the featured eighth race at 7 furlongs. Two Spot Club is a Florida-bred daughter of Service Stripe, owned by Walter Wienkowitz and trained by Timothy Ritchie. Her second win came in the day's closing event at 6 furlongs when she rode Deputized for conditioner Frances Gogas and owner John Guzik.
Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race card headlined by the Minaret Prep, an allowance test for fillies and mares 3 years old and up at 6 furlongs over the main track.
The Minaret Prep, the 10th race, is geared toward those fillies and mares pointed to the Minaret Stakes, a 6-furlong $65,000 race for 4-year-olds and up scheduled to be run on Jan. 5.
Flyin Bridgeport and Flying Macbeth of McAllister Kennels and Hallo Arouser and Kay Buffalo Bill of Filipelli & O'Donnell lead the points standings with 16 apiece entering tonight's second qualifying round of the $75,000 660-yard Challenge at the St. Petersburg greyhound track. Qualifying runs will be in Races 4, 6, 8 and 11, with the 32-dog field narrowed to 16 for Saturday's third round. The top eight point leaders after the final qualifying round Dec. 19 advance to the championship race Dec. 22.