Tropic Storm wins Windy Sands Stakes
If his return win in August was a storm, Saturday's effort by Tropic Storm in the $75,000 Windy Sands Stakes at Del Mar was a hurricane. Tropic Storm returned to stakes company and the main track for the first time in over two years, and he left five foes in his wake before they even know what hit them.
It wasn't the most dramatic race you'll ever see. It didn't need to be. Tropic Storm was just that much better than his opponents. He went to the front from the start and improved his position from there. He blazed through a quarter-mile in 22.4 and a half-mile in 46.1. He continued to show the way through the stretch and was never threatened. He stopped the clock in 1:35.64, just .27 off the track record
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Trainer Craig Dollase said, "I've said it before, but this horse is a warrior. He almost sets the track record going two turns off of one five furlong prep race. He's just a super fast horse. He ran them off their feet in this race. They were never going to get to him."
Jockey David Flores said, "This horse is all class. I never really asked him for his best. I don't think we got to the bottom of him. He's a classy racehorse. He ran huge."
Tropic Storm earned a super impressive 100 Beyer in the race. A six-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Tropic Storm now has a record of 6-3-4 from 15 starts. His career earnings now stand at over $379,000. He will run back in early October in preparation for an anticipated start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.