Tropic Storm destroys allowance on way to Malibu
The skies may have been clear, but Tropic Storm blew through southern California and five opponents en route to a dominating "a other than" allowance victory at Hollywood Park. The authoritative victory catapults Tropic Storm to an engagement in the $250,000 Malibu Stakes(G1) on December 26th at Santa Anita.
Despite a less than optimal six-furlong distance, Tropic Storm made easy work of the "a other than" drawing off by nearly five-lengths. Tropic Storm broke well and settled into third early. He rated about two-lengths off of quick early fractions of 21.2 and 44.1. When asked by jockey Aaron Gryder for run, Tropic Storm exploded through the stretch drawing off with every stride. He stopped the teletimer in a scintillating 1:08.4 for the six-furlongs.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "Wow. That was impressive. I was a little concerned that the distance might be a bit too short, but he was much the best. This horse has a world of talent. I looked at this field and I saw a very good group of horse. I knew if we beat this group that it would affirm just how good this horse was. He's a lightly raced three-year-old, and he's just getting better. He cooled out great after the race. We plan to point for the $250,000 Malibu Stakes(G1) on December 26th at Santa Anita."
Jockey Aaron Gryder said, "The race setup perfectly for us. I was able to sit just off the speed and track them. When I asked my horse to run he took off. He really was just getting going by the time we hit the wire. He galloped out like a monster. This is a really nice three-year-old."
A three-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Tropic Storm earned $27,000 for the victory pushing his career earnings over $56,000 in four career starts.