Tropic Storm sets new track record
Landslide. We're not talking presidential politics. We're not even talking about the potential ramifications from the storms in normally sunny California. Rather, we are talking about the track record setting tour-de-force of Tropic Storm in the "two other than" allowance at Santa Anita. If today's race were an election, Tropic Storm would win in a landslide. Tropic Storm broke sharply and set the early pace through a moderate 22.2 for the quarter-mile. Tropic Storm turned up the heat on the turn getting the half in 44.1 then really poured it on in the stretch passing the six-furlong mark in 1:07.3 and the final clock in a track record 1:13.3 for six and a half furlongs.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "This horse just keeps getting better and better. He is very talented. He doesn't have to be on the lead, but they let him have it. When he gets rolling he is going to be very tough to beat. He went really easily the first-quarter and came home like a freight train. The track was lightning fast, but you have to give a lot of credit to a horse that goes seven and change for six-furlongs and comes home the last sixteenth in six seconds flat. That was very impressive."
Jockey Aaron Gryder said, "This horse gets better and better each time I am on him. He showed more speed, but he was doing it very easily. When I asked him to run he gave me that extra burst. He finished very strongly. I had plenty left in the tank."
This was another incredible effort. We now plan to point Tropic Storm for the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on January 26th at Gulfstream Park.
A four-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Tropic Storm now has three wins and a second from five career starts. His career earnings now stand at over $90,000.