Tropic Storm runs second in Ack Ack(G3)
Tropic Storm continued his ascent toward the top of the ranks of west coast sprinters with a game second place finish in the Grade 3 $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park. Tropic Storm broke alertly and skirmished for the lead through early fractions of 22.4 and 44.4. Jockey Aaron Gryder tried to easy Tropic Storm back slightly, but he never could get a breather. He commenced a surge for the lead on the turn and assumed the lead at the head of the stretch. Tropic Storm fought on gamely inside the eighth pole before getting passed by the eventual winner who made a run from out of the clouds that Tropic Storm could never see. Tropic Storm fought on doggedly to the wire to finish second beaten just over a length in total.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "What a classy colt. He's proven he can compete at the highest level. The winner is a serious racehorse. He shipped in and made a really nice run. I don't think our horse saw him until late and by then the winner had too much momentum. We wanted to earn an invitation to the Grade 1 Triple Bend on July 5th, and we certainly did that. We're going to be a force throughout the summer if all goes well."
Jockey Aaron Gryder said, "This horse is such a pro. He never got a break even when I tried to back off the speed a little bit. He responded when I asked him, but the winner was really rolling when he got to me. My colt couldn't see him until he went by, but he dug in. This was a tricky distance. He's doing to be very tough if he runs back in the seven-furlong Triple Bend."
A four-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Tropic Storm now has four wins, three seconds, and a third from ten career starts. His career earnings now exceed $191,000.