Tropic Storm runs third in Grade 1 Triple Bend
Tropic Storm ran into an ultra tough competitor in Street Boss but fought on gamely to finish third in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap on Saturday at Hollywood Park. Tropic Storm broke well as the expected contentious early pace was slow to materialize. The potential pacesetter Desert Code never materialized early allowing Elite Squadron to contend with only longshot High Standards early. Tropic Storm settled into a good position in third through the first quarter-mile. Tropic Storm got shuffled back a bit midway down the backstretch, but launched a rally inside eventual winner Street Boss inside the three-eighths pole. Tropic Storm floated Street Boss well wide, but he could not match strides with the winner late and finished third beaten less than three-lengths total.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "We might have faced the best sprinter in the country today. He is one tough customer. We made our moves together, but he just had a little more than us in the tank. Tropic Storm lays it on the line every time, so it's a matter of time before it's our turn. We are always right there against some of the best horses. He cooled out fine after the race. We'll have plenty of options this summer and look for the best spot."
Jockey Aaron Gryder said, "I really think this horse is still getting better. He is going to win one of these races because he has become a push button horse. He ran hard and will have his day soon I think."
A four-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Tropic Storm now has four wins, three seconds and two thirds from eleven career starts. His career earnings now stand at over $227,000.