Tropic Storm wins!!!
Tropic Storm broke like a rocket after two years away from the races and tore through a quarter-mile in 22.1 and a half-mile in a blistering 44.1. Tropic Storm faced a stern test in the stretch as Amazombie rolled up outside him. However, that horse lugged in at the eighth-pole bothering Tropic Storm. The pair continued to fight to the wire. A photo showed Amazombie in front by a nose, but the eye in the sky, also known as the Stewards, ruled that the bumping in the stretch was interference. Tropic Storm was promoted to the win and made his return complete.
Jockey Joel Rosario said, "What a classy horse. He was absolutely perfect. He ran so hard. He ran too well to get beat."
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "We were pretty optimistic about getting Tropic Storm back. I think it's safe to say that when you're less than a second off the track record that he was feeling pretty good. He ran so hard that it was like the racing gods stepped in and made sure he got the win. What a nice story. He's a fast horse."
Tropic Storm earned a 90 Beyer in the race and will now point for the $75,000 Pirate's Bounty Stakes on September 8th at Del Mar. The Pirate's Bounty is at six-furlongs on the main track and is restricted to horses that have not won a stake race worth more than $50,000 since March.