Friday, February 21, 2020
OLDSMAR - Jean Elizabeth, whose current six-race winning streak consists entirely of stakes victories, headlines the field for Saturday’s 16th edition of the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes for fillies and mares 4-years-old-and-upward at Tampa Bay Downs
The Lightning City and the 16th running of the $100,000 Turf Dash comprise the track’s Turf Sprint Showcase, with both races at a distance of 5 furlongs. The Turf Dash is the sixth race and the Lightning City is the eighth on a 10-race card beginning at 12:45 p.m
There are 14 entrants for the Lightning City, with only 12 permitted to start. Ten have entered the Turf Dash, including the talented 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding Extravagant Kid.
The 5-year-old Illinois-bred mare Jean Elizabeth, who has 13 victories and has never finished out of the money in 19 starts, won the 5-furlong Ladies Turf Sprint on Jan. 25 at Gulfstream in her first-ever try on grass. She won the Gr. III Ontario Fashion Stakes on Woodbine’s all-weather track on Oct. 19, the second of her ongoing stakes streak.
Jean Elizabeth, a daughter of Ocala Stud Farm's Adios Charlie out of the Lit de Justice mare Rooney Doodle, was bred by Larry Rivelli and Richard Ravin, who own her in partnership with Patricia’s Hope LLC. Rivelli, the trainer, won the 2015 Lightning City with Richies Sweetheart. Albin Jimenez has been named to ride.
Extravagant Kid appears to be coming up to the Turf Dash in excellent form, with a victory in his most recent start on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream in the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes. The winner of last year’s Florida Cup Sprint at Tampa Bay Downs is 13-for-40 lifetime and finished second last June to Wet Your Whistle in the Gr. I Highlander Stakes on the grass at Woodbine. Extravagant Kid is owned by DARRS Inc., and trained by Brendan Walsh. Leading Oldsmar jockey Antonio Gallardo has been named to ride.
Also entered is the 10-year-old Florida-bred gelding Pay Any Price, whose 18-for-30 career record includes a victory in the 2018 Turf Dash. Pay Any Price is owned by Matties Racing Stable and Averill Racing and trained by Georgina Baxter. Pablo Morales will be the jockey.
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